Yellow Plum
Yellow Plum

Yellow Plum

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.yellowplumnj.com/
  • Phone: 973-893-3681
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm Dinner: Monday-
    Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: closed
    Happy Hour: Monday - Thursday :4:00pm- 7:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chris Lukic
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Dennis Lukic 973-893-3681

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Watchung
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Large Lot behind the restaurant.
A word from Yellow Plum
Contemporary New American Cuisine created by Chef Chris Lukic. Chris's Experience includes 6 years working with the Top Chefs in New York and 3 years with Wolfgang Puck in L.A. Casual Dining with Specialty hand-crafted cockails. Patio Dining and Full Bar Enhance the Culinary Experience. Join us for Happy Hour Monday Thru Thursday 4pm -7pm.
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Yellow Plum reviews from OpenTable diners
25 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (13)fit for foodies (12)romantic (9)great for outdoor dining (6)vibrant bar scene (6)special occasion (6)good for groups (5)great for lunch (4)notable wine list (2)late-night find (2)hot spot (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Delicious!
    SBRenie
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This restaurant is always such a treat to go to. Food is always consistently great. I can't get enough of the chicken lollipops or the Caesar salad. I recently tried the linguine and clams and I was blown away by how good it was. It was NOT drowning in garlic which is how this dish is prepared many other places. Just a perfect meal every time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous, will be back
    MAS2013VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Great food, ambiance and service, so happy to have right in my neighborhood
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant Week visit
    tastey
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Went for restaurant week and although we were disappointed with the choices, and the service was very slow, the food was delicious and cooked perfectly. 3 of us all had the salmon, which is not one of my favorite dishes but the best of the choices, (the others were grilled chicken, risotto & wild mushroom, or the hamburger, a $30 menu) and was well prepared and very good, as an app 2 of us had mac and cheese with short ribs, "the most delicious thing I ever ate" was my husband's comment, and a Caesar salad was fresh and had interesting ingredients such as sliced brussels sprouts, but was a little light on the dressing, and a chocolate pudding for desert was just right. I recommend them for a better than average meal. Great happy hour too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hire more help?
    dontcheapoutonus
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Our waitress was working so hard, v polite, but she really needed a busboy. We never had our water glasses refilled, and they were TINY to begin with. Also, we weren't offered a second glass of wine. Prices are v high here a la carte, so the service was v disappointing. Also, the prix fixe meant that corners were cut: the pot de creme we had in May was NOT the one we had Friday night! Very small, not special at all. However, best frites and bernaise ever!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Local Gem
    JimG2VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Food and service very good; menu varied, but small with large selection of apps; Classic American;prices moderate to high;
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yellow Plum
    mfromglenridge
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Went on a friday night with another couple. We were a little nervous because it was empty in the main dining area at 8:00 pm. Outside patio and the bar areas were a little busier. The bar had a live band which were okay. We all started with salads which were good. The entree choices at our table were the Steak, Lobster, and Salmon. They were all very good. The wine/drink menu has a good variety. Our service was excellent. The food was solid and the ambience is very nice so I'm not sure why it was so empty...maybe a bit overpriced for the area. The prices are comparable to any Montclair eatery and the food is just as good. I hope people discover it.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Maybe a little to expensive for what it was. Very good food though.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    NJDiner4
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Dinner for 4 on Sat June 14th. Great appetizers ...Soba noodles with chicken was a hit along with mac &cheese. Main courses strong all around..The eggplant cannelloni was fantastic and unexpected. Burgers and steak as well. Loved the minimal decor. Our only critique was that the host tried to seat us next to the open door . we requested to sit further back. He was accommodating but I was puzzled since we had a reservation and should have been offered the better table first.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • oldtimer
    oldtimerVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The dinner menu was fairly limited, but my wife and I found entrees that we liked. The food was well prepared and nice portions, and the service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Willing to Give It a Second Chance
    foodierVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We went on a week night so it was not crowded. With that being said the service was slow. The waiter seemed more interested in the large group of women dining outside. No bread or amuse bouche was served beforehand. The caesar salad with arugula was a nice twist on an old standby. The salmon with lentils was delicious, but my friend asked for hers to be cooked well done, I asked for medium. Both of our salmons were very rare! We would have returned it, but the waiter was unavailable. He also brought the side of broccoli rabe at the end of our meal. Frustrated we decided to have dessert somewhere else. Given that the food was good, might try it again.
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  • Surprisingly good
    Lisa
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Came here with husband & best friends to celebrate birthday. Delicious appetizers/small plates. Wish the rabbit ravioli was available that night. Going to go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice touch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    They brought 3 of our 4 dinners and promised the fourth would be out shortly. After an apology and a few minutes, they brought me 2 crab sliders to keep me "occupied" until my main course arrived. What a nice touch. (We all know that bad timing can ruin a dinner. especially when one person at the table has not received their dinner; then no one wants to eat!) I have been to restaurants costing 2 or 3 times more where they didn't do those kind of things. I was very impressed with that. On the other hand: juice glasses for water? Really??
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  • Great Spot
    scotchnSoda
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Hidden in plain sight a restaurant with great pedigree of experience. Very good bar and accommodating kitchen. Would go again for lunch and dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.5
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 54 reviews are from the Yellow Plum reviews archive.
  • don't bother
    jerseydiner
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The first restaurant I have been to in years where I felt compelled to leave less than a 15 percent tip. The food was mediocre at any price, and certainly not worth what Yellow Plum charges--my son ordered a $38 filet mignon that arrived tough and overdone. Service was terrible- missed drink and food orders, interminable delays, etc. I went on the strength of multiple highly positive reviews on OpenTable but was grievously misled and will never pay attention to these again.
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  • Really good first visit...
    njeater987VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Service was excellent - relaxed but knowledgeable and easy. I'm a picky eater and typically do not have many choices; I liked that they offered "silent" vegetarian options "up front". The pounded pork chop was great as were the fried brownies and arugula caesar -- diverse items, but excellent. We didn't find the prices any more elevated than neighboring Montclair - nowhere near offensive. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special occasion
    Elizabeth
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    The wait staff and setting was wonderful for celebrating a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great surprise
    jersey
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We found the Yellow Plum kind of by surprise and I have to say we were so incredibly glad we did. It's a 30 minute drive from where we live, but I can't wait to go back and bring friends with us. The interior is decorated in this kind of modern/retro/chic kind of way. The staff was perfect and the food was absolutely divine; some dishes had a subtle hint of flavor perfect for warm comfort food, while others were intense and robust. The portions are generous but you still wish you had one more bite because it just tasted THAT good. We already have plans to go back this week!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Had never been to Yellow Plum until last Saturday. The menu is excellent - plenty of choices for everyone. The food is excellent, particularly the crab cake sliders (an appetizer that could be an entree for a light eater!). Red snapper was a great entree. Didn't try any desserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice atmosphere, food was
    MhigVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Nice atmosphere, food was great. My wife and I will definitly be back
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our dinner at Yellow Plum
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Our dinner at Yellow Plum was delicious! We started off with a bourbon flight and a maca and cheese appetizer. The whole meal was great, but the best part was the homemade peanut butter ice cream. Definitely will return to yellow plum.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hidden Gem
    Kira0483VIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    My husband and I honestly don't know why this place isn't packed every night! The food, the service, and the atmosphere are all top notch, I've seen some comments about small portions - just not true! Dishes are all prepared with quality ingredients and generous portions! The oxtail ravioli and lobster bolognese never disappoint. My husband and I are definitely fans!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth another visit or more
    Jano48VIP
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    We went on a slow Tuesday night, sat at the bar and were served by Erica, a very sweet young lady. We were glad we read several on line reviews before we went since there were so many different menu options, and not all were provided at first. We opted for the $35 prix fix in order to sample several items. The short ribs are as good as described with Brussels sprouts and sweet potato purée. The chef provided all white meat, instead of mixed white and dark, for the other entree, also very tasty. The fried brownie dessert and ice cream sandwich desset were both very good. We will definitely return to try some of the other entrees, tapas, and the delicious looking burger.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • One of the Best Meals I've Ever Had
    ccrmichael
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    What an unexpected gem. My wife and I had an amazing meal. Quality food. Innovative menu. Just well done, all around. I had the Wild Boar Risotto. She enjoyed the Lobster Bolognese. We shared the Sweet Potato, Brussel Sprout, Bacon side (that may have been the most impressive!). The craft ale selection was strong, as well. All in all, a great experience and worth saving for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Yellow Plum is a great find. Very nice decor, knowledgable wait staff and terrific food. Specials and menu items were prepared well and very tasty.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Value
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Fabulous flavors....and NOT oversalted (a rare find these days). I thought the ribs could have been ever so slightly moister and the fish could have been cooked a LITTLE less. Crab cake sliders spectacular! Staff was terrific. Great menu. Cocktails look exciting and unique. Will surely come back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a great find!!
    Dinie
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    We had dinner at Yellow Plum after reading a terrific review in the Essex Magazine. We were not disappointed. They have several different menus, including small plates, regular dining and vegetarian. We started out with the shredded brussel sprout salad which was delicious. My partner had a wonderful pasta and I had a perfectly cooked steak sandwich. We will definitely go back. The owners have done a great job renovating the space....brand new rest rooms, and a beautiful bar scene. They will have outdoor dining, once we get rid of the cold and snow. I highly recommend Yellow Plum.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Our new favorite
    TommySalami
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    The bar bites continue to amaze and serve as great accompaniment to the fantastic menu. The restaurant I'd been waiting for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good eats
    RobD
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Nice place, good food, easy parking front or rear. Love the wine, but especially enjoy the bourbon flight Appetizers: Oxtail Ravioli (8.5) Tender Oxtail, perfect ravioli, great balance with kale and pickled sauce BLT Slider (5), Nicely done Pork Belly on good mini brioche, but lacked flavor, not a memorable dish Mac n Cheese (5), Tantalizing but failed to execute. Lacks flavor. Entree: Lobster Bolognese (8), healthy portion of lobster meat and nice light flavor Short Rib (8), Cooked very well, melt in your mouth, fall off the fork. Nice Sweet Potato puree, but underwhelming Brussell Sprouts
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent wait staff and food,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Excellent wait staff and food, but it is overpriced.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and drinks
    TheDiningFanaticVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The food at the Yellow Plum was superb. We have dined here several times and always had a great meal. Their brussels sprout salad is something I order every time we go its very good. We would definitely recommend this restaurant. Drinks are very good but a few sips and you are done. One area I think they need to work on in terms of giving their customers what they pay for. Overall experience was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice meal!
    Imnopoodle
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We had a very nice time at the Yellow Plum. They began by offering us a sampling of bourbons or wines. I declined, but my husband had the bourbons, and enjoyed them, although I think it was a bit strange for pre-dinner drinks. My dinner of crabcake over pork belly, and short ribs for dinner was well prepared. The ambiance and decor of the restaurant was my only complaint. It was very cold - wood floors, wood tables with no tablecloths, and wood cafeteria-style chairs. Chairs were not comfortable. I went to the ladies' room which was by the bar, and was afraid to touch anything. Perhaps there's a rest room in the restaurant side that's cleaner and more up to date, but the one I used was awful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went there for their Valentines special. Food was good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I love this place, it's some of the best food around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My new favorite restaurant
    TommySalami
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Yellow Plum does things right, for the right price- a true gastropub that elevates comfort food, with generous portions for a moderate price. A nice craft beer selection and an even better cocktail bar, live music on Fridays, bar bite bargains until 10pm on weekdays, from oxtail ravioli, chorizo meatballs, fried oysters, to standards like fried calamari and tasty ancho chile dusted fries and a fine bar burger, it is everything you want in a neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent food, service needs work
    pickyeater
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food was nice, if not too terribly creative. The wine selection is excellent. The service was friendly and competent, but intrusive and resulted in our feeling rushed - not fatal but it was Valentine's Day.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    Bonji27
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Food was delicious, server was pleasant and knowledgeable. We had a great time! Would definitely go back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • needs improvement
    Foodie1
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Potential is there as Chef has fine credentials. ...General quality of ingredients is good....but very uneven in the entrees we received. The special.entree...mussels ...was not so special. Service was good and the resto has nice ambience. But needs to
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  • Yellow yum!
    ZinfandelishVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Although the space is nearly unchanged since it was Bar Cara (nice, relaxed space), the new owner/chef and his dad (out-of-retirement chef/restaurateur) have made outstanding food and wine choices. This was our second visit in the past 30 days... in total we've tried 4 different apps, 4 different entrees and 2 desserts... loved them all (some were menu items, some specials)! The on-menu items we enoyed were: (apps) shaved brussel sprouts/arugula salad and mac/cheese with short ribs, (entrees) lobster bolognese, short ribs and sea bass, (desserts) fried brownie!! Extra points for serving the cappucino piping hot! The right way!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good bet for a fine meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    My husband and I had a meal here on a recent Friday night and thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience. The interior design is contemporary and very comfortable. We shared the calamari appetizer which is always a litmus test for us at a new restaurant. In this case, the squid was very fresh and the coating was light and divine. We shared the short rib entree and lobster bolognese entree -both were spot on. For desert we shared a pot de creme - again a home run. My husband, who enjoys wines, was very pleased with the wine list. The extensive experience of the father and son team behind Yellow Plum is very apparent from the quality and creativeness of the menu through to the professional service. We will be back again soon. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent new American
    TommySalami
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    Decadent comfort food and American cuisine with a Southern zing, Yellow Plum amazed on all levels. From cocktails to dessert, they have an imaginative menu of familiar dishes done with their own flair. Blue cheese potato croquettes were rich, mashed potato sticks; BLT sliders with seared pork belly were fantastic. The entrees range from crispy duck breast to pastas, seafood, and a ribeye with broccoli rabe. The meals all come with sides, but you can also order ala carter. The short ribs macaroni and cheese was an excellent choice. For a relatively new restaurant they have everything mastered as if they've been there for decades. They also have a great chorizo burger, thick fries, and happy hour bar bites at prices that can't be beat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate