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About On The Marsh Bistro

On the Marsh Bistro resides in a converted barn and farmhouse circa 1800 on 3 acres of plantings alongside a tidal salt marsh. Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, James Beard Presenter 2011, NECN Platinum Plate, Voted Most Romantic and one of the top ten restaurants in Maine. Great for European style Weddings, Rehearsal Dinners and Corporate Meetings. Try The Owner's Table or Our most Romantic Table #16, tucked away in a quiet corner. You will be dining in a captivating interior with Antiques, Collectibles and Art, all available for purchase. Menu changes weekly. "It is around the table that friends and family best understand the warmth of being together..." Denise Rubin, Proprietress

46 Western Ave.
Kennebunkport, ME 04043
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary European, Global, International, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:

Open Every Day
Lunch 11:30am-4:00pm
Dinner 5:00pm-9:00pm
Late Night Menu 8:00pm-11:00pm

Cross Street:
Route 9

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(207) 967-2299

Website:
http://www.onthemarsh.com/

Entertainment:
Live Piano on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Parking Details:
On the Marsh Bistro has private parking on its three acre grounds for 200 cars, guests only. Valet Service is offered upon request three weeks prior to the event.

Public Transit:
On the Marsh Bistro is a destination restaurant and can offer recommended taxi service in the local area serving the Hotels and Inns.

Executive Chef:
Peter Pappas

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:

Weds. Prix Fixe Menu
Fri. High Wine Dinner

Sat. Piano.
Gift Certificates Available.

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Sun 5:30PM - 8:30PM

Wed - Thu 5:30PM - 8:30PM

On The Marsh Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

service

4.5

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4.7

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4.2

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93% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (45)
Special Occasion (39)
Good for a Date (33)
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Good for Anniversaries (31)
Quiet Conversation (28)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Cozy (23)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Worth the Drive (21)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Bar Seating (18)
Scenic View (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Local Ingredients (14)
Authentic (13)
Notable Wine List (12)
Business Meals (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Seasonal (8)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Live Music (6)
Fun (6)
Healthy (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Waterfront (5)
Casual (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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Organic (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Took advantage of early dinner special menu offered 4-6 pm Monday- Thursday in the winter months. Comfort food such as spaghetti and meatballs, stuffed haddock, chicken pot pie, meatloaf with a choice of side only $12. Wines for $5. Great deal for local dinners. Our Bookclub was very pleased. Beautiful dinning space and charming service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

Great dining experience! We had a wonderful lunch and the lobster stew was perfect! It was wonderful that the restaurant is open for lunch as well as dinner!

Tags: Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

Awesome food great ambiance great overall experience will return thank you

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 (New England)·Dined on January 11, 2018

We enjoyed the “Comfort” menu. This happens from Monday through Thursday from 4 PM to 7 PM. The entrees were around $12 and there was a good selection of wine for $5 per glass. This really contrasts with the normal pricing at this restaurant, where entrees are at least $25 and wine by the glass at least $10. The size of the portions was moderate rather than too large. So we enjoyed the meal and came away with a good value. This probably doesn’t happen in season, but for year-round Mainers, it is a good deal.

We will definitely return while this deal is on.

The only bad thing was the acoustics of the restaurant. The wooden ceiling magnified the conversations at other tables, making it a bit loud.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 2, 2018

The food is excellent. View is fantastic. Comfortable, peaceful, relaxing, very well furnished, as well as interesting.

We'll be back whenever we're in Maine. Well worth the drive.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Scenic View, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We have dined at On the Marsh frequently over the past several years and have come to expect the excellence I think you pride yourself on, but we were very disappointed last night. We were looking forward to our New Year’s Eve dinner and made reservations weeks in advance. We had a 9:15 reservation and were seated after a reasonable wait,for such a busy evening, at 9:30. But we were then greeted with an extensive list of what was no longer available on the menu, including everything lobster....how can this happen when you have a definitive number of reservations? Needless to say, everything we were looking forward to having wasn’t to be had. It was explained to us you graciously accepted Hurricanes reservations... but maybe you should of made sure you had enough food for your loyal patrons who chose your establishment over theirs! Our New Years Eve experience was a disappointment.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We had a 9 PM reservation for New Year’s Eve. We hadn’t yet been to On the Marsh but had been looking forward to trying it. We went with out of town guests. The decorations and atmosphere were lovely but we were surprised how crowded it was.

Once seated the first thing we were told was they were out of lobster. So any dish containing lobster was not available. My husband, who isn’t a big lobster lover anyway, was happy to order the scallops without the lobster. I would have ordered the scallops myself if there was something to replace the lobster but changed to another dish when I was told there was nothing to replace it. I then ordered a side Caesar salad and was told there was no Caesar dressing. That seemed odd since it is relatedly easy to make. We decided to order Oysters instead and we were told they were out of Oysters.

When the meals came there was lobster in the scallop dish. I was sorry then that I hadn’t ordered it. I had the haddock which was fine but not overly exciting. My husband said the scallops were over salted and so was disappointed with that. My guests didn’t say anything about their meal one way or the other which leaves me guessing.

Now we were fully aware that another restaurant in the area, Hurricane’s, had to close because of burst pipes and Alisson’s also closed that evening due to burst pipes. It was very nice of the restaurant to try to accommodate the Hurricane’s guests who were left without a reservation for dinner. But I can’t help but feel it was at our expense. We had reservations ahead of time but had very limited selections available to us due to them accommodating the larger crowd. It was not the experience we had hoped for.

Rather than post this initially, I sent the review to the restaurant for comments. But after 4 days I do not have any response at all. They don’t seem particularly concerned with my disappointment. I would not recommend this restaurant to friends.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We enjoyed a great meal. The Lobster Roma was delicious. Our waitress Shannon was so friendly.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We love this restaurant! The ambiance is amazing...just beautifully decorated, inside and out! Food is fantastic, and staff is seasoned and knows what they are doing. We were recently here for NYE, but we dine here a few times a month, and we always have a great experience.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food is consistently delicious and well prepared. The wine list and bar specials are good, and the live piano music is a treat!

Tags: Live Music, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had dinner at On The Marsh for New Years Eve with our 3 kids (11, 9, and 7). Although they do not have a kids menu, they were easily able to accommodate most anything the kids could want. The decor was fantastic, the food was delicious and the cocktails were tasty and strong. Highly recommend!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great dinner in an amazing settting. The decor is beautiful and the food is very good. It was decorated for Christmas which made it even more cozy.

Tags: Seasonal
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 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2017

High expectations but disappointing. Salad was all vinegar — barely Edible. Everything was under seasoned. The dessert was terrible. Warm almond cake was cold in a hot pan — too Bad because it was highly recommended by the locals.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 25, 2017

If you happen to go to this restaurant, please make sure you are not seated upstairs. The ambiance of the place is 100% downstairs. Also, do not order wine by the glass - I guess this restaurant is known for their wine, but the Pinot Noir by the glass was terrible.

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Excellent wait staff, very good food, nice atmosphere, little pricey but not disappointed.

Tags: Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 16, 2017

I chose it because of the many great reviews--and we were all VERY happy with the quality of the food, the choices and the environment. The lobster soup was FULL huge pieces of lobster. Everyone was happy with the food and the service!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The staff was wonderful! Very attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. The food was delicious - I had the oysters rockerfeller and lobster with angel hair. Both were well prepared and I thoroughly enjoyed. Great seasonal cocktails as well.

Tags: Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Seasonal
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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Dinner was very lovely!! We were there for Christmas prelude with our friends. Just loved all the decorations. Very pretty. Will return soon I'm sure!!! Shannon our server was awesome!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Romantic, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

So romantic and very accommodating for a gluten allergy. Staff was pleasant and my overall experience hands down was an A++ I'll definitely be back and recommend this to others!!!

Tags: Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Live Music, Authentic, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 9, 2017

I never write reviews, but On the Marsh is such a special place that I'd feel guilty not making the extra effort to sing its praises. It's an absolutely charming place with great service, delicious food and a beautiful setting. Go!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

A wonderful experience as far as ambiance and food

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 8, 2017

We were visiting Kennenbunkport and made the reservation before we got there. We enjoyed it so much, we made a second reservation but due to the weather to cancel. The restaurant was decorated so beautifully for Christmas which made it special. It was also recommended by the locals as a great place for food and Mbiance.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

Our waitress was lovely...energetic, friendly, accommodating...she sparkled. So sorry I cannot remember her name...Christine perhaps? On all counts, I was highly praised by the group for selecting this venue for “the girls” Christmas luncheon.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on December 6, 2017

The food, service and ambiance at On the Marsh are outstanding. It is beautifully decorated inside and out and the quality of the food is outstanding. I only wished we lived closer!

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Took parents for combined 80th birthday celebration and holiday dinner. They had never been and loved the restaurant. Mom had scallops with lobster risotta and Dad enjoyed the Statler chicken breast. It was a busy "Prelude" night, but everything was perfect! From the moment you arrive and enter through the trellis walkway, you feel you are transported back to a time of simplicity and elegance. Can't help but relax, unwind and enjoy a lovely evening!

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We look forward to our visit to On The Marsh when we visit Kennebunkport. We usually visit during one of their busiest nights of the year, so I have never visited without a reservation and do not know how it is on a typical night.

We hold the restaurant to a high standard, having frequented it over the years. The food is always very good, the service helpful and knowledgeable, and during the holidays they usually have live piano and carolers (which I always enjoy.) My husband was very impressed with his cup of Lobster Stew, which he determined to have an entire lobster worth of meat in it.

This year one could observe a shortage in staff everywhere in town. It was obvious in every restaurant (and from other visitor's stories) that most places seemed to be understaffed. Therefore I felt we noticed the change as well. Service was not as attentive and things were slow at times. Everyone was clearly doing their best and I do not think it is a reflection on the staff or restaurant- just clearly an issue all around.

Still we had a very good meal, at a romantic table, enjoyed carolers, and overall had a very nice evening. We look forward to our next visit.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Too much music going on for our taste. Jazz trio then caroling...geez...

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 (New England)·Dined on December 1, 2017

I have eaten her 6 times and the last 3 have been quite unacceptable. I won't bore you with the details. On occasion number 4, our entree never came....I mean never came after an hour and 45 minutes of promising almost ready nothing. The service person finally had the common sense to admit he had no clue when or if it would arrive and suggested we just leave.

I love the decour and ambiance which is why I kept trying to give another shot. This last meal, my chowder was cool, Caesar salad bland and the Haddock À La Meuniere dry as bone. It was served as brick over a teaspoon of mashed and spinach. Realizing it was going to be hit or miss I saved some of my "reheated lobster chowder" and poured that over the fish ....actually quite tasty. Fish A La Meuniere implies a thin lightly saute fish with a wonderful interpenetration of Beurre blanc sauce. Sorry guys...I really want to love this place, like my first visit.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We dined on the Friday night of Christmas Prelude. We had reservations and when we called to move our reservation to an earlier hour the restaurant was very accommodating. We were seated promptly and greeted warmly by our server. We were a party of four. We enjoyed our cocktails with our starters, three salads and one butternut squash bisque. Our entrees arrived promptly, one haddock, one chicken, and two scallops with lobster risotto. I had the scallops which were cooked perfectly. However I took one bite of the lobster risotto and realized it was full of bacon! I do not eat bacon so I was quite surprised and disappointed as there was no mention on the menu of bacon being a key ingredient. Every one enjoyed their meals overall.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Wonderful as always. Good food & good service. Keith makes a great martini too.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

On the Marsh has quickly become our new favorite in the area! The unique decor, staff and exquisite culinary flavors are truly among the best we've ever enjoyed. We decide on oysters, caesar salad, day boat scallops with risotto and the lemon haddock with wilted spinach. All outstanding! The piano bar and entertainer added a warm glow to the beautiful holiday atmosphere. Keep doing what you're doing On the Marsh~fantastic job!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2017

A wonderful lunch. The haddock chowder was the best I've ever had! Wow! We'll be back soon.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We chose this restaurant for Thanksgiving based on OpenTable reviews (and limited options). It turned out to be a great choice - lovely atmosphere, servers were extremely warm and friendly (especially since they were working on a holiday) and the food was great! The menu wasn’t limited to traditional Thanksgiving choices, which was nice since I’m not a big fan of turkey, etc. All in all, a wonderful experience and I’d choose it again next year if they’re serving!

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We had an absolutely fabulous Thanksgiving dinner! There was, understandably, a bit of a wait but it was worth it. The bartender’s tasty Prosecco and Cider served up in the holiday spirit was a great start.
We ordered the traditional turkey dinner and wasn’t disappointed. More than an ample amount of delicious sweet potato, white garlic mashed potato, green beans, and turkey with stuffing topped off with a side of gravy.
The Inn was tastefully decorated, we loved the holiday music played by the pianist, and the service was excellent from start to finish! Thank you OTM for such a lovely afternoon.
On The Marsh has to be on my list of top restaurants! A very special dining experience.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Healthy, Live Music, Romantic, Hot Spot, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Always a great meal, our lobster stew app was extraordinary with lots of lobster, my wife's ceasar salad was crisp and
Tasty. My steak was cooked perfectly and delicious, my wife's paddock was wonderful. The two waitresses were attententive but not intrusive. Desserts were super

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on November 21, 2017

I made reservations here for a romantic dinner. Well, the restaurant is beautiful decorated, I ask for Table Sixteen as it’s their table tucked in a corner and romantic-it said on line. The table of 12 across the restaurant were SO load we thought of moving or leaving. Our menus were on the table with a special insert served 4-7pm. We sat at our table at 6:45. After I decided on an entree from that insert the hostess came over and oh someone told my you had the inserts and your not supposed too. Well that someone was the waitress whom only talked to my husband (which made him feel uncomfortable as well as me) As the hostess took off with the insert I said to my husband well two thumbs down-loud table and special insert gone! She must have heard me as she came back and said well most of the items are sold out but you can have either this or that. Really??? Not the nice quite, romantic dinner we drove to Kennebunk for.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 20, 2017

We had an absolutely wonderful experience at On the Marsh! The setting was absolutely gorgeous. The staff was attentive and the food was delicious. I cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough for a wonderful dining experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Amazing food and great service! They forgot to bring my husbands cocktail brought it and my refill Sangrisa on the house!

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Best meal I've had in a while with an incredibly cozy atmosphere and great service!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great meal. Service very good, could have paid a little more attention to water glasses and bread. But overall I would recommend and go back.

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