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Exceptional Lake Views - 1878 On The Lake, Delavan, WI

1878 On The Lake

4.1
4.1
314 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
With panoramic waterfront views, an innovative menu inspired by our Midwestern roots, and an all-new interior design, we invite you to dine with us lakeside at 1878 on the Lake. Join us for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and enjoy our all new menus, with a unique twist, as we pay homage to Lake Lawn Resort's long-standing history and celebrate what's to come.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Steakhouse, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–11:00 am Sat 7:00 am–12:00 pm Sun 7:00 am–1:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (262) 725-9155
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Ryne Harwick
  • Neighborhood
    Lake Geneva
  • Cross street
    US Hwy 50, east of I-43 in Delavan, WI
  • Parking details
    Hotel Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access

Experiences

  • Lakeside Igloo Experience for 2

    $37.50 per person

    Prepaid

    Nov 1, 2023 - Mar 30, 2024
    Cozy up with family and friends in one of our winter igloos overlooking Delavan Lake on the 1878 on the Lake patio. Create memories while enjoying seasonal cocktails, chef-made meals, and more! Whether it’s family fun with the kiddos or a romantic date night, Lake Lawn Resort’s Winter Lakeside Igloo Experience is where memories are made, and stories are relived. 90 Minute Igloo rental is $75+tax plus the cost of any food & beverage purchased. Each Igloo seats up to 6 guests. Regular 1878 on the Lake menus will be available.
  • Lakeside Igloo Experience for 3

    $25.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Nov 1, 2023 - Mar 30, 2024
    Cozy up with family and friends in one of our winter igloos overlooking Delavan Lake on the 1878 on the Lake patio. Create memories while enjoying seasonal cocktails, chef-made meals, and more! Whether it’s family fun with the kiddos or a romantic date night, Lake Lawn Resort’s Winter Lakeside Igloo Experience is where memories are made, and stories are relived. 90 Minute Igloo rental is $75+tax plus the cost of any food & beverage purchased. Each Igloo seats up to 6 guests. Regular 1878 on the Lake menus will be available.
  • Lakeside Igloo Experience for 4

    $18.75 per person

    Prepaid

    Nov 1, 2023 - Mar 30, 2024
    Cozy up with family and friends in one of our winter igloos overlooking Delavan Lake on the 1878 on the Lake patio. Create memories while enjoying seasonal cocktails, chef-made meals, and more! Whether it’s family fun with the kiddos or a romantic date night, Lake Lawn Resort’s Winter Lakeside Igloo Experience is where memories are made, and stories are relived. 90 Minute Igloo rental is $75+tax plus the cost of any food & beverage purchased. Each Igloo seats up to 6 guests. Regular 1878 on the Lake menus will be available.

What 314 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Wisconsin

    Great for scenic views

  • Lake Geneva

    Best Overall

  • Lake Geneva

    Best Food

  • Lake Geneva

    Best Service

  • Lake Geneva

    Best Ambiance

  • Lake Geneva

    Best Value

  • Lake Geneva

    Good for groups

  • Lake Geneva

    Good for special occasions

  • Lake Geneva

    Most Booked

313 Reviews
  1. SofiaF

    Chicago

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We did the igloo experience and it was great! Outstanding food! Beautiful night! Gorgeous views! Sweet and romantic! Very happy! Worth it! Best Tomahawk Pork Chop I’ve ever had! Would definitely come back!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I celebrated our 25th anniversary here. We dined in one the igloos. The temperature was comfortable. The food was delicious. Our server Emily was attentive and made some great recommendations for us. All the staff here was friendly . Great experience. Highly recommend!

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  3. Chris

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, great service, great drinks. $240 for two people… inflation is a monster. Good experience overall, would go back in a heart beat!

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  4. AndrewT

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a nice time. Very relaxing and a nice atmosphere. Food was very good as was the service. Will go back again soon!

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  5. GlenviewGuy

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a very nice time and our server was nice and polite, if somewhat ineffectual. Long waits between courses of their special very limited Valentine’s Day menu. Bread was very bland and no bread plates were brought so we had to wait for the appetizer to show up before trying the bread. Other nearby tables received a sauce to go with the surf and turf for the lobster; we did not. While our server was nice, she wasn’t available enough to correct her mistakes on the plating and sauce. The food was still good, albeit the steak was overdone but fortunately still tender. The dessert was excellent, although we may have been the last patrons to get it as they ran out. Clearly poor planning of management of staffing necessary and materials necessary. Yet the pricing was significantly higher than similar meals from better restaurants. Hence the value proposition wasn’t good. We rolled with the punches and had fun anyway.

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  6. EricM

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was slow at times but was busy! Otherwise a great meal!

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  7. TomB

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is AMAZING. Amazing food, amazing atmosphere, with an amazing view even in the winter.

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  8. ChrisN

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dinner and breakfast options!!! Look forward to visiting again!!!!

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  9. TaniaL

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and quality service! You cannot go wrong with anything on their brunch menu!

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  10. atehere

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    My mother taught me that if you don't have something nice to say about someone or something don't say anything at all. soooooooooooo

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  11. DwpLjp

    Chicago

    295 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    295 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cool dining area with big windows overlooking lake. Super friendly server and unique cocktails. Deelish food for example the delicately flavored pork baonbun appetizer and fantastic walleye with a perfect lightly salt touched sear. We’re going back for more!

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  12. Taylor

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Unfortunately the prices did meet the quality expectations.

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  13. ShirleyC

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waitress was kind and helpful. The turkey wrap needs some kind of dipping sauce, it was a bit dry and could more flavor

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  14. CharleneV

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice place good view good service - would go back again

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  15. LissaV

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice place and beautiful view of the Lake. I would highly recommend it.

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  16. KimD

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had such a great time during our igloo experience. The service was great! The food was good and we enjoyed a beautiful setting.

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  17. wifee

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant is very nicely decorated, with views of the lake, and quiet. The food was wonderful, there was nothing we didn't like. The smoked cherry cocktail is yummy.

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  18. JeanneS

    Tucson

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal ! I had the walleye and my husband had the squash risotto. The walleye was the clear winner ! Mild flakey fish , pan seared on one side only which was perfect. It was very quiet only 6 tables dining on this weekday evening. We had a window seat and the atmosphere was relaxed and beautiful. Emily our server was friendly and very attentive. The renovations being done at lake Lawn were impressive.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent server and manager and a very interesting menu

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  20. Fabiola

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautiful place, great view. I feel it would be more enjoyable during summer. We are staying a couple miles from the resort but we enjoyed a quiet lunch with a nice view. Only sad part was that they didn’t have available the dessert we wanted to share the cast iron apple something. Overall quality of the food and price was worth it.

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  21. KennethP

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Took me right back to 1986. I did miss the ham on the carving table and was really looking forward to the pumpkin pie, but I also understand that times change. One thing that did not change was the fantastic food. When you put out a spread that impressed an 87 year old, you can be assured that it was a great experience had by all of us.

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  22. Deanne

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious, a little pricey but it was NYE. Our server was a little bit absent minded and made several errors, from drinks, to no rolls, to charging us for the wrong drinks and a buffet dinner which wasn't even an option. Then we asked her to divide the bill in half, she did that wrong. I feel that when you spend $400.00 for a dinner you want great service.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Visited on New Years Eve. Initial greeting was great and seated on time. Server began the night with an awkward joke. Never served bread. Had to be asked for a water refill. Appetizer was a crab bisque. Terrible. We are only a few bites. We both ordered the surf and the medium rare. It was served to us so raw it was inedible. They took it back to heat more and then served it to us medium well. At this point we asked to just pay for our wine and leave. The manager did pick up our wine but very dissappinting at 8:30 new years evening.

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  24. GamGam

    Chicago

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    NYE dinner - prices fixed - food was great but no special NYE extras like music, champagne, etc so a little disappointing.

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  25. AndrewG

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The kitchen seemed to be having trouble the night we dined.

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  26. CassandraV

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had breakfast New Year's Eve morning. It was quiet with a great view, service and menu items were excellent. Will go again.

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  27. BrandonP

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great service was exceptional. They were short staffed but still had a great service

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  28. MattN

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was very good. The ambiance was also very nice. The wait staff was easily overwhelmed so most people were patient. But it took about 15 min to get a drink and longer for food. It was the holiday season so maybe most staff was gone but they shouldn't have accepted soo many tables etc. The food was great though, they just brought all if it together, apps included.

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  29. DavidC

    Milwaukee

    76 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    A busy Saturday before the New Years celebrations. I can understand the difficulty in staffing. Was a hectic night for our server. She held a positive attitude and apologized for a few hiccups in service and delivery. Overall, the experience was good. Cadence, temperature and presentation was nice. We always enjoy a meal at 1878. I hope someday staffing will return to make life easier and better for our servers.

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  30. PaulK

    Milwaukee

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We arrived early and had a cocktail in the bar. Drinks were pricey. Didn't care for the restaurant atmosphere. It was newly remodeled and frankly we loved the previous decor hands down. The restaurant was busy but not overly busy with plenty of empty tables and yet it took our server 10 minutes to acknowledge our presence even though she passed us several times. From the time we were seated to the time we received our meals it was over an hour. Our server came back only one time to check on us and the next time was when my wife flagged her down for the bill. Menu choices were limited in my opinion and the dinner entree choices were expensive. Things appeared a la carte and the food was good but not excellent or outstanding. We loved the previous menu before the restaurant was revamped. The bar though a little pricey has a nice feel and we would likely patronize that but for the restaurant, I don't think we'll be back for dinner.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We did the igloo experience which is what saved this meal. The food was way over salted. The two appetizers we ordered had run out (it was 7pm). And they only had 2 of the 4 or 5 desserts (it was a birthday dinner for my kids). The server was attentive and felt bad for the lack of choices. Would not return for dinner.

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  32. Laur

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a beautiful igloo- which was very fun! The food and service was just ok. She seemed bothered by us being out in the igloo- rolls tasted mushy like they were microwaved, kids meals came with like 5 fries total. Calamari was super mushy- shrimp risotto does not come with much shrimp and all and it is all very pricy for what we got.

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  33. PeteF

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food choices were delicious. The staff was courteous and helpful. Our server was ok.

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  34. DavidS

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The quality of the food was not worth the price we paid. The food wasn't warm, the prime rib was severely undercooked and the salmon was undercooked as well. Service at the table was slow. The prime rib was cooked to our liking after we brought it to the server's attention.

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  35. TinaL

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant. Food was pretty good. Our service wasn't great. We had to ask for a mimosa 3 times before we got them. Also never got water refilled.

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  36. ErinD

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, bright open space to view lake, and courteous staff.

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  37. SusanR

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Welcoming environment. Good variety of food. Very clean. Efficient staff.

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  38. ChristopherH

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Super disappointing. Wife and I went for their Christmas brunch, and some of the food was good, but at $140 for 2 it should be excellent: -Advertised "prime rib" but they served roast beef -Advertised "goose" but according to the person carving the meat, it was duck. Also was supposed to be served with an "orange cranberry sauce" and it was just straight cranberry sauce -Advertised "honey glazed carrots with a port wine reduction", they were perhaps honey glazed but there wasn't even liquid in the tray let alone any wine flavor, just tasted like cooked carrots -Advertised "figgy pudding", there was a sign for it on the dessert table, but there was none, just a random assortment of various unlabeled dessert bars -Advertised "sage sausage links", there was no sage in the sausage -Pork chops were dry, though the stuffing with it was very good If this was 1/2 the charged price with truth in advertising, it would be fine. At the charged price, it was a very poor value. Also, the signage outside is very poor. Nothing outside tells you where "1878" is, at a large resort with many buildings, a lobby, and a banquet hall.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Christmas Day brunch was very good overall. However, there were no potatoes of any kind with the exception of mashed sweet potatoes and rutabaga. There were no breakfast potatoes or mashed potatoes, no potatoes of any kind which would’ve been preferred. Pork chops were a little dry.

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  40. Anonymous

    Indiana

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came with my family and it was wonderful! Food was great

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FAQs

1878 On The Lake is rated 4.1 stars by 314 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for 1878 On The Lake

2400 E Geneva St, Delavan, WI 53115-2024

Additional information

  • Cross street
    US Hwy 50, east of I-43 in Delavan, WI
  • Neighborhood
    Lake Geneva
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–11:00 am Sat 7:00 am–12:00 pm Sun 7:00 am–1:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Steakhouse, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Hotel Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Ryne Harwick
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access
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