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Bar Pendry, Chicago, IL

Bar Pendry

4.4
4.4
38 Reviews
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
Off the Pendry Chicago lobby within the historic Carbide & Carbon building, Bar Pendry is a celebration of a classic Chicago cocktail bar. Walk-ins are always encouraged, with reservations taken only for Boozy Tea. With interiors designed by world-renowned design firm Studio Munge, the sophisticated lounge is tucked behind heavy floor-to-ceiling drapery and boasts a dark and moody atmosphere with custom leather sofas, vintage rugs, cozy banquettes and a curated art collection. Anchored around a double-sided fireplace, the 54-person bar offers guests with a selection of classic and seasonal cocktails, wine and local beers along with a menu of elevated bar bites by Pendry Chicago’s Executive Mark Shoemaker and Sunday Afternoon Boozy Tea, available by reservation only.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Cocktail Bar, American, Afternoon Tea
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–12:00 am Fri, Sat 11:00 am–1:00 am Afternoon Tea Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (312) 777-9000
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Mark Shoemaker
  • Neighborhood
    River North (Chicago)
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, View, Wine

What 38 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

38 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was really good!! Loved the tea time experience!!

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  2. EmilyE

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Super fun. Food was excellent and the vibe was relaxed and hip - not your traditional Sunday tea. The service was slow but I would go back!
    Bar PendryResponded on February 6, 2024
    Hi Emily! Thank you for choosing Bar Pendry's Boozy Tea. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the experience and look forward to serving you again soon!

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  3. DC24

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The price of the boozy tea (that includes no booze) is $65, which allows for each person to have only one of each of the tea sandwiches. The selection of tea was fine approx. five options. There weren't options to make dietary accommodations when making the reservations and there were no vegan options available. The waitress/server was generally nice.
    Bar PendryResponded on February 6, 2024
    Thank you for choosing Bar Pendry's Boozy Tea and for your kind words about our associates. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by limited options to accommodate your dietary needs. We appreciate your feedback and will consider it as we continually strive to improve our service. We hope to serve you again soon.

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  4. JesikaG

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We did the boozy tea and it was wonderful. The tea was delicious and flavorful and the small bites were to die for. Our waitress was on top of everything and the brunch music was lively. 10 out of 10 would recommend.

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  5. Beatea

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambiance-, good food & excellent service! Would go there again.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I had reservations for high tea. They first sat me at a nice table with comfortable chairs. After being seated and waiting for the rest of my party to arrive, they asked me to move to another table. I agreed but then they sat me at a high table by the bar. My party arrived and we set by the bar which was uncomfortable for high tea. They never sat anyone at the table I was moved from. They never came back to refill hot water either. There are a lot of places in Chicago to have high tea, I do not recommend the Pendry.

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  7. MorganB

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for high tea and had a wonderful time. Everything was delicious and it was so cozy inside. Definitely recommend for a unique experience!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Boozy Tea experience was exceptional. Food and tea were delicious. The ambiance,decor and dj playing cool music just loud enough to set the scene/mood was enjoyable.

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  9. TeeSly

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed the tea event, very elegant and relaxing!

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  10. Shanina84

    New York City

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The boozy tea experience was phenomenal and the service was stellar! My husband and I really enjoyed the delicious snacks that accompanied the impressive selections of teas. As for the cocktails they were DELICIOUS! Again I must emphasize the service was amazing and I will definitely be partaking in this experience again!
    Bar PendryResponded on October 23, 2023
    Thank you for visiting Bar Pendry! We are so pleased you enjoyed the Boozy Tea experience and thank you for your kind words about our associates. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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  11. Inque

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Went for tea time - very weird vibes with a DJ in a small lounge like atmosphere like it didn't know what it wanted to be. A mediocre club? Sophisticated tea time? A hotel bar? The staff was extremely overwhelmed and the offering mediocre. We ended up leaving early and finishing in our room. Food was decent but they would not remove items that we had dietary constraints or replace the sandwiches with what we could eat and will charge you for leaving. The desserts offered were outstanding the tea was delicious. Just an extremely mixed bag of bad atmosphere, bad flow, wild restrictions, and high price.
    Bar PendryResponded on October 16, 2023
    Thank you for joining us at Bar Pendry for Boozy Tea and sharing your review with us. We are disappointed you were not completely satisfied with your experience and would appreciate the opportunity to discuss with you further. I look forward to hearing from you. Best Regards,

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  12. Lizz1212

    Chicago

    81 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The tea was fine, it was a little awkward, I appreciate their take on wanting to do it more modern, but sitting on very low couches for that type of meal was a little awkward however it was good for us being a larger group, felt more free, but if it was just 2 of us, I feel like it would have been a strange experience. Vibe was ok with the DJ, but being that it's in the hotel lobby you're going to get a mix of clientele
    Bar PendryResponded on October 9, 2023
    Thank you for visiting Bar Pendry and sharing your review. We are disappointed you were not completely satisfied with your experience and your feedback only helps us to improve. We hope to welcome you back for another experience soon.

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  13. JoanE

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice space, but disappointing tea bites. Tea cocktails were good, though. Request a table or couch near the fireplace.

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  14. Brion

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The service & quality of food for a $65 afternoon tea tasting menu was abysmal. I walked away spending $100 overall but not feeling and/or seeing the actual value of the entire experience. I curate a travel blog for news outlets in Charlotte, NC & could not recommend this to my clients at this time. Maybe a second look at the service standards, and the actual components to the tea tower should be considered.
    Bar PendryResponded on April 16, 2023
    Thank you for your feedback about your recent experience. I have emailed your privately and look forward to your response. It is our goal to make every experience a positive memorable occasion.

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  15. EdyD

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Great spot for Sunday tea. Service was a bit absent and at $20/ drink you'd think they'd come by more to see if you'd like more, but overall very pleased. Quiet space, good for small to medium sized parties. NOT good for large parties

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  16. KateL

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The #1 worst experience I’ve ever had dining anywhere in Chicago. I brought some family from out of town for the Sunday tea and was so embarrassed by how terrible the service was. I’m pretty sure our server was still drunk from the night before, she didn’t explain anything, didn’t welcome us to the experience, didn’t even know what she was serving and pretty much avoided our table the whole time, until she picked up the check for her easy $60 tip for dropping off our water glasses. There was a dj playing some sort of distorted industrial electro pop playlist that made things feel weird and dark. Not light and ethereal for Sunday tea. The speakers were blasting and set up right next to the tables. Shout out to the manager who noticed it bothered me and turned it away, that was great. Still just not the vibe and was such a disappointment. Don’t take your grandma here who expects white glove and a server who has attention to detail. Don’t bring your niece or sister in law or basically anyone you want to host or treat.

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  17. RachelW

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great private setup

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  18. Chicagosavy

    Chicago

    53 reviews

    1.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Fireplace was advertised but not working. It was cold and drafty. The worst was we wanted to order additional food and they said no. They only make enough food for the exact number of reservations they have. The water for tea was cold. Service was awful.

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  19. JenniferD

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved afternoon tea here! They were able to accommodate a large group of us by seating us in the lobby area. Very great service

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  20. JeanD

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Bar Pendry Staff went out of their way to make our Afternoon Tea Service amazing. We had a group of 12 and they seated us in a prime location that allowed for great conversation and great views of Michigan Avenue. The Jidori Smoked Chicken Salad and the Cranberry & Orange Macarons were both stand outs. Top tea choices for us were the Emperor's Genmaicha Green and the Gingerbread Dream Rooibos.

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  21. Hepburn

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I mentioned twice that there was one vegetarian following making my reservation, and they weren't prepared for that. My friend went with less food to eat. A bit of a letdown.

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  22. GameDay

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very cute place with comfy seating and a lovely server. The bar manager came by to make sure all was well in the beginning, then towards the end no one came by for 30 mins (which was fine we were just chatting it up) and then the manager somewhat rudely asked us to leave because our time was up - without even getting us a check or anyone letting us know we needed to start wrapping it up. Very bizarre and rude but besides that fluke, the tea and experience was good.

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  23. michaela

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Not great for tea. Unorganized, disinterested service.

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  24. DeeP

    Chicago

    33 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    I wanted to start a tradition with my grown daughters of having holiday tea in Chicago. Seemd like such a festive way to ring in the holidays - a couple of focused hours on my favorite women. Admittedly I started looking for reservations a little late, but was delighted to see The Pendry seemed to offer just what we wanted. We arrived a little early and yet they were able to seat us right away. Such a great way to start our experience. Unfortunately, that level of service did not continue. Our server came to our table and asked if we knew what we wanted. My understanding was that the tea service was a fixed menu, so we just didn't know what to do and she offered no explanation. It all felt abrupt and lacked the care I expected for the price. An explanation of how things worked would have been great! Her lack of care and attention continued throughout the 2+ hours we spent there. In fact, when I wanted to order a bottle of wine, I had to call out to her to get her attention. She wasn't even checking on us for the opportunity to "upsell" something. Truly lacking in the kind of customer service I expected at that price point. Plus, with a fixed menu, there wasn't a lot of work for her to do. You'd think she could fill our water glasses and take an order for a bottle of wine pretty easily. The food was great as was the tea we ordered. We really enjoyed all of it. Special mention of the chicken sandwiches and the cheese tart. My girls also loved the macaroon. In fact, the food is the only reason this wasn't a lower rating. The seating was very comfortable and the DJ was fun touch. It was a lovely afternoon-despite the lack of care from our server. Perhaps she was having a bad day, and for that I'm sorry. But we were kind to her, not rude at all, and it seemed like she wasn't interested in taking care of us from the get-go. Hoping whatever was bothering her improves. And if that's just her disposition with customers, she might need to find another career.

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  25. Marsha

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Underwhelmed. Waited for someone to come to the host stand to be seated. Waited forever for a server to take a drink order. Then waited again for them to serve the tea. Couldn’t get another drink after and had to run down a manager to get our check. The space is cute the food was fairly good. Service was not

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  26. JoscelynG

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friends and I had an amazing time at Bar Pendry. Their High Tea service was outstanding, with amazing food, and delicious tea. Highly recommend trying their High Tea service.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Recently I visited the Bar Pendry for their High Tea. My friend and I loved it. Ther service was great, the savory and sweet treats were flavorful & the boozy cocktails were delicious.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was lovely from the service, ambiance and the tea service was absolutely delicious.

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  29. Elaena

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    High tea at Bar Pendry was really fun! The music was amazing, the food was great, and I felt like the pricing was fair. Only annoying thing: you have to ask to refill your tea and water, and with the TINY size of those glasses we were often waiting for our server. Wish they had just left a pitcher of water or the tea kettle on the table.

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  30. LindsayR

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    As a British ex-pat, who loves her afternoon tea, I was mildly disappointed that they didn't allow the guest to control their own tea. Meaning I had to wait for the server to refill my cup. My guest and I take tea very seriously and I would have steeped mine for a lot longer before drinking. But all that was out of my control. I was also shocked when we asked our server if we could do another round of the egg tart (which was amazing) and the macaroon (which was one of the best I've had) she said sorry we only have enough for each of the tea services. I have yet to have an afternoon tea that did not allow for an extra of something if you enjoyed it.

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  31. chifoodie

    Chicago

    52 reviews

    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Bar Pendry’s Boozy Holiday Tea was outstanding! The little sandwiches and pastries were not only beautifully presented but also absolutely delicious, and the service was superb. Because we did not order the tea cocktails or punch, which would have added to the price, ours was not actually boozy, but they did look intriguing. Two points of criticism: first, the live music was so loud that it was really hard to conduct a conversation across the low table at which our party of four was seated…right in front of the amp. Might I suggest instead some piped-in Keith Jarrett at a much lower decibel level that would maintain the cool vibe but also save patrons’ ears and facilitate conversation? Second, providing patrons individual tea pots so the tea could be freshly poured and steeped at the table would be an improvement over bringing round as needed a pot that, while acceptable, had a bit of an edge that tea gets once it is no longer perfectly fresh. That said, I give this delicious tea five stars and rate it as good as or better than some far more expensive holiday teas I have had at other venues.

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  32. TessR

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    To begin, our experience doing tea service here was absolutely 10/10. The little lounge area is gorgeous and the service was incredible. We got a bottle of Prosecco & the finger food that comes with the tea service. I never had to fill up my tea or glass because our server was so attentive. It was clean, comfortable & the perfect experience for a Christmas date or just something different to do in the city. 10/10 again!

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  33. carm

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Holiday tea was fabulous!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super cute and fun! Great for a get together with friends!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome as always!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Bar Pendry is not the rooftop experience advertised - it’s a hotel lobby bar

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really great Old Fashions

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    It was alright nothing special and pretty pricey for what you get

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Bar Pendry is rated 4.4 stars by 38 OpenTable diners.

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230 Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601-5906

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    River North (Chicago)
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–12:00 am Fri, Sat 11:00 am–1:00 am Afternoon Tea Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Cocktail Bar, American, Afternoon Tea
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • Executive chef
    Mark Shoemaker
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, View, Wine
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