Bar Solita

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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Bar Solita is a chic, upscale Mediterranean small-plates restaurant focusing on quality ingredients w/ a wood fired oven. The bar boasts international, domestic and unique wines, craft beers & craft cocktails. Nice lounge and private dining spaces . Good for just a drink and appetizers and great for a date night. Good for large parties and great service. Social spot.

Chill happy hour & local hangout for happy hour and late night. Unique pizzas, wines and cocktails. Chic modern decor w/ artisanal pizzas. Homemade desserts and house-made pita. Located in the Art's District near Quirk, Linden Row Inn, the Pulse, November Theater, the National, Maggie Walker Statue, Graduate Hotel.

An RVA Hospitality Restaurant. Locally Owned. Woman Owned.
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Specials

4-7pm Happy Hour in all of Bar SOLITA

Enjoy appetizers, pizza and great drink specials in the whole restaurant from the bar, to the booths to the high tops! Monday - Friday from 4pm to 7pm w/ daily specials.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: September 12, 2019

Ends: September 13, 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 4:00PM-7:00PM

Date Night

Enjoy a Bottle of Wine, one Appetizer, two Entrees, and one Dessert for only $65.
Try different Entree specials every Tuesday!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: September 10, 2019

Ends: September 11, 2118

Availability: Tue 3:00PM-10:00PM

Thursday Tap Night

Enjoy $5 rotating drafts all day!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 12, 2019

Ends: August 13, 2118

Availability: Thu 11:00AM-10:00PM

Half-Off Bottles of Wine

Enjoy Half-Off Bottles of Wine all day Wednesday in the entire restaurant! Some exclusions apply!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 22, 2019

Ends: January 23, 2118

Availability: Wed 11:00AM-10:00PM

Half Off Pizza Mondays!

Enjoy Half-Off pizzas all Monday!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 22, 2019

Ends: January 23, 2118

Availability: Mon 11:00AM-10:00PM

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What 183 People Are Saying
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KM
Richmond
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super cool spot with awesome happy hour specials until 7pm including on Friday night. Get the pizza rolls, they are amazing. We sat in the front window so didn’t see all of the restaurant, but what we did see was very neat. Our server was great and offered informed suggestions. Parking was challenging, but we were able to find street parking about 3 blocks away. I will definitely go back.

DT
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Delicious every time. It took our waitress a bit to get to us after we ordered but it was not that big of a deal. The hostess was not wearing a bra and you could see her breasts through her sweater. That wasn't very fun to look at.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Really good experience. Only hiccup————— beef tacos were dry.

D
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Bar Solita is one of our favorite places for brunch, but you need to be aware of the slow service if
you have a schedule.

Bar Solita
Responded 4 days ago

Hey Daisy, Thanks for the review! I'm so sorry to hear of the slow service. I'll be sure to inform the managers so that they can keep an eye out for this and also step in and help if needed. I AM glad to hear you enjoy our brunch so much! I love it too. It's my favorite meal of the day! Thanks, Liz, Owner

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EC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the mimosa flights! Atmosphere was lovely and our server was great. Would come again and recommend to a friend. :)

Bar Solita
Responded 6 days ago

Hey Erika! Thanks for the awesome review! I love our mimosa flights! So delicious! Thanks, Liz, Owner

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MT
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was an early, pre-show dinner, so the restaurant was not yet busy, but became so by 6:15. The service was very good, but was also a function of the light traffic to start. We selected four items from the Tapas menu, which was more creative than what we found in Barcelona. Empanadas, Mushrooms and Sherry, Crispy Brussels, and Souvlaki skewers. Each items was well presented, delicious and abundant for tapas. When we finished, we nearly selected a fifth item, but opted to share a dessert, which was a berry tart with what tasted like Passion Fruit gelato. Fabulous. We will definitely return and will highly recommend it. By the way, there were ample vegetarian options. The bill for dinner plus two ample glasses of wine was just $65 + gratuity.

Why not a 5 star? That's a high bar for us and would likely entail a more complex, multi course meal in a more formal atmosphere.

Bar Solita
Responded 6 days ago

Thanks for the stellar review! I'm so glad to hear you thing so highly of us and enjoyed your dining experience. Our tapas are great for sharing and the berry tart-my fave! We can't wait for your next visit. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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NP
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Super cute. Decor was on trend. Very nice group brunch spot. Cinnabun and Pigs in a blanket were great sharables.

Bar Solita
Responded on October 11, 2019

Hey Nicole, Thanks for the great review! Bar Solita is a pretty cool looking space right? I think so! Our cinnamon bun is so yummy and there's always plenty for a group of people! Join us again soon. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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KD
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is amazing and well priced, a very fun spot with friends for tapas and wine. The staff is very nice.

Bar Solita
Responded on October 7, 2019

Hey Katie, Thanks for the great review! I love our tapas. They're so delicious! I let our staff know to keep up the good work! Thanks, Liz, Owner

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t
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The service was the first thing I noticed. After being seated, it took our waitress about 15 minutes to get to our table to take our drink orders. We waited another 15 for the drinks to come, and my dad never got his. Instead of asking if we were ready to order when she brought our drinks, the waitress took over 45 minutes to circle back to us and take our food orders.

The food wasn’t great but wasn’t horrible. The appetizers we ordered - spicy carnitas empanadas and the meatball - were really good. When the entrees came, there were a few issues. One person at our table didn’t get her food until everyone else was finished; I ordered a burger cooked medium but it came out closer to well done. Everyone else’s food came out as expected though and seemed to be enjoyed, which was nice. My dad and girlfriend each got pizzas that they really enjoyed.

Bar Solita
Responded on October 7, 2019

Hey, Thanks for the feedback. We really appreciate it. I'm sorry to hear of the slow service and that you never received your drink as well as one of your entrees arriving late. This is not or norm. It sounds like we had a pretty off night. I'll be sure to have management retrain our front and back of house staff on urgency and courtesy. There will also be more of a management presence in the dining room to oversee these issues. Again, my apologies, Liz, owner

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PL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

there must be other restaurants with just as good food but with a chance to avoid the loud racket here.

Bar Solita
Responded on October 11, 2019

Hey Paul, Thanks for the feedback. I'm glad you enjoyed the food. Our guests do get pretty excited here, but I hope that won't stop you from returning! Thanks, Liz, Owner

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AL
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server was very knowledgeable about the wine selection. She was very friendly and was able to walk us through the menu given some dietary restrictions. Instead of doing entrees, the three of us shared a bunch of small plates, all of which we really enjoyed. We will definitely be going back!

Bar Solita
Responded on October 1, 2019

Hey Alison, Thanks for the awesome feedback! I'm so glad to hear your server was so knowledgeable and helpful. I'll be sure to let our staff know how great of a job they're doing. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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KS
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We sat at the bar. Drinks and food were very good!! It was a busy night so we had to wait a bit to place our food order with the bartenders, but beside that food was prompt and most importantly delicious!

c
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This location is excellent for a meal before or after a show at the November Theater. The service was very good and the menu had a great variety...hard to choose!

Bar Solita
Responded on October 1, 2019

Hey, Thanks for the awesome review! I love our menu, and the great service is just the cherry on top! Thanks, Liz, Owner

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Y
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great experience. Food was very well presented and tasty. Service was excellent Only issue was that the noise level bumped up after about an hour and the music volume also increased. Other than that would highly recommend Bar Solita

Bar Solita
Responded on September 30, 2019

Hey Yulie, Thanks for the review! I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed your meal. I love our food! Can't wait for you to join us again, Liz, Owner

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BS
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I love this restaurant- I like the ambiance with all the windows. The wait staff is friendly - service is just a little slow. The food is great and IMO very reasonably price for Richmond. Everything I’ve had is proper portion size. There are restaurants in Richmond that are winning major awards but when you eat there it’s 3 scallops for $16 - really? I don’t care how fancy they look! Bar Solita is for real people to go with their friends, have fun, and have delicious food at a reasonable price!

Bar Solita
Responded on September 23, 2019

Hey Barbara, Thanks for such a great review! I'm so happy to enjoyed your dining experience wit us! We pride ourselves on great food and hospitality. I'll be sure to let our staff know how great they're doing and to keep up the great work. I love our food! Our new chef has made such amazing updates to our menu. Hope to see you again soon, Thanks, Liz, Owner

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KV
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We enjoyed our recent visit with friends. We were disappointed with a few menu items being unavailable. Service was a bit slow, but we enjoyed our meals. I’d definitely order pigs and blanket again.

Bar Solita
Responded on September 17, 2019

Hey Katy, Thanks for the feedback. I'm sorry to hear some of our menu items were unavailable, but were still able to find something you enjoyed. I'll definitely make sure our managers are aware that they need to continue to enforce haste and urgency to our servers so that our guests are not left feeling forgotten! We hope to see you again soon. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything, I visit Bar Solita often... however this past experience felt a little rushed.The bussing of the table seems to have not been able to happen fast enough. The bus girl literally took plates away while there was food and drink still on/in them. I have to add this isn’t just Bar Solita, it’s most Richmond restaurants, let me sit enjoy my cocktails/wine and atmosphere and not feel rushed out. I understand the tables need to be turned over however if I’m still spending money... let me spend it.

Bar Solita
Responded on September 16, 2019

Hi, Thanks for the feedback. We truly appreciate all comments and concerns. I'm so sorry to hear you felt so rushed through your meal. I'm sure it was frustrating. We have new hires and they're in the process of learning how the manage their tables, so we appreciate your patience. Being that you are a repeat guest, you know this is not our normal operation. We truly appreciate your loyalty and can't wait to have you again. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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GG
Richmond
26 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, as always, was great! The 1/2 off wine bottles on Wednesday night is a great deal! My group and I enjoyed ourselves! We are already repeat customers, and of course we will be back!

Bar Solita
Responded on September 12, 2019

Hey, Thanks for the awesome review! 1/2 off bottles of wine are a pretty sweet deal right?! Glad you guys love us and we appreciate your continued business with us! Check us out on Tuesday for our all new date night menu! Thanks, Liz, Owner

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m
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed brunch at Bar Solita. Having the ability to make a reservation online was an added plus. The variety of dishes offered for brunch was great and were prepared with unusual spices that highlighted the flavors. Interesting dishes, modern decor with high ceilings reminded us of our favorite NYC go to restaurants with a great vibe... We'll be back

Bar Solita
Responded on September 10, 2019

Thanks for the amazing feedback! I'm so happy to hear you had such a wonderful dining experience with us. Our restaurant is actually based off of an NYC restaurant! Can't wait to have you back. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience with a large group! Server was attentive and sccomidating

Bar Solita
Responded on August 28, 2019

Thanks for the great review! I'll let our servers know how great they're doing and that it doesn't go unnoticed. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was solidly OK. Our server mixed up our drinks twice and forgot someone’s drink once. Overall it took a while for the food to come out. None of the food came out all together either. We thought the value for money was a good deal because we went on half off tapas night on Tuesday, but we would never pay full price for this food.

Bar Solita
Responded on August 28, 2019

I'm sorry to hear you had such an underwhelming experience and that your server seemed to have a difficult time. This is not our norm and sounds like we had such an off night. I do hope you're willing to give us a second chance to show you just hospitable we can be. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Service was great, too!

Bar Solita
Responded on August 28, 2019

Thanks for the great review! Glad to hear you enjoyed your dining experience with us. Hope to see you again soon! Thanks, Liz, Owner

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A quiet Sunday night with great food. The butternut squash and Brussels sprouts pizza was 💯

Bar Solita
Responded on August 28, 2019

Thanks for the great review, I love the pizza too! Thanks, Liz, Owner

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GG
Richmond
26 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks here are always awesome!!!

JS
Northern MI
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Had a good visit at Bar Solita. I'm picky about handing out stars and rarely give 5. We went to this establishment for the flamingo brunch which their website states as having $3.00 Bloody Mary's and Mimosas. When we arrived the waitress told us they were $5.00. They were gracious to honor the $3.00 price. I don't know if they made them smaller because of the price but they would not be worth $5.00 if that is their going rate as they were small. Overall the food was just ok. My husband ordered the steak burrito and the filling was cold. Two of us ordered the Mediterranean omelette. It was good but very small. It seemed like it may have only been one egg..... or at the very most barely two egg, and honestly not worth the cost. It was also over cooked. The restaurant uses an egg mold to make the omelettes. I think making an omelette free form is sooooo much better! Maybe teach your line cooks how to do this. Their side potatoes are really, really good! One person in our party ordered the chicken and biscuit which was also really good. I give this restaurant 3.5 stars because the ambiance is nice, it wasn't crazy busy, but the food was inconsistent. We will definitely give it another try.

Bar Solita
Responded on August 7, 2019

Jill, Thank you so much for the feedback. We truly appreciate all comments and critiques. I'm happy to hear your server honored the drink prices. We will be sure to change that. I'm sorry to hear our brunch food wasn't quite to your liking. We recently hired a new chef and he's been working very diligently to turn things around and give our guests the best food possible. I do hope that you give us a try in the near future to see these changes. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was on a date with my 12yo before a show. There is something for everyone on the menu, and everything is delicious. We had the shrimp farfalle, fish tacos, papas bravas, and tiramisu for dessert. All great choices, but would love to return soon to sample more dishes!

Bar Solita
Responded on August 7, 2019

Thanks so much for the great review! I'm so glad to hear you and your 12yo had show a great pre-show dinnner. I love the tiramisu too. We can't wait for you to come back and join us!

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JK
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We will definitely be back here - great place for dinner

Bar Solita
Responded on August 5, 2019

Thanks for the review! I love eating here on my nights off-great spot! Thanks, Liz, Owner

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came to Bar Solita with twelve girlfriends as a last hurrah before I move across the country. Couldn’t have been a more fabulous dining experience! The ambiance and decor is so beautiful, and the food was impeccable! Service was great too. A true Richmond gem. Thanks for a wonderful evening!

Bar Solita
Responded on August 5, 2019

Thank you for such a great review! I'm so glad to hear you and your friends had such a wonderful and enjoyed the food and service. I love our ambiance and food too! Have a safe trip. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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BB
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful first time visiting Bar Solita! Went on a Tuesday and enjoyed their AMAZING 1/2 off tapas. This is definitely a new favorite place- perfect for a date, girls night, etc.

Bar Solita
Responded on August 2, 2019

I'm glad you enjoyed the tapas! The pricing makes it even better. I'll let our chef know. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had my birthday brunch here and got the flamingo!! Food was amazing. Highly recommend. Will be coming back a lot!

Bar Solita
Responded on August 1, 2019

So glad you enjoyed your birthday brunch! I'll let the bartenders know you were impressed with the Flamingo. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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PG
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Nice venue. Our server was very nice and assistive with all requests. I am a wine drinker and found the wine prices to be very inflated. The house chardonnay was very bad. Ended up drinking a Chateau St Michelle--an $8 bottle of wine for $30. Quite a mark on all the wines on the menu. Beer was great and cold! Food mundane, except for the really nice cheese/meat appetizer. As there were four of us, we tried many of the small plates, and the ravioli. Most were disappointing. Maybe I should have had the pizza.

Bar Solita
Responded on August 1, 2019

Thanks the the feedback. Despite not being the biggest fan of our food, I'm glad you liked your beer! Thanks, Liz, Owner

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ST
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

2nd time we've been & everyone tried something different than our previous visit. Again the food was very good & appropriately priced. We had the 4 cheese ravioli w/pesto, pepperoni & mushroom pizza, & the burger.
Other than the mix up that we were a no show for our open table reservation (which was corrected) we recommend & will dine there again!

Bar Solita
Responded on July 29, 2019

Thanks for the awesome review Steve. All of your choices sound super delicious. I'm so glad you had a great time. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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LB
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance, food and desserts. Nice complimentary valet service!

Bar Solita
Responded on July 29, 2019

Thanks for the review! I'm happy to hear you loved your food and that our chef was so sweet. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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OT
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place to hang out with friends

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Good experience overall, the best thing they have going for themselves is the atmosphere and their apps/tapas. Plasta dishes didn’t have a lot of flavor but the main entrees are huge.

JL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

We love Bar Solita and have had great experiences. We were disappointed on this visit. Food portions were small for 2 of our party and significantly too big for another. Not as tasty as previous dinners. We will still be back soon.

AP
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed Sunday brunch with friends- will visit again

KT
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We watched a table of four-two adults and two children-who left half their pizza because the crust appeared too tough to eat. My husband's salad dressing appeared to be forgotten and my orzo salad was completely bereft of flavor.

b
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Bar Solita has gorgeous decor. No matter where you sit, you're getting a good view. The food was pretty good too. We had the sardines, feta cheese, cheese board, and the chorizo pasta. The pasta was underwhelming with it basically being generic meat pasta with tomato sauce. Our server hardly came by and he got our drink orders incorrect. When he got us new drinks, he tried to charge us for the incorrect drinks. We also had to wait almost 40 minutes for our bills. And he got them wrong twice. I believe this was an issue with this particular server, and not the restaurant as a whole. I've heard that other people have really good experiences. I'd definitely be willing to come back, it was an overall good experience.

Bar Solita
Responded on August 28, 2019

Hi, thank you for the feedback. I'm so sorry to hear you had a less than mediocre experience with us. It is not our norm. We aim to provide hospitable service and great food and seems like we definitely had an off night. I'm glad to hear you're willing to give us a second chance to amaze you. Thanks, Liz, Owner

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my 21st here! So fun. Great for apps and drinks!!

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