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Blind Butcher, San Francisco, CA

Blind Butcher

4.5
4.5
422 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
Nestled in the Castro District off Eighteenth and Hartford, Blind Butcher San Francisco features an urban setting that is modern and sophisticated, yet stunningly warm and inviting. The globally inspired New American menu features hand cut prime steaks, bountiful seafood and local organic produce. From small to big bites each dish highlights an inventive flair for marrying diverse flavors with natural organic ingredients into a gastronomic delight. Our wine program offers a superb variety that inspires daring pairings at prices that encourage exploration. Our professional staff is dedicated to crafting a memorable dining experience for our guests, and they share a commitment to quality and a passion to serve you.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Contemporary American, Wine Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (415) 529-2478
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Coskun Abik
  • Neighborhood
    The Castro
  • Cross street
    Hartford St
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 422 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

422 Reviews
  1. sfeater

    San Francisco

    145 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    145 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food has a Turkish / Mediterranean influence with other international elements thrown in and it is a very thoughtful mix of “crowd favorites” with an atypical spin. Also, in spite of the meat-centric sounding name, I don’t eat meat or fish but had no problem finding multiple things I liked on the menu. Some of the dishes you might see at other restaurants have a subtle nod to Turkish influence: the brussel sprouts are divine with a delightful (pomegranate) vinaigrette and the shishito peppers have a yogurt accompaniment. The burrata ravioli was original and decadently delicious. The fries were also great, though I could not detect the truffle element. The roka salad was also fantastic with just enough little pieces of dried fig scattered about to make it interesting in texture and flavor. I also appreciate the attentive service, and the fact that we did not have to wait at all between appetizers and entree. I wish I could comment on dessert but we were too stuffed to try it. The atmosphere is quirky and cozy . There are some pictures of famous Turkish figures along with a Beatles poster — why not?! And the interior has some nice design elements (though I am not a fan of the cheesy looking illustration of a woman’s face — they could instantly improve the place by ditching that, if you ask me). I was worried when upon entering I saw a DJ station because I thought that would mean the place was going to get loud with obnoxious music, but it turns out the volume of the music was fine and you can talk over it with no issue. This is a place worth repeating and good for solo dining, couples or groups.

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  2. CoryC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and great food. We went at 6pm on a Friday night and the service was very quick. Always a waiter around if you needed something but not over bearing checking in every 5 seconds. All the food was great, we had the lamb, lobster Mac and cheese, calamari, and truffle fries.

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  3. BeBerondo

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Meat selections of the Butcher's Board was very good. The seafood selections were overcooked.

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  4. Onogirigirl

    Hawaii

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff was so welcoming. Ambiance and music was on point. Food amazing and rib eye was super tender

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  5. FoodieG

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    My first experience at this restaurant was not so bad. The steak was beautifully seasoned, brussels sprouts were flavorful crispy and tender, etc. However, going back again, it was a different story. The $68 16-ounce steak was barely seasoned at all, and a very large portion of it was completely fat. It was really shocking to me that it would’ve been served that way. The sautéed octopus was tough, the calamari was chewy and not fresh, and the brussels sprouts were barely cooked at all. So, although I had hopes for this restaurant, I will not be going back. There seems to be a real absence of any upper level management on site. But the bottom line is that the food was simply not good. I won’t comment on the service, except to say that the buspersons were extraordinary, and definitely made up for the shortcomings of some of the wait staff. 

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  6. ParisianFoodie

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We love this place and the staff are great, very friendly and accommodating. We usually sit at the bar for the conversation.

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  7. BBBrown

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Short and sweet . . . fantastic service, warm and welcoming atmosphere, delicious dinner and very generous servings. We were a party of 4 and we did make reservations ahead of time. On the way to the restaurant, my husband realized he'd left his phone at home. I called the restaurant to ask them if it would mess up their seating schedule if we were 10 minutes late (time enough to circle back to pick up his phone). Whoever it was that answered the phone was not only said that would be no problem at all, but she was so sweet and charming doing so. This warmth by the entire staff continued through our entire evening. I don't know if this is the usual way that the staff here works, but we must have had 6 different people at our table through the evening and every single one of them was as gracious as the next. I'm not talking about stiff feigned courtesy . . . the staff here was genuinely warm and welcoming. It was also clearly evident that they all liked each other too - - - very apparent that they worked as a team to give their diners a great evening. Speaking of great evening . . . Everything we had was delicious and cooked to perfection. Starters: - the calamari was fantastic. Cooked tender, moist yet crispy. - truffle fries were hot, fresh and good but not very truffle-y Dinner: - short ribs: fork tender and delicious. Came with a huge bone but disappointed that there was no marrow. Minor detail though b/c the sauce and mash were wonderfully rich. - burger: cooked perfectly and came with another bin of fried (can never have too many fries) - meatballs w/ bucatini: meatballs were tender and moist. Pasta cooked perfectly. - lamb: cooked to perfection. Mustard sauce was nice but I did miss something like a mint jelly/marmalade. All entrees were enjoyed for lunch the next day b/c the servings were so very generous. Delicious dinner in such a welcoming atmosphere made for a perfect evening.

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  8. ShazD

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I loved it. The meats were fabulous, the lobster mac was insane. I can't wait to go back!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I went to this restaurant without any expectations but the food, service and quality of experience was one of the best I’ve had in San Francisco. Our server Ayhan was phenomenal and a one of a kind server. Actually came here to write a review just so I could mention his service here too! Thank you Blind butcher for the amazing food and Ayhan for the unforgettable service!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had my 30th birthday dinner there and thought I was gonna be over dressed by wearing a suit and i actually wasn’t. The curb appeal of this place has no comparison to the spacious vibrant atmosphere on the inside. The vibe from the live dj and food paired with wine was a phenomenal experience !

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  11. ReviewerSince2019

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Well seasoned delicious food. We had the ribeye, lobster mac, rack of lamb (sadly not a whole rack, only 4 bones), beef short ribs brussel sprouts and tiger prawns.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The blind butcher was soooo delicious. Everything from the ambiance to the food was perfect!! We celebrated my bday there and had a table of 4 so we shared the chefs board and it was perfect.

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  13. Steve

    San Francisco

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I love the Prime Ribeye steak at Blind Butcher a lot; it is big enough to split with someone which is what we did. Things started out great, in addition to the steak we ordered 3 side/starters which came out on time and we good, although the fried calamari were a bit tough this time; chewy but tasty. The burrata and prosciutto dish was great and the arugula salad also good. We then waited over 30 minutes after our initial dishes were cleared for our steak, they apologized and added an order of Brussel sprouts (which were a bit under cooked) for the delay but how long does it take to cook a steak? We asked for it to be between medium and medium rare and it finally came out still bloody; we had to send it back and then it was fine. I usually do not go on about this stuff but this time I needed to say something.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall experience with this establishment was OK. It’s not something that I would come back to on the monthly basis. The food presentation was beautiful. The taste and smell I would give it. A three star drinks were overly poured with alcohol not enjoyable. The customer service was OK. 

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible food! Best meal I’ve had in awhile and I’ll absolutely be going back.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Busy canteen feel. Not great for a date night. Rushed service. Tasty food. Terrible wine list.

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  17. jamesc

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Attentive service. Nice ambiance. And most importantly, the food was teriffic! The kale salad was well prepared with just the right amount of dressing. The lamb chops were done to perfection!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Service was bad. Super loud. The burger was dry. It's 30 bucks... not worth it

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  19. ThomasT

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Had early reservation for 1, chose table for 2 seating on the winding high back red couch, nice glass of pinot noir with medium 16oz ribeye sliced. Chose lovely lamb lollipops ( wished I order more ). Small bites of sautéed mushrooms tasty and butcher’s potatoes went well. Left room for a slice opera cake and coffee, where a simple slice strawberry next to my cake slice was a perfect ending to dinner.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came to celebrate my birthday. Loved this little hole in the wall! Food and service were amazing, only thing I didn't like was the sweet Fuego drink.

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  21. EduM

    Tampa

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The manu is limited, but the food was great. Small restaurant so the tables were a little tight.

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  22. KentonK

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The food, drinks, and ambiance, as always, were excellent. Service was very substandard. We had a reservation at 8. We’re not seated until 8:30, and even then at a table they had to maneuver together for our party. No water at the table for 15 minutes. Drinks took an especially long time to come out and our waiter disappeared at some point in the evening so we weren’t able to get our check until the restaurant had basically cleared out. Literally did not see him again half way through our meal. Had an automatic 20% applied to our bill for service otherwise we would have not left as high a tip considering the quality of service from start to finish. Disappointed that my partner’s birthday dinner was tarnished by what should be excellent service considering the cost.

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  23. Sani

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We arrived 15 min early for our reservation and our table wasn’t ready yet so we grabbed seats at the bar to have a few drinks. The drinks were delicious and the staff kept us updated on the status of our table while we waited. The ambience was excellent and the decor was very cool. We were seated at our table and promptly greeted by our server, Bobby. We ordered the Butcher’s Board which feeds 3-4 people, a wagyu burger and some appetizers. Everything was FIRE! We took home leftovers and they were just as good the next day. Highly recommend this place. It is on the pricey side but well worth it!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very enjoyable meal we will definitely be back again.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    Great and flavorful food. Great service. Our seating was not the best

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  26. btff

    Chicago

    104 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    104 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Simply put the food and service was outstanding. We had a wonderful night and Austin was an awesome host!

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  27. JohanV

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience overall this time, lovely server, attentive service and quality of the meat and cocktails were spot on. Much better than a previous visit a few weeks ago when service was slow, staff were chatting amongst themselves and commenting about customers (within earshot of other customers), drinks on that visit took longer than food to come, silverware wasn't replaced, appetizer plates weren't cleared for ages and only taken away once entrees arrived. Glad I came back and glad this time there was some proper supervision in place that made a clear difference.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The steak was amazing and service was so attentive!

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  29. Mololo

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is great for dates or just meeting up with friends. Friendly staff and GREAT food. Try the mac n cheese. Its totes worth it!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ambiance was great and staff was super friendly and helpful. Their large-party platter looked amazing; I’d order next time if going with a larger group. Their regular plates, on individual orders, were above average but I get the sense that group orders are where they shine.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My hamburger is too salty. I like the environment and service.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Very good food. Ambiance not for me. Loud and dark

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    We had a really tasty meal here. Had a bunch of appetizers which were all very filling and wonderfully cooked and presented. It was packed! Good bar. Good food. Decent wait staff. The chairs were incredibly uncomfortable and the lighting is very poor(thus blind butcher). But overall good experience.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great time at Blind Butcher. The service was great, the vibe was nice. And my grilled Octopus was amazing!

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  35. ChristopherG

    San Joaquin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Probably one of the best dining experiences I have had in a while. All around everything was excellent!

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  36. MichelleS

    San Francisco

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great cocktails and excellent food. We asked for light cheese on our order and it was perfect. The server and bartender were delightful and didn’t rush us. Nice ambiance too!

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  37. ChristinaR

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I took my family to Blind Butcher for my birthday and was so impressed with the quality of food. If you are a meat lover, then this will tickle your fancy. Between the whole table we had the Prime Ribeye Steak (the chimichurri was chefs kiss), the Braised Short Ribs (falling off the bone), the Buccattini Wagyu Meatball (thick spaghetti and well seasoned meatballs), and the. Brussel Sprouts. We loved everything and will be coming back with friends next time.

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  38. Skip

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    we were sat in the back which was fine and then forgot about.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Traffic on Valentine’s Day was awful for me coming up to the city from South Bay and my partner coming from Oakland. Blind Butcher staff member Billy was amazing when I called to inform we’d be 20-30 mins late. They held our reservation and we had an amazing and romantic meal and a perfect Valentine’s Day because of him.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome and attentive service. Food was delicious. Nice romantic atmosphere.

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FAQs

Blind Butcher is rated 4.5 stars by 422 OpenTable diners.

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Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today
Google Map for Blind Butcher

4058A 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2534

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Hartford St
  • Neighborhood
    The Castro
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Contemporary American, Wine Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Coskun Abik
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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