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Campfire, Carlsbad, CA
Award-winning

Campfire

4.8
4.8
4763 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
A New American restaurant and cocktail bar with a focus on market driven live-fire cooking, Campfire is a return to the origins of cooking and hospitality, and celebrates the spirit of the name by creating an environment in which we gather around a fire, create honest food, and share it with friends.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 64 times today
Experiences are available.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, American, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (760) 637-5121
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Eric Bost
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Neighborhood
    Carlsbad
  • Cross street
    Beech Ave.
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Campfire Party

    $75.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    At Campfire, we do something special for all groups of 7-12 guests, as we invite large parties to gather together and feast. The Feast is a fixed four-course, family-style meal priced at $75 per guest. You won’t have to make any decisions, as we'll take care of everything, cooking up some of our favorite dishes from every section of the menu. If your group includes young children, please email hello@thisiscampfire.com for help with your booking. Cancellations may be made up to 24 hours in advance of your reservation. Same day cancellations are not eligible for refunds. A 4% service charge will be added to all guest checks to help ensure competitive compensation and benefits for our team. Tax and 20% Gratuity applied at checkout.

What 4,763 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Contemporary American

  • North San Diego

    Best Service

  • North San Diego

    Innovative

  • North San Diego

    Most Booked

4,763 Reviews
  1. GeorgeM

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quail was absolutely insane. Chicken was so tender. Presentation is on point even for the kid grilled cheese.

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  2. SammyG

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great service! our server, Roman, our server was fantastic.

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  3. JennyD

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, excellent service and wonderful atmosphere. Unique experience. Highly recommend it.

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  4. PhilP

    Chicago

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Visiting from Chicago, a foodie mecca, so we're always excited to try new foods/places wherever we are. Could smell the deep fried broccoli as soon as we entered. Yes, fried broccoli. I like broccoli but this was better than any I've ever had. Outstanding service from entering through exiting. Ribeye, cooked perfectly and it was butter in your mouth. Did I mention broccoli? Yes we had two orders. Cavateli was fine. The sauce was bomb. S'mores a nice end to a great dinner. Thanks Campfire 🔥

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    1. Service was impeccable. We celebrated our one year wedding anniversary & multiple servers came to up to congratulate us. They provided complementary Champagne. 2. Food was insane. We shared oysters, quail, crudo, halibut, and brisket. I’ve never had better food in my life. The flavors were something I’ve never tasted before. 3. Ambiance is everything to me for a restaurant experience. We sat in the outdoor heated patio and it was perfect. 4. We shared all that food plus 2 drinks each (not including complimentary champagne) and spent under $200! What a steal for the experience.

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  6. JeffW

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful experience with great food, service and ambience! Sarah our waitress was very friendly and helpful. We had smoked oysters, famous broccoli, burrata, halibut and ribeye paired with a great bottle of wine. We will definitely go back !

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  7. BrandonA

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best food and service you will ever have!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Campfire is one of our favorites. My mom was in town and we brought her for the first time. As always, we all loved it! The food was excellent, the atmosphere was amazing and the service was great!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the broccoli and crudo and then the Halibut and smoked brisket. Every dish had delicious flavors and was cooked perfectly. It was our Anniversary and they brought us a small glass of champagne. Service was fabulous. We will definitely be back soon!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I was underwhelmed by the food experience here. The porridge bread was hard and not something I would order again. The halibut was delicious. Vegan main options were limited. Our waitress and service were wonderful.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved the food and the service, we will definitely be back!

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  12. Seaside

    San Diego

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server was delightful and very thorough In explaining the menu and providing suggestions to meet our needs. Food is simply delicious!! Highly recommend Campfire. It is a challenge to secure a reservation. Plan ahead.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We so enjoyed dining at Campfire in Carlsbad. They treated us like a king and queen. From beginning to end all staff were courteous and took great care of us. Thank you for helping to make our Anniversary so wonderful. Traci and Wayne

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant!!!!! Amazing food and great service.

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  15. PaulL

    Sacramento

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Jayden and Rae took excellent care of us... We have never had such friendly and caring servers. Campfire is obviously a good place to work to have their servers be so happy. It doesn't hurt that they are serving delicious cocktails and excellent food!

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  16. MarilynP

    New York City

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous dining experience. Food was exceptional. Outdoor dining made it perfect!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an amazing time at Campfire!! When in the area of Carlsbad, this is a must stop for dinner. Actually, even if you’re not in the area! Take a trip here 🫶🏻

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had reservations for a Sunday at opening and enjoyed the Winter ‘23-‘24 menu. We ordered olives, quail, oyster*, broccoli*, market fish, brisket*, s’mores*, vasco cheesecake, lemon sorbet, and a kids brisket* plate (* = would recommend). The staff were incredibly attentive and kind throughout our visit. We reserved outdoor seating as we had our rambunctious 16-month-old toddler with us, but when we left and walked through the restaurant, I was surprised at the number of strollers and little ones seated inside! This was a very nice, family-friendly (toddler-friendly!), and splurge-worthy place to dine.

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  19. EllieK

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had been wanting to try this place forever and finally got around to it this past Saturday. It far exceeded my expectations and was one of the best meals I’ve ever had. Great atmosphere, really sweet servers, but THE FOOD. Amazing. We had the oysters, buratta, brisket, and halibut. Easily the best halibut I’ve ever had. Will be dreaming of when I can make it back to Carlsbad to eat here again.

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  20. JoJoBee

    Las Vegas

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    When we first came about 1.5 years ago we were blown away and couldn't wait to come back. In particular a fried roasted head of broccoli was something we dreamed about drenched in a fish sauce citrus vinagarette. Unfortunately I think they tinkered with the recipe and just didn't taste the same. The service ambience and food is still good just not as stellar as it was from what I can remember. I wonder why it never lives up to what the first time feels like.

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  21. ScottT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Campfire was amazing as per usual. The service team was friendly and knowledgable. The food and cocktails were perfect.

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  22. pearl

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Campfire! Fabulous food, friendly, welcoming and amazing people and great energy! Don't miss this great spot in Carlsbad.

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  23. AmandaB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great experience! The mushroom pasta was fantastic 😋

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Might be my new favorite restaurant. The service was impeccable. The kindling broccoli was probably one of the best things I’ve ever eaten and it’s a vegetable!! I also ordered the brisket and it just melted in my mouth. I highly recommend this restaurant to everyone.

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  25. Christine

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We've been coming to Campfire for years now. While prices have gone up since COVID, it's still excellent food for the price. The menu changes seasonally, though there are constant items (the broccoli is a MUST). I bring friends and family here every time someone new comes to town because I know it will never disappoint. We will keep coming here as long as we live in San Diego county. Reservations are strongly recommended, and they can book up pretty far in advance, so plan ahead.

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  26. LeticiaT

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Unfortunately, our experience was just OK. I have been wanting to eat here for probably around three years. I ordered a margarita and was disappointed from the beginning. It was a much smaller glass. It was about a half inch filled from the top, with several large chunks of ice so I feel like I only got five or six sips and it was a lot higher than a traditional margarita for the area, at $23. We ordered olives for an appetizer, which were good, but I feel like they should’ve been served with at least a couple slices of sourdough to offset the saltiness. My husband had the octopus, which I agree with him, it was just OK. I had the brisket which was absolutely tender and amazing. We finished with the s’mores dessert and that was excellent. Unfortunately I won’t be back because of the drink experience.

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  27. RobynD

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food and service was fantastic. It was too loud inside, I wish I had know so I could’ve requested to sit outside.

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  28. KimberlyM

    Los Angeles

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our dining experience was great at Campfire! We had been here a few years ago, before the pandemic, and everything had been good, but not too memorable. Last night, our dinner was so much better and definitely delicious and memorable!! We had some amazing dishes that I’d definitely return for again. And the service was great and so friendly! They even gave us a card for our anniversary that we were celebrating!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Campfire has a big reputation and they lived up to it! The flavor profile of their food is so unique and delicious. The entree's we tried had a smokey undertone, which normally isn't my thing but it's done really well. I have recommended this place to several people already! We ordered the broccoli (this is a MUST!), burrata, brisket, pasta, and potato's. Everything was bomb, personally I would skip the burrata next time but everything else I would order again (the true testament to whether it was good or not). The service was great. These servers know what their doing. They were very knowledgeable about the menu and attentive, but left us alone enough to enjoy our meal. We were celebrating an anniversary. Our table had a card signed by the whole staff. My boyfriend and I can’t wait to go back.

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  30. GraceM

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience from the food, to the drinks, to the attentive and friendly staff. 10/10 recommend.

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  31. AndyS

    Orange County

    542 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    542 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first visit to Campfire and we were delighted by our dining experience. From the minute we walked in the door, the atmosphere was warm and inviting, with sincere, friendly service throughout the evening. We've previously been to their Michelin Starred sister restaurant nearby, and our server, Jamie, was every bit as attentive. Overall, the cuisine was delicious and obviously well sourced. Standouts were the Fish and charred broccoli courses. I recommend Campfire and look forward to returning in the future.

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  32. SarahK

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A little noisy but the incredible food and amazing servers make that a tiny Inconvenience. Our new special occasion place!

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  33. ChristopherH

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a great place. The food was very high quality although I thought a pasta dish was far too rich and heavy by the sauce. I didn’t rate value too high because I don’t think a general dinner should be $250. That said, the individual menu items aren’t exorbitant, but beware small rocks adding to a mountain. Overall, the quality of the food was good, great ambiance, very good service, and a small but good diversity of menu options. The tables were a bit close together for my preference, I think they could space out better for privacy.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Huge disappointment. Our server was not friendly and was upset we didn’t order more food despite telling us that everything was shareable. (After ordering said “thats not a lot food” we ordered olives, burrata, carrots, quail and octopus) octopus was chewy. Went for a birthday and watched everyone else get the birthday dessert but our server decided we didn’t qualify. This was my second time at this restaurant after the first time being disappointed. Will not return! So many better restaurants in the area.

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  35. ElyssaL

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a sweet spot. Excellent service, the best food and fun atmosphere.

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  36. SavannahB

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and ambience was impeccable- such a vibe and everyone was SO nice. We ordered the Quail for a starter and it was so gamey and salty, it felt like it shouldn’t have been served. Broccoli was really good but a little too charred for me- very well seasoned and love the aoili. Brisket was well seasoned and the polenta was amazing with it but the portions were so small for the price. Espresso martini was incredible, maybe the best I’ve had.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    we love campfire so much. favorite restaurant in carlsbad.

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  38. JamesH

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was underwhelming. I've been here before and remember it being much better. The brisket was a little dry, and most of the apps were disappointing except for the broccoli. The service was great with our friendly waitress. It's a fun busy spot, just missed the mark with food tonight.

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  39. QKay

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a great all around experience. Especially the service.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb food and service. Definitely deserves the Michelin rating

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Campfire using the Order Online button.

Campfire is rated 4.8 stars by 4763 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 64 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Campfire

2725 State St, Carlsbad, CA 92008-1629

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Cross street
    Beech Ave.
  • Neighborhood
    Carlsbad
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, American, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Eric Bost
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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