Gray & Dudley at 21c

4.4
684 reviews
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The Gray & Dudley Family are excited to extend heartfelt hospitality and to share their eclectic menu, featuring market-driven dishes, thoughtfully prepared using high-quality seasonal ingredients sourced from Nashville area producers and craft purveyors.
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What 684 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Server was nice but unknowledgeable. Manager made a point to say switching out a side is usually not allowed (even though I was willing to pay for it and I’ve done it before) which seemed trivial given how much we spent there. Both steaks came out cold that had been sitting while the other food was being cooked. Ive taken many clients here and this was disappointing.

F
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top-notch! Our server Nathan was fantastic and fun. Made us feel very special. We’ll be back!

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Responded 4 days ago

Feather, Thank you for taking a minute to share about your experience with us! I'm thrilled to read you had a fantastic evening here, and that Nathan made it extra fun. We can't wait to welcome you back! Until then, Emily Meffert Executive Administrator

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SG
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very creative and truly delicious food! Best meal I have had in a very long time. And love the penguins that can be pulled up to your table—a very cute touch!

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Responded 6 days ago

SG, Wow⁠—your review is so heartwarming to read! Thank you for taking a moment out of your day to share this feedback with us. I'm delighted to know that we could deliver the best meal you've had in a very long time; the quality of your dining experience is our top priority, so that information is sooo rewarding to receive. I'm also glad you loved our teal penguins! They're the biggest foodies we know. We hope to welcome you back sometime soon! Sincerely, Emily Meffert Executive Administrator

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B
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classy service, on-point. Very good food, price about what you’d expect for up scale dining, great bourbon list. Don’t miss the salted caramel budino for dessert. Great hotel and restaurant.

Gray & Dudley at 21c
Responded 6 days ago

Boatman, Thanks for taking a moment to review your visit with us! I'm thrilled to read you had such a satisfying experience here—from food to bourbon to the service you received. I think your recommendation for the salted caramel budino is spot-on; it's one of my favorites! September is Bourbon Heritage Month, and we would love to welcome you back to celebrate with some of our special selections. Can't wait to see you next time! Until then, Emily Meffert Executive Administrator

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

Fabulous and helpful staff. Really great food! We are vegan and pescatarian and had lots of options. The kitchen worked with us too!

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Responded on August 16, 2019

Polly, Thanks for taking some time out of your day to share these highlights from your recent visit with us! I'm thrilled that you had a really fabulous experience here—from your satisfaction with our vegan-friendly menu, to your great meal, to the helpful service you received. We hope to welcome you back next time you're in the neighborhood! Until then, Emily Meffert Executive Administrator

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CE
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great looking restaurant, service was outstandingly friendly and appropriately timed, and the food was fantastic. It will be one my new "go to" place downtown until Nashville catches on and its so crowded no one goes there anymore.

Gray & Dudley at 21c
Responded on August 16, 2019

Hi there, Wow!!! Your review is so heartwarming to read! Thanks for taking a moment out of your day to share this feedback with us. I'm delighted to know you had a fantastic meal here, and that the service you received was exceptional. We're thrilled to be your downtown Nashville go-to; let us know the next time you plan to come in, and we'll prepare something special! Until then, Emily Meffert Executive Administrator

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AT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Place was dead. Server was indifferent. Good was so-so. I said it was a birthday dinner when making the reservation but there was no acknowledgement. Last year when we came here it was busy, fun, and very good, but this time disappointing.

CL
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was an odd ambiance for sunday brunch - but still delicious! Can't wait to go back at night!

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Responded on August 16, 2019

Carver, Thanks for taking a little bit of time out of your day to review your visit with us! We're always curious to know your thoughts, and are so pleased to read that you brunched deliciously. We can't wait to welcome you back for dinner! Until next time, Emily Meffert Executive Administrator

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MS
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an all around great experience. From the appetizers to the main, all dishes were excellent. The service was also exceptional. Not rushed, not slow, a great night out. From the reception at the door, to the final bill, the staff was right on.

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Responded on August 16, 2019

Michael, Thank you for taking some time out of your day to write this most generous review! I'm delighted to read that your experience with us was great on all fronts—from the dishes you relished to the exceptional service you received. It would be our pleasure to welcome you back next time you're in the neighborhood! Sincerely, Emily Meffert Executive Administrator

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely beautiful Decor, museum was very awesome. It was busy, but did not feel crowded at all. Service was amazing, and never felt like we were waiting a long time for anything. Great range on drink menu. Food is on the expensive end, but totally worth it. Definitely a location for special occasions, rather than a casual meal.

Gray & Dudley at 21c
Responded on August 14, 2019

Hi there, Thank you for taking some time out of your day to share your thoughts with us! We're always curious to know how your dining experience was, and your feedback is super valuable. I'm so pleased to know you had a wonderful visit here—from your food and drink to the service you received. I'm also thrilled that you were able to explore our museum! It would be our great pleasure to celebrate your next special occasion with you! Cheers, Emily Meffert Executive Administrator

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J
Nashville
42 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great place for a meal with friends and conversation. Intimate bar, very good food and service. We enjoyed our meal and then walked around the attached contemporary art museum. Unique experience.

Gray & Dudley at 21c
Responded on August 16, 2019

Janny, Thank you for taking some time out of your day to review your visit here! I'm really glad you had a great, unique experience all around. That's what we're after, and it's wonderful to know you were able to enjoy both the restaurant and museum at 21c. Our menu, as well as the art we have in house, change regularly, so there is sure to be much novelty the next time you visit. It would be our pleasure to welcome you back! Sincerely, Emily Meffert Executive Administrator

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DM
Nashville
10 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Initially worried because it was kinda empty and menu seemed overly compact but the staff made all the difference. Went well out of their way to help us out and the food was lovely. Every bite of the entrees was a little bit different.

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Incredible meal! The best scallops I’ve ever had, which I wasn’t expecting. Reasonably priced and truly delicious! Plus, wandering the galleries afterwards was fun!

Gray & Dudley at 21c
Responded on July 31, 2019

Hi there, Thank you for taking a moment out of your day to review your visit with us. I'm thrilled to read that ours were the best scallops you've ever had—what a compliment! I'm also glad you had a chance to explore our museum; it sounds like you had a truly wonderful evening. It would be our pleasure to welcome you back in the future! Cheers, Emily Meffert Executive Administrator

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CT
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just fantastic. Great location, just off Broadway. Beautiful decor, funky design. Eclectic menu - the food was really fabulous!

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Responded on July 24, 2019

Claire, Thanks for taking a moment out of your day to review your visit with us. I'm thrilled to read that you had a fantastic experience here, on all counts—from our location, to the art on our walls, to, most importantly, the plates on your table! Our menu is ever-changing, and we would love to welcome you back to taste what's new in the future! Until next time, Emily Meffert Executive Administrator

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B
Nashville
85 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This is a very nice restaurant. It is a very attractive atmosphere. The service was good. No complaints, but it was not above and beyond where I would give it 5 stars. The food preparation was very good,but the menu was limited. We would definitely come back again and would recommend it. In order to get five stars, it would have to have an expanded menu, better wine list, and more experienced servers. It's also a nice feature having an art museum onsite.

Gray & Dudley at 21c
Responded on July 24, 2019

Bdubnjax, Thanks so much for taking a moment out of your day to review your visit with us! I'm thrilled that you had a great experience here—from your food, to the ambiance, to the service you received. We can't wait to welcome you back next time! Until then, Emily Meffert Executive Administrator

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GW
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was good.... a little vague on explanation. Ambience was a little off and parking left something to be desired.

Gray & Dudley at 21c
Responded on July 24, 2019

Hi Greg, Thank you for taking a moment out of your day to review your experience here. I'm glad to read you enjoyed your meal, although I'm sorry our ambience wasn't your style. With regards to parking, we have valet available during our dinner service, and street/nearby garage parking throughout the day. I hope we'll have the opportunity to welcome you back and really knock your socks off! Sincerely, Emily Meffert Executive Administrator

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very nice and food was great friendly staff

Gray & Dudley at 21c
Responded on July 25, 2019

Hi there, Thanks for taking a moment to review your visit with us! I'm thrilled to read that you had a great meal here, and that the service you received was friendly. It would be our pleasure to welcome you back in the future! Until then, Emily Meffert Executive Administrator

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Need more vegetarian options. But we enjoyed our experience. Wine was good, food quality was excellent.

K
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very limited menu but the few offerings were creative and delicious!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, really enjoyed the side veggies (caullini was perfect) and steak was done perfectly. Capped off with phenomenal beignets. Decor was unique and fun, very cool spot.

Gray & Dudley at 21c
Responded on July 15, 2019

Hi there, Thank you for taking some time out of your day to review your visit with us! We're always curious to know what you thought of your meal, so we really value your feedback. I'm thrilled that you enjoyed your steak, caulilini, and beignets, as well as the atmosphere! Our lounge and dining room feature art by four different contemporary artists from across the country, which I think is pretty cool. We would love to welcome you back sometime! Cheers, Emily Meffert Executive Administrator

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JW
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Country Ham & Shrimp Lumpia were so good. It had the perfect funkiness from the country ham and it was very crispy. I loved the use of Asian flavors throughout the menu and service was very friendly and helpful!

Gray & Dudley at 21c
Responded on July 15, 2019

Joe, Thank you for visiting with us, and thanks for taking a moment to review your meal! It's wonderful to read that you were impressed by your food (personally, the lumpia is one of my favorites!), and by the friendly, helpful service you experienced. Chef Rob is really interested in creating Asian-influenced cuisine with local ingredients⁠, and we'll let him know you're a big fan. It would be our pleasure to welcome you back! Until next time, Emily Meffert Executive Administrator

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AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious except for the falafel (after dinner the person who ordered it said it was burnt and a bit flavorless). Service was great, even though apps and drinks took a bit to come out (not a busy night). Overall I’d recommend it! It’s really fun checking out the museum after dinner as well.

Gray & Dudley at 21c
Responded on July 10, 2019

Annie, Thanks for taking some time out of your day to review your meal! I'm thrilled to read that your food was delicious and that you experienced great service here. On the other hand, I apologize that your dining companion was unimpressed by the falafel⁠—I can sympathize with their frustration upon receiving food that wasn't totally satisfying. The next time you visit, please let us know—we would love to prepare something special for you! Until then, Emily Meffert Executive Administrator

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

Quirky with super friendly staff. Started with a meat and cheese plate and a Warrior cocktail (loved). Scallops (3lg) were excellent. Finished off with a smooth Irish coffee and a walk around the gallery.

Gray & Dudley at 21c
Responded on July 10, 2019

Hi there! Wow⁠—it sounds like you had a fantastic meal! The Warriors is our newest original cocktail, and we're donating $1 from every drink to Planned Parenthood in Nashville. It's seasonal, delicious, AND supports crucial resources for our community⁠. Our scallop set is also new! There's nothing better than following great food with great art, and I'm glad you had the opportunity to explore the museum. We can't wait to welcome you back! Until next time, Emily Meffert Executive Administrator

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JH
Nashville
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

My food was very good but I did not like the menu. I found it hard to find anything I like

Gray & Dudley at 21c
Responded on July 1, 2019

Jackie, Thank you for your honest feedback⁠—it's super valuable to us. I'm sorry you weren't totally satisfied with our menu, although I'm thrilled that your meal was very good! Chef Rob Newton is interested in Asian-influenced cuisine prepared with local ingredients, which makes for a rich, innovative menu, but also requires a different kind of navigation than standard American fare. I'm glad your leap of faith was abundantly rewarded! Until next time, Emily Meffert Executive Administrator

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OT
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Girlfriend’s Bday

Gray & Dudley at 21c
Responded on June 24, 2019

Hi there, Thanks for thinking of us to celebrate your girlfriend's birthday! We sincerely appreciate your feedback, and are thrilled to see all these stars! It's our pleasure to serve you well⁠, and we love making special occasions uniquely memorable. We hope to welcome you back for the next important date on your calendar! Until then, Emily Meffert Executive Administrator

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OT
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In a very unique, artsy venue at the 21c Hotel, the food and service at Gray & Dudley were simply outstanding! The scallops entree was amazing! We will definitely be back on our next trip to Nashville!

Gray & Dudley at 21c
Responded on June 28, 2019

Hi there, Thank you for sharing your feedback with us! (About the scallops, you're spot-on—they're to die for!) We have very high standards for the quality of food and service we provide, and there's no greater reward than to know such measures have produced a sweet, resonant, delightful moment⁠—one of those upon which life is strung simply and preciously. It would be our privilege to welcome you back during your next adventure in Music City! Until then, Emily Meffert Executive Administrator

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DC
Nashville
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Very nice atmosphere! Food was good but not outstanding! Server was not familiar with the menu. Nice and quiet so easy to carry on a conversation!

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Responded on June 21, 2019

Hi Diana, Thanks for visiting with us, and thanks for taking a moment out of your day to review your experience here! Your feedback is super valuable to us. I'm glad to read that you enjoyed the atmosphere, though I'm sorry your food was only good and not outstanding. We would love the opportunity to welcome you back for a meal that is truly exceptional. I hope you'll return and let us really knock your socks off! Until then, Emily Meffert Executive Administrator

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G
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible!

Gray & Dudley at 21c
Responded on June 17, 2019

Hi Garrett, Thanks so much for visiting with us, and for leaving this stellar review! We always love to receive your feedback, and are thrilled to read that you had a great experience here. Our menu changes regularly, so you'll have to come back to see what new items Chef Rob Newton and his team are working on in the future. We would love the opportunity to serve you again! Until then, Emily Meffert Executive Administrator

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SS
Orlando
92 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great ambiance and food . Enjoyed it so much we went back the next day!

Gray & Dudley at 21c
Responded on June 11, 2019

Hi Sherrie, Wow, thank you so much for this stellar review! We're delighted to know you enjoyed yourself here, and would like to welcome you back every day! Our menu changes regularly, so there's always something new to try from Chef Rob Newton's team. We look forward to serving you again soon! Cheers, Emily Meffert Executive Administrator

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l
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. It is such a great and unique experience to see art displayed in the hotel and have a nice dinner. The blue penguins are a cool touch too... take a break from all the basic new restaurants and try something truly interesting and fun! I have taken several people here from all walks of life and they all raved about it!

Gray & Dudley at 21c
Responded on June 11, 2019

Hi there! Thanks, sincerely, for this most thoughtful review! I think you're right: food and art go together like bread and Botticelli—that is, really well! It's wonderful to read that you truly enjoyed your visit with us, and that you have dined with people from all walks of life here. I think our menu and atmosphere offer something that may appeal to everyone. We look forward to welcoming you back next time! Until then, Emily Meffert Executive Administrator

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j
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

The food was pretty good. All the beer is canned (no draft). Service was very good. The ambiance and decor was a little bit off putting.

Gray & Dudley at 21c
Responded on May 30, 2019

Hi there! Thanks for coming in to dine with us, and thank you for reviewing your dining experience! We really value your feedback. I'm glad to read you had an overall positive visit, although I hope you may consider giving us another opportunity to seriously impress you in the future. If you wish, feel free to reach out to me at (615) 610-6420 to let us know how we may make your next dinner here extra special. Sincerely, Emily Meffert Executive Administrator

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AL
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner! We ordered the gem salad, cast iron chicken and dry aged TN strip and all were excellent.

Gray & Dudley at 21c
Responded on May 30, 2019

Hi Amy, Thank you for taking some time out of your day to share your feedback with us! We really appreciate knowing your thoughts, and are thrilled to read that you had fantastic meals here. It would be a privilege to welcome you back in the future for something new! Until then, Emily Meffert Executive Administrator

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OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great spot for date night! The decor is a great conversation starter! Food was amazing!

Gray & Dudley at 21c
Responded on May 27, 2019

Hi there! Thanks so much for taking a minute to share your feedback with us! I sincerely appreciate hearing your thoughts, and am thrilled to read that you loved your food as well as the ambiance. I think featuring contemporary art in the restaurant adds a unique flair to our space. We're always adding new items to our menu, and we hope to welcome you back for other dates in the future! Cheers, Emily Meffert Executive Administrator

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OT
Jackson Hole
5 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I felt I had trouble communicating with the server and he wasn’t particularly interested in our dining experience. The food was ok, cheeseburger was unseasoned, fries Luke warm. Meatloaf needed something to give it taste. This is my second experience at Gray and Dudley , Will not go again

Gray & Dudley at 21c
Responded on May 27, 2019

Hi there, Thanks for taking some time out of your day to share feedback with us. The quality of your experience is our top priority, and I'm sincerely sorry we let you down this time. There is no excuse for the uninterested service you received, or food that didn't rock your world. I'll review your comments with our Front and Back of House teams to ensure these issues are addressed moving forward. We would love an opportunity to change your mind! Warmly, Emily Meffert Executive Administrator

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R
Nashville
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible all around. Ran out of an item on the limited menu, asked if they could do scrambled eggs & bacon for my teenage kids instead, but they said no...even though there was bacon & eggs on other items. Server asked if we would like to see a dessert menu, I replied "I would like to get the burger I ordered first" WOW!

AB
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

It was a very slow and unsatisfying experience. It was Mother’s Day and the wait for our food was so long everyone just wanted to leave. The service wasn’t great and it seemed like there were other unhappy diners there as well. The restaurant has the same modern art as hotel. Not warm.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

They weren't ready for the mother's day crowd.

JW
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

From a useless hostess to an awful menu to poor service and poor quality and cold food. The worst dining experience I have had on every measurable in 8 years in Nashville. As my wife said, “we could have gone to McDonalds and had better service

JS
Nashville
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Food was horrible at best. Dog scat in walkway to entrance set the tone and the chef/staff maintained it. Miserable Mother's day meal.

SB
Nashville
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

The kitchen was beyond slow. In fact, slow would be the understatement of the decade. The restaurant was not full and it still took 2 HOURS, yes you read that correctly, 2 HOURS to get our main course. Drinks were left unfilled for long periods of time, the management was unapologetic, but the wait staff was nice so they got that going for them. Based on our single experience I would not see any reason to return to this restaurant.

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