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Leader Block Trattoria & Bar, Ferndale, WA

Leader Block Trattoria & Bar

4.1
4.1
164 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
A sensory experience of taste, ambiance and wonderful service!
Come dine with us and taste the most delicious, delightful and flavor-filled Italian food you can imagine! Pair these entrees with a wine to exalt the experience to a whole new level and you have an evening to remember for a very long time.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Wine Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (360) 306-8998
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    DougE Elliott
  • Catering
    No catering is currently offered, but we certainly could look at the potential of helping you out for your specific needs. With the slowness of our industry, and the talent of our chef, it's the perfect time to present what's needed and wanted in these times! Please text: 360-920-2518 to discuss.
  • Private party facilities
    Leader Block Wine Co. & Eatery is available for buyout of the entire restaurant for your rehearsal dinner, anniversary or any other special occasion. We have a private dining area that can accommodate up to 28 people comfortably as well. Social distancing will be practiced upon governmental orders, of course.
  • Neighborhood
    Ferndale
  • Cross street
    2nd Avenue
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 164 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

164 Reviews
  1. TomP

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We absolutely loved our dinner. We were a party of six and were out to enjoy our time. The staff took very good care of us and we did not feel rushed. The owner visited our table several times throughout the night to make recommendations and and ensure we were enjoying ourselves. Well done Leader Block. We will be back.

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  2. DeniseS

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    After living in Europe for nearly 40 years (some of it inItaly), we finally found a restaurant that has the old world feeling along with outstanding food. The staff is well trained and checks on patrons often or see that every need is met. Robert and Roberto, owners, know how to do things right. We will return frequently and highly recommend this establishment for Italian food lovers!!!!!! Tom, Bowen Island,BC.

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  3. Vera

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great tasting food and good service. The manager introduced himself as well which was nice. Areas of improvement are the presentation of the restaurant — there were boxes of water and alcohol and misc. items stacked along the wall, exposed to customer's. It looked very sloppy and unprofessional. We were asked which type of water we wanted (regular or sparkling) but not informed that the water was $8 or that it cost anything; generally you’re just giving water. I got sparkling and my husband got regular so I spent $16 on water! Lastly, the portions were rather small considering the prices which are a bit high, that was disappointing. The food tasted delicious though!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We have had great meals here and they have ample variety of wine available at reasonable prices. A mixup on the soup this time and had to get the bill corrected for a returned meal. Atmosphere is pleasant and like having a close place nearby.

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  5. Julia

    Seattle

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    We were excited about trying out LB but left saying we would not probably go back unless it’s decorated nicely for the holidays. This was our first trip there and the staff put us in what seemd to be a storage room. I looked at drink boxes, a seemingly discarded fan and a pile of discarded table cloths behind a too smalls screen for my entire meal. Disappointing. When we left, we saw a much more exciting and festive room which was much more “inspiring “. I may have come away with a different impression had we been sat there. But, we were not so I left disappointed and felt the food was not a good value.

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  6. LynnT

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food but extremely overpriced and incredibly slow.

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  7. MarkS

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We sat down and it was 24 minutes before someone came to our table. Waitress did not seem to enjoy her work or take pride in it. At 7:00 pm already out of vegetables? Will not be returning.

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  8. johnsc

    Seattle

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time at LB. Very cozy and lots of history behind those walls I bet! Staff was friendly and efficient. Husband loved the COD special! Would definitely return!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    We went for 50th Birthday. We waited for long time for service the music was very loud )they did turn down for us. ) food was crazy expensive and not very good. $69 US for 4 crab cakes we shared. The bread we requested and paid for came out after asking again and our meal was almost done.

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  10. DonW

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. Didn't feel rushed (we need your table). Background music where we were at could have been softer. Menu's need to have larger print since lighting is low and many of the diners are seniors whose eyes aren't what they used to be.

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  11. LisaS

    Jackson Hole

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous on every level. A slice of elegant old San Francisco via Italy in Ferndale. We highly recommend and will look forward to our next visit.

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  12. MayaA

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved the food here. The veal Marsala was terrific. Clam linguine was also excellent the Italian csausage pasta dish was a hit with the men. My only complaint was regarding the Open Table app. I made a rez for for at 6:45 because the app showed that there were no tables for 4 available earlier. We arrived a bit early and there were many tables available.

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  13. DonS

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The wine we chose was good, but otherwise we were very disappointed. The service (specifically our waiter Roberto) was less than professional. We waited 45 minutes just to place an order for an appetizer. The food was mediocre. Needless to say, we won't be back.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    $3 for bread and $22 for kids meal is ridiculous !

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  15. CHoward

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I had the jumbo scallops, which were not jumbo. The scallops came on a bed of mushroom risotto, which was quite good but barely warm. The broccolini was so tough that I couldn't cut it with my knife, so I folded it up to eat it. I have eaten at The Leader Block before, and it was quite good. The best advice may be to stick to the pasta dishes. This dinner was very disappointing.

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  16. Jathan

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, try the specials - they recommend them for a reason! Hard to believe we have a place this good now here in the middle of Ferndale!

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  17. TMBW

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a very nice dinner with our grandson celebrating his new job. With the holiday weekend and weather being sunny, it was not busy food and service came quick. A lovely place to go that people need to think of more often. Looks like the outdoor seating will be coming soon for the summer months.

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  18. MarieW

    Seattle

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Cocktail was absolutely awful even on the second try. Service was slow despite the fact that there were only couple other tables being served. Food was below average compared to prior dining experiences. Overall very disappointing.

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  19. TERRYS

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was slow and inattentive. Restaurant was not crowded but we were largely ignored by our waitress. We had to ask the bartender to find her for us at one point. The food was good but what I would call uninspired. Our expectations were much higher after our generally outstanding experiences in the past (pre-remodel). The wine list needs more by-the-glass choices, especially for Italian reds.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went on Valentine's day. The food was good but I felt that it was a bit overpriced because the courses were small. I think that their courses are small because they're trying to be like a 5 course 5 star restaurant but I just didn't get that vibe. The restaurant is fairly small so it was very crowded. It seems like they added extra tables and chairs, even in tight corners, just to get more customers and to make more money that night. The biggest issue that myself and other customers had was the time it took to get our food. The wait is VERY long. Over an hour between each course. People were leaving early and complaining because of this. I was told that their kitchen is very small and that is the reason. I think the manager/owner cared more about making money that night than making sure the customers got their food on time. I also read somewhere else that customers have been complaining about this issue for years. So this makes me think that the manager/owner knew that the food timing was going to be an issue beforehand and he just didn't care. If this restaurant finds a way to fix the food timing issue and lower the price of the food just a little, they would be outstanding.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Valentines

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We made a reservation for Valentine’s Day. We arrive early and had a drink at the bar. My wife ordered a Manhattan. We didn't realize it then, but her drink was super strong it must have been almost all booze. My wife had a hard time walking to the table when they sat us. We have eaten there before, but for this night that had added many makeshift tables. The place was packed. My wife desperately need some food. It took 45 minutes to get a small appetizer. We wife was suffering. Our salads took another 45 minutes. Neither of those foods were helping my wife. They had no bread available. We had no idea when we would get our main courses so I decided to leave and go to another restaurant to get some food. The staff and manager were frustrated. The manager apologized but still charged us $68 to leave. It was the most horrible experience I’ve ever had in a restaurant, and we have been all over the world. I will never go back there.

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  23. Butch

    Seattle

    26 reviews

    1.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    The restaurant kitchen was completely overwhelmed by the number of diners. We finally left after an hour and a half after only getting our appetizers and with no sign of the main course ever arriving. They did not charge us. They have been excellent in the past, but we'll avoid them for the big holiday dining events (Valentines, Mother's Day) until they get a much better handle on logistics.

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  24. WindelynB

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was delicious, atmosphere was fantastic and service was great.

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  25. MARKIEN

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall very lovely. I will visit again. Please have fresh flowers and candles on the table next time. Thank you, enjoyed it very much. Markie Nelson

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sister in town for a few hours and said she had to try the Italian place we always talk about.

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  27. NathanS

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic restaurant with a great atmosphere and incredible food. Definitely planning a return

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was excellent a great place to be back at after the remodel. The Chef and his staff are always cordial and helpful in navigating the choices with great recommendations.

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  29. OldTimer

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is one of our favorite restaurants and we often bring out-of-town guests here. I usually have the scallops with mushroom risotto. I had them, again, and they were good though the risotto was not as good as usual. It was very flavorful, but the texture was gummy. My husband had alfredo as did another party member, and both said it was great. Another member of our party had the Pomodoro and loved it. I split an INSALATA DI BARBABIETOLA which includes the following ingredients, beets, arugula, chevre, spiced pecans, citrus, and citrus vinaigrette with my daughter and it was outstanding. I found myself scrapping the dregs of the dressing with my fork even though all salad was consumed. Our service was outstanding. The young man who was our waiter was fast, efficient and so very pleasant. This was the very best service we've ever received from this restaurant.

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  30. Teamstrannon

    Seattle

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food, when we went the new team was still working through the changes made but overall the service and food appear to have slipped from what it was previously.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was amazing! We got there and the restaurant was closed but I still got 100 points. I feel like a winner.

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  32. Johnny

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food as always. Service was fantastic as was the wine selection

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  33. Smilelady

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was absolutely delicious. Sommelier was excellent. Lovely live music that was not intrusive. Will definitely be back.

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  34. SalmonLanding

    Portland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you're in or near Ferndale, Leader Block is the place to be! Beautiful building, lovely interior, excellent Italian cuisine, and tasty drinks - what more could you ask for?

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  35. SharonE

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always happy with the friendliness and professionalism of the staff and this was no different. The menu is unique and the blending of flavors in their dishes is always on point. Lovely time!!!

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  36. birthdaygirl

    Atlanta Metro

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best meals in Bellingham! Beth was delightful and we were appreciative to meet Chef Dougie. My salmon was cooked perfectly with a slight crust and tender moist inside. My Italian cook husband really enjoyed the bolognese. Great wine list with reasonably priced choices. This restaurant turned a regular Friday night meal into a celebration.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We heard about their Salmon w/pasta dinner and it did not disappoint! Can’t wait to go again for our cousin dinner❤️

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  38. TERRYS

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was excellent, from the seafood bisque to the very chocolate desert. We arrived just after 5pm on a Wednesday, which turns out to be a very busy time there. As a result, the place was very noisy (which became much quieter a half hour later) and the initial service was slow. As the evening proceeded, the service improved and the ambience became more relaxing.

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  39. DougS

    Vancouver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best food in town by far. Nice atmosphere. Great staff and hands on owners. Doug S

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  40. ErikaG

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    This place was amazing, having moved here from Boston we are used to getting some great Italian and this restaurant won us over. Chicken picatta was seasoned well and moist Steak special had no leftovers on my husbands plate cooked perfect and again actually seasoned well Scallops with risotto passed my MIL test with flying colors Well done !! We will be back

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FAQs

Leader Block Trattoria & Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (360) 306-8998.

Leader Block Trattoria & Bar is rated 4.1 stars by 164 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 2 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Leader Block Trattoria & Bar

2026 Main St, Ferndale, WA 98248-9468

Additional information

  • Cross street
    2nd Avenue
  • Neighborhood
    Ferndale
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Wine Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    DougE Elliott
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (360) 306-8998
  • Catering
    No catering is currently offered, but we certainly could look at the potential of helping you out for your specific needs. With the slowness of our industry, and the talent of our chef, it's the perfect time to present what's needed and wanted in these times! Please text: 360-920-2518 to discuss.
  • Private party facilities
    Leader Block Wine Co. & Eatery is available for buyout of the entire restaurant for your rehearsal dinner, anniversary or any other special occasion. We have a private dining area that can accommodate up to 28 people comfortably as well. Social distancing will be practiced upon governmental orders, of course.
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