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The dining room at newly opened Proudfoot & Bird - Proudfoot & Bird, Des Moines, IA

Proudfoot & Bird

4.8
4.8
604 Reviews
$50 and over
Global, International
Fine Dining in every aspect. Proudfoot & Bird, named after the original Hotel Fort Des Moines architects, pays homage to the glamorous days of years past with every detail. Adorned with stunning marble tables, intricate gold ceiling inlay, plush soft seating, and grand circular bar we have recreated a time that was filled with elegance, extravagance, and indulgence. Housed in the historic Hotel Fort Des Moines, we have taken every step possible to protect a valued piece of Des Moines’ cherished history. Two semi-private areas available, seating eight and ten guests respectfully.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Global, International, Vegetarian / Vegan, Steak
  • Hours of operation
    Bar Daily 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (515) 957-2400
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    James Richards
  • Neighborhood
    Des Moines
  • Cross street
    10th Street
  • Parking details
    We have a parking garage connected to the hotel and street side parking nearby.
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 604 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
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Iowa

    Best Overall

  • Iowa

    Best Food

  • Iowa

    Best Service

  • Iowa

    Best Ambiance

  • Iowa

    Good for business meals

  • Iowa

    Innovative

  • Iowa

    Great for fine wines

  • Iowa

    Romantic

  • Iowa

    Good for special occasions

  • Des Moines

    Best Overall

  • Des Moines

    Best Food

  • Des Moines

    Best Service

  • Des Moines

    Best Ambiance

  • Des Moines

    Best Value

  • Des Moines

    Good for business meals

  • Des Moines

    Innovative

  • Des Moines

    Healthy

  • Des Moines

    Great for fine wines

  • Des Moines

    Romantic

  • Des Moines

    Good for special occasions

  • Des Moines

    Most Booked

604 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing as always! One of my faves and tonight was perfect!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had an overall wonderful experience for dinner. The atmosphere is very nice, un-Des Moines Like. Our server Liz was outstanding in every sense. She was friendly, yet very professional and it provided truly exemplary service, which seems to be the exception anymore when dining out. The food was all perfect, temperature perfect and steaks all cooked to perfect medium rare. Will certainly be back again to see you. While the food was great, Liz truly made an overall very pleasant evening, thank you Liz!

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  3. Karla

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and food were amazing!! Highly recommend.

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  4. nmmy

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best steak I've ever eaten combined with the best potatoes I've ever eaten.

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  5. ShelbyS

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best restaurants I’ve been too!! We will definitely be back

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  6. MelindaK

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Proudfoot and Bird is one of the most beautiful restaurants I have ever dined in. The whole aesthetic of the restaurant and hotel is fabulous. The food is incredible also and impeccable service.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Filet was seasoned well and very tender. Only downside was the place smelled of smoke. From when we walked in through the hotel you could smell it starting there. Will still go again for a great meal.

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  8. Mytime

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was excellent and we will definitely be going back for more!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food would have received 5 stars except the green beans in the white fish dish were so hard they were basically inedible . Unfortunately, both my wife and I had the white fish. We will certainly go back and everything else was 5 star quality.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the moment we entered the restaurant, we were greeting with attentive, courteous smiles. Our server, Eric, honestly MADE our night. He greeted us with a wonderful history of the building, the reason for the name(s) of Proudfoot & Bird, and the lovely back story of the multi-million dollar renovations. While I missed Django being in that space, P&B has done an amazing job bringing back the luster and romance of the original ceilings, walls and woodwork. Our meal was presented in such a way that we shared with Eric what we liked on the menu and he directed us to the wood-roasted oysters with a smoked jalapeno butter (we nearly skipped these based on our other wants from the menu), but they were divine--slight brine with smoky butter. SO GOOD! Then we knew we wanted the pork belly burnt ends and they didn't disappoint with the trio of pickled veg and some out of this world cheddar, flaky biscuits. We could have stopped there, but NO! We had to order dinner which consisted of the Duck a la Mandarin and I had the pork ribeye. Both were delectable with interesting characteristics like the bok choy with the duck and the heirloom grits--perfect pairings indeed. We also ordered the charred heirloom carrots on a bed of puree that reminded me of sweet potato it was so soft and creamy with a hint of salt to bring out the flavors. En fin, we ordered the flourless chocolate torte. While this seems like a typical dessert on most menus, P&B knocked it out of the park with the strawberry coulee and the dense, dark chocolate torte with perfectly orbed dollops of sweet cream. We will definitely return to this place time and again, but only if we have Eric as our waiter. He stole the show. Thanks to the entire for a amazing post-Valentine dinner with my darling husband. Keep up the wonderful culinary service you're all doing!

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  11. MariahW

    Des Moines

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a group of 4 and did the prix fixe southern France tasting menu, each trying just about all the offerings. My goodness, the cauliflower bisque with the salmon and caviar was the crème de la creme of the night. We all agreed it was amazing. The steak was an interesting cut of meat but had the best crust and seasoning I’ve had in a long time served with the best seasoned frites. the Mulberry sour drink was the hit of night and the desert, my goodness, chocolate explosion in the best way, the dark chocolate strawberries and the steaming fresh out of the oven chocolate cake with lemon sauce made our tastebuds explode. tremendous service and impeccable atmosphere, decor and aesthetic. We will definitely be back. Highly recommend, well worth the money and time for a nice dinner or evening out.

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  12. Bruce

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is a rare day when the service so completely compliments a phenomenal meal. That happened last night - Thx to all - Eric, sir, you are the real deal!

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  13. Justin

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    GRETCHEN IS DA QUEEN. Knowledgable, attentive, and fun. What more could you ask for?

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  14. TravisB

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time trying the restaurant, and we were not disappointed! When we got there they checked us in and tried to seat us within 10 minutes of the valentine dinner rush! We felt welcomed right when we walked in the door and that continued throughout the whole meal! The food was fantastic! I had gotten the main lobster and it was DEVINE! We also had gotten the warm ricotta which had also been fantastic and worth the price. At the end of the meal we were given two little desserts as a thank you since we did not have any dessert due to the main meal filling us right up! Our server was amazing and friendly, the food was delicious, the noise was to be expected for a special day, and the environment was so welcoming! Highly recommend Proudfoot & Bird. We will definitely be coming back!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best food we have eaten in the Des Moines area to date! The Valentine’s Day menu was excellent. Highly recommend to check it out.

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  16. DMT2024

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding service - especially the server Cara and the hostess. The oysters, wedge salad, and French onion soup all delicious. Misses were feature fish was over cooked and cheddar biscuits were burnt on the outside and raw on the inside, pimento cheese was a miss, and the green beans were underwhelming. Great cocktails and atmosphere - thank you for having a NA beer, as well.

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  17. SB2017

    Minneapolis

    21 reviews

    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a beautiful place in which to dine and our server was nice, but not quite as attentive, as we had to ask for water refills. The harvest salad was large and generous, but too heavy on the dressing. It could have been a meal by itself!! The French onion soup was delicious, but not large. The duck entree was also delicious, with spicy and intricate flavors. The white fish entree was good as a whole, but the fingerling potatoes were barely cooked and not edible. The server said the chef does not want them to lose their shape, so he/she does not overcook them. The white fish sauce was outstanding. I would not recommend ordering a side of vegetables or potatoes as they are included in some form in each entree. We wish we would not have ordered the asparagus, even though they were VERY good with wonderful grilled flavor. We would return again but stay away from extra sides and any entrees with potatoes.

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  18. WayneS

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was absolutely outstanding. Food excellent as usual. We love dining here.

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  19. User348919

    Des Moines

    19 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Smothering a 20oz bone in ribeye in sauce & bleu cheese should be illegal.

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  20. JoeB

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The whole experience was amazing. Food, service, atmosphere, and special attention paid to us on our anniversary was all wonderful.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Alyssa was amazing! She made my girlfriend’s birthday perfect. Food was incredible too. 10/10

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  22. DavidE

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great besides the waitress breaking a wine glass on our table. Service great, presentation, etc. She also brought appetizer samplers to our table which were awesome.

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  23. DonnaO

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an amazing dinner and our service was the best we've had from Brad! Thank you for a great night out with our family!

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  24. AmiF

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best meal we've had in Des Moines and the best Filet my husband has ever had (and he's eaten many🙂). We had an early reservation because we had to leave for a show across town. Our waiter accommodated all our needs including reserving a dessert and 2nd bottle of wine to be enjoyed on our return to the hotel. Beautiful grand restaurant and hotel, excellent service by Brad, and amazing food by the chef!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had espresso martinis, mulberry sour, champagne cocktail, the warm ricotta, and black angus fillet steaks. All wonderful options!

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  26. BillD

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The server was very attentive and made great recommendations. Food was costly for the relative quality

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  27. ShannonC

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Proudfoot has become my favorite restaurant in Des Moines. The food is always well-prepared and delicious, often with some new flavors that are so pleasing to the palate! Our server was excellent-never hovering but there whenever we needed something. The staff is professional, yet kind and works hard to meet the needs of patrons. I’ve never had a meal here that I didn’t love!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding dining experience! Eric was our server and was very attentive and pleasant and super knowledgeable! Food was excellent, we had the roasted oysters, pork belly burnt ends, wedge salad, filet with mashed potatoes, the pork ribeye and Brussels sprouts and everything was delicious!

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  29. ChrisR

    Des Moines

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was outstanding and the food was innovative and equally outstanding.

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  30. BrittK

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The steak was amazing, our server was very attentive. The drinks were well crafted.

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  31. BillW

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal with outstanding food, great selection of drinks, and even better service. We had a wonderful evening.

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  32. kiddoc73

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, perfect portions, excellent selection of wines and a wonderful waitstaff. A must for fine dining in Des Moines!

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  33. CallahG

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our experience at Proudfoot and Bird was quite pleasant. The bartender was attentive and fast as we waited to be seated, and our server Cara was knowledgeable and personable, without being overbearing, throughout the meal. The food was beautifully prepared, unique, and flavorful. We were discussing our next visit before we had even finished our starters, and I’m looking forward to trying even more items on the menu next time.

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  34. GeorgeT

    Des Moines

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    My main course was not hot and the lobster was a bit tough. We loved the items we shared.(carrots). Our waiter initially was a bit cold but warmed up. Beautiful building. With a reservation we were able to be seated immediately.

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  35. MichelleS

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic. The food was some of the best we’ve had in Des Moines. Our waiter was great. He was so knowledgeable about the restaurant and chefs and the hotel. It was great!!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Experience and food was fantastic. Gretchen helped make an amazing experience for our anniversary and the chef was top tier. Definitely on the top of our list on spots to go downtown.

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  37. mickL

    Des Moines

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice evening out with friends. Three of the four orders came out as ordered. White fish, Duck and Pork Chop. The duck and pork chop were slightly undercooked based on the order request, still good. The 4th order was for the filet, medium. It came out of the kitchen as chicken. The server did the appropriate thing and addressed it immediately and removed the charge from our bill. Only other time I've been to P&B I asked for a filet, at medium...a.. arrived at the table beyond rare......raw and cold. Sent it back, got it back...still rare. Asked them to butterfly it and try again, back to the table ruined at well done. They cooked another steak for me maybe made medium rare at best, fine. BUT of course it wasn't a good experience because I didn't really eat with my wife, but watched her eat then took mine to go. I'm hoping someday to find out what a properly cooked filet is like at Proudfoot and Bird.

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  38. kimgrn2006

    Des Moines

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was really good. The bone marrow excellent. The service was lacking, especially since we visited Oak Park earlier that week. The waiter was ok, for the wonderful location and ambience great service should he the norm. We asked for wine recommendations from the waiter, he uncorked the bottle then smelled the cork himself. I was not going to smell the cork after that. I felt it rude of him to do so. All in all a solid 4 star experience.

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  39. MatthewC

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was spectacular. Cauliflower side dish was the best thing I've ever had. Drinks were on point and the service was excellent. Great night out!

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  40. WilliamU

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An excellent dining experience. I would happily go again.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Proudfoot & Bird is rated 4.8 stars by 604 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 13 times today
Google Map for Proudfoot & Bird

1000 Walnut St, Des Moines, IA 50309-3400

Additional information

  • Cross street
    10th Street
  • Neighborhood
    Des Moines
  • Hours of operation
    Bar Daily 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Global, International, Vegetarian / Vegan, Steak
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    We have a parking garage connected to the hotel and street side parking nearby.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    James Richards
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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