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The Bower, New Orleans, LA

The Bower

4.7
4.7
651 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
The Bower is a full service restaurant and bar proudly highlighting locally sourced American cuisine. Louisiana Farmers and farmers markets are our jam and inspiration. Our menus are ingredient driven determined by seasons, product availability and the additional health benefits they provide.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 26 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (504) 582-9738
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Marcus Woodham
  • Neighborhood
    Lower Garden District
  • Cross street
    Thalia Street
  • Parking details
    Premium Parking has a public lot available directly across the street.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Lobster and Bubbles Dinner

    $160.00 per person

    Feb 29, 2024 only
    Join us on Thursday, February 29th for a five course dinner showcasing lobster and delightful sparkling wine pairings at The Bower. For additional information, please call us at (504) 582-9738. MENU: 1st Course Crispy Lobster Head: bone marrow and lobster stuffed, lemon and dill emulsion, radish, crusty bread 2nd Course Smoked Spiny Lobster Tail: NOLA BBQ sauce, roasted garlic and thyme biscuit 3rd Course Barrel Cut Beef Carpaccio: heirloom carrots, blueberry, lobster and white truffle vinaigrette 4th Course Lobster Carbonara: house smoked pancetta, Parmesan, radiatore, green peppercorn bubbles 5th Course Butterscotch Budino: salted lobster caramel All courses are paired with sparkling wines. $160 per person plus tax and gratuity
    Lobster and Bubbles Dinner Photo

What 651 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

651 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Unbelievable meal & experience. Loved the beet salad, chicken parm and Cacio e Pepe. Desert was an amazing strawberry shortcake with a homemade biscuit. Absolutely loved our meal, can’t wait to come back!

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  2. KarenA

    Baton Rouge

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was fantastic! Atmosphere was great! Food was okay, but would try it again with something else.

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  3. Andy

    New Orleans

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Plates make it seem like there’s more food in the dish. Having to be seated next door in a completely different building with completely different vibe was goofy. Moreover, the plates of warm food were being walked from the real restaurant, taken outside (uncovered), and brought to the annex building next door—the food was room-temp at best. Paying over $100 on a simple dinner (two entrees, water, and one cocktail) for two was pricey for what you get—I would have been good at $60.

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  4. NewBostonian

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really delicious food and kind staff. It’s a great spot!

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  5. KatrinaW

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! Beautiful restaurant. Very romantic. Intimate dining. Moderate prices.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Spent our first valentines here and we were NOT disappointed. The food was incredible and so was our server Melissa! 10/10 would recommend

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and Services was excellent. Everyone was very nice and friendly! A must for foodies!
    The BowerResponded on February 8, 2024
    We're so happy you enjoyed your time dining with us! Thank you so much for leaving us a review. We hope to see you back soon! Best, The Bower

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Cindy gave us outstanding recommendations for cocktails described so perfectly 3 different choices were made and ALL were DELICIOUS! Food was exceptional. Customer service was outstanding! Highly recommend!!! ♥️
    The BowerResponded on February 8, 2024
    We're so happy you had a 5-star experience dining with us & that Cindy was able to help choose some tasty cocktails for your evening. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review, it means a lot to us. Come visit again soon. Best, The Bower

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  9. JoeN

    New Orleans

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Chef put a different twist on each meal, and everything was delicious. Service was fantastic managing a table of 8. Highly recommended if you are trying a little something different.
    The BowerResponded on February 8, 2024
    Joe, We're so glad you had a nice time dining with us at The Bower! Chef Marcus is always surprising us with new twists and creations, we are so lucky to have him. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review, it means a lot! Best, The Bower

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  10. DjSan2

    New Orleans

    103 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    103 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious, fresh dishes in a green, comfy and modern setting. Go for happy hour!
    The BowerResponded on February 8, 2024
    DjSan2, We're so glad you had a 5-star experience! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review, it means a lot. Come back soon! Best, The Bower

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a good happy hour! Food and drinks were incredible, as well as the overall atmosphere!
    The BowerResponded on February 8, 2024
    We're so glad you had a 5-star experience dining with us at The Bower! Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, it means a lot to us. We hope you will come visit again soon! Best, The Bower

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lil girls dinner and we loved it. The happy hour is awesome. We had small plates to share and split the Sunday dinner among the four of us and it was the perfect amount of food and it was really good. The service was awesome as well. We will definitely be back!

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  13. Bourboneer

    New Orleans

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff treated us fabulously. Everything was wonderful.
    The BowerResponded on January 26, 2024
    Thanks for the feedback, Bourboneer! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your experience at The Bower. It's wonderful to know that our staff made your visit fabulously memorable. We strive to provide excellent food and service to all our guests, and your kind words affirm our efforts. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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  14. Greatfood

    New Orleans

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing and loved the atmosphere! Wonderful experience and can’t wait to go back.
    The BowerResponded on February 8, 2024
    Greatfood, Yay! We're so happy you had a great time! Thank you so much for leaving us a review, it really means a lot. We are excited to have you back again soon! Best, The Bower

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  15. CarlF

    Phoenix

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Here’s a little gem in the lower garden district with tasty food, good service in a not too noisy room.
    The BowerResponded on January 26, 2024
    Hello CarlF, Thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to share your experience at The Bower. We're happy to hear that you enjoyed our tasty food and service. We always strive to provide a comfortable and enjoyable atmosphere for our guests. We appreciate your feedback on the value and we're always looking for ways to improve. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Best regards, Jim

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  16. dmbd

    New Orleans

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We made a reservation for a birthday dinner and The Bower DID NOT disappoint! Everything was wonderful. The drinks, appetizers, and pastas were absolutely delicious! We will be back soon!
    The BowerResponded on January 26, 2024
    Hey dmbd, We're absolutely delighted to hear that you had such a wonderful birthday dinner at The Bower! It's always a pleasure to make our guests feel special. We're glad you enjoyed our appetizers, drinks, and pastas. Your kind words mean a lot to us and we're already looking forward to your next visit. Thank you for choosing us for your birthday! Best, Jim

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  17. Anon

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our experience at The Bower was superb! The food was excellent, the service was so pleasant and quick, and I would highly recommend booking for any occasion!
    The BowerResponded on January 26, 2024
    Thanks for the review, Anon! We truly appreciate your kind words, are always trying our best, and look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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  18. Sammy

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was alright. Whipped feta was way to sour and tart. The pasta is very good. Small portion but quality and still filling. Server was nice and helpful with recommendations. Ambiance is super cute and inviting.
    The BowerResponded on January 26, 2024
    Thanks for the feedback, Sammy! We're glad to hear that you enjoyed our pasta and server recommendations at The Bower. We're sorry to hear that our whipped feta didn't meet your expectations. We appreciate your input and will certainly take it into consideration as we continuously strive to improve our food quality. We hope to see you again soon!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was very good. I would definitely return.
    The BowerResponded on January 26, 2024
    Thanks for the review! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your experience at The Bower. It's always a pleasure to know that our guests are satisfied with our food and service. We appreciate your kind words and look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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  20. NietscheG

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Experience! Good service very friendly and respectful very helpful beautiful environment nice place very beautiful and clean inside real classy food was great fast service check on my family consistently overall I would recommend this Restaurant to everyone
    The BowerResponded on January 26, 2024
    Hello Nietsche G., Thank you so much for your kind words and high ratings! We're thrilled to hear that you had a great experience at The Bower. Our team always strives to provide excellent service and we're glad to hear that we met your expectations. Your recommendation means a lot to us. We look forward to serving you and your family again soon. Best regards, Jim

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  21. AmandaM

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food, drinks, service, ambiance! Get the truffled parmesan bread and the Bolognese! Can't wait to go back!!!
    The BowerResponded on January 26, 2024
    Hey Amanda M., We're over the moon to hear about your fantastic dining experience at The Bower! It's great to know that our Truffled parmesan bread and Bolognese hit the spot! We're also thrilled that you enjoyed our service and ambiance. Your kind words mean a lot to us and we can't wait to welcome you back for more delicious meals and drinks. Best wishes, Jim

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All of the food was incredible! Overall, a great experience, and they were able to accommodate a large group!

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  23. LaurenL

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a party of 8 and the food was amazing! Great atmosphere
    The BowerResponded on February 8, 2024
    Lauren, We're so glad your group had a 5-star experience dining with us! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review, it means a lot. We hope you come back in again soon! Best, The Bower

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Melissa was a joy! Here service and expertise was off the charts and the food and drink incredible! Thanks to all for a great experience and a wonderful New Years Eve!

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  25. MikeT

    New Orleans

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service here was incredible. We came for New Year’s Eve and it was a fixed menu, but every dish was phenomenal and we will definitely return to try the entire menu selection.

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  26. RoMo

    New Orleans

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great mixed drinks, delicious food, lovely atmosphere.

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  27. DevonG

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Reservation for 2 to celebrate a birthday. Seated at a small two top. Asked to move to a larger table & was told they were full. When we left the same four tops were still available as well as more four tops here others had left. One app was outstanding, the other was like eating a salt lick. Basil spaghetti was delicious and smaller than the palm of my hand.
    The BowerResponded on January 26, 2024
    Thanks for the feedback, DevonG. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed our basil spaghetti. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience you faced due to the table availability to move you to a 4 top table. We value your feedback and will certainly work on improving our seating arrangements to ensure better service in the future. We hope to serve you again soon.

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  28. ChristineB

    New Orleans

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and atmosphere at The Bower never disappoints! The menu has numerous choices for everyone and the service is always reliable.

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  29. JessicaG

    New Orleans

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food, ambiance, cocktails, and service were great! Will definitely be back.

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  30. CaseyP

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to pop in for dinner. Food was great and service was good considering the servers had to handle bartending the night we were there. Building is well appointed and in a good location to walk further uptown or to the quarter.

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  31. CaraS

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a hidden gem down Magazine Street. Definitely worth the visit. It’s hard to have a restaurant be both bright and intimate. The Bower does it beautifully. The food was amazing - appetizers were amazing. Entrees were delicious and well portioned.

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  32. happynola

    New Orleans

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff was great as usual and the Chef Marcus was spot on with the food. Great night

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  33. RebeccaS

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere. Food was very good. We will be back!

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  34. NimeshP

    New Orleans

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was on point; however, the whipped feta appetizer with pickles was extremely salty, especially, the carrots were salty to the point of being edible. We could not tell if the spicy shrimp arancini was spicy or contained shrimp. Quiet bland. Having said this, the pasta dishes were outstanding. We enjoyed them.

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  35. MoniqueR

    New Orleans

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Creative holiday cocktail menu with great service! Staff is attentive and offered great menu suggestions. The charcuterie board was amazing! Delicious cheeses and meats that left are taste buds wanting more!

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  36. BFrazier

    New Orleans

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Made a reservation to enjoy the holiday atmosphere and drinks. Upon checking in, we were told that we had to note in the comments section of the reservation that we wanted to be seated in the bar area for that. There was no indication on the website regarding that. The hostess was able to work it out though. The service was super slow. The food was only ok. But the saving grace was the holiday drinks which were really good.

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  37. CarolG

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Previously had excellent experience and chef would do seasonal specials. No longer the case. Disappointed in menu- no separate vegetable sides, no green salad option. No seasonal specials. Latino music the entire time did not fit the vibe of the restaurant.

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  38. KellyD

    New Orleans

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it .. but it was my birthday and nothing special was done which was a disappointment… i mentioned it on the app … nothing ..

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  39. ShawnG

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I took my staff for the Bah Humbug Brunch. We all loved it! The shrimp were delicious as well as the apple cobbler. My Margherita was served in a santa in a hula skirt glass. The service was friendly and prompt. We sat in a table by the front door, so that we would not be disturbed by people coming in our server closed the curtain to separate us from the dining room. I would definitely recommend The Bower for brunch. I can't wait to try dinner.

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  40. ReeseC

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Server was wonderful, great aura and so kind and attentive without being overwhelming. Great music!

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FAQs

The Bower is rated 4.7 stars by 651 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 26 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Bower

1320 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Thalia Street
  • Neighborhood
    Lower Garden District
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Premium Parking has a public lot available directly across the street.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Marcus Woodham
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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