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About Wendell's - Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino

Wendell’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant is the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino's signature dining establishment located on the 4th floor. Wendell's features succulent dishes of fresh seafood, aged steaks, scrumptious desserts and offer an impressive wine list. The restaurant and lounge feature spectacular views of Sierra Blanca, the Sacramento Mountains, Lake Mescalero and our 18-hole Championship Golf Course.

Wendell's Lounge is adjacent to the restaurant where we offer delicious appetizers along with our signature martinis, margaritas and cocktails.

287 Carrizo Canyon Road
Mescalero, NM 88340
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Seafood, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Daily: 7:00am - 3:00pm
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(575) 464-7842

Website:
http://innofthemountaingods.com/dining/wendells

Entertainment:
Wendell’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant and Lounge feature musical entertainment every Friday and Saturday night ranging for light jazz to classical guitar to easy listening piano.

Parking Details:
Valet parking is offered through our resort here at Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino. Garage parking is also available.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Indoor Smoking Area, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Wendell's - Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

3.5

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (16)
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Special Occasion (16)
Romantic (15)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Waterfront (9)
Live Music (8)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Business Meals (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Authentic (4)
Casual (4)
Cozy (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Disabled Access (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Fun (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Dallas)·Dined 2 days ago

Food was superb. Our server Alex was amazing! Will definitely go whenever in Ruidoso.

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·Dined 4 days ago

I let them know it was my husband’s birthday and nothing was done to show it was a special occasion. Filet and crab cakes were good, so was the chicken tortilla soup even though the food was not hot, more like room temperature. I ordered a chopped salad and not worth the money paid for it. The presentation was not well, the lettuce looked old and the cheese was cheese you find on a buffet at Golden Corral. Not sure if we will go back.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined 4 days ago

I was there celebrating my girlfriends birthday. The service was great our server was helpful & courteous. The food was outstanding. Plus the guitarist who was playing that night we went was exceptional.
Over all it was a good experience.
Will recommended to family & friends.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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·Dined 4 days ago

Wendell's made our evening celebrating a late Valentine's Day very special. The view of the mountains is always gorgeous. My Kobe steak was perfectly cooked and so delicious and our waiter was very attentive and polite. Great job!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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·Dined 4 days ago

The food was fairly well presented but tended toward being bland. There were holes in the table coverings. The waitress came back only once during the meal. It was no where near capacity. The view is really nice and the acoustic guitar player was amazing. Priced high for what it was.

Tags: Live Music, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2018

This visit to IMG for our anniversary was an excellent choice! Our waiter could not have been any better - from greeting us immediately to suggesting the perfect wine. Starting off with delicious crab cakes. My husband had the prime rib and raved about the side mac & cheese! I had the scallops & lobster - done perfectly. During dinner a solo guitarist played - this was a wonderful complement to our meal - replacing the usual restaurant sounds with "not too loud" music.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on February 14, 2018

I would have given less stars but I have had awesome meals and amazing service at wendells but on Valentine's Day it was horrible. Our waiter was never to be found and when he did appear you would have to stop him as he would just try to cruise right on by our table. Our meal came out cool like it had been sitting in the window for several minutes before being served to the table. This is just not the service or experience anyone should receive especially when it's one of the most expensive restaurants in the area if not the most.

Tags: Good for a Date, Waterfront
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 (Amarillo)·Dined on February 13, 2018

It was my 75th Birthday. We were celebrating it with friends. Everything was excellent - wine, salad, entrée and desert. The service was wonderful. Everything is a-la-cart, so it is an elegant expensive restaurant, not for the faint of heart. We had a great time.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We've been to Wendells numerous times in the past. It use to be an excellent 5 star restaurant but our last experience was terrible. The Caesar was not a Caesar salad, The crab-cakes were luke warm and the main coarse was luke warm. The service was extremely slow. They have quickly deteriorated from a 5 star to a mediocre 3 star. It's truly a shame!

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Our server was great. Knew the menu and was always checking on us. On the other hand, made arrangements for a rose to be at the table but nothing was done even thought I was willing to pay for that gesture.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Just Love Wendell's for Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner.
Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving is the best .
The staff there you could'nt find better.
We are Locals and eat there every chance we get and are never
disappointed.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Waterfront, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 25, 2018

We've been there several times and have never been disappointed. Wait staff is professional, not hovering. It's never been noisy.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 12, 2018

The wife and I went for dinner and had a good time. The waiter was very helpful and they had a gentleman playing guitar in the front. His music was excellent. This restaurant is really great for dates or special occasions. The food was delicious and they don’t hold back on portions. Overall we enjoyed our experience at Wendell’s.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Waterfront, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Romantic
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The reservation and seating processes were smooth. The 12 oz. prime sirloin was a bit overcooked; we had ordered medium well, and it was cooked well. The desserts (the New Year's Eve special and the Lavender Crème Brûlée) were good but not great. Our server, Alex B., was outstanding, both in terms of his attentiveness to our needs and his friendliness. The highlight of the dining experience was the guitarist who was playing. The location at Inn of the Mountain Gods was both convenient and beautiful, and I enjoy the "story" of the restaurant/resort. Overall, a very nice dinner experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Tortilla soup was amazing! Rest of the food was just mediocre for being a steak house and the price.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We ate here 4july17 and it was delicious. We came back 30Dec17 with the same server and it was absolutely awful.
The food was late and cold when arrived. We ordered the filet which was tasteless and cold, the elk which was tough and cold, the crab legs which were good but cold and the stuffed shrimp which were cold and the rice was tasteless. When the food arrived the Mac and cheese side was missing. It arrived after we had finished and was returned.
We had read about the guitarist being loud but he was not playing in July when we were there. Dec 30 he was loud and arrogant. He was asked several times to turn down the volume and he never touched the dial. The manager came over and told us he was a well know guitarist and the guitarist was surprised by the request to turn down the music. We had to shout above the music and it ruined the evening. His music is suppose to be background and it felt like we were at a concert with the speaker in our ears.
We were so disappointed and will not return - EVER!!!

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 26, 2017

The wine list is mainstream selections you can find at a grocery store with 300 to 500% markup.

The beef can be better selected as my NY strip was not normal width, it was more round shape than lengthy and not prime from the texture and flavor.

The price on the food is above average and but the flavors lack the price value.

Overall it’s the only place to go for fine dining in the area

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Wife and I went to Wendells to celebrate 52nd anniversary. We were seated immediately, our server, Scott, was very attentive and the food was very good. We have been to Wendells several times in the past and enjoyed each time but we're shocked at how much menu prices have increased.

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 26, 2017

I hadn't been to Wendell's in over a decade and I was pleasantly surprised with the level of service and the quality of the food. Clearly the management has made some positive changes over the last decade. The waitress had too many tables, and was frankly in the weeds. But still, she took our orders, answered questions, and delivered the meals with knowledge, skill, and professionalism. The setting was formal and elegant. The four of us found a great wine on their note-worthy wine list. We had a combination of seafood, red meats, and vegetables and everything was excellent. Of particular note were the crab legs, the mixed seafood cocktail, and the wedge salad. We highly recommend this restaurant considering the geographical context. This place is the best new American cooking within two hours drive.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 25, 2017

It's a class place. Not a quick food, cheap menu place, but refined, relaxing and enjoyable.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 25, 2017

"Fancy" restaurant located in large Inn of the Mountain Gods resort/hotel/casino in Ruidoso NM. Service/food qualilty in this expensive restaurant is always hit/miss. We went to both their Thanksgiving and Christmas buffet brunches this year and the service and food were night and day in quality. (Thanksgiving was fabulous, Christmas only so/so). Brunch is advertised as from starting time until 3:00 p.m., and exactly at 3 p.m. buffet service is stopped and dining room staff begins cleanup. Good guitarist. For nearly $150 for two people things should be a bit more carefully thought out and people who make reservations for later times in the schedule should be advised of service/buffet ending time. We saw people being seated at about 2:45. Bet they were disappointed. Beautiful location, good parking, fabulous views, clean. Not as smoky as it used to be in public areas but of course extremely smoky in casino area.

Tags: Live Music
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great food and great place

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Love the elk - it is absolutely outstanding. Good wine selection. Live music was amazing - incredibly talented guitarist.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 9, 2017

For brunch, Wendell's is a much different experience than what one would expect from a restaurant of this quality. It was akin to a coffee shop experience. The waitress was shrill, rude, and very abrupt. The kitchen staff has never heard of Eggs Florentine. The presentation of my friend's breakfast was bizarre - at best. It was impractical at worst. Her breakfast was served in a tiny, little, green vessel, rather than on a plate, and it was difficult for her to maneuver the food without getting it all over the table. The food itself was delicious. But the service, presentation, and knowledge in the kitchen was precarious. The management of the restaurant could ameliorate these flaws by sending the manager to a Four Seasons Hotel, for instance, and ordering brunch there to see what the experience should feel like. They would find a 180 degree difference. I do not think what exists now is what Wendell's is going for; it should be fixed.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great place and very friendly staff. Waiter knew menu perfectly. Food was amazingly delicious!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We enjoyed the Thanksgiving Buffet It was a special meal Had a large variety menu and was all special and very professionally displayed and served.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 19, 2017

It is a very nice restaurant. However, I was disappointed in the steak. We ordered the Porterhouse steak and lobster. The steak was not a 16 ounce but much smaller and was poor quality. For the price $65-$67 for the steak I was extremely disappointed.

Tags: Quick Bite, Romantic
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 18, 2017

I've been going to Wendells for over 5 years now and I've always had a great experience and great, delicious, handmade, great quality food. This visit was a dissapointment; the food was not of a high quality. The wontons were frozen from a package, not hand made. I ordered a $70+ porter house steak and received a $15 quality steak. It was cooked perfectly, however, the quality of the cut wan horrible and definitely NOT worth $70+. The dessert was also generic and was nothing special. In the past the food at Wendells had been excellent and this visit was EXTREMELY dissaponting and will not be returning. P.S. my most favorite item on the menu , Oysters Rockefeller , were taken off which made the experience more dissaponting.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 4, 2017

On a scale of 1 to 10... This place is an 11.
Rick our server was not only very professional but also great to talk with.
Food was amazing. Absolutely amazing. After our meal I asked to meet the chef and was immediately ushered to the kitchen where I thanked them all for a great night and a perfect dinner, with my beautiful wife. I’ll be back again and again and again!!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 4, 2017

This is an expensive restaurant, and no one wants to be served by a buffoon when buying a $500.00 dinner. The service was bizarre - at best. The waitress kept calling me, "Milady" which was weird and a bit off-putting; it was as though she had just left a renaissance fair. Further, she kept interrupting conversation to point out to us when she served or picked up plates from the wrong side, but she didn't notice when diners were missing cutlery after the first course. I had to recruit a knife from another table; our waitress was frequently missing when she should have been present (right after food is served, for instance). Also, it took her 10 minutes to acknowledge us at table when we arrived, and then it took her another 10 minutes to ask what we would like to drink! Then, it took another 5 minutes to get our wine. So, we waited 25 minutes before we even had a drink! Not what one expects at such a pricey restaurant. The chef made a special meal for me (because there are ZERO vegetarian options on the menu) and it was one of the most outstanding vegetarian meals I have ever tasted. Everyone else also immensely enjoyed their repasts; the food was phenomenal. The semi-massive wine list is very well chosen - there are so many great American wine options that it is difficult to choose. There was a classical guitarist and words fail me as to how good the music was - how talented this fellow is. This bit of the atmosphere was absolutely wonderful. They must be short-staffed; frequently there were tables missing table cloths for extended periods of time, and one of the lead guys in the restaurant was wearing a bright green t-shirt with his suit jacket instead of a tie, which was also strange. Overall, delicious food paired with marvelous wine and fantastic music, with a very bizarre dining theatre (except for the lovely live music) and a staff of hugely unprofessional people who don't seem to have ever been in a nice restaurant before.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Vegan, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Waterfront, Live Music, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Wendell's is a lovely restaurant but unfortunately the food quality is poor. We ordered the Sea Cakes as an appetizer and they tasted like they were thawed out...I've had better from the freezer section at the grocery store. The presentation was extremely poor, the plate was covered in sauce with 3 small cakes that were largely left uneaten. Our entree was no better. It was the most tasteless piece of Sea Bass I've ever eaten with a crunchy side of rice pilaf, a salty mushroom and spinach dish and some bright green unripe asparagus with a mystery sauce that tasted very much like margarine. The best thing about our meal was the bread...at least it was fresh! It was a very disappointing meal with a rather hefty price tag.

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 (El Paso)·Dined on October 20, 2017

It was good... ate here many times before however this time the noise level was too loud. The music is great however too loud so I think people feel that they need to talk over music.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We have visited Wendell's for years. The food and service is always very good. I am disappointed that the Caesar Salad is no longer prepared fresh at your tables. It is still good but not as good. The salad was a reason to make the 2 hour drive but not anymore.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Live Music
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Very good, steak was slightly over cooked, but service was excellent

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We were celebrating our 1st year anniversary. Alex our waiter did everything possible to make this a great memory for us. Our only comment concerning how to improve would be to change the chicken dish. For $31 I expected more than dry chicken with creamy penne pasta. My husband loved his tenderloin tips. The wine selection was excellent and very reasonably priced by the glass.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 5, 2017

We celebrated my birthday at Wendalls. It was a lovely evening with a super waiter. I had the shrimp with capers and my husband had the beef tips with mushroom sauce. We also had an appetizer of cold boiled shrimp and we had the cheesecake for dessert. We watched the sun go down behind the mountains. Just lovely!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Over priced. Understaffed and the maître d' opined that there were only 3 waiters on duty. Bought a 2005 bottle of wine that was nice but not decanted so the last quarter was not drinkable due to the sediment. I had the Elk which was inconsistently done and for $44 for a small serving, I would have expected better quality. The other couple we were with commented that this used to be a good venue that was worth the inflated prices but alas, not anymore they also would also not return.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Wendell's offers a nice selection of entrees, and the ones we have chosen in two visits have had excellent preparation. The portions are generous, and I'd suggest sharing salads or other appetizers to leave room for the sizable entrees. Service can be slow, but a table at the window provides a lovely view of the lake and the mountains beyond.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on September 14, 2017

A very enjoyable evening with my wife and friends. The meals we selected were excellent. We will be back to enjoy it all once again. Thank you for amazing stay and play.

Tags: Happy Hour, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Quick Bite, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access, Romantic, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Spicy, Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fun, Casual, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Vegan, Comfort Food, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Organic, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Afternoon Tea, Fit for Foodies, Live Sports, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Afternoon Coffee, Waterfront
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Was so wonderful!! Truly enjoyed our evening. Scott was our sever and provided great customer service.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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