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TrevorVancouverSince December 8, 200660 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service2.5 (2.7)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3 (2.8)

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Displaying 1 - 20 of 60 Reviews Found
Sophie's Cosmic Cafe2095 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver
Not as good as I thought it would be
Submitted Wednesday, April 8, 2009 - 6:12pm [Dine in]

For years I had heard great things about this place, but never tried it until recently. I was disappointed after my visit because I have been searching for a new regular breakfast joint.

Food:
-decent portions
-not well-made (the yolk of my sunny-side up eggs almost fully cooked and toast served was burnt--as in BLACK!)

Service:
-few smiles from staff/server, not very friendly
-server was not on top of things-- late delivery of beverages
-took a while to get our bill settled

Ambiance:
-cool memorabilia decorating interior walls of restaurant, but obviously not dusted regularly (sat in booth so had very close view of thick coat of dust on things hanging on wall- disgusting!)
-recommend sitting at tables in centre where you can still enjoy the view, but to avoid accidental sprinkling of dust onto your food.

Value:
-for the quality of food we got, definitely not good value at $12 for plate of overcooked eggs, burnt toast and only ok homefries and sausage/bacon

Not recommended.

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Ebo4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby
Hidden gem
Submitted Wednesday, April 8, 2009 - 5:54pm [Dine in]

I've seen this restaurant many times but never thought to dine there until recently for a friend's party. I was more than impressed and will likely return.

To start, service was excellent. From the moment we stepped up to the front desk to our departure from the restaurant, all the staff were very friendly, courteous and professional. Our server was a bit difficult to understand because of his accent, but we always got what we needed. Water was always topped up, food and drinks delivered promptly.

The food was another pleasant surprise. All of our appies, entrees and desserts were above expectations. Chardonnay veloute was velvety smooth. Braised beef was fall-off-the-bone good. Seared salmon was perfectly cooked. Duck was tender and not gamey at all. Creme brulee is also highly recommended- creamy huge portion that wasn't too thick or watery.

I loved the decor. Beautifully done, with dark wood, interesting lights and cool curtain-surrounded tables for larger groups. Chairs are comfortable and the room is spacious.

I highly recommend trying this place out. The menu is very reasonably-priced, considering the food that is served. I look forward to trying out the rest of the menu.

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Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant4920 No. 3 Road, #102, Richmond
Average
Submitted Wednesday, April 8, 2009 - 5:31pm [Dine in]

I've visited both Sun Sui Wah locations, and I do prefer the Main street location more because of the food.

A bunch of us went recently for dinner and we found the food a bit disappointing because the food wasn't as good as we're used to from the other location. We had a set dinner, and the dishes tasted somewhat bland. Not very much flavour at all in the appy platter, soup, noodles, fried rice. Crab claws were good though.

Service was good considering this being a Chinese restaurant. Plates were changed promptly. Requests for things were fulfilled in a timely manner. Servers had decent manners.

As for ambiance, well, this is an asian restaurant. It was noisy, but brightly lit, tables weren't too close together, and washrooms were surprisingly clean.

Because of the food quality, I only gave a 2 for value.

On a separate note, to the previous reviewer below, I've also had many King Crab dinners in the last few months, and I must say that my last few KC dinners have not been as good as the first few. But I don't think this is because restaurants have been substituting the fresh crab for frozen. It is almost the end of the KC season, so the crabs have less meat and don't taste as good. Also, if the restaurant oversteams the crab, the meat tends to stick to the shell. Just my 2 cents.

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McKim Wonton Mein Saga2780 Kingsway, Vancouver
Dependable
Submitted Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 3:03am [Dine in]

I've been to this restaurant a couple of times and both experiences were alright.
Food- tried several things on menu. Sui gow and wontons themselves taste pretty good, but the noodles in the wonton noodle were overcooked and soggy. Didn't have that slight chewy texture that it should have. The HK-style (teng-jai), century egg & pork, and fish congees were all very good. Congee not watery, but not overly thick. Pork vermicelli stir-fry was tasty. The one disappointment was the chinese donut. It was obviously refried and not fresh.

Service was slightly better than your typical chinese restaurant. Greeted and seated quickly. Tea was refilled w/o having to ask. They were polite but not overly friendly.

Ambiance- clean and bright. Not too noisy. Have a clear view of the chef doing the noodles and bbq meats in front half of kitchen. The one bit I didn't like too much was that it's very drafty, esp. when people enter/exit the restaurant. So don't sit too close to the door.

Value is reasonable. Average prices for okay food.

I'll probably come back if in the area and needing a quick fix.

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Cockney Kings Fish & Chips6574 Hastings Street, Burnaby
A great find!
Submitted Monday, March 2, 2009 - 2:52am [Dine in]

Was wanting to have good fish 'n chips, but the crappy weather forced us to look for somewhere to sit indoors to enjoy our fish. Heard the positive reviews about this place, decided to try it out with some friends and we were so glad we did.

Food: Tried a bunch of items and nothing disappointed. ALL tasted very good. It's fried food so there's a bit of grease, but nothing like other places I've tried. We tried the halibut & chips, onion rings, calamari and seafood dinner platter. The food was cooked perfectly, nothing dry, chewy or over-battered. Onion rings were awesome-- could've eaten a whole order just by myself. Coleslaw was decent, but small portion. Only slight complaints: the fries were a bit burnt & the dinner rolls and tartar sauce were boring. But this isn't enough to stop me from returning.

Service: Excellent. Greeted and orders taken promptly. Server was friendly and efficient. Checked on us multiple times to make sure we had what we needed. Food was served quickly, but we were never rushed.

Ambiance: Clean, bright interior with simple tables and wooden chairs. Not cramped and not noisy. The paper placemats were interesting to read.

Value: The portions were generous and reasonably-priced. Fish pieces were big and not all batter, like most other places give you. Bottomless pop for $2 was a huge plus.

Best fish 'n chips joint I've tried to date. Recommended.

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Les Faux Bourgeois Bistro663 E 15th Ave, Vancouver
Will return if easier to get a reservation
Submitted Sunday, February 22, 2009 - 9:17pm [Dine in]

So my SO was craving French food and mentioned this new place she'd heard of, so I decided to take her here on a night out. I tried calling to make a rez, but guy answering phone was quite rude. Couldn't get in until 9pm which was too late for us. Decided to just walk in. There was an empty table when we arrived, but they'd only offer the bar to us. Btw, that table remained empty the whole time we were there.

Once we were seated, the service was good since the bartender was our waiter and it was easy to get his attention. He never asked if we wanted another round of drinks, but made sure our water glasses were filled. Food was served in timely fashion, not rushed in between courses. He also was thoughtful enough to ask if I wanted to switch my fries in my entree to a salad instead, since our appy already had plenty of fries.

Our meal was fantastic. Had 2 appies, french onion soup (delicious & not too salty like most other places make it), and moules mariniere. Mussels were good but a little bland, came w/ generous serving of freshly made frites. Entrees included duck confit (melt-in-your-mouth) and steak frites (well-made and seasoned). Just a small complaint about the steak: my serving had a string of tendon in it that was difficult to cut out or chew through. Dessert was the creme brulee (creamy and tasty, but nothing extraordinary) to share. Would have tried another but were too full.

Ambiance was that of a typical French bistro. Lively and crowded, but LFB was quite dimly-lit. Would've preferred it to be just slightly brighter. "Specials" board was difficult to read if you're in back half of resto. Clean washrooms.

Value gets a solid rating. $100 for 2 appies, 2 entrees, 1 dessert & 2 drinks is quite doable, IMO. We'll probably go back to try more of the menu when we can get a reservation w/o having to book several days in advance.

Recommended.

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Keg Caesars595 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Great food spoiled by LAZY waitress
Submitted Monday, February 16, 2009 - 7:56pm [Dine in]

Whenever I'm craving prime rib, we usually head on over to the closest Keg location because we know we'll get consistently good food. This last experience, however, was marred by our extremely incompetent server.

But first, let me say that the food did not disappoint. Among the 9 of us, we all enjoyed our dishes. Appies of escargot, calamari, caesar salads were all tasty. All steaks and prime rib were cooked exactly as specified. Drinks were all satisfactory. Only slight glitch was that the fried onions that accompanied some of the prime rib entrees looked more like leftovers crumbs than a fresh batch of whole onion strips.

Our waitress was probably one of the LAZIEST servers I've ever had. She was unfriendly and clearly did not like her job. This short-haired blond probably thought that her low-cut lacy blouse was good enough substitute for providing attentive service. To start, she never introduced herself. Then she kept rushing us though we told her twice we were waiting for the rest of our group to arrive-- doesn't the empty chairs tell her that there's more people coming? Then when we did order drinks, she was slow to bring them and beer/wine glasses sat empty for over 20min because she didn't bother checking on us during dinner. Now here's the kicker: when taking our dinner order, she stood at the end of our long table and YELLED to EACH PERSON asking what they wanted. It was completely ridiculous. One person in our party had laryngitis but still had to yell out in a scratchy voice. The foodrunners, though, were very friendly and prompt with requests made when the waitress was nowhere to be found. The waitress should really try to learn a thing or two from them.

Value would have received a higher rating if the service that we received was of higher quality. I don't like paying $100 for a dinner where service is almost non-existent.

This particular Keg has the older interior of Keg restaurants. Lighter-coloured oak chairs and tables. Nicely lit. Lots of tv's everywhere together with background music make for a somewhat noisy dinner. Not a good place for a romantic dinner.

This location is NOT recommended. Go to the other ones. By the way, made a reservation, still had to wait at least 20 mins though where we were seated (upper floor) was quite empty.

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Don Francesco Ristorante860 Burrard Street, Vancouver
DOV 2009--> Much better than expected!
Submitted Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 2:57am [Dine in]

Tonight a group of friends and I went to Francesco for DineOut. Not really knowing what to expect, I left the restaurant feeling full and quite satisfied.

I'll start off with service. Waitstaff are polite and courteous, but not too friendly. Not once did our server(s) to attempt to make any small talk with us, but they were efficient in their job otherwise. Water glasses always filled, additional rounds of drinks offered in a timely fashion, bread basket refilled w/o having to ask. Some confusion as to who our server actually was because different ppl took our drink and dinner orders.

The food actually surprised me, in a good way. When reading the menu, nothing jumped out at me as a "must-have." But almost everything that our group tried was well-received.
Appies: rigatoni, tortellini (big portion!) and fish soup were all delicious.
Entrees: Beef filet vol-au-vent was made well, only slight disappointment was that the pastry got soggy quite quickly. Chicken/Quail pairing was very tasty--quail meat was so tender and flavourful! The only entree that was mediocre was the baked Crab seafood dish.
Dessert: Tried all 3 on the menu. All were yummy but the tiramisu and limoncello parfait were fabulous. Portions could have been a bit bigger, but they still were a great ending to an excellent meal.

I gave this place a rating of "outstanding" for value, but keep in mind that this was for DineOut. The food seems quite pricey, though, if ordering from the regular menu.

The restaurant itself was lovely. Spacious and nicely-lit with candles at each table, while Italian music played softly in the background. Not too loud or quiet, so seems to be good for small groups or a romantic date.

I will return when my wallet can take the hit.

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Hapa Izakaya1516 Yew St, Vancouver
Still coming up short
Submitted Saturday, January 17, 2009 - 7:51pm [Dine in]

Having been to the Robson location many times over, I sort of knew what to expect here. The ambiance was just as lively. Loud from lots of chatter. Interior decor is similar to that of the other location, lot of dark wood, low ceilings.

The service was very good on our visit. The wait staff attending to us were very polite, friendly and there when we needed something. It was nice to know that they didn't abandon us like other restaurants tend to do when the bill has a 15% gratuity already tacked on. The staff didn't have that snooty attitude that I've seen all too often at the Robson location.

Onto the food. The food was good. Not outstanding, but maybe deserves a 3.5. We tried so many things and most were as expected. But disappointments included the salmon carpaccio, yakiudon, and gindara.

In terms of value, I'm finding more and more that you don't get good value here. These are tapas, so they're small. But man, some of the items are so overpriced! For the same amount spent, I'd get so much more at Guu or Gyoza King.

A side note, parking around here is horrible.

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La Grotta Del Formaggio1791 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Great sandwiches!
Submitted Saturday, January 17, 2009 - 7:10pm [Dine in]

I definitely agree with the last reviewer-- awesome paninis at good prices. Their selection of meats/fillings are tasty and numerous. But make sure you go early because the variety of bread decreases as it gets later in the day.

The staff don't smile very much but they aren't rude or anything. Just wish they'd be more friendly. Service is pretty quick and efficient.

You get pretty good bang for your buck here. The cost of a sandwich (depending on which size you choose) is about the same of that at a Subway or Quizno's, but you get far better value in taste and quality.

With regards to the ambiance-- it's a deli. You order and pay at the counter. The wall shelves behind you are filled with yummy goods. My only wish is that there was seating within the deli to sit down and enjoy my hot-from-the-panini-press sandwich, rather than have to eat it in my car or wait until I get home.

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Thai House Restaurant1116 Robson Street, Vancouver
Best of all the locations
Submitted Friday, November 28, 2008 - 7:56pm [Dine in]

Having visited each location in the Thai house restaurant group, I prefer this one by far. It's convenient after a day of shopping on Robson.The food is most consistent here and it's always tasty. My favorites are the chicken satya, pad thai, seafood combo in red sauce, green curry chicken, shrimp-stuffed eggplant and pork with chili and basil.

Service is always efficient and friendly. They fill your water glass quite often and don't interrupt your dinner every 5 minutes. The best part is if you can't make up your mind, give them a price range and any other important preferences and they'll put something together for you. Usually a very nice surprise and takes the pressure off of deciding with the large menu.

Ambiance is fine, nothing special. If you're lucky you'll get a seat by the window and watch people as they shop. It's clean and quiet enough to have a nice relaxing dinner. Lunchtime can be quite noisy though.

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Western Lake Chinese Seafood Restaurant4989 Victoria Dr., Vancouver
Good but crowded
Submitted Friday, November 28, 2008 - 7:37pm [Dine in]

Let me state that this review is for dinner only as I have not yet been in for dimsum***

The food is good here, not outstanding, but worth a 3.5. We like their whole wintermelon soup, seafood in taro nest, sweet & sour pork chops and peking duck. Dishes are average in size. We've heard their dimsum is good but because there's always a LONG wait, we always go elsewhere.

Service is decent, but could use some improvement. Waitstaff tend to ignore you and when you do finally get their attention, your request is fulfilled with reluctance. And they DO rush you here, so if there's a long line of people at the door, don't expect to be able sit back and chat with your dinner companions.

The place looks so much better than it did prior to the renovations and name change, but it's still your typical Chinese joint. Never used the washrooms, but the rest seems pretty clean. The tables are crammed fairly close together, almost sardine-like. Quite noisy too.

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Shining Garden5822 Victoria, Vancouver
Good in my books
Submitted Friday, November 28, 2008 - 6:40pm [Dine in]

I come here every so often for dimsum and occasionally for dinner. We always get good service, whether we're a party of 2 or 20. They give you what you need (sometimes they forget and need a reminder) and we've never been rushed through our meals. Service isn't overly friendly but they're at least polite.

Food is good for both lunch and dinner. Dimsum tastes good and it's cheap. Portions are generous for what they charge. I prefer the pushcart-style dimsum, so this is great for us. Dinner is also good value. Not expensive at all and they sometimes give you extra dessert!

The decor is that of a typical Chinese restaurant, but it's clean so I have no complaints. It can get a bit chilly inside though.

Dependable joint for good Chinese food. Recommended!

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Cannery Seafood House, The2205 Commissioner Street, Vancouver
Good food with beautiful view.
Submitted Saturday, November 15, 2008 - 8:23pm [Dine in]

Enjoyed a dinner with a few friends here recently. Most of us enjoyed our menu choices as most were prepared well. Items that received positive reviews include the roasted mussels (fresh & tasty), seafood platter appy (huge), smoked black cod (wonderful), filet mignon w/ tiger prawns, rack of lamb (nicely seasoned). A dining companion did not enjoy the trio of tartare and halibut cheeks because they both tasted very bland and the cheeks were somewhat dry. Only one dessert was had, creme brulee, and that was to our satisfaction. The complimentary bread with lobster-infused oil and balsamic vinegar is always wonderful.

Service was okay. Young server was friendly and helpful, but the foodrunners/busboys need to learn that smiling and being helpful is part of their job. Didn't look too happy when we asked for more bread and water.

The lighting is very dim and the ceilings are low, but you get this cozy feeling as if you're dining on a boat. Love the windows that wrap the main floor room.

The value was okay. With 2 entertainment coupons, the cost per person came up to about $60 for an entree and shared appy. Half of us had a glass of wine/beer. I don't come here often w/o the coupons, but I'd say to try it at least once before they relocate. The view is beautiful, even more so at night.

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Sweet Carrie's Dessert Shop123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
Go for the pavlova
Submitted Saturday, November 15, 2008 - 7:39pm [Dine in]

I haven't been here in a couple years because it's a little far for me, but I used to frequent this little joint just to get their pavlova cake. They are SO good!!! The meringue is light and fluffy, with just the right amount of sweetness. They use fresh fruits and are generous in the portion. Can't remember the actual prices, but it wasn't expensive. Ambiance only gets a 2 because I remember it being this tiny little bakery with very little seating and it wasn't too esthetically-pleasing.

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Ganache Patisserie1262 Homer Street, Vancouver
Absolutely no regrets!
Submitted Saturday, November 15, 2008 - 7:13pm [Dine in]

After having looked at a few different bakeries, my then-fiancee and I decided to choose Ganache to do our wedding cake. What a fantastic decision it was.

Our cake, consisting of 2 flavours, was made to serve a few hundred guests. Every guest we spoke to thought the cake was so delicious and kept asking where we got it from.

We've sampled many of their cakes, but our favourites so far are chocolate-banana, guava exotique, chocolate veloute, blanc fraisier and tiramisu-chocolate. Whether you're looking for light and refreshing or rich and decadent, you'll find something to please your palate.

Yes, their desserts are on the expensive side, but they are well worth the money because the quality is amazing and Chef Peter obviously puts a lot of care into his creations.

The level of service from Peter and his staff is superb. Our cake was one of the few things in our wedding that we really had no worries about. The staff are friendly, helpful and very professional. They don't have that stuck-up attitude that some other high-end bakeries display.

There is room to sit in and savour your dessert choice while in clear view of the beautiful array of goodies, but personally I think they could put a little more effort into making it more comfortable(chairs are really hard).

I've recommended Ganache to all our friends and will continue to do so cuz their desserts are simply divine! Can't wait to try everything else on the menu.

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Savory Coast1133 Robson St., Vancouver
Now Closed
Submitted Monday, November 3, 2008 - 2:56am [Dine in]

This restaurant is now closed. But since I need a min. # of characters, here goes:

Having dined here a couple of times before, I knew the closure of this restaurant was a long time in coming.

In order to survive, a restaurant must:

a) have excellent or at least good food
b) offer great service because poor service will send patrons running in the opposite direction faster than one can blink
c) offer great value if the menu is expensive like it was at Savory Coast

Savory Coast only did 1 of the above mentioned criteria, and has therefore only itself to blame for its demise. It's too bad because they had so much potential.

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Diva at The Met645 Howe Street, Vancouver
You get what you pay for
Submitted Sunday, November 2, 2008 - 2:51am [Dine in]

Took my wife here for her birthday and no regrets here. We spent $200 and it was worth every penny.

The service was outstanding. I would've gave it a 5, but our server didn't warm up until the end of the meal. She was very professional, but didn't utter a word to us about anything that wasn't related to the food. But our server did go above and beyond-- I had the tasting menu and my SO did not, but she went ahead and arranged with the kitchen for small samplers to be served to my wife while I dined so that she wouldn't be just sitting there in between her courses. The waitress was also very accommodating when we had a dilemma with the dessert. Very nice touch.

As previous diners have noted, the food was amazing, especially our appetizers, Bay Scallops (done perfectly), Truffled Lobster gnocchi (delicious!), tuna tataki (flavourful). If we hadn't had so much food, I think we both would've enjoyed the entrees much more. The chocolate souffle is a must!

The room is interestingly shaped, there were 6-7 tables in the front area where the kitchen & chefs are clearly visible, but the rest of the tables are somewhere in the back (couldn't see them). But at least the chairs are very comfortable and the room is nicely-lit and warm in its neutral colours.

Yes, a full meal will cost ya, but it's worth it.

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Earls1601 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Once a fave
Submitted Sunday, November 2, 2008 - 1:56am [Dine in]

I used to go to Earl's frequently, once or twice monthly. The food tasted good and was reasonably-priced. Service was prompt, friendly and professional. It was a great place to go grab a bite with friends and just chill.

But I've found that things have been going downhill the last few years. While the food tastes just as good as before, it has significantly lost its value as prices have been hiked up to the point where it's ridiculous. $10 for a pound of wings? They charge twice what Jap. places charge for a bowl of soybeans! For a only half-decent steak, be prepared to fork out $25-30. Or if you're craving pasta w ith a few plain chicken chunks it'll be at least $16.

But the biggest disappointment is with the service. The service has been getting progressively worse. The servers before knew what their jobs were, but the current ones seem to care more about social networking and earning their tips in less respectable ways. When I go in to eat, I don't want to be surrounded by staff flirting with patrons. Of course it's nice to have pretty waitresses serving you, but when you want the bill or ketchup or whatever and you can't even get their attention cuz they're too busy hitting on some guy (as was the case in my most recent visit), it can get quite annoying. I just wish they were more professional.

Needless to say I won't be going to any of the Earl's anymore unless it's someone else's turn to choose the restaurant.

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Trattoria Di Umberto Restaurant4417 Sundial Pl., Whistler
Good but expensive
Submitted Sunday, November 2, 2008 - 12:14am [Dine in]

I tried Umberto's this summer while up in Whistler with the family. We were a large group of 10, with adults & children. Service was the restaurant's biggest weakness, staff were neither friendly nor cold. Perhaps more indifferent than anything, but sometimes we felt as though they were ignoring us. When coffee refills were asked for, it took 3 attempts before it was actually given. Our wine also wasn't repoured for us.

The food was definitely the best part of our experience. The appies were delicious (buffalo mozzarella w/ heirloom tomatoes, grilled calamari, caesar salad). Most of the entrees were good, but some were overpriced for what they were, esp. the black cod- $40 for an average-tasting dish! Dishes ordered included a couple of pastas, fish, lobster risotto and duck confit (both excellent!).

Ambiance was what we expected it to be. It was a suitable atmosphere for us since we had kids with us. It's definitely not a place to go if you're looking for a quiet, intimate dinner. Seating was comfortable and we weren't too cramped.

Was nice to try since I've already been to Il Caminetto but not sure if I'll go back anytime soon.

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