Savoy Tavern & Bistro

★★★★☆
  • 2500 SE Clinton

    Portland, OR 97202

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  • 503-808-9999

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I LOVE THIS PLACE! Very good food and reasonably priced. I love coming here and reading on weeknights. The food is always well prepared and their specials rotate.

3
★★★★★

I LOVE THIS PLACE! Very good food and reasonably priced. I love coming here and reading on weeknights. The food is always well prepared and their specials rotate.

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We came for the Sunday evening fried chicken special,but were not informed that it was sold out until after we had received our drinks. It was seven o'clock, honestly it is just chicken ,why would they not have enough to last the

3
★★★★★

We came for the Sunday evening fried chicken special,but were not informed that it was sold out until after we had received our drinks. It was seven o'clock, honestly it is just chicken ,why would they not have enough to last the

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I was not surprised at the usual lack of customer service, "service w/ a shrug", and the lackadazical attitude in combination w/ the undercooked meatballs served in the low lighting as to asure the customer can not tell they are being

3
★★★★★

I was not surprised at the usual lack of customer service, "service w/ a shrug", and the lackadazical attitude in combination w/ the undercooked meatballs served in the low lighting as to asure the customer can not tell they are being

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Once a month I crave a burger. I rarely go anywhere else. The decor is great, just the right dimness, and the waitstaff is cool.

5
★★★★★

Once a month I crave a burger. I rarely go anywhere else. The decor is great, just the right dimness, and the waitstaff is cool.

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The owners of Savoy should be ashamed of how they treat customers!

I went for dinner with a group of 8 and we were told there would be a 20 minute wait. After spending good money at the bar, we were finally seated an hour later. No complaints. Then they forgot about all of our appetizers. This would have been a great time for them to apologize, check to see if we needed anything, and maybe even send over something to make up for it. The wait staff did none of these things, and we still didn't complain. Finally, when we went to pay, we were informed that they only accept 2 credit cards per table. Are you kidding me - for 8 people?! If they are going with this ridiculous policy, they should make a point of letting people know BEFORE they eat. Even the manager wouldn't make an exception and my friend finally had to go to an ATM across the street. Even though the food is good, we may never return to Savoy. Was losing our business really worth saving the restaurant a few dollars max on credit card charges?!!

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★☆☆☆☆

The owners of Savoy should be ashamed of how they treat customers!

I went for dinner with a group of 8 and we were told there would be a 20 minute wait. After spending good money at the bar, we were finally seated an hour later. No complaints. Then they forgot about all of our appetizers. This would have been a great time for them to apologize, check to see if we needed anything, and maybe even send over something to make up for it. The wait staff did none of these things, and we still didn't complain. Finally, when we went to pay, we were informed that they only accept 2 credit cards per table. Are you kidding me - for 8 people?! If they are going with this ridiculous policy, they should make a point of letting people know BEFORE they eat. Even the manager wouldn't make an exception and my friend finally had to go to an ATM across the street. Even though the food is good, we may never return to Savoy. Was losing our business really worth saving the restaurant a few dollars max on credit card charges?!!

Pros: Good Food

Cons: Horrible service

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Why or why ...did we ever think that the Savoy we have known and loved as our "go too" for many a years would improve???It was awful the last time we went June 2009 and even worse now Nov 2009. Sorry Charlie...we have other "go toos" that actually know how to prepare and present food. The Mac and Cheese was good ...but to dang salty. We won't be back even for the Mac!

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★☆☆☆☆

Why or why ...did we ever think that the Savoy we have known and loved as our "go too" for many a years would improve???It was awful the last time we went June 2009 and even worse now Nov 2009. Sorry Charlie...we have other "go toos" that actually know how to prepare and present food. The Mac and Cheese was good ...but to dang salty. We won't be back even for the Mac!

Pros: Cute server

Cons: Ulgy food

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Savoy is the best late night happy hour in town: A great meal with awsome drinks and it never costs more than $24.00 before tip. The service is always great and the burgers are fantastic.

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★★★★★

Savoy is the best late night happy hour in town: A great meal with awsome drinks and it never costs more than $24.00 before tip. The service is always great and the burgers are fantastic.

Pros: good, cheap food late!

Cons: I can't say no to cheese curds.

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We decided to stay on the eastside for dinner last night and discovered Savoy! Our food came promptly and the service was excellent. We started out with the wedge salad which was amazing. The sweet onions that topped this salad are the best! I had the steak which was cooked to perfection my only complaint was that it was over seasoned slightly (salty.) The greens and mac n cheese were outstanding. This is a perfect dinner date-way to show someone a great night in Portland. I cant wait to go back and bring friends. P.s on sundays they have fried chicken on there special menu Bring it on!

2
★★★★☆

We decided to stay on the eastside for dinner last night and discovered Savoy! Our food came promptly and the service was excellent. We started out with the wedge salad which was amazing. The sweet onions that topped this salad are the best! I had the steak which was cooked to perfection my only complaint was that it was over seasoned slightly (salty.) The greens and mac n cheese were outstanding. This is a perfect dinner date-way to show someone a great night in Portland. I cant wait to go back and bring friends. P.s on sundays they have fried chicken on there special menu Bring it on!

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I have been to Savoy many times, almost always enjoyed the food, recommended it often and made it a point to take visitors there. But the last few times I've been, the staff has been so rude and inattentive that I can't make any more excuses to return. Last night our waitress basically ignored us, and had no interest in checking to see if we needed drinks, or water for that matter. The real kicker was when we were ready to settle up. Our party of 7 split the bill across 3 credit cards, which a different server than our own picked up and said was fine, helpful even, then we get the bill brought back to us by another server, who without comment rudely throws the check on the table which he had scrawled a passive-aggressive circle around a note on the receipt requesting no more than two cards per party. After we had already over-tipped on bad service, this snarky action was the last straw. Portland has too many great restaurants with far superior service - spend your money somewhere that deserves it. The servers at Savoy obviously feel like they don't need to impress anyone but themselves.

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★★☆☆☆

I have been to Savoy many times, almost always enjoyed the food, recommended it often and made it a point to take visitors there. But the last few times I've been, the staff has been so rude and inattentive that I can't make any more excuses to return. Last night our waitress basically ignored us, and had no interest in checking to see if we needed drinks, or water for that matter. The real kicker was when we were ready to settle up. Our party of 7 split the bill across 3 credit cards, which a different server than our own picked up and said was fine, helpful even, then we get the bill brought back to us by another server, who without comment rudely throws the check on the table which he had scrawled a passive-aggressive circle around a note on the receipt requesting no more than two cards per party. After we had already over-tipped on bad service, this snarky action was the last straw. Portland has too many great restaurants with far superior service - spend your money somewhere that deserves it. The servers at Savoy obviously feel like they don't need to impress anyone but themselves.

Pros: great food

Cons: awful, condescending staff

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I make a point to eat at the Savoy while I'm in town. I like the dark, intimate atmosphere, the efficient, no nonsense staff and the food is always satisfying and tasty. I showed up at 7:15pm with no reservation and was able to take my pick of tables. I sat at the third table in, along the outside wall, facing the street window so that I could watch the rain and people coming in. I ordered a bottle of red wine (Chateau Les Amoureuses 2005), which was excellent. I started with a mushroom bruschetta, moved on to black cod & mussels, and finished with warm rhubarb/strawberry pie a la mode. The bruschetta was served without any special fanfare; sauteed mushrooms and onions on a slice of French bread on a bed of two fresh lettuce leaves. It was slight salty (to my taste) but the salt had a wonderful flavor that combined well with the wine. The cod & mussels, which sat in a buttery herb sauce, arrived in a timely manner. I removed all the mussels from their shells first so that the tender meat could bath in the sauce. The fish and mussels combination was delicious. Two crisp slices of garlic toast help me compose each bite. The rhubarb/strawberry pie had a crumble topping and delicate crust that was a perfect ending to the meal. The entire meal, including the bottle of wine cost $54 - not bad for a very satisfying dinner. When I arrived, most of the existing diners were pairs of women sharing a bottle of wine and an appetizer. One table began with two women and grew to six over the hour and a quarter I was there. The staff accommodated each newcomer easily, taking and delivering late orders without concern. Later, at another table, two men joined two women who had occupied the aisle seats. The guys literally shoved the women to wall seats, acting as if they were taking over the table. I remember thinking that these guys were cretins. All in all, it was a very satisfying evening. I highly recommend the Savoy.

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★★★★★

I make a point to eat at the Savoy while I'm in town. I like the dark, intimate atmosphere, the efficient, no nonsense staff and the food is always satisfying and tasty. I showed up at 7:15pm with no reservation and was able to take my pick of tables. I sat at the third table in, along the outside wall, facing the street window so that I could watch the rain and people coming in. I ordered a bottle of red wine (Chateau Les Amoureuses 2005), which was excellent. I started with a mushroom bruschetta, moved on to black cod & mussels, and finished with warm rhubarb/strawberry pie a la mode. The bruschetta was served without any special fanfare; sauteed mushrooms and onions on a slice of French bread on a bed of two fresh lettuce leaves. It was slight salty (to my taste) but the salt had a wonderful flavor that combined well with the wine. The cod & mussels, which sat in a buttery herb sauce, arrived in a timely manner. I removed all the mussels from their shells first so that the tender meat could bath in the sauce. The fish and mussels combination was delicious. Two crisp slices of garlic toast help me compose each bite. The rhubarb/strawberry pie had a crumble topping and delicate crust that was a perfect ending to the meal. The entire meal, including the bottle of wine cost $54 - not bad for a very satisfying dinner. When I arrived, most of the existing diners were pairs of women sharing a bottle of wine and an appetizer. One table began with two women and grew to six over the hour and a quarter I was there. The staff accommodated each newcomer easily, taking and delivering late orders without concern. Later, at another table, two men joined two women who had occupied the aisle seats. The guys literally shoved the women to wall seats, acting as if they were taking over the table. I remember thinking that these guys were cretins. All in all, it was a very satisfying evening. I highly recommend the Savoy.

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I love cheesecurds. So...I find restaurants that serve them, and I track them down, and I sample. WOW! These are the best ever. Way to go! Besides that, I love the zuchinni, salads and veggie burger. I also like that if I order an appetizer or salad and a meal, I'm not too stuffed to enjoy my meal when it comes. I enjoy the open kitchen that doesn't make me smell like I was in a kitchen all night. Somehow, it's been designed right. If the service seems not up to some standard, try treating the wait staff with respect (a good trick for those of us who understand service) and they will definitely warm up and take care of you. All in all, I love this place and look forward to my return visits.

2
★★★★☆

I love cheesecurds. So...I find restaurants that serve them, and I track them down, and I sample. WOW! These are the best ever. Way to go! Besides that, I love the zuchinni, salads and veggie burger. I also like that if I order an appetizer or salad and a meal, I'm not too stuffed to enjoy my meal when it comes. I enjoy the open kitchen that doesn't make me smell like I was in a kitchen all night. Somehow, it's been designed right. If the service seems not up to some standard, try treating the wait staff with respect (a good trick for those of us who understand service) and they will definitely warm up and take care of you. All in all, I love this place and look forward to my return visits.

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I always have a good meal here and have visited no less than 15 times in the past two years. I like the menu and I love the Clinton cocktail. I always take guests here when they visit --- to rave reviews.

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★★★★★

I always have a good meal here and have visited no less than 15 times in the past two years. I like the menu and I love the Clinton cocktail. I always take guests here when they visit --- to rave reviews.

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Portland isn't known for service, but the service here was laughable. Even if there was a good reason to seat a table with the same number in the party ahead of us (and right in front of our face), they had the chance to make up for it by at least taking our order quickly. Oh now, we finally had to flag someone down after waiting 10 minutes. Once ordered, it came pretty fast, I'll grant them that. But all told it was a an hour 45 minute experience for us - I couldn't wait to leave. Food was way overvalued.

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★★☆☆☆

Portland isn't known for service, but the service here was laughable. Even if there was a good reason to seat a table with the same number in the party ahead of us (and right in front of our face), they had the chance to make up for it by at least taking our order quickly. Oh now, we finally had to flag someone down after waiting 10 minutes. Once ordered, it came pretty fast, I'll grant them that. But all told it was a an hour 45 minute experience for us - I couldn't wait to leave. Food was way overvalued.

Pros: Location

Cons: Service, Value

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I used to go here all the time. The cheese curds, mac and cheese and rotating sides of cooked veggies are usually divine. Not that long ago, my husband and I went to Savoy on a Friday for dinner. I had the roast chicken, and when it came to the plate, I cut into it twice, and it was RAW on the inside to such an extent that it was about half pink. This all after our food took about 45 minutes to even come out, and my husband's burger was stone cold. They took the chicken off the bill, but were not very apologetic. In fact, the man who was acting as the host, was quite rude when I brought it to his attention. I will probaby go back, but probably just for cheese curds and cocktails. The bartenders here have always been fantastic. The atmosphere here is great, and the service is usually good (overall).

2
★★★★☆

I used to go here all the time. The cheese curds, mac and cheese and rotating sides of cooked veggies are usually divine. Not that long ago, my husband and I went to Savoy on a Friday for dinner. I had the roast chicken, and when it came to the plate, I cut into it twice, and it was RAW on the inside to such an extent that it was about half pink. This all after our food took about 45 minutes to even come out, and my husband's burger was stone cold. They took the chicken off the bill, but were not very apologetic. In fact, the man who was acting as the host, was quite rude when I brought it to his attention. I will probaby go back, but probably just for cheese curds and cocktails. The bartenders here have always been fantastic. The atmosphere here is great, and the service is usually good (overall).

Pros: Great cocktails

Cons: See Review

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We've eaten here a number of times and it is always "just good food." The fried cheese curds are worth the visit every time. Good drinks, too. Wait staff is always good.

4
★★★★☆

We've eaten here a number of times and it is always "just good food." The fried cheese curds are worth the visit every time. Good drinks, too. Wait staff is always good.

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We've eaten at Savoy probably six times and never been disappointed. The menu doesn't seem to vary a lot, but there are specials and most of the items we have ordered have been cooked "just right". I miss the way they used to prepare their roasted chicken (crispy, no sauce), but it is still succulent. I also love the fact that I can order whatever sides I want with my meal. The menu is reasonably priced and the atmosphere is comfortable and homey, but still hip.

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★★★★☆

We've eaten at Savoy probably six times and never been disappointed. The menu doesn't seem to vary a lot, but there are specials and most of the items we have ordered have been cooked "just right". I miss the way they used to prepare their roasted chicken (crispy, no sauce), but it is still succulent. I also love the fact that I can order whatever sides I want with my meal. The menu is reasonably priced and the atmosphere is comfortable and homey, but still hip.

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On the "used to be my favorite" review:
I got drinks for that guy while he was waiting (and twitching, it seems.)
Just clearing things up: that guy above...who said everything was horrible...is crazy. A loon. His friends actually came in to apologize for him afterward. He yelled at me, and everyone else in the restaurant, and we did actually tell him it was going to be thirty minutes, and the flip-out came at about 20 minutes.
There are many other errors in the review, but he was a good customer, and so was his girlfriend/wife. So I won't be rough. I don't know what happened, but a screw got loose. Just wanted to clarify.
We do our best to be very clear about everything, and actually love our customers. Come in. You'll enjoy it.

2
★★★★★

On the "used to be my favorite" review:
I got drinks for that guy while he was waiting (and twitching, it seems.)
Just clearing things up: that guy above...who said everything was horrible...is crazy. A loon. His friends actually came in to apologize for him afterward. He yelled at me, and everyone else in the restaurant, and we did actually tell him it was going to be thirty minutes, and the flip-out came at about 20 minutes.
There are many other errors in the review, but he was a good customer, and so was his girlfriend/wife. So I won't be rough. I don't know what happened, but a screw got loose. Just wanted to clarify.
We do our best to be very clear about everything, and actually love our customers. Come in. You'll enjoy it.

Pros: Lots

Cons: not much.

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They have good food but rather small portions, my side of asparagus had five pieces. Not family friendly .

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★★★☆☆

They have good food but rather small portions, my side of asparagus had five pieces. Not family friendly .

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For over the past year Savoy has been a favorite of mine as well as many of my friends. Great food with what used to be awesome service. That has now changed. Three visits there in the last few months have provided some of my worst experiences ever when dining out. A few tips - If you are unusually busy let your customers know. We usually don't mind if you are up front about a potentially lengthy wait time. Don't say the wait for a table is 10-20 minutes when you are holding reserved tables for people that aren't showing up and the wait is really 45min-1hr. Oh yeah, maybe check in on the customers while they are waiting and apologize for the delay. Don't come around after we have been waiting for our meal for over an hour to then let us know you are breaking in a new chef. Try doing this at the beginning of the evening and let us decide if we are willing to wait. Gee, maybe try offering a complimentary appetizer to hold us over. And above all...when the customer is making suggestions as to how better keep them advised of potential service delays don't let the last three words you say to them before leaving be "don't come back"(I thought that was a nice touch by the bartender). Because I can assure you that we and many others that I know will not. Hopefully Peter and his staff will read this and realize that Portland offers too many great eating establishments to let the service side of the business slide. Maybe it was a blessing. We ended up at Dot's where they serve a better burger anyway. Best of luck Savoy!

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★☆☆☆☆

For over the past year Savoy has been a favorite of mine as well as many of my friends. Great food with what used to be awesome service. That has now changed. Three visits there in the last few months have provided some of my worst experiences ever when dining out. A few tips - If you are unusually busy let your customers know. We usually don't mind if you are up front about a potentially lengthy wait time. Don't say the wait for a table is 10-20 minutes when you are holding reserved tables for people that aren't showing up and the wait is really 45min-1hr. Oh yeah, maybe check in on the customers while they are waiting and apologize for the delay. Don't come around after we have been waiting for our meal for over an hour to then let us know you are breaking in a new chef. Try doing this at the beginning of the evening and let us decide if we are willing to wait. Gee, maybe try offering a complimentary appetizer to hold us over. And above all...when the customer is making suggestions as to how better keep them advised of potential service delays don't let the last three words you say to them before leaving be "don't come back"(I thought that was a nice touch by the bartender). Because I can assure you that we and many others that I know will not. Hopefully Peter and his staff will read this and realize that Portland offers too many great eating establishments to let the service side of the business slide. Maybe it was a blessing. We ended up at Dot's where they serve a better burger anyway. Best of luck Savoy!

Cons: Bad service, bad service, bad service.

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When we first arrived there was no one greeting us and we didn't know if we should just sit down or wait. We ended up waiting almost a half an hour to get seated on a Wednesday night. My friends and I were able to order a bottle of wine while we waited. Once we were seated we ordered the Fried Cheese Curds which were amazing with a side of Marinara sauce for dipping. Overall the food was really good, but they lacked speed of service.

2
★★★★☆

When we first arrived there was no one greeting us and we didn't know if we should just sit down or wait. We ended up waiting almost a half an hour to get seated on a Wednesday night. My friends and I were able to order a bottle of wine while we waited. Once we were seated we ordered the Fried Cheese Curds which were amazing with a side of Marinara sauce for dipping. Overall the food was really good, but they lacked speed of service.

Pros: Food

Cons: Service

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Everything was great last night at the Savoy. The service was pleasant and we sat in the lounge which had better lighting than the restaurant itself. The food was the best part. We started with some of the best garlic bread I've had. It was warm and filled with butter! Plus the flavor was divine! The salad had great blue cheese dressing and had nice little touches like grape halves and light yet super crunchy croutons. The mac 'n' cheese was great as usual there. Buttered crumbs on top and a spicy kick to the noodles and cheese. We both ordered the sirloin which was cooked to our preferences and had a horsradish sauce that brought out the meats flavor. The portions were just right. We left full but not busting at the seams and because we don't do cocktails we spent a mere $33 dollars for everything. Not too shabby for quality food done so darn well. We will be going back again soon!

2
★★★★★

Everything was great last night at the Savoy. The service was pleasant and we sat in the lounge which had better lighting than the restaurant itself. The food was the best part. We started with some of the best garlic bread I've had. It was warm and filled with butter! Plus the flavor was divine! The salad had great blue cheese dressing and had nice little touches like grape halves and light yet super crunchy croutons. The mac 'n' cheese was great as usual there. Buttered crumbs on top and a spicy kick to the noodles and cheese. We both ordered the sirloin which was cooked to our preferences and had a horsradish sauce that brought out the meats flavor. The portions were just right. We left full but not busting at the seams and because we don't do cocktails we spent a mere $33 dollars for everything. Not too shabby for quality food done so darn well. We will be going back again soon!

Pros: Food

Cons: None that I saw

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I really like this restaurant. The food is great; it's got good atmosphere and I've had a really good time every time I've been there, regardless of the long wait. Tonight I went with a big group (having made a reservation weeks ago), and we honestly had an outstanding time; our server was fun, prompt, and eager to please. UNFORTUNATELY, at the end, things fell apart. After being there for 1 1/2 hour and spending over $300, one of the bussers asked us if we wanted anything else, because they "didn't want to keep other groups waiting" for a table. We were simply finishing our desserts and dessert wines, not just taking up space. We had every intention to leave once we finished our (expensive - but worth it) meal. Why not just let us finish up and go, without leaving that bitter taste in our mouths?

2
★★★★☆

I really like this restaurant. The food is great; it's got good atmosphere and I've had a really good time every time I've been there, regardless of the long wait. Tonight I went with a big group (having made a reservation weeks ago), and we honestly had an outstanding time; our server was fun, prompt, and eager to please. UNFORTUNATELY, at the end, things fell apart. After being there for 1 1/2 hour and spending over $300, one of the bussers asked us if we wanted anything else, because they "didn't want to keep other groups waiting" for a table. We were simply finishing our desserts and dessert wines, not just taking up space. We had every intention to leave once we finished our (expensive - but worth it) meal. Why not just let us finish up and go, without leaving that bitter taste in our mouths?

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First, let me say that I really do love the food at the Savoy. It's seldom a month goes by that I don't eat there at least once, and I usually leave feeling entirely happy with the experience. The menu is interesting but approachable, with good portion sizes, (i.e., you can finish everything and feel simply full, not bloated) fresh ingredients, and reasonable (though not super-cheap) prices.

My favorite standard items are probably the pan-fried trout and meatloaf, both of which are good, simple fare with just enough extra attention lavished on them to raise them to the level of a "foodie" meal.

However, the service can be pretty inconsistent. On one busy Friday night, I waited over an hour after ordering for entrees to reach our table, only to be served items that obviously had been sitting under a heat lamp for far too long (including one completely ruined steak).

So, stick to weeknights, (early if possible) and you should leave happy.

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★★★★☆

First, let me say that I really do love the food at the Savoy. It's seldom a month goes by that I don't eat there at least once, and I usually leave feeling entirely happy with the experience. The menu is interesting but approachable, with good portion sizes, (i.e., you can finish everything and feel simply full, not bloated) fresh ingredients, and reasonable (though not super-cheap) prices.

My favorite standard items are probably the pan-fried trout and meatloaf, both of which are good, simple fare with just enough extra attention lavished on them to raise them to the level of a "foodie" meal.

However, the service can be pretty inconsistent. On one busy Friday night, I waited over an hour after ordering for entrees to reach our table, only to be served items that obviously had been sitting under a heat lamp for far too long (including one completely ruined steak).

So, stick to weeknights, (early if possible) and you should leave happy.

Pros: classy but casual atmosphere, fresh and subtly-seasoned entrees, unhealthy but delicious fried cheese curds

Cons: unpredictable service, pernot-obsessed drink menu, exec chef's aversion to all vinegars

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The old La Cruda bar side is warm, dark, filled with shadows and orange hued light, really lifted from a film noir stage. A scene which is inviting if that's where your tastes lie. I have made a habit of eating there late on weeknights with my girlfriend, so I have not sat on the dining room proper side. Anyway. The menu changes monthly. The food is impeccably presented. We have yet to find a bum dish. The sides to pair with menu items make for some rough choices on what to exclude. We have only been there on nights when the crush was awaiting the weekend, so I cannot comment on the servers under pressure. Unimpeded, they are friendly and knowledgable. On the occasion that something has gone awry they are responsive in fixing it. On the whole, Savoy is one of my favorite spots in Portland.

2
★★★★☆

The old La Cruda bar side is warm, dark, filled with shadows and orange hued light, really lifted from a film noir stage. A scene which is inviting if that's where your tastes lie. I have made a habit of eating there late on weeknights with my girlfriend, so I have not sat on the dining room proper side. Anyway. The menu changes monthly. The food is impeccably presented. We have yet to find a bum dish. The sides to pair with menu items make for some rough choices on what to exclude. We have only been there on nights when the crush was awaiting the weekend, so I cannot comment on the servers under pressure. Unimpeded, they are friendly and knowledgable. On the occasion that something has gone awry they are responsive in fixing it. On the whole, Savoy is one of my favorite spots in Portland.

Pros: Menu, presentation, beers

Cons: The ambience suffers with a crowd

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Savoy is an ideal place for me. The restaurant is beautiful, small details are not overlooked, like beautiful coffee and water service. The menu is well thought out, adding wonderful seasonal items. The owner is welcoming without being overbearing or needy. I've always asked for wine recommendations and have always been delighted.

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★★★★★

Savoy is an ideal place for me. The restaurant is beautiful, small details are not overlooked, like beautiful coffee and water service. The menu is well thought out, adding wonderful seasonal items. The owner is welcoming without being overbearing or needy. I've always asked for wine recommendations and have always been delighted.

Pros: Nice lighting, non smoking, great cocktails

Cons: Can take a bit long on weekend nights

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The food at the Savoy was real good. The servce excellent. I really had a nice time. I think they have got it right.

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★★★★★

The food at the Savoy was real good. The servce excellent. I really had a nice time. I think they have got it right.

Pros: Food , Ambience

Cons: Wine

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I was a little hungry before the Rocky Horror Picture Show at the theatre next door, so I stopped in for a bite and a drink at the Savoy Bistro to pass the time. The service was average, but the place was almost empty which makes me consider it a bit worse. The food was good, exactly what I asked for, and not at all what I was expecting (wedge salad). In fact the only problem with the visit was the drink order.

The conversation went like so:
Me: I'd like a Martini
Waiter: What kind?
Me: *befuddled* Dry...
Waiter: You mean just a house martini?
Me: Ok, sure...

The mistake was in assuming the house knew how to make a martini. This livation has a very simple recipe: gin, vermouth, olive. What I got instead left my palate confused, as there was no gin, and very little if any vermouth, but I believe I was in fact served a vodka with an olive. While it was a generous glass of vodka for $6, it was not what I asked for, nor what I was expecting. The little bits of ice left floating at the top of the glass from the bartender's energetic shaking, and lackluster straining of the concoction rounded out the impression that I had just been served by someone whose idea of a martini might sometimes translate to smirnoff and redbull, maybe even with a cherry to garnish.

The atmosphere was perfect, suited my mood completely for the night. The food was satisfying and reasonably priced. It's a convenient part of my saturday ritual, and I'll roll the dice again, but this time I'll make sure it lands on six, even if It means making the drink myself.

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★★★☆☆

I was a little hungry before the Rocky Horror Picture Show at the theatre next door, so I stopped in for a bite and a drink at the Savoy Bistro to pass the time. The service was average, but the place was almost empty which makes me consider it a bit worse. The food was good, exactly what I asked for, and not at all what I was expecting (wedge salad). In fact the only problem with the visit was the drink order.

The conversation went like so:
Me: I'd like a Martini
Waiter: What kind?
Me: *befuddled* Dry...
Waiter: You mean just a house martini?
Me: Ok, sure...

The mistake was in assuming the house knew how to make a martini. This livation has a very simple recipe: gin, vermouth, olive. What I got instead left my palate confused, as there was no gin, and very little if any vermouth, but I believe I was in fact served a vodka with an olive. While it was a generous glass of vodka for $6, it was not what I asked for, nor what I was expecting. The little bits of ice left floating at the top of the glass from the bartender's energetic shaking, and lackluster straining of the concoction rounded out the impression that I had just been served by someone whose idea of a martini might sometimes translate to smirnoff and redbull, maybe even with a cherry to garnish.

The atmosphere was perfect, suited my mood completely for the night. The food was satisfying and reasonably priced. It's a convenient part of my saturday ritual, and I'll roll the dice again, but this time I'll make sure it lands on six, even if It means making the drink myself.

Pros: Feels just right when the sky's crying and the sun's ran away.

Cons: How hard is a martini?

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My girlfriend and I had dinner here last friday and we will most certainly be going back. The feel of the place is great and getting there a little before the dinner rush (6 or so) found us a table right away even on a Friday night. Service was not super speedy but it was fine, and done with a smile.

The cheese curds were so good it would have made the visit worthwhile even without dinner. I had lemon pepper chicken w/ mac and cheese and green beans. The dinner with two sides is a great deal. The chicken was fantastic, juicy and great flavor. The mac and cheese had a little more heat than I expected but it worked well, cute plating being served (and baked) in it'ts own coffee cup. The green beans were fresh and not overcooked.

My girlfriend had a green salad and fries ( what can I say she's a little strange) and while the fries were great for $5 I would have expected more than a tiny salad plate with 5 forkfulls of lettuce and cucumber slice and a quartered cherry tomato.

But the total dessert....OOOOOOOH the dessert...

We had the tiramisu for two... and it was Amazing! Fantastic! Delicious! Perfect! Other words along those lines!

We will deffinitely be giong back.

2
★★★★★

My girlfriend and I had dinner here last friday and we will most certainly be going back. The feel of the place is great and getting there a little before the dinner rush (6 or so) found us a table right away even on a Friday night. Service was not super speedy but it was fine, and done with a smile.

The cheese curds were so good it would have made the visit worthwhile even without dinner. I had lemon pepper chicken w/ mac and cheese and green beans. The dinner with two sides is a great deal. The chicken was fantastic, juicy and great flavor. The mac and cheese had a little more heat than I expected but it worked well, cute plating being served (and baked) in it'ts own coffee cup. The green beans were fresh and not overcooked.

My girlfriend had a green salad and fries ( what can I say she's a little strange) and while the fries were great for $5 I would have expected more than a tiny salad plate with 5 forkfulls of lettuce and cucumber slice and a quartered cherry tomato.

But the total dessert....OOOOOOOH the dessert...

We had the tiramisu for two... and it was Amazing! Fantastic! Delicious! Perfect! Other words along those lines!

We will deffinitely be giong back.

Pros: Ambience, Appetizers, DESSERTS!

Cons: Salad size, not much else

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Two girlfriends and I went to Savoy Tavern & Bistro last Thursday for dinner. It was busy in both the Bistro and the Tavern side but we were seated right away and started with a round of red wine - great prices for the house red and a Cotes du Rhone.

We started off with an appetizer - fritters - to share and moved on to great salads, sides and entrees. I love their chopped salad - it is perfect!

The vegetarian burger made in house was awesome and so was a hearty bowl of seafood chowder. The steak plus two side dishes is a total value. Next time I'm going to try the fried chicken that I hear so much about

Our service was really good and the place was filled with folks having fun. The Savoy is our new place for girls night out!

2
★★★★★

Two girlfriends and I went to Savoy Tavern & Bistro last Thursday for dinner. It was busy in both the Bistro and the Tavern side but we were seated right away and started with a round of red wine - great prices for the house red and a Cotes du Rhone.

We started off with an appetizer - fritters - to share and moved on to great salads, sides and entrees. I love their chopped salad - it is perfect!

The vegetarian burger made in house was awesome and so was a hearty bowl of seafood chowder. The steak plus two side dishes is a total value. Next time I'm going to try the fried chicken that I hear so much about

Our service was really good and the place was filled with folks having fun. The Savoy is our new place for girls night out!

Pros: Sweet neighborhood place, unpretentious, total value and tasty food and drink.

Cons: if it gets too popular we'll have to wait for a table.

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I had a great time chilling there. Great atmosphere - dark, cozy, jazz music, nice leather seats, great staff. The owner is from Wisconsin and he uses WI cheese in some dishes. I really liked it. BUT, some menu entries are way too overpriced. Particularly, corn on the cub. They give you HALF the corn and charge you $4!!! I couldn't believe it. If you order an entre, two sides come with it. So if you have a corn on the cub with your meal, maybe it's not that bad. But I still think $4 for a half corn is ridiculous.

2
★★★★☆

I had a great time chilling there. Great atmosphere - dark, cozy, jazz music, nice leather seats, great staff. The owner is from Wisconsin and he uses WI cheese in some dishes. I really liked it. BUT, some menu entries are way too overpriced. Particularly, corn on the cub. They give you HALF the corn and charge you $4!!! I couldn't believe it. If you order an entre, two sides come with it. So if you have a corn on the cub with your meal, maybe it's not that bad. But I still think $4 for a half corn is ridiculous.

Pros: Atmosphere, staff, cocktails

Cons: $4 for half a corn, slow to prepare food

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I'm from Minnesota, so when I heard there was a place in my neighborhood serving cheese curds, I signed up immediately. We started at the bar, as the tables were full (Friday night), ordering a Clinton and chatting it up with the friendly bartender (who was from Wisconsin). We were seated quickly and the food came quick, too. I got steak and mac and cheese and greens. My friend got the pan fried trout. Everything was wholesome, and tasty and good, and that nice bartender from Wisconsin even offered to stay with our table.
I'm not even kidding, I love this place. The staff has gotten to know me and makes sure that I get in when there's a wait, and always gets me a Clinton--my new favorite cocktail--when I walk in the door.
Nice people, nice food. It feels like the midwest again.

2
★★★★★

I'm from Minnesota, so when I heard there was a place in my neighborhood serving cheese curds, I signed up immediately. We started at the bar, as the tables were full (Friday night), ordering a Clinton and chatting it up with the friendly bartender (who was from Wisconsin). We were seated quickly and the food came quick, too. I got steak and mac and cheese and greens. My friend got the pan fried trout. Everything was wholesome, and tasty and good, and that nice bartender from Wisconsin even offered to stay with our table.
I'm not even kidding, I love this place. The staff has gotten to know me and makes sure that I get in when there's a wait, and always gets me a Clinton--my new favorite cocktail--when I walk in the door.
Nice people, nice food. It feels like the midwest again.

Pros: midwest-style service, solid food, steak and two sides for $14

Cons: super busy on weekends...but try to be nice...it goes a long way here.

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I was thrilled when this cozy place opened within blocks of my house. I've been there at least a dozen times since they opened, and have enjoyed each visit.
Sadly, tonight was the last.
We (me, my sister, her 5-year old) arrived at 7:15pm...by 8:20pm, we had watched every table around us served appetizers...then meals...we had yet to receive our appetizers or even a slice of bread.
We had even asked for the child's macaroni and cheese to be 'rushed'...30 minutes later, still nothing.
Repeated comments to our waitress finally yeilded a manager, who offered to 'take the appetizers off the bill'. Our appetizer (fried zucchini fritters) arrived at our table as if taken right out of the refrigerator. When we pointed this out to said manager, his response was 'fine, then leave'. We did.
The presence of 'neighborhood joints' is one of the things I most love about living in Portland, having grown up in suburbia, where everything is a car ride away. I have always eagerly supported them, in every Portland neighborhood I've lived in.
Tonight was the first time I've been so terribly disappointed in that which I have come to cherish.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was thrilled when this cozy place opened within blocks of my house. I've been there at least a dozen times since they opened, and have enjoyed each visit.
Sadly, tonight was the last.
We (me, my sister, her 5-year old) arrived at 7:15pm...by 8:20pm, we had watched every table around us served appetizers...then meals...we had yet to receive our appetizers or even a slice of bread.
We had even asked for the child's macaroni and cheese to be 'rushed'...30 minutes later, still nothing.
Repeated comments to our waitress finally yeilded a manager, who offered to 'take the appetizers off the bill'. Our appetizer (fried zucchini fritters) arrived at our table as if taken right out of the refrigerator. When we pointed this out to said manager, his response was 'fine, then leave'. We did.
The presence of 'neighborhood joints' is one of the things I most love about living in Portland, having grown up in suburbia, where everything is a car ride away. I have always eagerly supported them, in every Portland neighborhood I've lived in.
Tonight was the first time I've been so terribly disappointed in that which I have come to cherish.

Pros: Good portion sizes (not too much!). Good, basic fare.

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We enjoy heading to the Savoy up the street for a few (STRONG) drinks, friendly service, and good apps. We have yet to eat dinner there, but it's on the list. I am happy for the owners, and happy for all us homeowners in the neighborhood since I'm sure it positively affects our home values. Congrats on your continued success, Savoy!

2
★★★★☆

We enjoy heading to the Savoy up the street for a few (STRONG) drinks, friendly service, and good apps. We have yet to eat dinner there, but it's on the list. I am happy for the owners, and happy for all us homeowners in the neighborhood since I'm sure it positively affects our home values. Congrats on your continued success, Savoy!

Pros: Location, service

Cons: Too bad there isn't a better place for their garbage bins outside

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You might go to Savoy on "date night" for a nice dinner (cheese curds, meatloaf, huge salads, amazing mac and cheese, smoked trout plate, the list goes on). Or perhaps toss back a few cocktails with friends (the Clinton Street is excellent, as is the wine selection). Or maybe you'd just like to belly up to the bar and chat with whomever happens to be slinging drinks while you sip on a Maker's Mark and enjoy the steady stream of diverse clientele filtering in and out. Any way you slice it, Savoy is a fantastic neighborhood joint owned and operated by genuinely great folks. Outside seating, too! This place is just starting to hit its stride and I think we can look forward to future improvements on an already great local bar and bistro. And really, try the cheese curds.

2
★★★★★

You might go to Savoy on "date night" for a nice dinner (cheese curds, meatloaf, huge salads, amazing mac and cheese, smoked trout plate, the list goes on). Or perhaps toss back a few cocktails with friends (the Clinton Street is excellent, as is the wine selection). Or maybe you'd just like to belly up to the bar and chat with whomever happens to be slinging drinks while you sip on a Maker's Mark and enjoy the steady stream of diverse clientele filtering in and out. Any way you slice it, Savoy is a fantastic neighborhood joint owned and operated by genuinely great folks. Outside seating, too! This place is just starting to hit its stride and I think we can look forward to future improvements on an already great local bar and bistro. And really, try the cheese curds.

Pros: wine, cocktail list, carb friendly foods

Cons: long weekend waits

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I don't know what server other reviewers had, but ours was fantastic-our water glasses were never empty, our orders were timely and correct, and he was charming and friendly to boot. For a low price (compared to many other PDX restaurants), you get a huge amount of food that is high quality and delicious. The plate of veggies and nibbles was a little disappointing (old, limp carrots, but this could be due to the fact that it's not exactly the best time for local produce), but once those cheese curds came out they made up for any disappointment. It's food like Grandma made, only better. The mac n' cheese and roast chicken is not to be missed. With a complimentary dessert to boot, I know I'll be coming back here!

2
★★★★★

I don't know what server other reviewers had, but ours was fantastic-our water glasses were never empty, our orders were timely and correct, and he was charming and friendly to boot. For a low price (compared to many other PDX restaurants), you get a huge amount of food that is high quality and delicious. The plate of veggies and nibbles was a little disappointing (old, limp carrots, but this could be due to the fact that it's not exactly the best time for local produce), but once those cheese curds came out they made up for any disappointment. It's food like Grandma made, only better. The mac n' cheese and roast chicken is not to be missed. With a complimentary dessert to boot, I know I'll be coming back here!

Pros: Price, Food, Service

Cons: cramped space

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The service is awful. Our waitress forgot to put in our order, then stopped by our table 40 minutes later to ask if we'd eaten (she clearly thought we were squatting and was trying to get rid of us). When I said no, she kind of yelled at me and ran off. She blamed the mishap on our order being right behind a table of 12. But when I went to the restroom, the table of 12 was eating their entrees, and it was another 35+ minutes before we got our food. She didnt apologize for the wait until after we'd eaten, when she offered us free dessert. Mine was stale. Two issues 1) I don't like to be lied to. 2) She should have dropped off a free appetizer or some bread while we were waiting once she realized her mistake. I was starving during the wait.

1
★★☆☆☆

The service is awful. Our waitress forgot to put in our order, then stopped by our table 40 minutes later to ask if we'd eaten (she clearly thought we were squatting and was trying to get rid of us). When I said no, she kind of yelled at me and ran off. She blamed the mishap on our order being right behind a table of 12. But when I went to the restroom, the table of 12 was eating their entrees, and it was another 35+ minutes before we got our food. She didnt apologize for the wait until after we'd eaten, when she offered us free dessert. Mine was stale. Two issues 1) I don't like to be lied to. 2) She should have dropped off a free appetizer or some bread while we were waiting once she realized her mistake. I was starving during the wait.

Pros: Food is pretty good, Food is homey, Nice bar area

Cons: Bad service, Can get crowded, Twist tied silverware

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I was surprised to see complaints about the mac and cheese at The Savoy. It is some of the best that I've eaten in Portland, which seems to be a mac-obsessed city. For the price, I don't think there are many comparable dinner places, with the exception of Colleen's. Living in the Clinton neighborhood, I'm glad to have them here. Sometimes it is a bit noisy, and it's very crowded on weekends, but so is every other restaurant in Portland.
The staff is very friendly, listens to concerns, and has gotten to know me and my wife by name. That's what makes a good restaurant to me. I feel at home in the Savoy.

2
★★★★★

I was surprised to see complaints about the mac and cheese at The Savoy. It is some of the best that I've eaten in Portland, which seems to be a mac-obsessed city. For the price, I don't think there are many comparable dinner places, with the exception of Colleen's. Living in the Clinton neighborhood, I'm glad to have them here. Sometimes it is a bit noisy, and it's very crowded on weekends, but so is every other restaurant in Portland.
The staff is very friendly, listens to concerns, and has gotten to know me and my wife by name. That's what makes a good restaurant to me. I feel at home in the Savoy.

Pros: service, location, full bar

Cons: limited happy hour

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Savoy seems to have everything going for it, but somehow they can't pull it all together. The food is not awful, just mediocre, but they seem to have some serious service issues. My veggie burger's bun was so smashed it looked like it had been in someone's back pocket for an afternoon. My girlfriend's mac & cheese was so ridiculously hot & spicy, it was inedible and basically ruined the rest of her meal. Our server agreed and we later heard her in the kitchen exclaiming how hot it was. She apologized and later the owner came by and said he would comp part of the meal. But, they screwed that up too. Note to the owner: when someone's meal is ruined because of shoddy food preparation and they run up a bill up of $116, don't comp them a measly 4 bucks. That is an insult.

1
★★★☆☆

Savoy seems to have everything going for it, but somehow they can't pull it all together. The food is not awful, just mediocre, but they seem to have some serious service issues. My veggie burger's bun was so smashed it looked like it had been in someone's back pocket for an afternoon. My girlfriend's mac & cheese was so ridiculously hot & spicy, it was inedible and basically ruined the rest of her meal. Our server agreed and we later heard her in the kitchen exclaiming how hot it was. She apologized and later the owner came by and said he would comp part of the meal. But, they screwed that up too. Note to the owner: when someone's meal is ruined because of shoddy food preparation and they run up a bill up of $116, don't comp them a measly 4 bucks. That is an insult.

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Some of the highest praise I can give: "I wish this place was in my neighborhood." Every neighborhood could use a Savoy Tavern. The service was very friendly, if not super-fast, and they had a nice selection of food and drink. We enjoyed martinis, a burger w/fries, salad and pasta. The drink prices were a little steep ($8+ for a Grey Goose martini. Ouch.) but the food prices were reasonable. The burger was cooked well, and very tasty.

2
★★★★☆

Some of the highest praise I can give: "I wish this place was in my neighborhood." Every neighborhood could use a Savoy Tavern. The service was very friendly, if not super-fast, and they had a nice selection of food and drink. We enjoyed martinis, a burger w/fries, salad and pasta. The drink prices were a little steep ($8+ for a Grey Goose martini. Ouch.) but the food prices were reasonable. The burger was cooked well, and very tasty.

Pros: Good food, Full bar, Laid-back atmosphere

Cons: Pricey drinks, Spotty sound system

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Servings are the perfect size for an anorexic. The meals are like appetizers, and the appetizers are laughable. Not only that, but the food tastes awful. The regular menu is the bar menu recycled. Also, the service is awful due impatient waiters. I would say if you are going to this side of town, go to Dots instead (its across the street). Dots is also much more accommodating for large groups.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Servings are the perfect size for an anorexic. The meals are like appetizers, and the appetizers are laughable. Not only that, but the food tastes awful. The regular menu is the bar menu recycled. Also, the service is awful due impatient waiters. I would say if you are going to this side of town, go to Dots instead (its across the street). Dots is also much more accommodating for large groups.

Pros: Pretty to look at, Location, Wine

Cons: Pretty to look at, Food, Staff

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