Roebling Tea Room

★★★★☆
  • 143 Roebling St

    Brooklyn, NY 11211

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  • 718-963-0760

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Sat-Sun 11am-2am, Mon-Fri 11:30am-2am

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Great for brunch or dinner. Cavernous space, cozy atmosphere. Garden seating, too. I love the tea list. Wonderful for larger parties, too.

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★★★★★

Great for brunch or dinner. Cavernous space, cozy atmosphere. Garden seating, too. I love the tea list. Wonderful for larger parties, too.

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Used to be my answer for the long wait at Diner, but a bad experience here made me lose faith. It wasn't just the wait-staff, the cooking was even nasty. I just can't justify spending so much money when it can really miss the mark sometimes.

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★★★☆☆

Used to be my answer for the long wait at Diner, but a bad experience here made me lose faith. It wasn't just the wait-staff, the cooking was even nasty. I just can't justify spending so much money when it can really miss the mark sometimes.

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The decor here is a perfect representation of the food and overall experience while at the tea room. The backyard, with the oak benches and unique lighting, feels like my own backyard in the summer. Inside, the cool vintage looking wall paper and green tiled bar give the tea room a sort of country appeal, yet with the preserved commercial feel of the original building space still in tact, you know you are in Williamsburg.

The food is what I like to describe as a French inspired take on American classics. My favorite part about the menu are the specials. Though the original menu is filled with tasty food as well, the specials are what bring me back. The fish sandwich, the scallop ceviche, the carrot soup... any description I could write couldn't do them justice. The steak tar tar brunch (with deviled eggs and bread cooked in truffle oil) is amazing; I find myself eating it at least two Sundays a month. Then there's the full bar, the great selection of beer, the cocktail menu, the knowledgeable bartenders... it's really what you might call a world class bar of it's own inside a top quality restaurant. I go to the tea room for drinks more often than dinner.

The staff is exceptional, I'm always greeted with a smile, and it's not uncommon for the waiters/waitresses to remember your name. I can't remember the last time that happened elsewhere. Some of co-workers can't even remember my name.

In conclusion, get there!

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★★★★★

The decor here is a perfect representation of the food and overall experience while at the tea room. The backyard, with the oak benches and unique lighting, feels like my own backyard in the summer. Inside, the cool vintage looking wall paper and green tiled bar give the tea room a sort of country appeal, yet with the preserved commercial feel of the original building space still in tact, you know you are in Williamsburg.

The food is what I like to describe as a French inspired take on American classics. My favorite part about the menu are the specials. Though the original menu is filled with tasty food as well, the specials are what bring me back. The fish sandwich, the scallop ceviche, the carrot soup... any description I could write couldn't do them justice. The steak tar tar brunch (with deviled eggs and bread cooked in truffle oil) is amazing; I find myself eating it at least two Sundays a month. Then there's the full bar, the great selection of beer, the cocktail menu, the knowledgeable bartenders... it's really what you might call a world class bar of it's own inside a top quality restaurant. I go to the tea room for drinks more often than dinner.

The staff is exceptional, I'm always greeted with a smile, and it's not uncommon for the waiters/waitresses to remember your name. I can't remember the last time that happened elsewhere. Some of co-workers can't even remember my name.

In conclusion, get there!

Pros: Great Staff, Great Drinks, and Better food

Cons: Can get busy, but eating by the bar is usually an option

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We love this place. Great food and amazing atmosphere

2
★★★★★

We love this place. Great food and amazing atmosphere

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I love this place and always love what I oder! Great atmosphere with tables or couches if you are looking for something more low-key. They offer a very eclectic mix of food that is usually seasonal and does not disappoint. Can be on the pricey side, but always worth it! Great brunch too!

5
★★★★★

I love this place and always love what I oder! Great atmosphere with tables or couches if you are looking for something more low-key. They offer a very eclectic mix of food that is usually seasonal and does not disappoint. Can be on the pricey side, but always worth it! Great brunch too!

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My husband and I went to Roebling Tea room about 2 months ago.
I have had decent meals there in the past, but this was his first time. What a shame that the service and food had declined.
We went for an early dinner on a friday, hardly anyone was there,
but the waitress felt the need to rush out our food.
My husband's very thick pork chop came out raw. It used to be tasty, but they now serve it with a pickled garnish all over it, so that is up to the taste buds, of who, I can not imagine. The waitress had already been unpleasant telling us we didn't order something, (a side) when I knew we did, and she must have not heard us correctly.
Instead of agreeing with us, or even bringing it out she just said "no, you did not order that".
My flank steak was actually ok but I felt it was overpriced for what it was, and almost all sides come separate. The atmosphere is still very nice,
but the service and quality of the food cancels the nice part out.
A friend who came in for drinks at the same time, also ended up eating there that night and agreed it had gone down hill. Why does this always seem to happen in the 'burg?

1
★★☆☆☆

My husband and I went to Roebling Tea room about 2 months ago.
I have had decent meals there in the past, but this was his first time. What a shame that the service and food had declined.
We went for an early dinner on a friday, hardly anyone was there,
but the waitress felt the need to rush out our food.
My husband's very thick pork chop came out raw. It used to be tasty, but they now serve it with a pickled garnish all over it, so that is up to the taste buds, of who, I can not imagine. The waitress had already been unpleasant telling us we didn't order something, (a side) when I knew we did, and she must have not heard us correctly.
Instead of agreeing with us, or even bringing it out she just said "no, you did not order that".
My flank steak was actually ok but I felt it was overpriced for what it was, and almost all sides come separate. The atmosphere is still very nice,
but the service and quality of the food cancels the nice part out.
A friend who came in for drinks at the same time, also ended up eating there that night and agreed it had gone down hill. Why does this always seem to happen in the 'burg?

Pros: Ambience

Cons: Snotty hipster know it all waitress and raw pork

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Atmosphere is great. Food is good and fresh, but quality wasn't anything special. Menu is interesting in that it is not everyday dish.
The waitress on the hand was half way to retarded. EXREMELY slow, whispered everything that came out of her mouth so that we had to struggle to hear anything she was saying over the music. She also had NO IDEA what anything was on the menu and could not explain ANYTHING. Horrible service, decent food.

1
★★★☆☆

Atmosphere is great. Food is good and fresh, but quality wasn't anything special. Menu is interesting in that it is not everyday dish.
The waitress on the hand was half way to retarded. EXREMELY slow, whispered everything that came out of her mouth so that we had to struggle to hear anything she was saying over the music. She also had NO IDEA what anything was on the menu and could not explain ANYTHING. Horrible service, decent food.

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This is one of my favorite restaurants in the whole city. They have a wonderful approach to food and ingredients, and fresh (and I mean FRESH) specials every night. Originally we started going there for tea, but discovered the real attraction is the food. Their beef specials are the best; every night they have a different cut of freshly butchered meat prepared in the most rustic and delicious fashion (they actually purchase a whole cow every week and have it butchered). The NY strip was the best EVER.
Ironically it's my favorite restaurant to take my veggie friends, too. One night after dining on fresh vidalia onions and deep-fried garlic shoots, we needed a palate cleanser, so the manager suggested fresh radishes! We had wanted something fruity, but decided to take a chance on it anyway. The salted radishes turned out to be a great suggestion. They cleared up the stinky garlic breath and they were delicious. It was great!
Read the specials menu carefully. You'll usually find some funny commentary about the date or the ingredients or something. I only wish it wasn't so dark in there, it can be hard to see what you're eating. There was better lighting dining outside on the patio.

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★★★★★

This is one of my favorite restaurants in the whole city. They have a wonderful approach to food and ingredients, and fresh (and I mean FRESH) specials every night. Originally we started going there for tea, but discovered the real attraction is the food. Their beef specials are the best; every night they have a different cut of freshly butchered meat prepared in the most rustic and delicious fashion (they actually purchase a whole cow every week and have it butchered). The NY strip was the best EVER.
Ironically it's my favorite restaurant to take my veggie friends, too. One night after dining on fresh vidalia onions and deep-fried garlic shoots, we needed a palate cleanser, so the manager suggested fresh radishes! We had wanted something fruity, but decided to take a chance on it anyway. The salted radishes turned out to be a great suggestion. They cleared up the stinky garlic breath and they were delicious. It was great!
Read the specials menu carefully. You'll usually find some funny commentary about the date or the ingredients or something. I only wish it wasn't so dark in there, it can be hard to see what you're eating. There was better lighting dining outside on the patio.

Pros: freshest seasonal ingredients, big cuts of meat, delicious everything, great decor.

Cons: very low lighting, too bad cuz you can't see the decor.

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Went for tea and a bite to eat early on a Friday. Got great comfy seats in the back, the vibe was really nice and relaxing. We ordered light plates (salads and mac and cheese) the portions weren't huge, but the prices were fair and the food tasty. The service wasn't professional but it was friendly and fit the atmoshpere. I've seen a lot of bad reviews but I really enjoyed the place and would go back. It's a great for people who don't drink alcohol but like to go out at night.

2
★★★★☆

Went for tea and a bite to eat early on a Friday. Got great comfy seats in the back, the vibe was really nice and relaxing. We ordered light plates (salads and mac and cheese) the portions weren't huge, but the prices were fair and the food tasty. The service wasn't professional but it was friendly and fit the atmoshpere. I've seen a lot of bad reviews but I really enjoyed the place and would go back. It's a great for people who don't drink alcohol but like to go out at night.

Pros: great space

Cons: I could see it getting very crowded late night or weekend brunches

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I am surprised by the negative reviews of this place. It is one of my favorites in Williamsburg for a number of reasons. First, it's a great space, with high ceilings, comfortable seating options, and well thought out decor. Secondly, the menu changes daily so there is always something new to try. Yes, the menu is small, but at least you never get bored with the options. The food is usually delicious and unique for a reasonable price. It's a cafe, and not a "restaurant" but I think that's part of the real appeal. Plus they always play good music, especially if you like 60's folk classics like Bob Dylan, or more recent mellow indie stuff. I for one am glad they don't allow laptops after 7, I thinks it's depressing to go into a cafe and see everyone sitting alone, staring into their computer. I mean, there are also coffee shops in the neighborhood if you want to work on your paper for school or write your novel or whatever. This place doesn't really have that kind of a vibe to it. Honestly, as a local, I am so glad that this cafe exists.

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★★★★★

I am surprised by the negative reviews of this place. It is one of my favorites in Williamsburg for a number of reasons. First, it's a great space, with high ceilings, comfortable seating options, and well thought out decor. Secondly, the menu changes daily so there is always something new to try. Yes, the menu is small, but at least you never get bored with the options. The food is usually delicious and unique for a reasonable price. It's a cafe, and not a "restaurant" but I think that's part of the real appeal. Plus they always play good music, especially if you like 60's folk classics like Bob Dylan, or more recent mellow indie stuff. I for one am glad they don't allow laptops after 7, I thinks it's depressing to go into a cafe and see everyone sitting alone, staring into their computer. I mean, there are also coffee shops in the neighborhood if you want to work on your paper for school or write your novel or whatever. This place doesn't really have that kind of a vibe to it. Honestly, as a local, I am so glad that this cafe exists.

Pros: Food, Ambience, Unique Menu

Cons: Servers are Cute but not especially professional

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I've been to the RTR countless times: weekday lunch/snacks, a few breakfasts, evening dessert, even stop in just for a tea or coffee. Its always been fine but not great. I've never been disappointed, yet I've never been blown away. Basically this place has enormous potential and I hope it continues to thrive - its locations is great, the space is welcoming and comfy for the most part, and the food is fresh, drinks are lovely. I finally had my first experience with the garden which I was thrilled about!! I was already tipsy to begin with and my fella and I wanted to have more wine. We were very happy with the wine selection, it was small, but we were very familiar with the wines they offered so that was nice. The price was $10 or under for a generous pour (thank you!). I had the white from Alsace which was $8, fresh, crisp, and chilled just so. We got the munchies and ordered the daily special cheese plate. It was a good selection but I was rather disappointed it did not come with any bread or crackers or fruit or honey or, well, anything....but we were both on our second glass of wine and feeling good so we let it slide. It was just cheese on a plate. Duh. I understand full well this is not a restaurant, rather a cafe, but still, a little something would have been nice for the price ($12/$15). The waitress also did not tell us what the cheese was so I grabbed a menu and we figured the cheese out that way. Regardless this is a nice place to grab a drink (good beers, nice wines, specialty drinks are rather cool), and I love a place that serves gerkins and interesting sandwiches. We'll go back, but its not my first choice. I will go back when I want to drink wine in a garden. The people/crowd were unpretentious hip people.

1
★★★☆☆

I've been to the RTR countless times: weekday lunch/snacks, a few breakfasts, evening dessert, even stop in just for a tea or coffee. Its always been fine but not great. I've never been disappointed, yet I've never been blown away. Basically this place has enormous potential and I hope it continues to thrive - its locations is great, the space is welcoming and comfy for the most part, and the food is fresh, drinks are lovely. I finally had my first experience with the garden which I was thrilled about!! I was already tipsy to begin with and my fella and I wanted to have more wine. We were very happy with the wine selection, it was small, but we were very familiar with the wines they offered so that was nice. The price was $10 or under for a generous pour (thank you!). I had the white from Alsace which was $8, fresh, crisp, and chilled just so. We got the munchies and ordered the daily special cheese plate. It was a good selection but I was rather disappointed it did not come with any bread or crackers or fruit or honey or, well, anything....but we were both on our second glass of wine and feeling good so we let it slide. It was just cheese on a plate. Duh. I understand full well this is not a restaurant, rather a cafe, but still, a little something would have been nice for the price ($12/$15). The waitress also did not tell us what the cheese was so I grabbed a menu and we figured the cheese out that way. Regardless this is a nice place to grab a drink (good beers, nice wines, specialty drinks are rather cool), and I love a place that serves gerkins and interesting sandwiches. We'll go back, but its not my first choice. I will go back when I want to drink wine in a garden. The people/crowd were unpretentious hip people.

Pros: garden is lovely!! beer and wine selction

Cons: cheese plate was just cheese. on a plate. Service could have been more attentive. She was nice though.

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We visited the Roebling Tea Room for a light lunch on Saturday. The willow tile makes the room feel airy and restful. The tea selection is amazing, ranging from whimsical choices (such as "Moonpie") to more traditional types. The frittata was delicious, as was an unusual ricotta and fig spread sandwich strewn with dried cherries. Both accompanied by a fresh baby arugula salad. Prices are very reasonable. We loved it & will definitely return. Lots of choices for vegetarians.

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★★★★★

We visited the Roebling Tea Room for a light lunch on Saturday. The willow tile makes the room feel airy and restful. The tea selection is amazing, ranging from whimsical choices (such as "Moonpie") to more traditional types. The frittata was delicious, as was an unusual ricotta and fig spread sandwich strewn with dried cherries. Both accompanied by a fresh baby arugula salad. Prices are very reasonable. We loved it & will definitely return. Lots of choices for vegetarians.

Pros: Pleasant ambiance, great tea selection

Cons: None, really--we liked it all

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I lived upstairs from this place, and really really wanted to love it, but found it to be consistently terrible. I know a lot of people have had troubles with the staff, but in my experience theyve always been pretty good. It's the food itself that keeps me away. Tuna Salad that tastes like a salt lick, runny mac & cheese, dried overcooked egg, and a sparse menu of items that try too hard to be quirky and surprising, but fail.

1
★★★☆☆

I lived upstairs from this place, and really really wanted to love it, but found it to be consistently terrible. I know a lot of people have had troubles with the staff, but in my experience theyve always been pretty good. It's the food itself that keeps me away. Tuna Salad that tastes like a salt lick, runny mac & cheese, dried overcooked egg, and a sparse menu of items that try too hard to be quirky and surprising, but fail.

Pros: god, let's see....the couches are comfortable, the staff is almost apologetic for the food?

Cons: there's like 3 things on the menu, only 1 of which might actually appeal to anyone

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I have to start off first by saying this is a beautiful spot and the food is decent, and i love the tea. But the laptop thing is ridiculous. Not just after 7pm as the reviewer before me said, but you can't bring your laptop almost anytime except for weekdays during daytime. So I could write for hours in a notebook but not on a laptop - what sense does that make (it's not electricity bc the super airdryer in the WC takes more energy!!!)? I would like to love Roebling Tea Room bc the neighborhood desperately needs places to write, munch, chat and muse, but what is the sense of having no laptops almost anytime when you're empty Saturday and Sunday night? They made me wait until 4 or 5pm to turn mine on, then turn it off again at 7pm. I just left and come much less often now.

IT's a pity, someone should talk to the manager/owner about how Sunday and Monday nights are the perfect time to welcome writers since they have few customers. This is NOT a hot nightspot (it closes early around 2am or something on weekends, and no one was there when my four friends and I came in at midnite) and it should be open to writers as its structure seems suited for that. They are trying to transition it into a real restaurant and I don't blame them for trying to make more money/stay alive, but it could have multiple functions at different times.

The waitstaff pools their tips so they seem to have very little motivation to give great service (understandable since even a meal of liquor and food would give a small tip back to them - and if you got just tea, expect barely any attention - but it would be nice if they could be a bit friendlier or less stiff). If you woudl want substitions on anything, they will not be accommodating. They forgot I couldn't have dairy/cheese and put cheese on it and then seemed unapologetic and unwilling to help/change. If you're vegan or have food allergies, not advised.

No A/C last summer so it gets hot, hope they'll have more fans this summer.

1
★★★☆☆

I have to start off first by saying this is a beautiful spot and the food is decent, and i love the tea. But the laptop thing is ridiculous. Not just after 7pm as the reviewer before me said, but you can't bring your laptop almost anytime except for weekdays during daytime. So I could write for hours in a notebook but not on a laptop - what sense does that make (it's not electricity bc the super airdryer in the WC takes more energy!!!)? I would like to love Roebling Tea Room bc the neighborhood desperately needs places to write, munch, chat and muse, but what is the sense of having no laptops almost anytime when you're empty Saturday and Sunday night? They made me wait until 4 or 5pm to turn mine on, then turn it off again at 7pm. I just left and come much less often now.

IT's a pity, someone should talk to the manager/owner about how Sunday and Monday nights are the perfect time to welcome writers since they have few customers. This is NOT a hot nightspot (it closes early around 2am or something on weekends, and no one was there when my four friends and I came in at midnite) and it should be open to writers as its structure seems suited for that. They are trying to transition it into a real restaurant and I don't blame them for trying to make more money/stay alive, but it could have multiple functions at different times.

The waitstaff pools their tips so they seem to have very little motivation to give great service (understandable since even a meal of liquor and food would give a small tip back to them - and if you got just tea, expect barely any attention - but it would be nice if they could be a bit friendlier or less stiff). If you woudl want substitions on anything, they will not be accommodating. They forgot I couldn't have dairy/cheese and put cheese on it and then seemed unapologetic and unwilling to help/change. If you're vegan or have food allergies, not advised.

No A/C last summer so it gets hot, hope they'll have more fans this summer.

Pros: beautiful space, decent food, lots of tea, but also liquor

Cons: no laptops, no A/C in summer, unfriendly service, not accommodating re food

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I love the atmosphere of Roebling Tea Room. High ceilings and fun Russian inspired foods. It used to be my favorite late night place to write, but they won't let you bring your laptops after 7pm, so I rarely go there anymore.

1
★★★☆☆

I love the atmosphere of Roebling Tea Room. High ceilings and fun Russian inspired foods. It used to be my favorite late night place to write, but they won't let you bring your laptops after 7pm, so I rarely go there anymore.

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In the last couple months I've become a local fixture and somehow the menu stays interesting. The fare is humble, hearty and down home with a kind of European flair. It's definitely a Williamsburg cafe. You might think you're walking into a storage space or a dive until you make it inside to find a spectacular antiqued atmosphere. Roebling is a great place to have dinner on the cooshy couches with a big group of friends or sit at the bar and strike up a conversation with a total stranger. It's quiet during the week and you'll see a lot of williamsburg types working on their computers during the day, but there's often some kind of live music or movies on the weekend and some nights.

2
★★★★★

In the last couple months I've become a local fixture and somehow the menu stays interesting. The fare is humble, hearty and down home with a kind of European flair. It's definitely a Williamsburg cafe. You might think you're walking into a storage space or a dive until you make it inside to find a spectacular antiqued atmosphere. Roebling is a great place to have dinner on the cooshy couches with a big group of friends or sit at the bar and strike up a conversation with a total stranger. It's quiet during the week and you'll see a lot of williamsburg types working on their computers during the day, but there's often some kind of live music or movies on the weekend and some nights.

Pros: outdoor patio, downhome cooking, great vibe

Cons: slow service

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This is a beautiful cafe/wine bar situated in what appears to be a converted factory. The decor and ambience is great for a nice conversation with friends over a bottle of wine or beer, without the hustle or noise of traditional bars. That said, this is NOT a restaurant, and one shouldn't expect to have a delicious meal here. I went with several friends and we were all underwhelmed by the taste and prices of the courses we ordered from the *extremely* limited menu. All in all, this is a great place for a coffee or drink, but not for a meal.

1
★★☆☆☆

This is a beautiful cafe/wine bar situated in what appears to be a converted factory. The decor and ambience is great for a nice conversation with friends over a bottle of wine or beer, without the hustle or noise of traditional bars. That said, this is NOT a restaurant, and one shouldn't expect to have a delicious meal here. I went with several friends and we were all underwhelmed by the taste and prices of the courses we ordered from the *extremely* limited menu. All in all, this is a great place for a coffee or drink, but not for a meal.

Pros: Quiet, Lots of space, Atmosphere

Cons: Food, Prices of food

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This Tea room/cafe has great ambiance with sofas and an outdoor area. The food is tasty american fare and very affordable. They have an extensive tea offering but I am not a big tea fan. The service is ok since it is new and the staff didn't know the food items too well. But everyone were very nice. On one of the occasions that my friends and I were there for dinner, they ran out of the wine we ordered and they gave us each a free glass of another wine that was amazing. We would not have know the difference since we ordered the first wine from the discription rather than experience. The food went well with the wine but option was limited as it seemed to have been from a lunch menu. But I am sure with time, this place will be rockin! Love the comfy atmosphere.

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★★★★☆

This Tea room/cafe has great ambiance with sofas and an outdoor area. The food is tasty american fare and very affordable. They have an extensive tea offering but I am not a big tea fan. The service is ok since it is new and the staff didn't know the food items too well. But everyone were very nice. On one of the occasions that my friends and I were there for dinner, they ran out of the wine we ordered and they gave us each a free glass of another wine that was amazing. We would not have know the difference since we ordered the first wine from the discription rather than experience. The food went well with the wine but option was limited as it seemed to have been from a lunch menu. But I am sure with time, this place will be rockin! Love the comfy atmosphere.

 

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