Cafe Variety

★★★★★

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This review is also based on 1 experience but it was a great one. Agreed, parking is tough to figure out the first time. You enter their driveway from Locust St which is off Lake Ave (its the second driveway on Locust from Lake). The building is next door to Conrad's restaurant on Lake.

The waiter we had was amazing. Very attentive, very helpful with the wine selection (even poured us a few flights to try). He answered all of the questions and explained the specials very well. He clearly loves his job and working there.

The menu is Italian / Mediterranean fusion with a particular emphasis on seafood (Lobster pizza anyone?). I had the seafood risotto - which was one of the best risotto's I can remember. Everyone in our party had the same experience.

The waiter introduced us to the owner and the entire staff was great.

The restaurant design is modern but friendly and relaxed. A great "date restaurant" or place to meet friends.

The prices aren't "cheap" but certainly in line with the quality of the food. Our bill was a little over $40 per person (before tip) but that was with one appetizer, 2 bottles of wine (for 4 people) and 2 desserts.

We will definitely be back!

PROS: Excellent food, staff and atmosphere.
CONS: Parking is tough the first time, but worth the effort!

5
★★★★★

This review is also based on 1 experience but it was a great one. Agreed, parking is tough to figure out the first time. You enter their driveway from Locust St which is off Lake Ave (its the second driveway on Locust from Lake). The building is next door to Conrad's restaurant on Lake.

The waiter we had was amazing. Very attentive, very helpful with the wine selection (even poured us a few flights to try). He answered all of the questions and explained the specials very well. He clearly loves his job and working there.

The menu is Italian / Mediterranean fusion with a particular emphasis on seafood (Lobster pizza anyone?). I had the seafood risotto - which was one of the best risotto's I can remember. Everyone in our party had the same experience.

The waiter introduced us to the owner and the entire staff was great.

The restaurant design is modern but friendly and relaxed. A great "date restaurant" or place to meet friends.

The prices aren't "cheap" but certainly in line with the quality of the food. Our bill was a little over $40 per person (before tip) but that was with one appetizer, 2 bottles of wine (for 4 people) and 2 desserts.

We will definitely be back!

PROS: Excellent food, staff and atmosphere.
CONS: Parking is tough the first time, but worth the effort!

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This is based on only one visit to this restaurant, but there were some regulars there, so I imagine that the food is quite consistent.

It is a quiet restaurant (likely because though quite visible it is somewhat difficult to figure out how to get to the parking behind the restaurant) and we were greeted warmly at the door, the excellent service only continued after that, and the food and drinks were excellent. From the name of the establishment, we were unsure what kind of food was going to be there, or what type of price range we were going to encounter. It is pan-mediterranean food, on the fancy side.

We both had pasta, which was fabulous, all requests were cheerfully honored. Excellent house-made Ciabatta.

Dinner for two (no alcohol) with one dessert came to $50

PROS: Excellent and Elegant food. Attentive and professional service.
CONS: Difficult to access parking, Expensive

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★★★★☆

This is based on only one visit to this restaurant, but there were some regulars there, so I imagine that the food is quite consistent.

It is a quiet restaurant (likely because though quite visible it is somewhat difficult to figure out how to get to the parking behind the restaurant) and we were greeted warmly at the door, the excellent service only continued after that, and the food and drinks were excellent. From the name of the establishment, we were unsure what kind of food was going to be there, or what type of price range we were going to encounter. It is pan-mediterranean food, on the fancy side.

We both had pasta, which was fabulous, all requests were cheerfully honored. Excellent house-made Ciabatta.

Dinner for two (no alcohol) with one dessert came to $50

PROS: Excellent and Elegant food. Attentive and professional service.
CONS: Difficult to access parking, Expensive

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