Red Rooster Wine Bar & Cafe

★★★★★
  • 2100 N Halsted St

    Chicago, IL 60614

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  • 773-929-7660

About Red Rooster Wine Bar & Cafe

Hours
Sunday 5:00 - 10:00, Mon.-Thur. 5:00 - 10:30, Fri. & Sat. 5:00 - 11:30

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Very high wine prices. 2 glasses house wine 27 dollars. Very nice place though. They did a great job rehabbing it.

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★★★★★

Very high wine prices. 2 glasses house wine 27 dollars. Very nice place though. They did a great job rehabbing it.

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Hidden jam half block from the Halsted Ave. Nice place to taste different wines by the fireplace and enjoying very relaxed ambiance.
You can get same dishes as in the main restaurant but smaller plates are probably better. Good place to go with friends to talk as music is only in the background. However, it closes pretty early.

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★★★★☆

Hidden jam half block from the Halsted Ave. Nice place to taste different wines by the fireplace and enjoying very relaxed ambiance.
You can get same dishes as in the main restaurant but smaller plates are probably better. Good place to go with friends to talk as music is only in the background. However, it closes pretty early.

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Went with a large group, reservations recommended. Excellent French cuisine and an intimate yet friendly atmosphere. The table shared several appetizers, from steamed mussels to brie to pate. My husband and I shared the Beef Stroganoff and the Pork Loin, both between $14-15 and both wonderful. An excellent wine selection and an overall great experience.

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★★★★☆

Went with a large group, reservations recommended. Excellent French cuisine and an intimate yet friendly atmosphere. The table shared several appetizers, from steamed mussels to brie to pate. My husband and I shared the Beef Stroganoff and the Pork Loin, both between $14-15 and both wonderful. An excellent wine selection and an overall great experience.

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This is a hide-away with extraordinary food well prepared in classic french style and an extensive list of affordable wines. We live in the neighborhood and love this restaurant. All I can say about the previous review is that homophobes should maybe stick to the suburbs where they belong. As for the sighting of the "usual household pest" have you ever heard of the term "projection"? Peace.

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★★★★★

This is a hide-away with extraordinary food well prepared in classic french style and an extensive list of affordable wines. We live in the neighborhood and love this restaurant. All I can say about the previous review is that homophobes should maybe stick to the suburbs where they belong. As for the sighting of the "usual household pest" have you ever heard of the term "projection"? Peace.

Pros: Unique location

Cons: May soon be discovered by out-of-towners

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I went there with my husband for a romantic dinner in april 2007. I searched the web and found this place. It had good reviews, was supposed to be romantic and unexpensive. When we got there i got a little scared. The place was really tiny, it looked like an appartment and smell there was horrible. The only too stuff members were two guys. They seemed to be not straight, which is OK with me, but my boyfriend wasn't happy with the way they looked at him. Forgot to mention that we were the only two customers at the place. We were seated at the table and i saw the "usual household insect" running down the wall. By that time we already ordered the food and didn't feel like complaning, so we just changed the table and sat in the middle of the room. Food was horrible; potatoes smelled bad and vegetables were not fresh. I'm highly consearned with the person who wrote positive reviews for this place. There is nothing good in it. Don't waste your money and don't go there.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went there with my husband for a romantic dinner in april 2007. I searched the web and found this place. It had good reviews, was supposed to be romantic and unexpensive. When we got there i got a little scared. The place was really tiny, it looked like an appartment and smell there was horrible. The only too stuff members were two guys. They seemed to be not straight, which is OK with me, but my boyfriend wasn't happy with the way they looked at him. Forgot to mention that we were the only two customers at the place. We were seated at the table and i saw the "usual household insect" running down the wall. By that time we already ordered the food and didn't feel like complaning, so we just changed the table and sat in the middle of the room. Food was horrible; potatoes smelled bad and vegetables were not fresh. I'm highly consearned with the person who wrote positive reviews for this place. There is nothing good in it. Don't waste your money and don't go there.

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We went for our anniversary and this was hands down our favorite restaurant while in Chicago. The food is out of this world good and the prices are so reasonable. We had the steamed mussels for an appetizer. God bless Chicago and its love of bread because the broth that the mussels came with was even more delicious when we dipped our bread in it. Okay, we shamelessly sopped it up and had to ask our waitress to do an intervention and get it off the table! Our waitress Christy was delightful - she explained the menu, suggested a wine that would compliment our meals and checked on us but never hovered. I highly recommend the chicken crepes and the creme brulee piled with fresh berries. The restaurant is charmin - only 14 tables. But it does not feel crowded or cramped. It is warm and cozy. The evening was perfect -romantic, enchanting, great food, atmosphere, company... We will definately be back on our next visit.

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★★★★★

We went for our anniversary and this was hands down our favorite restaurant while in Chicago. The food is out of this world good and the prices are so reasonable. We had the steamed mussels for an appetizer. God bless Chicago and its love of bread because the broth that the mussels came with was even more delicious when we dipped our bread in it. Okay, we shamelessly sopped it up and had to ask our waitress to do an intervention and get it off the table! Our waitress Christy was delightful - she explained the menu, suggested a wine that would compliment our meals and checked on us but never hovered. I highly recommend the chicken crepes and the creme brulee piled with fresh berries. The restaurant is charmin - only 14 tables. But it does not feel crowded or cramped. It is warm and cozy. The evening was perfect -romantic, enchanting, great food, atmosphere, company... We will definately be back on our next visit.

Pros: Great food, ambience, service, perfect date spot

Cons: None

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My husband visted this website and we decided this place sounded wonderful.
We arrived on a Saturday night at 7:30 and were seated promptly.
If romantic is a priority, come on a weekday or after 9pm. There was only one waiter for twelve tables(he had one helper). The specials were displayed on a chalkboard which were difficult to read, and since the waiter was busy, he had to race through them. A better presentation would help this situation.
We had to ask for bread three times and it arrived after we were done with our salads. I had to ask for another glass of wine since he was too busy to notice it was empty for a while.
The salads and dessert were excellent but the entrees were average.
When we got our tab , in his rush our waiter had added an extra item which he removed promptly when we pointed this out.
The ambiance was the best part of our experience on this place.

Gigi

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★★★☆☆

My husband visted this website and we decided this place sounded wonderful.
We arrived on a Saturday night at 7:30 and were seated promptly.
If romantic is a priority, come on a weekday or after 9pm. There was only one waiter for twelve tables(he had one helper). The specials were displayed on a chalkboard which were difficult to read, and since the waiter was busy, he had to race through them. A better presentation would help this situation.
We had to ask for bread three times and it arrived after we were done with our salads. I had to ask for another glass of wine since he was too busy to notice it was empty for a while.
The salads and dessert were excellent but the entrees were average.
When we got our tab , in his rush our waiter had added an extra item which he removed promptly when we pointed this out.
The ambiance was the best part of our experience on this place.

Gigi

Pros: ambianace

Cons: not great service on prime saturday night hours

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Fantastic ambiance at this quaint Lincoln Park establishment. The food was outstanding and the prices were great for the quality of food and service. Wine list is pretty good and the atmosphere is fantastic for dates or a dinner with a small group of friends (6 would be the max) b/c of size of restaurant. It makes it even better that it is tucked away and you have to know where it is to find it. One of our great finds in Chicago from a dining perspective.

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★★★★★

Fantastic ambiance at this quaint Lincoln Park establishment. The food was outstanding and the prices were great for the quality of food and service. Wine list is pretty good and the atmosphere is fantastic for dates or a dinner with a small group of friends (6 would be the max) b/c of size of restaurant. It makes it even better that it is tucked away and you have to know where it is to find it. One of our great finds in Chicago from a dining perspective.

Pros: Location, ambiance, food

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I was looking for a place in Chicago to have a nice romantic dinner for New Years Eve. This was one of the highly recommended restaurants on this site (also one of the few that wasn't completely booked) so I thought I'd give it a try. We loved it! The food was delicious, the service superb and the atmosphere very romantic. Candles on every table and they played the whole Tidal cd by Fional Apple and Tori Amos now everytime I hear a songs off those cds I am transported back to our romantic dinner. The wall our table was on had this charcoal sketch of a French villa it was very charming. I would go again for sure!

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★★★★★

I was looking for a place in Chicago to have a nice romantic dinner for New Years Eve. This was one of the highly recommended restaurants on this site (also one of the few that wasn't completely booked) so I thought I'd give it a try. We loved it! The food was delicious, the service superb and the atmosphere very romantic. Candles on every table and they played the whole Tidal cd by Fional Apple and Tori Amos now everytime I hear a songs off those cds I am transported back to our romantic dinner. The wall our table was on had this charcoal sketch of a French villa it was very charming. I would go again for sure!

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I flew to Chicago from Washington State to meet a very special friend of mine I hadn't seen in 8 years. I found this incredible little restaurant by clicking on a link to "places to eat" within walking distance to the theater. We arrived and looked at each other as if to say "uh oh." But when we walked through the door we were swept away into another place, away from the hustle and bustle of the streets outside. The waiter (owner?) was an amazing host. The food was to die for as well as unique (soft-shell crab). We were well-taken care of. Be adventurous and keep an open mind when visiting this little gem of a restaurant. You will not be disappointed. I can't wait to come back and visit again! Thank you so much!

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★★★★★

I flew to Chicago from Washington State to meet a very special friend of mine I hadn't seen in 8 years. I found this incredible little restaurant by clicking on a link to "places to eat" within walking distance to the theater. We arrived and looked at each other as if to say "uh oh." But when we walked through the door we were swept away into another place, away from the hustle and bustle of the streets outside. The waiter (owner?) was an amazing host. The food was to die for as well as unique (soft-shell crab). We were well-taken care of. Be adventurous and keep an open mind when visiting this little gem of a restaurant. You will not be disappointed. I can't wait to come back and visit again! Thank you so much!

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Impressed. A small place with outstanding french food this side of the Atlantic. Service was prompt and my fiance and I enjoyed it thouroughly.... my fiance was so happy with the food, he was humming throughout his dinner. I couldn't believe how buttery and light the salmon in cabernet sauce was--- and the accompaning vegetables were perfect. Romantic setting- we didn't feel rushed and were able to relax and have quiet conversation in the dimly lit room. The value is unbeatable.

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★★★★★

Impressed. A small place with outstanding french food this side of the Atlantic. Service was prompt and my fiance and I enjoyed it thouroughly.... my fiance was so happy with the food, he was humming throughout his dinner. I couldn't believe how buttery and light the salmon in cabernet sauce was--- and the accompaning vegetables were perfect. Romantic setting- we didn't feel rushed and were able to relax and have quiet conversation in the dimly lit room. The value is unbeatable.

Pros: AWESOME Food, Inexpensive, Romantic

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I'm not sure if it's quite that hidden anymore, given the citysearch following. I went there based on reviews I read here and was blown away. I opted for the prix fixe menu w/ wine and could not believe the quality of the dishes at that price. Very highly recommended. The restaurant is contained in one room centered around a huge bar and is located behind Cafe Bernard. Don't go up more than a few stairs, the first time I went my date and I made it to the 3rd floor I think. Although the room is dark and simple decorated, the place has a wonderful atmosphere.

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★★★★★

I'm not sure if it's quite that hidden anymore, given the citysearch following. I went there based on reviews I read here and was blown away. I opted for the prix fixe menu w/ wine and could not believe the quality of the dishes at that price. Very highly recommended. The restaurant is contained in one room centered around a huge bar and is located behind Cafe Bernard. Don't go up more than a few stairs, the first time I went my date and I made it to the 3rd floor I think. Although the room is dark and simple decorated, the place has a wonderful atmosphere.

Pros: REASONABLE prices, Ambience, Delicious!

Cons: Space

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In absolute terms, as good as you could want. In terms of value and overall feel ten out of five. Fantastic, this place absolutely rocks. We just got back from an inpromptu dinner and have nothing but praise for this small and eclectic place.

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★★★★★

In absolute terms, as good as you could want. In terms of value and overall feel ten out of five. Fantastic, this place absolutely rocks. We just got back from an inpromptu dinner and have nothing but praise for this small and eclectic place.

Pros: Menu choice, Value, Ambiance

Cons: Nothing

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We were visiting from Wisconsin and shopping in the Armitage neighborhood, and while reading reviews for good dinner spots - realized we were very close to the Rooster. Don't be fooled by the back door entrance - no that's not a service entrance, yes that is the door. We got there early (around 5:30) on a Saturday. Our server was warm and friendly. The house Cote-du-Rhone was quite good and cheap. I had rabbit, my husband had the chicken crepes. The bread was quite good (my husband thinks it's the best indicator of a restaurant quality). I highly recommend the chocolate bread pudding! Our only complaint - the restaurant was incredibly dark.

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★★★★☆

We were visiting from Wisconsin and shopping in the Armitage neighborhood, and while reading reviews for good dinner spots - realized we were very close to the Rooster. Don't be fooled by the back door entrance - no that's not a service entrance, yes that is the door. We got there early (around 5:30) on a Saturday. Our server was warm and friendly. The house Cote-du-Rhone was quite good and cheap. I had rabbit, my husband had the chicken crepes. The bread was quite good (my husband thinks it's the best indicator of a restaurant quality). I highly recommend the chocolate bread pudding! Our only complaint - the restaurant was incredibly dark.

Pros: service, food, ambience

Cons: small

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Definitely recommend mondays for a quiet, intimate dinner for two! It was quiet, the food was piping hot, and the service was extremely attentive. I'll definitely recommend this as a hidden Chicago treasure.

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★★★★★

Definitely recommend mondays for a quiet, intimate dinner for two! It was quiet, the food was piping hot, and the service was extremely attentive. I'll definitely recommend this as a hidden Chicago treasure.

Pros: service, value, creme brulee

Cons: lamb shank, pink floyd on stereo, parking

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We have a 7 month old son and have been taking Saturday night as "date" night since he was born. I always look in Citysearch for new, interesting places. When I saw reviews for the Red Rooster, I thought it couldn't be as great and cheap as everyone says. I was wrong! We had a fabulous dinner. The waiter was attentive and nice, the food was excellent, the ambience was perfect and wine was great. We both commented that you would never know just what a gem it was until you walked inside. We were very surprised that we could have appetizers (don't miss the mussels!!), mains, dessert and wine for under $80 total. Definitely save room for dessert ... a chocoholics heaven!

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★★★★★

We have a 7 month old son and have been taking Saturday night as "date" night since he was born. I always look in Citysearch for new, interesting places. When I saw reviews for the Red Rooster, I thought it couldn't be as great and cheap as everyone says. I was wrong! We had a fabulous dinner. The waiter was attentive and nice, the food was excellent, the ambience was perfect and wine was great. We both commented that you would never know just what a gem it was until you walked inside. We were very surprised that we could have appetizers (don't miss the mussels!!), mains, dessert and wine for under $80 total. Definitely save room for dessert ... a chocoholics heaven!

Pros: Excellent Food, Price, Ambience

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We decided to try the Red Rooster after reading all of the glowing reviews on Citysearch. I am so glad we did!

Red Rooster is a very small cafe and you'll miss it unless you're going out of your way to find it. There are maybe 15 tables, and the dining room is kept very dark to create ambiance. The service is personal and the food is great, even for those who don't care for french food.

We tried the prix-fixe menu, which includes soup or salad, entree, dessert & a bottle of wine for only $48 for two. Yes, you read right...$48 for 2, including wine!

We loved the root vegetable soup, chicken crepes, and marjoline cake. The salad was good, but a bit heavy on the dressing. I would highly recommend Red Rooster as a date spot!

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★★★★★

We decided to try the Red Rooster after reading all of the glowing reviews on Citysearch. I am so glad we did!

Red Rooster is a very small cafe and you'll miss it unless you're going out of your way to find it. There are maybe 15 tables, and the dining room is kept very dark to create ambiance. The service is personal and the food is great, even for those who don't care for french food.

We tried the prix-fixe menu, which includes soup or salad, entree, dessert & a bottle of wine for only $48 for two. Yes, you read right...$48 for 2, including wine!

We loved the root vegetable soup, chicken crepes, and marjoline cake. The salad was good, but a bit heavy on the dressing. I would highly recommend Red Rooster as a date spot!

Pros: Excellent Value, Nice Wine List, Ambiance

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Delicious food, excellent service and incredible value are one thing, but the romantic atmosphere of Red Rooster simply cannot be matched. My fiance and I were greeted and seated promptly, tended to appropriately but were left alone to revel in the moment. The quaint European country decor and soft lighting transform the diner into another world. My soft-shelled crab sautee was exquisite, her garlic potatoes were flavorful without being overpowering, the steamed vegetables crisp and fresh, and the soft background music heightened the ambiance. With the two of us at opposite ends of the country and not able to get together as often as we would like, our time together in Chicago was precious. Red Rooster not only made it memorable, but easily the most romantic dinner of my life!

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★★★★★

Delicious food, excellent service and incredible value are one thing, but the romantic atmosphere of Red Rooster simply cannot be matched. My fiance and I were greeted and seated promptly, tended to appropriately but were left alone to revel in the moment. The quaint European country decor and soft lighting transform the diner into another world. My soft-shelled crab sautee was exquisite, her garlic potatoes were flavorful without being overpowering, the steamed vegetables crisp and fresh, and the soft background music heightened the ambiance. With the two of us at opposite ends of the country and not able to get together as often as we would like, our time together in Chicago was precious. Red Rooster not only made it memorable, but easily the most romantic dinner of my life!

Pros: Romantic atmosphere, Inexpensive, Delicious food

Cons: Limited parking, Smoking allowed, Tough to find entry

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The food is impeccable, arguably the best French cuisine I have ever had. The calamari was delightful and aromatic with just the perfect amount of garlic and onions. It was tender and robust in flavor. The escargot are reminiscent of something straight from Paris. Drenched in a garlicky butter/olive oil, it was sheer heaven. We had the beef sirloin on a bed of field salad. The meat was so tender, it actually melted in your mouth. It was cooked medium rare to perfection. The wonderful balsamic vinegar added the perfect touch and flavor to the salad. We are going back to Chicago just for this place! Absolute heaven!

We sat outside along the street, and that was wonderful. But we did note that the inside parlor was truly lush and romantic.

Caution: Located down a side street from the main street there in Lincoln Park. Don't blink, or you'll miss it.

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★★★★★

The food is impeccable, arguably the best French cuisine I have ever had. The calamari was delightful and aromatic with just the perfect amount of garlic and onions. It was tender and robust in flavor. The escargot are reminiscent of something straight from Paris. Drenched in a garlicky butter/olive oil, it was sheer heaven. We had the beef sirloin on a bed of field salad. The meat was so tender, it actually melted in your mouth. It was cooked medium rare to perfection. The wonderful balsamic vinegar added the perfect touch and flavor to the salad. We are going back to Chicago just for this place! Absolute heaven!

We sat outside along the street, and that was wonderful. But we did note that the inside parlor was truly lush and romantic.

Caution: Located down a side street from the main street there in Lincoln Park. Don't blink, or you'll miss it.

Pros: food/cuisine, service, ambience

Cons: only open for dinner

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this is a small , home restaurant, the food is good, the price is reasonable, nice place, I will go there again if I get the chance !! ^^"

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★★★★☆

this is a small , home restaurant, the food is good, the price is reasonable, nice place, I will go there again if I get the chance !! ^^"

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We sat at a table next to the window and watched the snow fall as we sipped on a sweet Merlot. The food was very good. I had the NY sirloin and it came with a very delicious sauce. A special of the day, stuffed rainbow trout, was simply fantastic. We were in a seafood mood and also had two appetizers. The steamed mussles were a plenty and not a single one was left. The same is true for the oysters in a hlaf shell, which were huge!

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★★★★★

We sat at a table next to the window and watched the snow fall as we sipped on a sweet Merlot. The food was very good. I had the NY sirloin and it came with a very delicious sauce. A special of the day, stuffed rainbow trout, was simply fantastic. We were in a seafood mood and also had two appetizers. The steamed mussles were a plenty and not a single one was left. The same is true for the oysters in a hlaf shell, which were huge!

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We happened upon this little place by accident while in Chicago on our anniversary. It was the perfect place for a romantic but low-key and unfussy dinner. The service was great, the atmosphere was cozy and the food was excellent (and inexpensive - our bill was about $75 with wine, dinner, dessert and tip). I will go back every time I visit Chicago.

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★★★★★

We happened upon this little place by accident while in Chicago on our anniversary. It was the perfect place for a romantic but low-key and unfussy dinner. The service was great, the atmosphere was cozy and the food was excellent (and inexpensive - our bill was about $75 with wine, dinner, dessert and tip). I will go back every time I visit Chicago.

Pros: Cozy, Romantic, Inexpensive

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Very cute place. Great food and wine!! Great ambience! Nice place to take a date.

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★★★★★

Very cute place. Great food and wine!! Great ambience! Nice place to take a date.

Pros: Very cute, Good food

Cons: Slow service

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What a romantic gem! It is a little hard to see if you're not sure where it is, but once your in you are overtaken by it's incredible ambience. We were immediately greeted as we walk into the cozy dining area and treated as though we were friends of the owner. The food was great and the choices were great, especially if you want to try something new. I had the shark and was very pleased with the dish. This little retaurant was absolutely a great place to take a date.

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★★★★★

What a romantic gem! It is a little hard to see if you're not sure where it is, but once your in you are overtaken by it's incredible ambience. We were immediately greeted as we walk into the cozy dining area and treated as though we were friends of the owner. The food was great and the choices were great, especially if you want to try something new. I had the shark and was very pleased with the dish. This little retaurant was absolutely a great place to take a date.

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This is the real thing. Tiny and cramped, but oozing with French charm. The menu is small, but everything sounds great. Try one of the specials - if you can read the chalkboard and figure out the selections. Wine is reaonably priced and service is frendly, if a little sparse.

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★★★★☆

This is the real thing. Tiny and cramped, but oozing with French charm. The menu is small, but everything sounds great. Try one of the specials - if you can read the chalkboard and figure out the selections. Wine is reaonably priced and service is frendly, if a little sparse.

Pros: A real bistro

Cons: Cramped quarters

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Nestled behind the comparatively posh Cafe Bernard, this dark, tiny dining spot exudes unpretentious country charm. Copper pots hang alongside strings of garlic and Indian corn, while charcoal pastorals are drawn right…

 

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