Oakwood Cafe

★★★★☆
  • 300 E Edenton St

    Raleigh, NC 27601

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  • 919-828-5994

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Hours
Mon. - Fri. 11:30am - 2:30pm;Sat. 6pm - 10pm;Sun. CLOSED

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This is the worst restaurant I have eaten in since 2003.

I can only conclude that many of the 5 star ratings are more artifical than a couple other things you will definitely see in the Oakwood Cafe.

The 'salad' was more dreadful than

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★★★★★

This is the worst restaurant I have eaten in since 2003.

I can only conclude that many of the 5 star ratings are more artifical than a couple other things you will definitely see in the Oakwood Cafe.

The 'salad' was more dreadful than

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this is one of my favorites places. The churrasco is the best. A friend told me about this place and since i tried I felt in love with their food. The food is very authentic. I love the sangria too- you will not find a sangria anywhere like this one.

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★★★★★

this is one of my favorites places. The churrasco is the best. A friend told me about this place and since i tried I felt in love with their food. The food is very authentic. I love the sangria too- you will not find a sangria anywhere like this one.

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I am half cuban half argentinian.This restaurant was recomended to me. The atmosphere is awesome, it is a family runned place. Both the mom an dad are the cooks and the daughter's are the waitresses. He actually lived in miami and is argentinian. We had the chicken milanesa and the steak milanesa (argentinian) the portions were huge! the best empanadas ever! chicken is my fav. He gave us a free dessert and free glass of sangria for moving to a smaller table(voluntarily-b/c we were on our way out, and there were others waiting). The second time i went, my mother in law had the palomilla (cuban) and it was not cooked right, it lacked seasoning. I had the churasco and it was overcooked. Also the rice looked like instant rice.

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★★★★☆

I am half cuban half argentinian.This restaurant was recomended to me. The atmosphere is awesome, it is a family runned place. Both the mom an dad are the cooks and the daughter's are the waitresses. He actually lived in miami and is argentinian. We had the chicken milanesa and the steak milanesa (argentinian) the portions were huge! the best empanadas ever! chicken is my fav. He gave us a free dessert and free glass of sangria for moving to a smaller table(voluntarily-b/c we were on our way out, and there were others waiting). The second time i went, my mother in law had the palomilla (cuban) and it was not cooked right, it lacked seasoning. I had the churasco and it was overcooked. Also the rice looked like instant rice.

Pros: great argentinian food

Cons: not so great cuban food

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Small restaurant, fills up quickly at lunch. Decent food at reasonable prices. Yummy cuban sandwiches- love some pulled pork and blackbeans on the side. Parking is limited.

4
★★★★☆

Small restaurant, fills up quickly at lunch. Decent food at reasonable prices. Yummy cuban sandwiches- love some pulled pork and blackbeans on the side. Parking is limited.

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I can only comment on the Argentinian side of the menu, my knowledge of cuban food is very limited.
Since I'm originally from Argentina I can recognize an Argentinian menu and I must say the empanadas, churrasco and milanesas (with it's different variations) are all traditional and very good. Last time, I got the shortribs from their "specials" menu served with salad and fries and it did more than enough to satisfy my craving for my father's "Asado".
The pasta side of the menu is very much tailored to the American taste. It's missing some Ravioli or some kind of stuffed pasta and maybe some sauces that are more traditional to an Argentinian menu such as Bolognesa (meat sauce (beef)), Roquefort (Blue Cheese), or Estofado (beef and tomatoes stewed).
About the service, unfortunately, it also reminded me of home where customer service standards are not set very high; The staff is not very promt or concerned about you having an A+ experience. They do what they have to, at their own pace and that's it. If you need something you may have to interrupt their animated conversation behind the bar. We also got a little attitude when we told our waitress that we had the wrong dressing for our salad.
Overall it's ok. If you are craving some milanesas and that's all you want ...Go ahead. If you are looking for a nice dinning experience you may want to look elsewhere.

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★★★☆☆

I can only comment on the Argentinian side of the menu, my knowledge of cuban food is very limited.
Since I'm originally from Argentina I can recognize an Argentinian menu and I must say the empanadas, churrasco and milanesas (with it's different variations) are all traditional and very good. Last time, I got the shortribs from their "specials" menu served with salad and fries and it did more than enough to satisfy my craving for my father's "Asado".
The pasta side of the menu is very much tailored to the American taste. It's missing some Ravioli or some kind of stuffed pasta and maybe some sauces that are more traditional to an Argentinian menu such as Bolognesa (meat sauce (beef)), Roquefort (Blue Cheese), or Estofado (beef and tomatoes stewed).
About the service, unfortunately, it also reminded me of home where customer service standards are not set very high; The staff is not very promt or concerned about you having an A+ experience. They do what they have to, at their own pace and that's it. If you need something you may have to interrupt their animated conversation behind the bar. We also got a little attitude when we told our waitress that we had the wrong dressing for our salad.
Overall it's ok. If you are craving some milanesas and that's all you want ...Go ahead. If you are looking for a nice dinning experience you may want to look elsewhere.

Pros: Good food

Cons: Below average service

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(Brazilian and Cuban w/ some Italian thrown in for good measure) - There might be some issues with the size of the place, even though the owners have recently made renovations, that doesn't stop Oakwood from being one of the best kept secrets in Downtown. The food is absolutely addictive. I started going there on the advice of BlackytheLawyer who knows his food and I must eat there no less than three times a month. I think they must put "coca" in the charrisco steak, its that good.
Plus the wait staff consists of the owners' drop-dead gorgeous daughters, they could not be more attentive, helpful and again, straight up hot.
Go for lunch, if you can get a seat. I promise you, you'll be back two, three times later that month. -Whitey

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★★★★★

(Brazilian and Cuban w/ some Italian thrown in for good measure) - There might be some issues with the size of the place, even though the owners have recently made renovations, that doesn't stop Oakwood from being one of the best kept secrets in Downtown. The food is absolutely addictive. I started going there on the advice of BlackytheLawyer who knows his food and I must eat there no less than three times a month. I think they must put "coca" in the charrisco steak, its that good.
Plus the wait staff consists of the owners' drop-dead gorgeous daughters, they could not be more attentive, helpful and again, straight up hot.
Go for lunch, if you can get a seat. I promise you, you'll be back two, three times later that month. -Whitey

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Argentinean restaurant in a small location downtown, this is a really nice experience. The wait staff is great, and the menu is different from the standard fare of the chains. The food is very good and the prices are reasonable. Atmosphere is casual and parking is terrible on site, but there are plenty of close by locations.

4
★★★★☆

Argentinean restaurant in a small location downtown, this is a really nice experience. The wait staff is great, and the menu is different from the standard fare of the chains. The food is very good and the prices are reasonable. Atmosphere is casual and parking is terrible on site, but there are plenty of close by locations.

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Now open for breakfast daily M-F 7:30 to 11:00 and Saturday Sunday 8:00 to 12:30

Also open for Dinner on Thursdays now

check out the website
oakwoodcaferaleigh. c o m

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★★★★★

Now open for breakfast daily M-F 7:30 to 11:00 and Saturday Sunday 8:00 to 12:30

Also open for Dinner on Thursdays now

check out the website
oakwoodcaferaleigh. c o m

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Best Argentinian food in Raleigh. The baby Argentinian steak - yum! good food served by good folks in a good environment. home cooking at it's best .

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★★★★☆

Best Argentinian food in Raleigh. The baby Argentinian steak - yum! good food served by good folks in a good environment. home cooking at it's best .

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This is a fantastic restaurant. I love Argentinian food and being from LA, am used to being able to get it delivered to my door. So imagine my delight when I stumbled across the City Search website and found an authentic reasonably priced Argentinian restaurant in the Raleigh area. Unfortunately, my family and I arrived just as they were closing for lunch. I was quite disappointed but hopefully asked the waitress if we could order some empanadas to go. Much to my delight, she agreed. The help was quite personable and warm and seemed genuinely sorry that we could not stay for lunch. When my empanadas arrived, they were steaming hot, the crust was flaky and crispy, and the filling tasted just as good as the last time I visited Buenos Aires. I was thrilled with the helpful service, delighted with the food and excited to return. My only reget (regret not complaint) is that they are only open for lunch. I also thought the prices were much more appropriate than those at Metro 8 on Ninth St, though to be fair Metro 8 is a much more refined restaurant and clearly, one pays as much for atmosphere in restaurants as they do food.
All in all, I was highly impressed, with both the employees and the menu. This is a must-return restaurant and I am difficult to please when it comes to food. Do yourself a favor and check it out - you won't be sorry.

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★★★★★

This is a fantastic restaurant. I love Argentinian food and being from LA, am used to being able to get it delivered to my door. So imagine my delight when I stumbled across the City Search website and found an authentic reasonably priced Argentinian restaurant in the Raleigh area. Unfortunately, my family and I arrived just as they were closing for lunch. I was quite disappointed but hopefully asked the waitress if we could order some empanadas to go. Much to my delight, she agreed. The help was quite personable and warm and seemed genuinely sorry that we could not stay for lunch. When my empanadas arrived, they were steaming hot, the crust was flaky and crispy, and the filling tasted just as good as the last time I visited Buenos Aires. I was thrilled with the helpful service, delighted with the food and excited to return. My only reget (regret not complaint) is that they are only open for lunch. I also thought the prices were much more appropriate than those at Metro 8 on Ninth St, though to be fair Metro 8 is a much more refined restaurant and clearly, one pays as much for atmosphere in restaurants as they do food.
All in all, I was highly impressed, with both the employees and the menu. This is a must-return restaurant and I am difficult to please when it comes to food. Do yourself a favor and check it out - you won't be sorry.

Pros: Excellent food, friendly service, great value

Cons: Blink and you'll miss it, hard to find, minimal parking

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Give this slightly out of the way restaurant a try and you'll be hooked! I've been a frequent diner since they opened and if you like a bit of the exotic that you don't get in the over-priced "in" restaurants that seem to open weekly in Downtown Raleigh, then this is the place. The best Tiramisu I've ever had, great empanadas that Amalia makes fresh, and Norberto's signatuere dish - Chicken Milanesa Napolitano.
The deserts are magnificent and I've never had a bad meal. The place is family owned with 3 daughters
waiting tables and Norberto and Amalia cooking. Only the busboy is not a relative. Truly great. But, call ahead on Friday and Saturday nights.

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★★★★★

Give this slightly out of the way restaurant a try and you'll be hooked! I've been a frequent diner since they opened and if you like a bit of the exotic that you don't get in the over-priced "in" restaurants that seem to open weekly in Downtown Raleigh, then this is the place. The best Tiramisu I've ever had, great empanadas that Amalia makes fresh, and Norberto's signatuere dish - Chicken Milanesa Napolitano.
The deserts are magnificent and I've never had a bad meal. The place is family owned with 3 daughters
waiting tables and Norberto and Amalia cooking. Only the busboy is not a relative. Truly great. But, call ahead on Friday and Saturday nights.

Pros: Not fancy or over-priced. Clean, Great people, good service, Great food! Small.

Cons: Parking sometimes difficult. Sometimes crowded for dinner - call ahead.

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This is a delightful place. I've been to Argentina many times. The milanesa tastes just the same as you would fine anywhere in BsAs. The chef cooks with a love of his homeland and seems very happy to see his customers enjoying their food.

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★★★★★

This is a delightful place. I've been to Argentina many times. The milanesa tastes just the same as you would fine anywhere in BsAs. The chef cooks with a love of his homeland and seems very happy to see his customers enjoying their food.

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The family is actually from Argentina. How much more authentic can you get? They have some Itialian in their family line. On top of that, when the 1st came to the US they lived in FL and learned Cuban food straight from Cubans. Don't believe me, ask them yourself. You can not get any more authentic than that. If you asking how I know, I'll tell you. I've asked them were they get the three types of food from. Besides, notice that almost everyone who has a negative thing to say about the Oakwood Cafe speaks of another Resturant. Could they be advertising their own resturant? Could they be trying to make the competition look bad? Go there and find out for yourself.

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★★★★★

The family is actually from Argentina. How much more authentic can you get? They have some Itialian in their family line. On top of that, when the 1st came to the US they lived in FL and learned Cuban food straight from Cubans. Don't believe me, ask them yourself. You can not get any more authentic than that. If you asking how I know, I'll tell you. I've asked them were they get the three types of food from. Besides, notice that almost everyone who has a negative thing to say about the Oakwood Cafe speaks of another Resturant. Could they be advertising their own resturant? Could they be trying to make the competition look bad? Go there and find out for yourself.

Pros: Great Food! Wonderful Ambience!

Cons: Parking & Cramp Seating

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Went with a group to Oakwood Cafe last night. First time there. Though we had a wait a while for our food, it was worth it. Food was great. Had the steak which was very flavorful. Recommend making reservations. As it is small and quaint. A little cramped, but worth it for the food. Glad I found Oakwood Cafe and will be back!

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★★★★☆

Went with a group to Oakwood Cafe last night. First time there. Though we had a wait a while for our food, it was worth it. Food was great. Had the steak which was very flavorful. Recommend making reservations. As it is small and quaint. A little cramped, but worth it for the food. Glad I found Oakwood Cafe and will be back!

Pros: Ambience, Food

Cons: Seating a litte cramped.

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I don?t want to generalize; I have too many friends that are from New York, but unfortunately, ?one bad apple can spoil the bunch?. I just can?t resist commenting to one of your reviewers ? ?Very disappointed? from New York.
Last night we went to dine, again, at the Oakwood Cafe, like we have very frequently done since they opened their doors. We waited 10 minutes to get our waitress to take our order and about 20 minutes for our food. My wife and I enjoyed our wait while we enjoyed each others company; maybe ?very disappointed? did not have very good company while he waited, missed the hostess to come and entertain him, or the short-skirted waitress with the low-cut shirt to enjoy the view while he waited. With regards to the food, maybe he still has the taste of New York food in his palate - the Italian pasta with 2 cups of tomato sauce on top or the Chinese food that tastes like you?re chewing gum. We have come to know this very hard-working family that converted a rat-hole into a great dining experience and do not appreciate ?very disappointed?s? insulting commentary. So, next time he goes back to visit New York, he can try to get a one-way ticket back.

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★★★★★

I don?t want to generalize; I have too many friends that are from New York, but unfortunately, ?one bad apple can spoil the bunch?. I just can?t resist commenting to one of your reviewers ? ?Very disappointed? from New York.
Last night we went to dine, again, at the Oakwood Cafe, like we have very frequently done since they opened their doors. We waited 10 minutes to get our waitress to take our order and about 20 minutes for our food. My wife and I enjoyed our wait while we enjoyed each others company; maybe ?very disappointed? did not have very good company while he waited, missed the hostess to come and entertain him, or the short-skirted waitress with the low-cut shirt to enjoy the view while he waited. With regards to the food, maybe he still has the taste of New York food in his palate - the Italian pasta with 2 cups of tomato sauce on top or the Chinese food that tastes like you?re chewing gum. We have come to know this very hard-working family that converted a rat-hole into a great dining experience and do not appreciate ?very disappointed?s? insulting commentary. So, next time he goes back to visit New York, he can try to get a one-way ticket back.

Pros: The food

Cons: parking

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well,
after 30 min trying to find parking and a $15 plate, wich was return frozen twice,
sorry not even close to Cuban food.I can cook some cuban food, but this IS NOT authentic Cuban Food.
if you want a try real cuban food go to the new place in downtown cary Havana Grill, meet the owner and he will bring you some fresh cuban bread with buttler and a truly authentic food for less than $8.

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★☆☆☆☆

well,
after 30 min trying to find parking and a $15 plate, wich was return frozen twice,
sorry not even close to Cuban food.I can cook some cuban food, but this IS NOT authentic Cuban Food.
if you want a try real cuban food go to the new place in downtown cary Havana Grill, meet the owner and he will bring you some fresh cuban bread with buttler and a truly authentic food for less than $8.

Pros: none

Cons: not real cuban food, sorry

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I tried for a long time to get there when they were actually opened and finally did yesterday. The food was OK but I can't see what everyone is raving over. It was fine but not at $15. The black beans are straight from a can; the spinach is frozen, not fresh. The service was great; the atmosphere extremely pleasant.
I had the roast pork, it was a little tough and had no great flavor. At 9.95 fine; 14.95 not so fine.
As for the poster that said the menu had WW2 prices - what planet are you from. Do a little research. You could not spend $15 on a plate of food then.
Oh, some of the reviews here are written by the same hand I think Maybe the owners.

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★★★☆☆

I tried for a long time to get there when they were actually opened and finally did yesterday. The food was OK but I can't see what everyone is raving over. It was fine but not at $15. The black beans are straight from a can; the spinach is frozen, not fresh. The service was great; the atmosphere extremely pleasant.
I had the roast pork, it was a little tough and had no great flavor. At 9.95 fine; 14.95 not so fine.
As for the poster that said the menu had WW2 prices - what planet are you from. Do a little research. You could not spend $15 on a plate of food then.
Oh, some of the reviews here are written by the same hand I think Maybe the owners.

Pros: great staff, great atmosphere

Cons: pricey for the quality

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This is our favorite place to go on the weekends for dinner or for lunch during the week ! After eating here over a dozen times, I have never had a bad experience....We have introduced this place to friends and they agree. After living in several big cities, It was refreshing to know there was a place like this in Raleigh that you can rely on for a fun night out w/ good food, good atmosphere and OH SO REASONABLE PRICES!

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★★★★★

This is our favorite place to go on the weekends for dinner or for lunch during the week ! After eating here over a dozen times, I have never had a bad experience....We have introduced this place to friends and they agree. After living in several big cities, It was refreshing to know there was a place like this in Raleigh that you can rely on for a fun night out w/ good food, good atmosphere and OH SO REASONABLE PRICES!

Pros: Everything( Oakwood Cafe is a Unique Experience!)

Cons: I haven't ried the Chocolate Cake yet!!!!!!!!!!!

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I'm in this place at least once a week...usually for lunch...dinner on a weekend. I am always delighted with the food. Everything! Whatever I had last is always what stands out in my memory...until I go there again. Most recently I had the fried Talapia. It was wonderful. Perfectly prepared, not a hint of being oily, a delicious crisp breading, moist and flakey meat. My sides were black beans and plantains. Be sure to add some of the house hot sauce to the beans as it adds the most delightfully complex smokey heat to the flavor. And the plantains are always delicious, golden brown with carmelized edges that are just a little crunchy.
I noticed some other reviewers complaining about 'frozen food' and 'potatoes out of a box'. Honestly...I don't know where they were eating..it wasn't here. Try it yourself. You won't be disappointed.

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★★★★★

I'm in this place at least once a week...usually for lunch...dinner on a weekend. I am always delighted with the food. Everything! Whatever I had last is always what stands out in my memory...until I go there again. Most recently I had the fried Talapia. It was wonderful. Perfectly prepared, not a hint of being oily, a delicious crisp breading, moist and flakey meat. My sides were black beans and plantains. Be sure to add some of the house hot sauce to the beans as it adds the most delightfully complex smokey heat to the flavor. And the plantains are always delicious, golden brown with carmelized edges that are just a little crunchy.
I noticed some other reviewers complaining about 'frozen food' and 'potatoes out of a box'. Honestly...I don't know where they were eating..it wasn't here. Try it yourself. You won't be disappointed.

Pros: Food, prices, wine list, service

Cons: sometimes there is a wait at lunch. Parking can be an issue.

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The first time I stepped into Oakwood Cafe I was just hungry and tired. Without taking much look around I stuck my head into the menu. Ah, choices, choices. Wow, what can I say? There was too much to pick. So, I kind of picked something random. It was indeed the Churassco Steak. As I sat there, the waitresses behind the counter were "Goddesses". Um, yeah, so I can pretty much tell you I stared at them the whole times. The two ravishingly devoted/sultry/sexy twins I believe. When I was there last week Then I saw the oldest daughter of the owner, what a knockout! And lastly, there is a young broad, aka HOT. Okay, okay, let me get to the food, sorry for the strange bore *_*. Alright, here comes the steak, 14oz?! HOW ABOUT 20?!! The huge as the actual cow itself; then I take a bite and savor the taste of heaven. The rice and spinach + Black beans are good as ever. When I got the check though I was shocked. SO CHEAP! HAHA Highly recommended.

Oh yeah, did I mention to get the desert? Ricotta cheese cake or Tiramisu for me! Both equivalent to the sweet service and funny atmosphere!

Carl

P.S- Frozen food freaks, you guys are so cold! You must be used to Cheap Chinese Buffet food!!!!!

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★★★★★

The first time I stepped into Oakwood Cafe I was just hungry and tired. Without taking much look around I stuck my head into the menu. Ah, choices, choices. Wow, what can I say? There was too much to pick. So, I kind of picked something random. It was indeed the Churassco Steak. As I sat there, the waitresses behind the counter were "Goddesses". Um, yeah, so I can pretty much tell you I stared at them the whole times. The two ravishingly devoted/sultry/sexy twins I believe. When I was there last week Then I saw the oldest daughter of the owner, what a knockout! And lastly, there is a young broad, aka HOT. Okay, okay, let me get to the food, sorry for the strange bore *_*. Alright, here comes the steak, 14oz?! HOW ABOUT 20?!! The huge as the actual cow itself; then I take a bite and savor the taste of heaven. The rice and spinach + Black beans are good as ever. When I got the check though I was shocked. SO CHEAP! HAHA Highly recommended.

Oh yeah, did I mention to get the desert? Ricotta cheese cake or Tiramisu for me! Both equivalent to the sweet service and funny atmosphere!

Carl

P.S- Frozen food freaks, you guys are so cold! You must be used to Cheap Chinese Buffet food!!!!!

Pros: You'll have to find out

Cons: getting there at closing time

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I highly recommend you try Oakwood Cafe. I've come to eat several times with big parties and they have accomodated us graciously. I recommend you try the skirt steak or the Milanesa Napolitana and plantains. They also have delicious desserts. The tiramisu is one of the best I've had.

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★★★★★

I highly recommend you try Oakwood Cafe. I've come to eat several times with big parties and they have accomodated us graciously. I recommend you try the skirt steak or the Milanesa Napolitana and plantains. They also have delicious desserts. The tiramisu is one of the best I've had.

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I don't know what the previous post is talking about. I eat here at least once a week. I've met the owners and I've been to the kitchen and I can tell you that nothing is frozen or prepackaged. People that say that just don't know what real food tastes like. Oakwood cafe serves huge portions of food for a great price. I've been to Metro 8 and I can tell you that 40 dollars for a steak is ridiculous.

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★★★★★

I don't know what the previous post is talking about. I eat here at least once a week. I've met the owners and I've been to the kitchen and I can tell you that nothing is frozen or prepackaged. People that say that just don't know what real food tastes like. Oakwood cafe serves huge portions of food for a great price. I've been to Metro 8 and I can tell you that 40 dollars for a steak is ridiculous.

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One word: Wow. That is, wow, how could this place have so many good reviews? I've visited three times now. Each time hoping it would get better. Sadly, no. Most of the food is quite clearly prepackaged frozen or right from the box.
For example the ravioli & sauce: prepack frozen, the mashed potato: from a box mix. Terrible. The churrasco was barely passable. It was only the "just ok" chimichurri that made it edible.
While I'm not Argentinean, I do travel there at least four times a year and my partner is Argentinean. I have not taken him there because he would be disgusted. If you want Argentinean food, go to Metro 8 on 9th St. in Durham. Seriously. As for people saying the prices are good? HA! $2.50 for just one empanada that does not seem like it was made there in-house, but just another frozen prepacked item that they thawed out. No thanks.
I did not try any of the Cuban offerings, but another friend of mine did. She was not impressed.
I find it hard to recommend New Oakwood unless you just happen to be right there and are starving with no other places to go. Otherwise, stay away...it's not worth it.

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★★☆☆☆

One word: Wow. That is, wow, how could this place have so many good reviews? I've visited three times now. Each time hoping it would get better. Sadly, no. Most of the food is quite clearly prepackaged frozen or right from the box.
For example the ravioli & sauce: prepack frozen, the mashed potato: from a box mix. Terrible. The churrasco was barely passable. It was only the "just ok" chimichurri that made it edible.
While I'm not Argentinean, I do travel there at least four times a year and my partner is Argentinean. I have not taken him there because he would be disgusted. If you want Argentinean food, go to Metro 8 on 9th St. in Durham. Seriously. As for people saying the prices are good? HA! $2.50 for just one empanada that does not seem like it was made there in-house, but just another frozen prepacked item that they thawed out. No thanks.
I did not try any of the Cuban offerings, but another friend of mine did. She was not impressed.
I find it hard to recommend New Oakwood unless you just happen to be right there and are starving with no other places to go. Otherwise, stay away...it's not worth it.

Pros: None, really

Cons: No actual resemblance to either Argentinean or Cuban food.

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I can't figure out all these great reviews. I have been to Oakwood twice and both times I was dissapointed. The food tasted very frozen, not fresh at all. It just lacked all around. The service was pretty bad both times and the lighting is awful. I will say the Sangria is pretty awesome.

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★★★☆☆

I can't figure out all these great reviews. I have been to Oakwood twice and both times I was dissapointed. The food tasted very frozen, not fresh at all. It just lacked all around. The service was pretty bad both times and the lighting is awful. I will say the Sangria is pretty awesome.

Pros: Sangria, pretty cheap

Cons: Service, ambiance

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I eat here several times a week. Great food, service, and price. You can't beat a seven dollar steak for lunch .
Everything on menu is great specially daily specials.

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★★★☆☆

I eat here several times a week. Great food, service, and price. You can't beat a seven dollar steak for lunch .
Everything on menu is great specially daily specials.

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Having just moved here a few months ago from the New York area where there are many good Cuban/Latin restaurants, we went the New Oakwood Cafe based on reading the reviews hoping to experience what the others were saying. Boy were we in for a shock. We arrived just prior to 6 pm (when they open). We were the first ones seated in the restaurant. Several other tables starting filling up after we had sat down. Our order was taken 3rd after what must have been some "regulars" placing there order. 10 minutes later our rude waitress told us they lost our order so we ordered again. Around 40 minutes later after harsh stares and unsuccessful attempts to get our mindless waitresses attention, we were about to leave. Two of the tables that arrived after us were finished eating and ready to leave. Our food was thrown in front of us by another waitress with a half hearted apology. All of the previous misdoings would have been forgotten had the food been edible. Both the Churrasco and the Roast Pork were extremely salty and not seasoned well at all. They were tasteless. At this point we just grabbed whatever waitress we could find to tell her that the food was not edible. She sent out the Chef/Owner. He asked if we were regulars and said "ok you don't have to pay". (he said he was missing a helper in the kitchen). After he rudely pushed our plates in front of us, we left.

I realize that this may have just been an isolated incident, but the rudeness on top of the poor food just incensed me. I have come to the following conclusion - the Triangle area does not know what good Latin food is. What a shame. We will continue to make delicious Latin food at home and hope that a decent Latin establishment will open in the future.

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★☆☆☆☆

Having just moved here a few months ago from the New York area where there are many good Cuban/Latin restaurants, we went the New Oakwood Cafe based on reading the reviews hoping to experience what the others were saying. Boy were we in for a shock. We arrived just prior to 6 pm (when they open). We were the first ones seated in the restaurant. Several other tables starting filling up after we had sat down. Our order was taken 3rd after what must have been some "regulars" placing there order. 10 minutes later our rude waitress told us they lost our order so we ordered again. Around 40 minutes later after harsh stares and unsuccessful attempts to get our mindless waitresses attention, we were about to leave. Two of the tables that arrived after us were finished eating and ready to leave. Our food was thrown in front of us by another waitress with a half hearted apology. All of the previous misdoings would have been forgotten had the food been edible. Both the Churrasco and the Roast Pork were extremely salty and not seasoned well at all. They were tasteless. At this point we just grabbed whatever waitress we could find to tell her that the food was not edible. She sent out the Chef/Owner. He asked if we were regulars and said "ok you don't have to pay". (he said he was missing a helper in the kitchen). After he rudely pushed our plates in front of us, we left.

I realize that this may have just been an isolated incident, but the rudeness on top of the poor food just incensed me. I have come to the following conclusion - the Triangle area does not know what good Latin food is. What a shame. We will continue to make delicious Latin food at home and hope that a decent Latin establishment will open in the future.

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Most people would not notice the Oakwood Cafe as they hurry through their day, but the pygmy-esque structure at Edenton and Wilmington is well-worth putting your blinker on for. Every entree is literally mouthwatering... as if you can't wait for the next bite. You cannot go wrong with the Churrasco steak (or chicken) or the succulent pork dishes. Be sure to get the plantains as your veggie, and even if you have no room in your tummy for dessert, take the tiramisu to-go with you. There is no pastry chef in all of Italy that can make tiramisu to compare! The diminutive size and modest interior in no way can dwarf the big-hearts of the family enterprise or the luscious and gratifying treats that will surprise you with every mouthful.

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★★★★★

Most people would not notice the Oakwood Cafe as they hurry through their day, but the pygmy-esque structure at Edenton and Wilmington is well-worth putting your blinker on for. Every entree is literally mouthwatering... as if you can't wait for the next bite. You cannot go wrong with the Churrasco steak (or chicken) or the succulent pork dishes. Be sure to get the plantains as your veggie, and even if you have no room in your tummy for dessert, take the tiramisu to-go with you. There is no pastry chef in all of Italy that can make tiramisu to compare! The diminutive size and modest interior in no way can dwarf the big-hearts of the family enterprise or the luscious and gratifying treats that will surprise you with every mouthful.

Pros: Savory, quaint, surprising, refreshing... a totally un-Raleigh experience

Cons: parking (when they are deservedly busy)

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Traveling these days is expensive, so I've got a secret. Board the New Oakwood Cafe in downtown Raleigh and journey to Agentinia . . . Cuba . . . perhaps fly over and expereince a little bit a Italy while you're there. The food is absolutely delicious. The menu is varied. The ambience is unqiue with an old-world family atmosphere. And the prices cannot be beat given the quality and service.

I have been dining at the New Oakwood Cafe for over four years now, at least three times a week, and I am still enthralled with the journey. I never get tired of the place. I think that, in itself, is the best reccommendation anyone can give.

But you have to expereince the New Oakwood Cafe for yourself. There is no way to truly describe Noberto's wonderful cuisine. Argentinian beef . . . Wonderful seafood creations . . . Cuban pork dishes . . . Grilled chicken . . . there is truly something for everybody. And Amalia bakes the most incredible deserts to top off any meal (her chocolate cake is to die for!). Thier daughters serve the food . . . a true family enterprise. And everyday, a testiment to the true gem they have created, is a tried and true following a dedicated regulars of Latin American descent.

So, do yourself a favor. Some tough day at work when you're wishing you could take that long awaited vacation, take a one-hour vacation and visit the New Oakwood Cafe. Enjoy some wonderful cusisine, a relaxing atmosphere, incredible company, and make some new friends.

It will cost less than a vacation, not much more than running through a drive-through window, and I promise you, youll be back for more.

It's the best fare around.

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★★★★★

Traveling these days is expensive, so I've got a secret. Board the New Oakwood Cafe in downtown Raleigh and journey to Agentinia . . . Cuba . . . perhaps fly over and expereince a little bit a Italy while you're there. The food is absolutely delicious. The menu is varied. The ambience is unqiue with an old-world family atmosphere. And the prices cannot be beat given the quality and service.

I have been dining at the New Oakwood Cafe for over four years now, at least three times a week, and I am still enthralled with the journey. I never get tired of the place. I think that, in itself, is the best reccommendation anyone can give.

But you have to expereince the New Oakwood Cafe for yourself. There is no way to truly describe Noberto's wonderful cuisine. Argentinian beef . . . Wonderful seafood creations . . . Cuban pork dishes . . . Grilled chicken . . . there is truly something for everybody. And Amalia bakes the most incredible deserts to top off any meal (her chocolate cake is to die for!). Thier daughters serve the food . . . a true family enterprise. And everyday, a testiment to the true gem they have created, is a tried and true following a dedicated regulars of Latin American descent.

So, do yourself a favor. Some tough day at work when you're wishing you could take that long awaited vacation, take a one-hour vacation and visit the New Oakwood Cafe. Enjoy some wonderful cusisine, a relaxing atmosphere, incredible company, and make some new friends.

It will cost less than a vacation, not much more than running through a drive-through window, and I promise you, youll be back for more.

It's the best fare around.

Pros: wonderful good, prices can't be beat, great ambiance

Cons: parking (but you can slip into the post office next door)

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It is always about the food!

Can you name a restaurant where you would eat every day and always find it enjoyable? The New Oakwood Cafe is that restaurant.

The flavors of Argentina and Cuba are rendered in simple dishes with consistantly wonderful flavor that can be enjoyed day in and day out. Ultimately, Roberto (the chef) relies on excellent quality food that is simply prepared (the emphasis is on grilling meats) that delivers its true taste.

For those who really enjoy seafood that is not buttered or sauced beyond recognition; New Oakwood Cafe prepares the freshest fish available comparable to the finest restaurants anywhere.

As several reviewers note, it can be a bit crowded during lunch. Look carefully though, you will note a large clientel of citiznes with hispanic origins. Those two facts say a lot about the quality of the New Oakwood Cafe.

My lunch companion and myself will, on rare occassions, stray to another restauraunt because we have not tried anything "new" lately. We are always back the next day, because it just does not get any better.

You will find a lot of regulars who get to know each other over lunch at New Oakwood. The restaurant is family owned and run, with excellent service and attention to detail; a spirit that carries over to its customers.

Roberto and his family at New Oakwood have captured something very special; consistantly excellent food that delivers genuine flavors served by a family that makes you feel at home.

It just does not get any better.

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★★★★★

It is always about the food!

Can you name a restaurant where you would eat every day and always find it enjoyable? The New Oakwood Cafe is that restaurant.

The flavors of Argentina and Cuba are rendered in simple dishes with consistantly wonderful flavor that can be enjoyed day in and day out. Ultimately, Roberto (the chef) relies on excellent quality food that is simply prepared (the emphasis is on grilling meats) that delivers its true taste.

For those who really enjoy seafood that is not buttered or sauced beyond recognition; New Oakwood Cafe prepares the freshest fish available comparable to the finest restaurants anywhere.

As several reviewers note, it can be a bit crowded during lunch. Look carefully though, you will note a large clientel of citiznes with hispanic origins. Those two facts say a lot about the quality of the New Oakwood Cafe.

My lunch companion and myself will, on rare occassions, stray to another restauraunt because we have not tried anything "new" lately. We are always back the next day, because it just does not get any better.

You will find a lot of regulars who get to know each other over lunch at New Oakwood. The restaurant is family owned and run, with excellent service and attention to detail; a spirit that carries over to its customers.

Roberto and his family at New Oakwood have captured something very special; consistantly excellent food that delivers genuine flavors served by a family that makes you feel at home.

It just does not get any better.

Pros: Excellent food consistantly.

Cons: Parking can be a bit of a problem; but park in the Post Office parking lot.

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Okay so we won't yammer on and on and tell stories about how my family came about finding Oakwood, or who was the genius who found Oakwood's listing on Citysearch (oh yes, they are indeed genius for finding the listing), or even what any of us wore to the restaurant. We just will tell you the point of this review....get ready....here it is:

NEW OAKWOOD CAFE IS ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL...and...YOU MUST GO TO NEW OAKWOOD CAFE AND BASK IN THE LOVELY ATMOSPHERE AND EXPERIENCE THE TASTE OF THEIR EXCELLENT AND DELICIOUS FOOD.

Did you get that? Good. Then get yourself dressed in your most comfy outfit, put on a smile, grab some friends and family, and get yourselves to the New Oakwood Cafe. It is THE BEST. Trust us on this one. We know what we speak of.

Chow, mein...

DoubleHubble

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★★★★★

Okay so we won't yammer on and on and tell stories about how my family came about finding Oakwood, or who was the genius who found Oakwood's listing on Citysearch (oh yes, they are indeed genius for finding the listing), or even what any of us wore to the restaurant. We just will tell you the point of this review....get ready....here it is:

NEW OAKWOOD CAFE IS ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL...and...YOU MUST GO TO NEW OAKWOOD CAFE AND BASK IN THE LOVELY ATMOSPHERE AND EXPERIENCE THE TASTE OF THEIR EXCELLENT AND DELICIOUS FOOD.

Did you get that? Good. Then get yourself dressed in your most comfy outfit, put on a smile, grab some friends and family, and get yourselves to the New Oakwood Cafe. It is THE BEST. Trust us on this one. We know what we speak of.

Chow, mein...

DoubleHubble

Pros: Yummy Food, Great Atmosphere, Friendly Staff

Cons: We didn't get to order one of everything on the menu.

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I am a well travelled, former journalist who delights in finding great "secret" restaurants. What a treasure I found in Raleigh, NC. If there is a better Argentine restaurant in the US, I have not found it in the many I have visited. The preparation of the churrasco or vacio impecable. The home-made (Italian) appetizers to die for. The service welcoming, timely and accomodating. And the prices...made me think I was visiting Argentina. I will plan to fly into Raleigh, just to go back to the New Oakwood Cafe. A deep bow of respect.

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★★★★★

I am a well travelled, former journalist who delights in finding great "secret" restaurants. What a treasure I found in Raleigh, NC. If there is a better Argentine restaurant in the US, I have not found it in the many I have visited. The preparation of the churrasco or vacio impecable. The home-made (Italian) appetizers to die for. The service welcoming, timely and accomodating. And the prices...made me think I was visiting Argentina. I will plan to fly into Raleigh, just to go back to the New Oakwood Cafe. A deep bow of respect.

Pros: Quality of Preparatio, Service, Incredible pricing

Cons: Remote Raleigh

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The New Oakwood Cafe is not an Argentinian, Cuban, or Italian restaurant. The Oakwood cafe is simply a great restaurant based upon the roots of the chef-owner who was born into an Italian family living in Argentina and who learned restaurant cooking in the Cuban restaurants of Miami. The menu is extensive and the prices are locked into a World War II price range. For example, at lunch the churrasco steak with two sides and bread is priced at $6.95. There is no better steak flavor available in the US than the flavor of the churrasco at the Oakwood. Charcoal-grilled grouper or mahi-mahi are wonderful sea food selections. The New Oakwood Cafe is a family operation and the result is great food, honestly and simply presented, at prehistoric prices.

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★★★★★

The New Oakwood Cafe is not an Argentinian, Cuban, or Italian restaurant. The Oakwood cafe is simply a great restaurant based upon the roots of the chef-owner who was born into an Italian family living in Argentina and who learned restaurant cooking in the Cuban restaurants of Miami. The menu is extensive and the prices are locked into a World War II price range. For example, at lunch the churrasco steak with two sides and bread is priced at $6.95. There is no better steak flavor available in the US than the flavor of the churrasco at the Oakwood. Charcoal-grilled grouper or mahi-mahi are wonderful sea food selections. The New Oakwood Cafe is a family operation and the result is great food, honestly and simply presented, at prehistoric prices.

Pros: Food Quality, Price, Menu variety

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The first time that I ever was invited to go, I thought I was in for a horrible night. You pull up and its not much to look at, either on the inside or the outside. Its quaint, it's cozy, but you could never call it fancy. The looks are definitely deceiving however as the food is absolutely unbelievable. In fact, the food is better than any of the more acclaimed restaurants that I've been to in Raleigh, other states, and Mexico. The price is reasonable bordering on cheap and the service is always friendly. Of course once in a while its not quite as good (you cant be perfect every time), but even on those rare occasions its in a league by itself especially if compared to other local restaurants. Definitely a must try if you can make it.

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★★★★★

The first time that I ever was invited to go, I thought I was in for a horrible night. You pull up and its not much to look at, either on the inside or the outside. Its quaint, it's cozy, but you could never call it fancy. The looks are definitely deceiving however as the food is absolutely unbelievable. In fact, the food is better than any of the more acclaimed restaurants that I've been to in Raleigh, other states, and Mexico. The price is reasonable bordering on cheap and the service is always friendly. Of course once in a while its not quite as good (you cant be perfect every time), but even on those rare occasions its in a league by itself especially if compared to other local restaurants. Definitely a must try if you can make it.

Pros: Amazing Cuisine, Comfortable, Atmosphere

Cons: Parking, Hours

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Family owned & operated. Everything is homemade. I don't know what that other reviewer is talking about!! Everything made to order no pre made or microwaved food here!!

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★★★★★

Family owned & operated. Everything is homemade. I don't know what that other reviewer is talking about!! Everything made to order no pre made or microwaved food here!!

Pros: y

Cons: n

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This is a cozy, quaint, and romantic bistro at night! The great Italian dishes are only exceeded by the Argentinian and Brazilian food. Service is good, wines are affordable and very good. The prices are the best!

A welcome break from fancy over-priced restaurants. This is by far the best place in Downtown to dine!

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★★★★★

This is a cozy, quaint, and romantic bistro at night! The great Italian dishes are only exceeded by the Argentinian and Brazilian food. Service is good, wines are affordable and very good. The prices are the best!

A welcome break from fancy over-priced restaurants. This is by far the best place in Downtown to dine!

Pros: Romantic, Fresh dishes, Inexpensive

Cons: Small dining room

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This restaurant is great. Has Argentinean, cuban, and some italian food. The churrasco steak is wonderful. A great place to stop by for lunch, or dinner. I beg to differ with the recent negative comment.

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★★★★★

This restaurant is great. Has Argentinean, cuban, and some italian food. The churrasco steak is wonderful. A great place to stop by for lunch, or dinner. I beg to differ with the recent negative comment.

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If it's Cuban food you desire, go to Miami. If this is not convenient, try the New Oakwood Cafe but be forewarned, it's not good Cuban food. For people who have never tasted freshly prepare Cuban food, it will taste pretty good. For those who are familiar with Cuban food, the food is so-so. Nothing special, a bit better than Goya frozen dinners. Why is this? The black beans are right from the can, no green bell peppers or onions added, no hint of delicate seasoning. The rice is not Cuban, it generally taste like popcorn. The Cuban dishes are probably made well in advance and kept frozen. Be sure to order from the daily menu, it most likely will be freshly made.

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★★★☆☆

If it's Cuban food you desire, go to Miami. If this is not convenient, try the New Oakwood Cafe but be forewarned, it's not good Cuban food. For people who have never tasted freshly prepare Cuban food, it will taste pretty good. For those who are familiar with Cuban food, the food is so-so. Nothing special, a bit better than Goya frozen dinners. Why is this? The black beans are right from the can, no green bell peppers or onions added, no hint of delicate seasoning. The rice is not Cuban, it generally taste like popcorn. The Cuban dishes are probably made well in advance and kept frozen. Be sure to order from the daily menu, it most likely will be freshly made.

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This is a great little cafe/restaurant with a great atmosphere. The shrimp scampi linguine is out of this world!!! The staff is great too!! :)

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★★★★★

This is a great little cafe/restaurant with a great atmosphere. The shrimp scampi linguine is out of this world!!! The staff is great too!! :)

Pros: GREAT FOOD, GREAT SELECTION

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Argentinian/Cuban delights!
Lunch and dinner.
No frills eating with great food and great wine at great prices.

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★★★★★

Argentinian/Cuban delights!
Lunch and dinner.
No frills eating with great food and great wine at great prices.

Pros: Great Food, Inexpensive, Unique

 

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