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Restaurant type

  • Specializing In Table Side Cooking,
  • Seafood,
  • Best Caesar Salad,
  • Vegan,
  • Vegetarian,
  • Gluten Free,
    • Home Made Desserts,
    • Farm To Table,
    • Buy Local,
    • AAA Steaks,
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Cuisine type

  • Continental,

Dishes

  • Table Side Caesar Salad,
  • Vegetarian,
  • Gluten Free,
  • Vegan,
  • Chicken,
  • Lobster,
    • Filet Mignon,
    • Rack Of Lamb,
    • Prime Rib Of Beef,
    • Chateaubriand,
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Features

  • Prix Fixe Menu,
  • Extensive Wine List,
  • Group Reservation,
  • Restaurant With Live Entertainment,
  • Restaurant With Parking,
  • Restaurant With Private Rooms,
    • Restaurant With Wedding Service,
    • Lunch Menu,
    • Online Reservation,
    • Alcohol Served,
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Atmosphere

  • Ambience,
  • Live Music Weekends,
  • Live Jazz Thursdays,
  • Upscale Casual,
  • River View,
  • Private Rooms,
    • Private Party Rooms,
    • Corporate Events,
    • Jazz On The Thames,
    • Fireplaces,
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Products and Services

  • A Range Of Fine Wines,
  • Overlooking The Thames River,
  • Private Rooms,
  • Fireplaces,
  • Calamari,
  • Anniversaries / Birthdays,
    • Gluten Free,
    • Free WiFi Available,
    • Reservations Recommended,
    • Special Occassions,
    • Seafood,
    • Vegan & Vegetarian,
    • Weddings,
    • Prix Fixed Menus,
    • Table Side Cooking,
    • Best Caesar Salad,
    • Lunch,
    • Corporate Events,
    • Steakhouse,
    • Private Parties & Events,
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Brands Carried

  • Dom Perignon,
  • Moet & Chandon,
  • Joseph Phelps,
  • Wisers,
  • Bacardi,
  • Canadian Club,
    • Glenffich,
    • Glenlivet,
    • Labatts,
    • Molson,
    • Cowbell Brewing,
    • Railway City Brewing,
    • Steam Whistle,
    • Sleemans,
    • Beau's Brewery,
    • Peroni,
    • Ballantynes,
    • Bombay,
    • Tanqueray,
    • Stoli,
    • Grey Goose,
    • White Port,
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Specialties

  • Weddings - All In One Location,
  • Tableside Cooking,
  • The Perfect Celebration Destination,
  • Continental Cuisine,
  • Caesar Salad Tableside,
  • Private Functions,
    • Coporate Events,
    • Prix Fixed Menus,
    • Birthdays,
    • Anniversaries,
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Languages Spoken

  • English,

Getting There

  • 2 Blocks - Budweiser Gardens,
  • Accessible To Public Transit,
  • Downtown,
  • Complimentary On Site Parking,
  • Wheelchair Accessible,
  • Wortley Village,
    • Covered Walkway,
    • Thames Street & York Street,
    • VIA Rail,
    • Uber,
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Location
1 York St, London, ON N6A 1A1
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  • $13 To $45,

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Ratings & Reviews - Michael's On The Thames

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olds1995
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It’s not the old Michael’s on the Thames!!We have been going to the restaurant for years for special occasions when you are looking for that special dining experience where you are greeted by someone in formal attire not a tee shirt and shorts. Well it’s gone. Michaels on the Thames is just another restaurant. We were so disappointed that we will not go back.

Atmosphere: 1/5
Food: 3/5
Service: 2/5
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rogerjgravelle403204
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We celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary with our family at Michaels On The Thames on Oct/5/19, we had a most enjoyable dining experience, the private dining room was a nice touch for our celebration.Joelle made us feel very welcomed and provided a service that was very much appreciated.Todd our server was super with making sure all of the guest were looked after. Special note to say the signage outside on the marquis, the 50th Anniversary cake with gold candles, was a nice touch.Thank you

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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welc3345
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This is no longer a go to place for fine dining. It should be renamed to Microwave on the Thames.

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 1/5
Service: 1/5
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leep9907
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We enjoyed a lovely dinner here on our anniversary. The srvice and the food were both good. We SO appreciated our hot entrees served Hot, (as they should be) and served on hot plates!! We wish more restarateurs would do this. Also the fancy chocolate-dipped strawberries in whipped cream were a surprise for our anniversary! Nice touch in a pleasant atmosphere.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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Business Reply May 5, 2019

Thank you so much. So pleased you enjoyed your evening with us. Chef's always saying 'hot food on hot plates'. Glad you had a wonderful evening celebrating with us.

Theo K
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Food experience

I was for dinner with my wive on our anniversary and especialy choose this restaurant because of its classical cuisine , since I am in the food industry for about 45 years and more , European trained . To see a beurre blanc on a fish Veronique was extremely disappointed .. this is supposed to be served with a sauce Hollandaise , even the Beurre blanc was wrong ! With a strong strong culinary back ground it was very sad to see that there was No knowledge behind the product

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 2/5
Service: 2/5
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Terry S
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Whether it's lunc...

Whether it's lunch or dinner it's always great. Love the new look and can't wait to visit again.

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pdau75
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Birthday

Brought my wife out for her birthday last night and we were seated in the "anniversary room"...didn't know it was the anniversary room, but everyone else there was receiving free deserts for their anniversary. In any event, the owner ignored our table, but stopped at the other 4 tables and conversed and dished out free deserts...frankly a little conversation would have gone a lot further than a free desert ;) I ordered the duck l'orange and it was great. My wife ordered veal and she loved it. The wait staff seemed busy chatting as my dish was prepared at the table and my wife's dish took a while to come out...after mine was already there. One of the myriad of waitresses came to the table and asked; "Where is your food?" My instinct was to say that I was hiding it, but we both shook our heads...the food came out 2 minutes later. It took FOREVER to get the check and we simply got up and started walking...nothing like a $100+ check leaving a table to get a waitress' attention. Again, good food...bad service. Is it worth the $40 average entree price? Nope.

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 2/5
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Restaurantica12
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Getting Old

Is it me or is this place getting old. We hadn't been in a while but were in the mood for a good steak so we gave it a try. The décor has not been updated in forever, the staff is friendly, but the menu is as old as the décor. We ordered the ny strip and prime rib. The NY was as tough as a shoe -- terrible. And the sides were equally as poor -- under cooked potato and cold vegtables. The prime rib was a little better but extremely fatty. We were really bummed and will not be back until we see some serious upgrades going on.

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Restaurantica12
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ANOTHER GREAT MEAL !!!!!

Just had another Great Meal there last night !!!! Everyone realllly enjoyed it !!!! Can't wait to go back !!! Can't believe it took us soooo long to find it !!! Can't wait until the next special occassion !!! roll around July !!LOL !!

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Excellent and a London Staple!!

My husband and I have made Michael's a part of out life for many years now, for personal celebrations and business meeting lunches. The atmosphere is classy and elegant and so are the staff! The food is wonderful!! I would recommend this resturant to anyone.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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Restaurantica12
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Outstanding...again

This place is a must for a classy, fine meal. The wait staff are excellent, extremely friendly and welcoming. We ordered the prime rib (captain's cut) it came with just the right amount of veggies and a perfectly cooked baked potato. I ordered the salmon and was extremely impressed by the moist texture and presentation. I ordered extra vegtables in place of rice and they loaded the plate right up. Our waitress was extremely accomodating and stopped by just the right number of times to fill our glasses. The atmosphere is a little old and suffy but still classy. When you are in the mood to taste what a great meal really is and want a special dinning place go to Michaels.

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Restaurantica12
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London's Flagship Restaurant

Micheal's on the Thames is about the best when it comes to restaurant's in London Ontario. We've been about 4 times now and are always please with the food and the great dining experience. I love the prime rib and order it everytime, my wife liked the duck that is done at tableside as well as the Ceasar Salad. Micheal's is a guaranteed great night out! You do have to reach in to the pockets a bit deeper but it is well worth it.

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Restaurantica12
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Fine Dining

A little overpriced for what you get but not bad. Steak, potatoes, salad, all in a tux atmosphere. Nice place for celebrating something special but a little overrated. The service is nice but overall it reminds me too much of an old country club.

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TL S
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Private Room for Meetings

Great place to book a business meeting. Private room was great. We decided to meet here regularly so were able to set up a 3 selection menu choice for a set price. It was great. Looked forward to lunch every week. Not too mention the numerous times I have come with my husband for dinner. Great all around experience.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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Restaurantica12
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I keep going back....

I have been here before and decided to try the steak here this time. The service upon entering the restaurant is exceptional. We had made reservations and I do recommend that. We were served warm rolls and butter and I ordered a shirley temple that was delicious and prompt. My companion and I ordered the prime rib and steak. I ordered mine medium well and my companion ordered the prime rib as medium. They came exactly as ordered and were delicious. The sides were some vegetables and I had mashed potatoes and my companion had a baked potato. The casear salad was good w/real bacon and tasty croutons. The sides were average, I've had better mashed potatoes but were okay. The dessert was prepared beside our table and it was delicious. It was soo good and an excellent end to a fine meal. I want to come back and try the Strawberries alla marco:)

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Restaurantica12
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Very pleasant professional staff

Although located downtown, it could be described as off the beaten track. Situated alongside the Thames River at the York Street bridge, a street that would not be described as a thoroughfare, one’s purpose would be to search for this restaurant. We were greeted by a consistently very pleasant professional staff, and the decor, which was first class, created an excellent fine dining atmosphere. We were led to the comfortable balcony room, overlooking the river that was mainly hidden by trees (It would be wonderful in the winter). We chose a Caesar salad and soup for starters, and a rib sandwich and ‘fish of the day’ as entrees. The salad was perfect and the mushroom soup was very tasty. I had failed to note the soup ingredients and was curious about a meat-like texture similar to tofu - it was explained to me as asparagus, ham and mushroom. The rib sandwich was accompanied by sweet potato fries, and the cod fish was served in a spicy Thai curry sauce on a bed of couscous - obviously, the cod was not locally caught but, also, it was not equal to the flaky North Atlantic variety of my youth. I believe that this species has been well overfished, and the farmed and frozen variety should be avoided, until it has fully recovered in the ocean (I suppose that makes me seem like a hypocrite). An enjoyable glass of a full-bodied Ontario Pinot Noir was included. During the evening there is live piano music, and one will never forget the warm Italian welcome by the proprietor, Jack diCarlo. Unfortunately, as I walked back into town, my stomach had a very uneasy feeling, causing my head to believe that I had drunk a full bottle of wine rather than just a glass - I feel sure that it was due to the tofu-tasting ham in the soup, and I did not fully recover until the following morning. I hope that there is a serious evaluation of the kitchen and its’ staff.

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Restaurantica12
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Great loctaion to dine at. service has been a little slow sometimes but over all the food was great everyone in the place seem to like what they got i go here often

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MY first thought on seeing the interior of Michaels on the Thames is that it is just as a high class restaurant should look. That is if I were basing my opinions on movies I watched as a kid. I'm sure 20 years ago this place would have been the epitome of high class. Now; however, it just feels dated. The menu resembles the decor unfortunately. With quite a few dishes and honestly no coherent feel for what the restaurant specializes in, I found myself unimpressed with any choices. We started with an order of spring rolls, which were cold, and were no better than the frozen deep fried fare at any number of cheap asian restaurants. For the main course I ended up ordering the peppercorn duck, with was slathered in a steak sauce that totally masked any flavor that wasn't burnt out of the duck. The duck itself was completely black and inedible around the edges, and quite dry and tough inside. It was garnished with baby veg which was greasy.

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Restaurantica12
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Probably one of the nicest restaurant's I've ever eaten in - in Canada. Staff was excellent, and the place is very fancy. We we're serenaded by several musicians through the night. If I remember right, there was a piano player, an accordion player, and an opera singer. Food was excellent I would return here again. For a fancy place, the bill really was not that much.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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Hard to go wrong here. I've been several times, and the service and food are wonderful. The Maitre D is a bit over the top, but it's obvious he likes what he's doing. It's pricey for me, but worth every penny.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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February 27, 2021

Great to return to our favorite London restaurant.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 27, 2021

Love coming here. Great service. Great ambience. Great music. Great food. Steaks to perfection. One of London’s favorite date night spots.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 23, 2021

Michael's On The Thames hosted our virtual wine tasting event for 53 people. All food was picked up or delivered to the participants. The food was exceptional! Every detail was attended to with the greatest of care.Professional, courteous and, most of all, the food was delicious!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 19, 2021

Amazing dinner, went there with a friend just after lockdown let up. We had an amazing experience this place is still top notch!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 20, 2020

Staff were very friendly and inviting, they accommodated a perfect setting for my wife's 50th birthday dinner, and we all agreed after that the food and service was beyond expectations. As being new to London we will consider Michaels as our fave restaurant in the city. Thank you to the staff for an exquisite experience.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 19, 2020

Thank you to the staff , and cook , they were able to suggest and change a few food items due to some food restrictions. The service and food was amazing. !!!!! This is our 4 year , going for our Christmas friend get together. And many more years ahead They really do treat you like royalty.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 18, 2020

We are regular guests of Michael’s on the Thames and always enjoy our time there! Amazing service, beautiful ambiance and delicious food! Thank you to the fabulous staff, and talented chefs! Ken and Lori Lee

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 16, 2020

Beautiful night. Service was amazing. Didnt realise we got charged for almost 30 dollars for couple shrimp and scallops though. Made it sound like it was just going to be topped on the food. Wouldnt have tipped 50.00 if i knew. Other than that food was very flavourful and waiter was a cool guy. We decided to go with the flambe cherries and ice cream for dessert as well. Great night over all.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

December 13, 2020

Excellent food and service! The live entertainment was a nice touch. One of the only restaurants left in London to provide this level of service. We would highly recommend it!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 13, 2020

Great service, comfortable atmosphere, and the food was perfect! Also the timing was spot on i.e. the apps and the main didnt overlap. Will be back again for sure.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 12, 2020

Always the best! We felt very safe with Covid!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 12, 2020

First time there, completely fell in love with this place. We will be back for sure! Staff are so friendly and warm and the food exceeded our expectations. They even brought out chocolate covered strawberries as a congratulations to our engagement. Thank you Michaels!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 12, 2020

We enjoyed a very nice evening at Michael’s on the Thames. The food and service was amazing. Looking forward to going again!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 13, 2020

Great service, effort to decorate somewhat differently for the seasons., eg vintage Santa and elveslarge dolls, light jazz (live), and rack of lamb done perfectly

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 9, 2020

As usual, stellar service from a truly professional staff! The food was exceptional! All precautions were in place and vigorously monitored. We felt completely comfortable during the evening. Thank you for a wonderful evening!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 7, 2020

We were very impressed with the professionalism and friendly attitude of all the staff. The atmosphere was most pleasant with the acoustic trio in back ground not distracting but sublime in its presentation. Our server Elaine was attentive, polite and very efficient. This was our first experience and would recommend Michaels on The Thames to any one wishing to enjoy a fine dining experience.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 6, 2020

The food was excellent. The service was great and the atmosphere was top notch. My girlfriend loved everything about this place and said it was the best birthday dinner she ever had.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 6, 2020

We had a lovely evening and the music was great. Thank you for making our night really special.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 5, 2020

I came here as a kid once but do not remember to much. My mom& her husband use to come here for their Anniversaries. My boyfriend had never been here so I booked it as a surprise get away. We had a blast, we loved all of the waiters sense of humor and I am sure they loved us to! They have the best food in the city!! They cant make certain things in front of you due to covid but the cesar salad was made in front of us, we told the dude he's a ninja! Man he makes that salad real real good I tell yea!! The croutons are homemade, real bacon and the sauce is homemade, he makes the sauce right in front of you!I love how everything is homemade. They even say they marinate there meat and you sure as heck can tell when it is done omgooness :) The Prime rib steak I had was to perfection perfection!!!!! Our experience was excellent, eating a 32 ounce steak was a challenge. I do not compare to the man on Man vs Food but I did real good I think! I think the waiters were impressed! We loved the jazz live music as well, it was very soothing and gave us a great vibe. The bathrooms are super clean, the restaurant was festive and fancy! Overall, you always want to be treated with respect and they all had great personalities which is a bonus! I rate this restaurant a 5 out of 5. Thank you very much for our welcoming& fun experience. We rarely get out so its nice to get out and enjoy our night with awesome people and delicious food :) Hope all is well with you all and take care :) Also have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! :) We will be coming back in the near future :) Jena& Jordan

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 6, 2020

The food was amazing and the service was amazing.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 6, 2020

We have high expectations when we go to Michael's. They did not disappoint in any category. Excellent food and service. Really enjoyed the live music.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 3, 2020

We had a delicious dinner in an extremely safe and friendly environment.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 30, 2020

A great night!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

November 29, 2020

Atmosphere, food and service were all worth the cost. I would return.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

November 29, 2020

Michelle waited on us and we could not been better served

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 29, 2020

Very Enjoyable evening. Extra effort for holiday season apparent, including return of table cloths, and jazz trio. Food and service excellent.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 27, 2020

Our server, Claire gave us exceptional service as did the gentleman who is, I believe, the manager - regrettably we never learned his name. I was very pleased the COVID precautions in place. The food was exceptional - our compliments to the chef. We also enjoyed the festive atmosphere!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 26, 2020

everything was as always very good have been coming to michales for over 40 years and will contiue to do so .we have tried other restaurants in london and windsor nothing compars . thanks again for a wonderfull evening.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 27, 2020

What a sincere, genuine and wholesome place to host and event. Both Joelle, Rob and their entire staff and A class service. Keep on rocking!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 22, 2020

Enjoyed the dinner as always; waitress helped with our wine selections...both excellent; the music ensemble very enjoyable

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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