CJCboston
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  • Review Count
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  • First Review
    August 2, 2014
  • Last Review
    November 16, 2014
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John's Grill has been a San Francisco tradition since 1908. This historic restaurant is one of the city's oldest and most famous and is a favorite of celebrities who enjoy great steaks, expertly prepared fresh seafood with excellent service and a one of a kind atmosphere. John's Grill was a setting in author Dashiell Hammetts, The Maltese Falcon. The restaurant has earned many tributes: it has been chosen as one of the 10 best by Esquire and featured in Gourmet Magazine. Live jazz nightly in the upper level dining room.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Value priced Steak house
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/14/2014
 2003
Dined on 11/14/2014
 2003
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"To balance the well established abundance of newer steak-house Chains all with a similar successful formula, we decided to try one with history. To start - the booth seats are ultra vertical and not cushioned - and the place is definitely a bit cramped. But the orders were taken soon, food came out reasonably soon after, and our steaks were tender and flavorful. But - the baked potato was not cooked enough for my preference. And the wine list is modest at best for a steak house. I'd say go if what you want is just a steak for the night's dinner rather than the many features of wine lists and comfy decor that goes with the next tier up."
Dined on 11/14/2014
 2003
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Progressive Californian Cuisine
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Pretty great
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/13/2014
 2003
Dined on 11/13/2014
 2003
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Started with those crab macarons - quite remarkably rich. Enough so that by the end of that dish, I could not even manage a main course; my gratitude to the waiter for allowing me to forego it. The funghi was more interesting than a flavor composite - and the American Wagyu was a little tough though rice/chanterelle around it was deeply satisfying. Oh yeah - the opener beet / veal bisque was another wow. Note - The room can be loud - so be prepared for that type of volume if you go."
Dined on 11/13/2014
 2003
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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You are cordially invited to join us for an evening or afternoon of relaxed elegance and exceptional cuisine. Our impressive menu of nationally renowned dry aged steaks and the freshest of seafood will ignite your culinary imagination as our award-winning wine list of more than 5,000 bottles awakens your inner sommelier. And as our gracious, knowledgeable servers delight you with their uncanny ability to anticipate your every need, you’ll experience firsthand why the American Culinary Federation recently bestowed upon us their “Achievement of Excellence Award.” Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or hosting a business luncheon or dinner, we can help you flawlessly pull off any private dining event. Our event planning staff has extensive experience and the ideal materials to work with—a capital setting, distinctive food and unmatched service. <br />
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Lunch hour
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/11/2014
 2003
Dined on 11/11/2014
 2003
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"So convenient to the Hynes with enough fast simple and tasty options to make this one a great choice in the area."
Dined on 11/11/2014
 2003
Special Features: great for lunch
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Kin Khao serves delicious Thai food that stays true to its origin, made with seasonal produce and sustainably raised or caught meats and seafood.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Big Flavor Thai
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/24/2014
 2003
Dined on 10/24/2014
 2003
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"It was the combination of the many raves, the value price, and recognition of top 50 by Bon Appetit magazine. Yes the room is modestly decorated but functional - appreciated the space between the tables as well. The wine list is also modest - the owner explained her goal to stay value priced there too. Our two apps arrived fast - the wings and eggplant. Both were huge flavors - spicy/sour and great. The mains arrived soon after - one pork noodle dish that had the spicy heat cranked up right at the top borderline of too hot - but as we also ordered the pork bowl soup - we simply mixed the two mains together and the result was just right in heat and flavors. Worth a visit - but only if you are a fan of big flavors and heat!"
Dined on 10/24/2014
 2003
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Philadelphia restaurant impresario Stephen Starr's retro-modern offering, located in the town's "University City" neighborhood, lets its guests sip sake, beer, and colored cocktails while munching on fresh sushi, dim sum, and Pan-Asian entrees. The hip, contemporary, "starship-like" space was conceptualized by famed Manhattan designer David Rockwell and influenced by the films "Sleeper" and "2001: A Space Odyssey."
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Cool spot
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/20/2014
 2003
Dined on 10/20/2014
 2003
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Second time there. The food we had this time was almost as good the second time - the first was hitting on all cylinders, and this was was still good. Tried the chilean sea bass - found it almost too overwhelming in richness - plus the puree that was under it was a bit too rich and sweet for my taste. In contrast, the wasabi filet was great, as is the crispy rice / tuna starters. The wine list is modest and the mark-up is higher than most other spots - another irritant. I'll probably be back nevertheless. Certainly the room is a fun one for the futurama look!"
Dined on 10/20/2014
 2003
Special Features: romantic
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Located at 2031 Walnut Street in the Rittenhouse Square area of Philadelphia, Vernick Food & Drink is an inviting neighborhood bistro. Chef-owner Gregory Vernick, a Cherry Hill, NJ native, focuses on using extraordinary regional products to create a menu of approachable, globally-inspired dishes. The "Drink" side of Vernick Food & Drink features homemade sodas, as well as a carefully crafted selection of domestic and imported wines and beers and perfectly poured cocktails.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Had to try based on OT
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/15/2014
 2003
Dined on 10/15/2014
 2003
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Gosh, these reviews on OT are stellar. Perhaps our expectations were too high - though it was good we were left a bit underwhelmed. A few specifics - room is comfortably small with space between the tables thankfully. No loud music so easy for conversation. Wine list is modest and very old world - for those who need a new world red there will be some options that come close. Food - creative - the toast was our favorite - in fact the bread was perfect, the pumpkin butter was rich and smooth. The sea bass and roasted cauliflower were Ok but for us not the wow that others described. A small detail - the online menu is close to what they had though some minor changes were noted in case you get your heart set on something!"
Dined on 10/15/2014
 2003
Special Features: romantic
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Ulele (pronounced you-lay-lee) celebrates the vibrant fusion of ingredients from Florida waters and land once home to many Native Americans, including the legendary young princess Ulele. Featuring intricately flavored, visually appealing dishes prepared on our 10' round barbacoa grill, Ulele operates in the lovingly re-imagined 1903 Tampa Heights Water Works building, which also includes its Ulele Spring Brewery to provide a number of craft beers on tap. <br /><br /> <br /><br /><br />
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Some wows!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/02/2014
 2003
Dined on 10/02/2014
 2003
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"First - as others note - the room is loud - so you'll definitely want to take this into account before choosing this one. If you prefer a quiet room for conversation this likely is a bad fit. The menu is strong with seafood - grilled oysters one great choice that is hard to find outside of New Orleans. And the wine list had at least a few great Reds - and value priced as well."
Dined on 10/02/2014
 2003
Special Features: good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
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Pachamamas Restaurant and Star Bar takes the best ingredients; local, seasonal and organic whenever possible, matching them with simple, yet refined techniques. The result is a seasonally changing menu of New American Market Cuisine. This cuisine concentrates on bringing out the best and most natural flavors in foods. It re-introduces us to America’s great culinary heritage and an emphasis and respect of seasonality and sustainability.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Best in Lawrence
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/29/2014
 2003
Dined on 9/29/2014
 2003
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"After trying several of the OT top ranked spots - this one wins my top vote. Try the marrow crostini if they're on the menu - amazing. The mains were also strong. The room is open, with wonderful space between tables, in a modern and subdued room with great windows. The wine list has enough to choose to make most anyone pleased. I'd definitely return."
Dined on 9/29/2014
 2003
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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715 is a neighborhood eatery featuring local, handmade food by chef Zach Thompson. Whole heritage breed hogs are butchered in house and turned into a variety of handcrafted sausages. Try the soppressata pizza with Calabrian chili peppers. All pasta is made in house daily. Wine by the glass starts at $6. The pork, beef, rabbit and lamb are all from Kansas. Daily specials often include fish, pork, sometimes lamb, goat, beef. Great vegetarian options. Full-service lunch and dinner: simple, local, reasonable. Late night food, wine and cocktails. Great happy hour everyday from 3:00 - 6:00 at the bar.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Decent
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/30/2014
 2003
Dined on 9/30/2014
 2003
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"I'll join the voices who found this place good though not great. Nothing wrong with what we had - just solid straightforward dining. The night we went wasn't a full house so the noise level others noted was acceptable - but the tables are close together so if the place is full - be prepared to be overheard on all sides."
Dined on 9/30/2014
 2003
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A Midwestern pub focused on fresh, local ingredients, a curated selection of craft beer and having a good time!
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
great room, great beer list
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/28/2014
 2003
Dined on 9/28/2014
 2003
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"First - the room is a wonderful open space. Second, the server we had - Roland - was attentive and excellent - a true standout for what service should be - so thanks! The cauliflower gratin was one of the best I've ever had! The mains were good - though not the same level of standout. And a great beer list - if that's your passion this is worth the night."
Dined on 9/28/2014
 2003
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