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  • Review Count
    10
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  • First Review
    January 1, 2014
  • Last Review
    April 19, 2014
  • Featured Reviews
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  • Average Rating
    4.5
 
 
CJCboston's Reviews
 
Featuring the dynamic pairing of Master Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi and design impresario Philippe Starck, Katsuya by Starck is truly a feast for the senses. With specialty cocktails, unique rolls and spectacular sushi and sashimi platters, Chef Uechi skillfully translates Japanese flavors to the American palate. Signature dishes include Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna, Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeño and Miso-Marinated Black Cod. With superb talent and exacting precision, Katsuya by Starck is changing the face of Japanese cuisine. Katsuya is the Los Angeles Times Readers’ Choice "Best Sushi Restaurant" in Southern California, and one of OpenTable's "50 Hottest Restaurants in the U.S."<br /><br />Opening at <a href="http://www.slshotels.com" target="_blank"> SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino</a>, Labor Day Weekend!
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Very Good but not great
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/16/2014
 2003
Dined on 4/16/2014
 2003
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"A second visit. While the style and flair has much of the same qualities of Nobu - and the Rock shrimp were similarly great - some of the dishes were less than stellar - especially the Ceviche just wasn't much flavors at all and undercooked by citrus. I'd certainly go back when in the area but with slightly diminished expectations. Very friendly server staff. Wish there was more space between the tables - always a bit unnerving to be able to hear the conversation at the next table."
Dined on 4/16/2014
 2003
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Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, the world’s leader in innovative Japanese cuisine, is celebrated for his expertise of blending classical Japanese techniques with exotic global flavors, and for cooking from his ‘Kokoro’ (heart). Chef Matsuhisa also sincerely understands, respects and embraces Hawaii’s matchless sense of place and its extraordinary indigenous delicacies. Nobu classics like the Yellowtail sashimi with Jalapeno, Rock Shrimp Tempura and Black Cod with Miso are offered on the menu.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
A winner
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/17/2014
 2003
Dined on 4/17/2014
 2003
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Was here a few years ago - but this time this place was even more "on". Ask for the sticky rice with toro - an off menu winner. Also those Rock Shrimp tempura - how can you miss that one? And we appreciated that the wine list included a Blue eyed Mollydooker. And oh yeah that espresso chocolate mochi ice cream oh wow."
Dined on 4/17/2014
 2003
Special Features: romantic, fit for foodies
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Teatro, located in the theater district overlooking the Boston Common, offers a modern approach to classic Italian dishes. The design of Teatro is both elegant and informal. The open kitchen and high arched mosaic ceiling gives the room a theatrical presence. Teatro offers a full bar and wine list. Full menu is available at the bar.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Better than expected
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 03/27/2014
 2003
Dined on 03/27/2014
 2003
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"For no good reason I've postponed a visit to Teatro for years. Now I can regret that decision. If there is a negative - it is a relatively cramped room - high ceiling but narrow and not much space between the tables. But even with that, the food was worth another visit. We had the antipasto mixed plate - good, not brilliant. The pizza however was the superlative winner. And the wine list has a modest but decent collection of reds - more Italian focussed. If other dishes are as good as the pizza - this place has earned its praise."
Dined on 03/27/2014
 2003
Special Features: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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A rustic eleven table dining room located in Center City Philadelphia, Vetri specializes in authentic Northern Italian dining featuring homemade pasta. Vetri serves each guest a multi-course tasting menu as the sole dining offering.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
fourth visit
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 02/21/2014
 2003
Dined on 02/21/2014
 2003
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Was time for the annual return to Vetri. We've been wowed before. Had some of those same signature dishes - mainly the pastas. And for whatever reason this time the dishes looked as they did but the wow flavor factor was not all there. It is no doubt a very generous tasting menu with plenty to start with and inbetween gifts compliments of... and we were way more than full. The wine list is old world focussed but we were one new world gem for the night. The dining pace was great. But I'm not sure that "wow taste explosion" was all it could be, or at least was in past visits. Maybe next time it'll be there again - will be watching this space for others' experience."
Dined on 02/21/2014
 2003
Special Features: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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In November of 2011, chefs Jason Cichonski and Chip Roman partnered to open Ela, an inventive new American bar and restaurant in Philadelphia’s Queen Village neighborhood. Ela showcases 27-year-old Cichonski, who Philadelphia Inquirer’s Craig LaBan called “one of our most exciting young chefs,” is combining an approachable menu of innovative dishes with an extensive wine and craft beer program and inspired cocktail list in a rustic-modern setting.<br />“Creatively, it’s wonderfully freeing to prepare food that doesn’t fit into any one genre or style; this is seasonal food, using exceptional ingredients, prepared perfectly,” says Chef Cichonski. Ela is a serious-yet-comfortable restaurant with a menu that that changes frequently throughout the year, to reflect the latest offerings.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 02/22/2014
 2003
Dined on 02/22/2014
 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
"Be ready for "urban" crowded dining - not much space between or around the tables! The menu is known for creativity and does deliever. We tried a lot of "seconds" and all were tasty. I have to admit that none quite achieved the amazing brilliance of Jose Andres at the Bazaar in LA which was what it felt we'd get from these other reviews. A few came close however. But what is served is fun and great and worth a visit. One note of concern - their Wine list is way too small and lacking for a high profile restaurant!"
Dined on 02/22/2014
 2003
Special Features: fit for foodies, hot spot
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A word from The Fly Trap<br />Melding the modern and the classic, Chef Hoss Zaré brings vibrant flavors to the historic Fly Trap Restaurant. Chef Zaré’s menu draws inspiration from across the Mediterranean and his Persian/Azeri heritage to showcase ingredients from San Francisco’s local markets.<br />At The Fly Trap, guests can enjoy a bustling neighborhood happy hour, dine casually at the communal tables, or delight in the elegant main dining area. An artisan cocktail list, innovative desserts, eclectic wine list and a warm, genuine sense of hospitality appeal to the neighborhood and out-of-town guests. The Fly Trap is located in the South of Market area, just 2 blocks from the Moscone Center.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Underrated
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 02/27/2014
 2003
Dined on 02/27/2014
 2003
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"This place has two rooms - a larger (more energetic) room and then one behind it for ore sedate dining with a few tables - that's where we were. The menu has plenty of choice and the waiter was more than happy to guide us to what's best. And we enjoyed it all - our standouts were the Fish entrees and the sides with them as well as the brussels sprouts side. A lot of intense flavors so be ready. One limit is that the wine list is short of gems - there is however a better than average wine store around the corner and corkage is reasonable."
Dined on 02/27/2014
 2003
Special Features: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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What used to be a garage in the 20's is now a casual American restaurant famous for its live Jazz & late night meals. Out-of-towners & locals alike dive into the a la carte dinners & Prix Fixe Brunches while watching the show. In the summer, the outdoor cafe is an airy spot for micro-brewed beers, raw bar selections & a wide range of fresh seafood & grilled steaks. In the winter, tables around the stone fireplace warm crowds.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Lunch steak?
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 01/31/2014
 2003
Dined on 01/31/2014
 2003
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"It was noon in the West Village. Wanted lunch at noon. Picked this based mainly on proximity. The Steak Frites were as listed - a massive steak well cooked, and crunchy tasty fries. Great beers on tap too; I had ice tea. We were the only ones there at noon - can't comment on dinner nor noise factor when it gets busy. Cute room."
Dined on 01/31/2014
 2003
Special Features: great for lunch
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Nobu Fifty Seven, the first uptown New York location for legendary chef Nobu Matsuhisa, opened to much anticipation in the summer of 2005. Nobu's co-owners are his longtime partners: renowned restaurateur Drew Nieporent, Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro, Meir Teper, and Nobu managing partner Richie Notar. The restaurant showcases Nobu's signature new style Japanese cuisine with classic dishes such as Tiradito Nobu Style and Black Cod with Miso and the hibachi table. The restaurant received three stars from the New York Times. Designed by David Rockwell, Nobu Fifty Seven evokes fluidity and the imagery of an Asian river with curves and details of abalone shell chandeliers, sliced bamboo stalks in terrazzo tiles, scorched ash tables and Japanese quilt fabric. Sake barrels imported from Japan tower over the first floor bar counter as diners make way to the upstairs dining room. Burnished woods, rich hues and soft lighting create an ambiance of elegance and refinement.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Great food!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 01/23/2014
 2003
Dined on 01/23/2014
 2003
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Let's get the negatives out first. The room is big and can be LOUD depending of course on who is there and how loud they need to talk. Some tables are uncomfortably close to each other so you can lose that privacy as a result. Plus for some odd reason three men were talking loudly standing right next to our table. And one other gripe - the reds on the wine list are deficient in great new world choices. Ok - that's out of the way. The food is excellent, superlative, great, just right, worth these hassles. I'm going again and again. Have been to about six Nobu's globally - they're pretty consistent in hitting the mark on quality. And the NY space are far better than Miami or Hawaii..."
Dined on 01/23/2014
 2003
Special Features: fit for foodies, romantic
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Crave Fishbar is a vibrant, convivial restaurant in Midtown Manhattan serving an inspired seafood menu from chef Todd Mitgang. An eclectic mix of reclaimed materials and custom made chairs and tables lend a beachy, rustic feel to the space, which houses a 25-foot-long bar where guests can order from the full dinner menu along with cocktails and wine from a mounted bottle display. Approachable, sophisticated dishes feature local seafood, crudos, and meat dishes that are thoughtfully prepared with both familiar and exotic ingredients. Crave Fishbar has taken its place as a neighborhood fixture, providing locals and newcomers alike with a elegant, inviting experience.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
raw bar
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 01/24/2014
 2003
Dined on 01/24/2014
 2003
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We did have one cooked dish - the prawns. And they were surprisingly excellent. But that happy hour oyster price, and the overall well stocked raw bar - well, we could not resist. Glad we didn't. Space between the tables and a funky neighborhood vibe upstairs as well as the more bar scene downstairs. Worth a visit."
Dined on 01/24/2014
 2003
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Contemporary Italian-Mediterranean cuisine served in an upbeat and sophisticated environment by a staff intent on providing you with a truly memorable dining experience. Sorellina, the 'kid sister' of acclaimed Chef Jamie Mammano's Mistral provides an intense look at regional Italian food with a modern twist. Sorellina's wine list focuses on some hidden Italian gems paired with an international selection creating an effortless opportunity to explore the unknown. The warm-modern design intertwined with the glow of the back wall mural and the floor to ceiling windows are a visually stunning combination.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Pricey but delish
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/28/2013
 2003
Dined on 12/28/2013
 2003
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Five of us at a table - our waiter did very well with all we needed. Gotta say - the Caesar salad dressing is perhaps the best I've had in decades of enjoying a Caesar, though the price/value ratio is far from what it should be. Everyone enjoyed their mains - I had the Shrimp/ Spaghetti - and while it was good, the pasta did not have that amazing texture that I can get in the best of the best Italian places. A friend who had the meatball pasta found it a bit heavy though for some the richness would be perfect no doubt. The wine list is strong on Italians and some new world reds - though most are pricey and few are worth the charge. But we found one to accompany our meal and we enjoyed our night."
Dined on 12/28/2013
 2003
Special Features: special occasion
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