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    The whole experience was blah.

    We walked into a sparsely seated restaurant, but for some reason got jammed into a table right next to a big party. Then we sat. And sat.. And sat. I finally had to get up and tell the hostess to tell our waiter to come to our table - like after 15 minutes. Our waiter finally came by and said the hostess didn't tell him we were there. What?

    The food was ok - portion are stupid big, which for me isn't a plus, it's why half this country is fat and sick. I can't believe anyone would come here for real Italian. It's about as authentic as Donald Trump's hair.

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    Pretty decent food. Tried the lobster bisque which was delicious. Everything else was nothing to write home about. Tried the chicken under the brick which was bland even with the sauce. The lasagna was alright, although it didn't taste like a traditional lasagna. The best parts were the bread and lobster bisque, I wish I ordered the pork chops and bruschetta sampler in hindsight.

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    Only had Drinks but service was great. Britney was great.

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    Beef carpaccio!!! Unbelievable. Prepared with artistry in mind. Green salad centers the platter. Just happy to look at it. Good food always. Great for gatherings, dates, and when you want to enjoy a meal. Servers are knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. Love coming to Brio!

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    Ate their tonite. Ordered the scallop crab special entre & veal with spicy shrimp eggplant appetizer. The scallops were little grainy & fishy. The veal was fair a little over cooked. Get home ended up getting sick and felt like my stomach was on fire. Overall service was good but not a good experience with the food. I never get sick like this & eat out a lot, especially spicy food as well. Not sure....

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    This is the 2nd time I have been here, and both times I had a lovely experience. I especially have wonderful things to say about their bathroom! (Photos have been posts for your viewing pleasure ^_^ ).

    The bathrooms are so nice, in fact I pushed my parents (who took me out for an early birthday dinner while they visited me this last weekend) to go and see how cool and nice the restrooms were here! The ceilings are so tall, the art is just lovely, the stalls and sinks have been spotless both times I came here, and I think its cool that they have "Dame" written on the glass of the ladies room (not sure what is written on the guys).

    The food here is excellent, I got salad both times Ive been here. Everything is on the pricier side of things, so even though I wanted to try the lamb, it was $27! A bit out of our price range, but eventually I will try it!

    The service was great as well. I called to make a reservation since it was the weekend, and we were able to get outdoor seating. Everyone was very helpful and I even got my tea in a to-go cup when we left.

    I certainly recommend this place and will be back myself!

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  • 0

    This visit lived up to the Brio/Bravo experiences I've had in the past, and then some. Came here with another couple and we all brought our kids. I'm sure it's the last thing our waitress wanted to deal with, but she was very pleasant and even brought out small plates of pizza dough (Italian version of play-dough) for the kiddos which was very nice (and creative) of them. The food was amazing (had the vodka chicken pasta dish) and would recommend for anyone.

    Responsiveness throughout the dinner by the wait staff could have been a little better (topping off drinks, checking in, etc) but still a solid 4 stars. Everything else 5 stars.

    By the way, had we not had the kiddos, we would have bellied up to the bar for half-size entrees (called bar bites) for under $4-$5 each. I do this often, and they are amazing. Buon appetito!

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    They have a great drink/plate menu for happy hour until 9 or 10 during the week.  Plates are around $4 and drinks $5, so check that out.  It is specific to the bar area, so you'll want to let them know before they seat you.

    What gets them a four star review is the fact that we (table of 4) had a glitch with the service and they went above and beyond.  We were sat and then weren't waited on until we asked one of the staff what was going on.  Once we had a server, she was great and while she was taking our order, they brought out complimentary apps from the kitchen for our wait.  At the end of the meal, the manager came to our table and comped the whole bill (sans drinks) which was unnecessary but welcomed.

    The food was good, but I think I'd stick with the happy hour.

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  • 0

    Great italian food in a touristy location known more for entertainment options for families and trendy bars with a view. By coming here I opted for the formal dining option and better food since the view is not that great unless you like to look at groups of people climbing concrete steps. The restaurant itself is nicely decorated, clean, and well appointed and the food is quality italian. I had the beef tournedoes with marinated shrimp scampy. The beef was perfectly cooked (medium rare in my case) on all 3 filets and the shrimp extremely tasty. My only minor complaint was with a few slightly tough asparagus spears mixed with the orzo although most of it was tender. Flavor was my main goal and there is plenty of flavor here. Tara was my server and she was excellent. The prices were competitive with any higher class chain. I would go back.

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  • 0

    Slow service, waiters bussing their own tables while waiting to order, over priced, disappointing portions.  Worst of all, my daughter drank a chunk of aluminum foil from her smoothie, and we find more chunks mixed in.  We did not even get a free smoothie, discount, or comp desert for that absurd foul.  Incompetent bar too.  Also the check that was brought to us came back with a different total after we paid with the card.  Not worth your money.  Go to Karlos or Pompilios if you want good Italian.

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  • 0

    This place is a little over-priced, but they have one of my favorite dishes ever.  I am in love with the shrimp scampi and angel hair... YUM!  It is so delicious.  I'm a fan of the chopped salad with creamy parasean dressing and the bread also!  Never tried anything else, but I don't care how everything else tastes, I'll be good just getting this forever!

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    I wasn't blown away, however, I didn't hate it.  I certainly left feeling full but maybe not 100% satisfied.  If the entire meal would have been as fabulous as the bruschetta sampler I would be giving it 4 or 5 stars.  That was by far the highlight of the meal.  During the week they have a special dinner menu that gives you a choice of soup or salad (lobster bisque is an upcharge), an entree, and a mini dessert.  Three people in my party had this special, 2 got the pork chop and one the lemon chicken.  I went with the carbonara (big mistake as it was not like traditional carbonara but more like alfredo).  The pork chops were given thumbs up by the guys.  The lemon chicken was given an eh.  The desserts were nothing special - typical little shooter desserts that are quite popular these days.

    I did like the decor and the fact that you didn't have to yell across the table.  Nice ambiance!

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  • 0

    Been to Brio a few times, usually its just ok.  The happy hour bar food deals are pretty good for $3.95 a piece.  The draft beer selection is mediocre and the service is hit or miss.  Last time there I had the worst calamari ever, overly breaded, too salty, and very chewy.  The under the brick chicken was just ok though the roasted vegetables served with it were very good.

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  • 0

    Seriously, people? This place has blah food with ridiculous prices for the quality and bad service. My mushroom ravioli had to be scraped off to get rid of the soaked, gross "breadcrumbs". I couldn't even taste the mushrooms otherwise and it only had 6 medium-sized ravioli for like $14. My mother and brother both had chicken and pasta dishes -- different ones -- that they each reported tasted pretty much like chicken parmesan (but weren't). The bread didn't even come with olive oil like it's supposed to for real Italian food, we had to ask. I didn't get more than one refill on my coffee and our server kept disappearing. The only really good thing I had was the lobster bisque, but they charged $5 for a small bowl. It pains me to say it but the Olive Garden has just as good of food, and a lot more of it, for the same price if not cheaper. Oh, and both hosts just stood chatting on the phone for five minutes after I walked in the door, completely ignoring me. Obviously this is a tourist cash cow spot. Lame. At least it has nice architecture.

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  • 0

    Whole roasted chicken was worth the effort to eat.  Crispy skin and the grilled veggies were a great accompaniment.  Seating was a little tight for our large group and service was adequate (kitchen was slow w/ salads & soups).

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  • 0

    brio is fine.

    i always say i hate it, and then i go and don't hate it.  i don't love it either, but i like it.

    nice thing is, it ain't that expensive, so i suppose i more than like it.

    the bread they bring outr is awesome.  those parmesan-encrusted thingies are great.  the oil juju is nice too.  as far as apps - the spin dip is really great.  and you get extra parmesan-encrusted thingies with hit.  score.

    entrees?  i stick with flatbread.  brunch is hip - club sandwich is good stuff and my fiance's parents really enjoyed the french toast and omelet.  

    service = fantastic.

    maybe this should get four stars now that i think about it.  naw, it's "a-ok" tho.

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  • 0

    Brio offers up a nice ambiance, good & attentive service and (for a chain restaurant) surprisingly tasty food. The chopped salad with feta is delicious, but my personal favorite is the "Chicken Under a Brick"... a very tasty treat indeed!

    More recently we have taken to regularly sitting at the bar before Reds games and partaking of their superb discounted appetizers during happy hour. The Brio Burger and Margherita Flatbread represent excellent value for money at just 3 bucks each. Pair one of the ten choices with a cocktail and you can escape with a good buzz for under $15 per person... bargain!

    Would that all chain restaurants be this good?! Olive Garden could certainly learn a lot from this place!

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  • 0

    Delicious food. We unfortunately decided to travel to Cincinnati/KY on Labor day weekend. We found ourselves in downtown on Monday (labor day) and I kid you not, the top 10 restaurants on yelp for this area were CLOSED. WE drive around for 30 mins looking for something to eat for dinner. Even the hilton's hotel restaurant only had the bar open. So we finally spotted Brio on the Levee and  man, am I glad we did. Delicious bread, yummy pasta and good service. I ordered the chicken pomodoro and I recommend this place.

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  • 0

    This is a good date night restaraunt without breaking the bank.  The ambiance is nice.  the service is good even when they're busy.  I've been here 3 times and never had a meal i didn't love!

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    Yum. I love this place! I've been here a few times and I've never had anything that I don't like. I always leave stuffed. I like that it's a break from the traditional Italian restaurant chain. Be prepared for a wait though. The location is fun. There's always something to do nearby! A great date place!

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  • 0

    Brio is a place for everyone. There are steaks, pasta, salads and pork chops.   I have been going to Brio since they opened I even worked there for 7 years and I still love the place.  Charleen is our favorite server but she doesn't work weekends. They change the menu seasonally but there are things that never leave the menu because they are that good. The pork chops, chicken Milanese, carpaccio, calamari, pasta brio, salmon salad  to name a few. Valet is out front of the restaurant or park in the garage (free m-th, 11 AM PM.). The wine list is average some good ones but not served at the right temperature, meaning the reds are too warm. Whites are fine.  They will chill your wine if you ask.

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  • 0

    Love the Wednesday night $5 martini happy hour! The $2.95 appetizers are great! Will definitely be back again!

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  • 0

    Sure, it's a chain, but I still love Brio. I'm not a big fan of pasta dishes, but I absolutely love Brio's Grilled Salmon Salad. If you're in the mood for a bit of a splurge-- the Lobster Bisque is also a good choice, though not quite as good as when Brio first opened... perhaps there's been a change in the quality of ingredients?

    The location at Newport on the Levee is nice in that it's a quick drive from downtown, and Monday-Thursday is free parking for lunch.

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  • 0

    To be honest, I wasn't too excited to go Brio the first time.  I pictured it like a more expensive Olive Garden.  

    I've been here twice now so a review is in order.  

    The good:

    Sliced steak bruschetta.  Awesome.  Tender steak with charred tomatos cheese and arugula (I think).  Balsamic vinegar drizzled over.

    Shrimp and scallop risotto.  Slightly spicy.  Great taste.  Risotto has always been the proper consistency - not too stiff, not too runny.

    Shrimp verdutta.  Artichokes, shrimp, spinach, feta cheese, a light sauce.  Very good and not too heavy.

    Crabcakes.  Maybe not from the coast, but these are really good.

    Where to sit:  My wife and I sit at what they call the "expo".  It is the bar in front fo where they make the bruschetta and flat breads.  If you go with one other person, it is a fun place to eat because there is always something going on. (It would be nice if they offered a sample bruschetta if you sat there)

    It is probably around $60 for two and drinks but it is worth it every once in a while.

    Enjoy.

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  • 0

    Brio Tuscan Grill gets five stars for ambiance...the lighting is perfect, the decor is beautiful.  Very elegant.  Grilled BBQ flatbread and chopped salad were delish!  Great coffee...in great coffee cups to round off the meal.  Love Brio's!

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  • 0

    I have been to Brio's a number of times and there is nothing about the place I DIS-like.
    The ambiance is lovely and memorable, the service is pretty good, the menu to diverse. The bread is really good!
    The food is decent. I am a pasta lover, and I THINK they use homemade pasta. That said, the dishes are not spectacular- veggies taste frozen and/or overcooked, sauces are unremarkable.
    I love Italian food but this is not the sort of place that makes my mouth water at the thought.
    Not bad, but also not great.

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  • 0

    This place does have a lot going for it, but somehow still manages to fall a bit short for me. One of the saving graces is their delicious flax cracker. Wow, those are so good that I used to buy them to go when they had a cafe section. Sadly, for me at least, they do not have a lot of vegetarian options.

    The atmosphere is designed to convey: classy, but it's not exactly a fine dining restaurant, so most people are dressed rather casually, making the decor seem a little out of place. It's also a rather slow dining process, so be ready for that.

    For me, the best thing to do is go for one of their desserts, and a cappuccino, which they are able to make very well. Overall, I find it a bit expensive, and slightly underwhelming in overall delivery based on how their image sets up expectation.

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  • 0

    Ambiance: Lovely restaurant decor for a chain, though when I walked in on a Saturday night, it was crowded and loud (Cheesecake Factory lines).  We were with a large group and had a reserved private room that was curtained off from a bachelorette party.  Generally, it felt loud and hot.

    Service:  Friendly but fairly slow- I'm not sure how much the group size and room location factored in, but it took a really long time to get our orders in.  To be fair, it was PACKED that night.

    Food:  Good for chain Italian, but nothing to knock my socks off.  The lobster bisque was tasty, with some good sized lobster chunks.  The pasta and flatbread we had was fine, though the flatbread might have been a tad over-baked.  Overall, I thought the food was good, though I'm not sure if it matched up to the price.  It would be a 4 if I had that moment where I take a bite and am just savoring it... but that never happened.  Maybe next time.

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  • 0

    I'm a part of a group (The NEXT Business Referral Group) that reserved a room there last night for 26.  The staff had it set up and ready to go - on time.  It looked beautiful.  The servers were knowledgeable and friendly.  

    We actually got there early, so we had time to go next door to "Art on the Levee".  If you haven't been - you should - displays are done very well.

    I had the Shrimp Verduta and is was superb!

    We enjoyed wine and lots of laughs with a great group.

    The price was very reasonable.

    I highly recommend it.

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  • 0

    Excellent food, in fact one of the best chain restaurants I've ate at in terms of quality and taste of food.

    One of my favorite restaurants, awesome location and great setting. The menu and food are great, everything I've had, or sampled, I've liked. From the salad, to the pasta, to the dessert. A real standout are the pork chops! OMG, some of the best I've had in my life, second only to maybe Michael Symon's Lola in Cleveland. They are cooked to perfection, very moist, and what I'd like to call NOMTASTIC.  

    Salads are served a la carte, and totally worth it to me. Fresh produce, and an excellent creamy parmesan dressing make even a simple salad their taster! I've also had a variety of pasta dishes. My favorites is the Fra Diavolo, as well as the Carbonara. Their bruschetta is fresh, and they even have a sampler. Then there's dessert, the flourless chocolate cake is.... dare I say it...ORGASMIC, really enough to have that face of pleasure everytime. I usually don't eat dessert out, usually because I'm stuffed from my meal, but I always have to get the torta di chocolate.

    So, explore the menu, enjoy your surroundings, and try something. I bet it's good!

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  • 0

    Best Feature: DELICIOUS food!
    Worst Feature: Rather pricey :-(

    I love this place!! It's a great Italian restaurant located down by Newport on the Levee.

    My first time eating here, I was completely blown away by the food quality. The food here is delicious, and I love the fact they have such a range of different dishes! They are great about getting you a table in a short amount of time; I even called once to reserve a spot, just in case, and they were friendly and made me feel cared for! Awesome. :-)

    They offer appetizers, entrees, and desserts, plus a range of entrees that include salads, chicken, steak, and veggies. It's nice to have such different dishes with different kinds of pastas, sauces, and more.

    There's a decent selection to choose from, so it's not like you don't have a lot of options.

    The times I've visited here, the service was amazing - which is good, considering it's a bit pricier than other places. The servers I've had are very attentive and willing to help you with your food order if you have any specific requests or conditions on what you want/can eat.

    One downside for me is the price. This is not a place I could afford to go often, so I normally reserve it for special occasions.

    I love the fact it's near the river and near so many great places to go! Definitely a great dinner out; family-friendly, great for groups, and even just a few people! I hope this stays around for some time.

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    You know, I really wanted to like this place, I really did. I love Italian food, I love newport, so what the hell, this place should be perfect! Alas, I was disappointed.

    We came here for Mother's Day with the immediate fam (mom, dad, sister) and my parent's friends and their daughter. The restaurant was not as busy as expected, and on a beautiful May afternoon we received a spot on the patio in ten minutes!

    Looking at the menu, I saw that the only pasta that had mushrooms was penne. I dislike small pasta; if I'm gonna eat pasta, I'm going all out for some linguine or fettuccine. I asked if I could add mushrooms to the chicken fettuccine alfredo; the waitress said no! GRR, HOW COME!? Being the polite person, I ordered the penne with spinach, sun dried tomatoes, mushrooms, and olives in a white wine reduction.

    When the meal came to the table, I could tell I was going to be disappointed. The day I ordered this meal was the day I found out I dislike sundried tomatoes. I never realized I disliked them; I've eaten them before...maybe it's the way Brio cooks them? I don't know, but I was utterly dissatisfied.

    Everyone else seemed OK with their food, but OK is not what you want when you just spent $130 on lunch. No, you want to be wowed. Not wowed like Alinea in Chicago wowed, but better than OK, you know?

    All's well that ends well, however: instead of eating amaretto cookies in the patio, we walked up to Cold Stone Creamery. Perhaps I'll give this place one more try, if you'd just let me put some mushrooms in my damn alfredo.

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  • 0

    I know this place is a chain and I try to avoid them in order to visit the local joints but maaaan, this place is gooooood. Had the pork chops one time and they were probably the best I've ever had. Ordered a filet or some type of beef another time and that was great too!

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  • 0

    Love Brio, but this one gets packed.

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  • 0

    Would definitely be a 5 star restaurant in my book if the service wasn't usually SO awful. Servers tend to be rude and inattentive the moment I don't order a glass of wine or a cocktail. I don't feel I should have to apologize about not wanting to drink alcohol with my meal. My boyfriend loves their chopped salad and I love that they chill their salad plates. The shrimp fra diavolo is my absolute favorite with the mushroom alfredo coming in a close second. I recently tried the lobster fettuccine but more than $20 for a plate of pasta just seems a little crazy. I often opt to drive to their sister restaurant Bravo in West Chester or Mason because the service is so much better. They have a lot of the same dishes and more friendly faces. The second to last experience I had at Brio was enough to win me back, so hopefully they keep up the good work.

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  • 0

    Spectacular restaurant front-- who did they bribe to get this location?! No other Brio I've been to matches up to the crazy entrance of this place. You will see Porsches, Bentleys, Jags, Lexi, and the occasional Lambo hanging out in front of the restaurant. And yes, there is a fountain! Hah.

    I've been here multiple times on date night. STEP #1: Make a reservation! Don't assume you'll just wait to get a table. It WILL take over an hour and a half to be seated. It's a big restaurant on the inside, but service is efficient and friendly. Obviously a chain, but the food is really good-- this is not your local Olive Garden. I'd recommend the bisque and the pork chops. And the wine list at Brio has some of my fave Pinot Grigios. It's a good date place if you are hanging out in Newport to watch a movie or whatever later on.

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  • 0

    I'd add another half star if I could. Ambience, fairly busy and noisy. Service, excellent. Carpaccio appetizer, excellent. Veal marsala, tender and tasty although too many spices added to the sauce to really call it marsala. Shrimp and lobster pasta, well done and flavorful. I asked to have the spicyness toned down, and the server said they could add extra cream to the sauce. It was fine. The only disappointment was the chopped salad, which appeared to have been chopped quite a long time before it was served, and had nothing to distinguish it from a salad I'd make at home. Total check (including tax and tip) for the above, plus a cocktail, glass of  wine and an iced tea: $100.

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  • 0

    I think this restaurant pretty much sums up the Newport Levee - New, Clean, Consistent, but somewhat unoriginal.

    I dined here for a company dinner with a group of about 15 others. The size of the dining room and the available private rooms make Brio a great place to eat with a large group.  For the size of our group, the service was amazingly quick and attentive.  I was very happy with my order, Chicken with prosciutto and fontina cheese, and the bruschetta we all shared as an appetizer.

    Overall, a good experience, but forgetable.  I'd definitely prefer Brio to say Olive Garden, but if you are looking for a really unique italian grille try Via Vite downtown.

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  • 0

    I tried this with my sister and we both found it enjoyable. The setting has a nice comfortable feel, somewhat soft lighting but not too dark (I hate eating in dark lighting). It has an upscale feel with prices that aren't overwhelming. We were there at a time when they weren't too busy, so the service was great and our server gave some good recommendations. The food overall was delicious.

    I had a crab cake for an appetizer, it was very good especially mixed with a bit of the tangy sauce provided. I then moved on to a salad (house or caesar, I forget), drenched in a ranch-like dressing that was delicious (they don't have "ranch" specifically but provide a yummy alternative that has cheese in it). For the entree I selected a stuffed chicken that I expected to be like Chicken Cordon Bleu but was surprised to find it more layered than "stuffed" and with a brown seasoned sauce rather than a creamy white. Despite the unexpected presentation it tasted good and went nicely with the vegetables and mashed potatoes that accompanied. And finally for dessert I had some hot rich chocolate cake that came with ice cream melting on top of it and surrounded by a caramel sauce, I forget the name of it, but it had "rich chocolate" in its name. I liked the mix of hot and cold but wasn't big on the texture of the cake and it was a little too rich for me.

    On a side note the bathrooms had a nice clean decor as well, the stalls are small enclosed rooms with wood and glass doors as opposed to your typical half-walls.

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  • 0

    O MY GOD....I adore this place...during the nice weather...you can sit outdoor...I love the inside decor too, very roomy...

    I love the
    Salad: caesar salad (this a big + , when I don't even like to eat salad!!)
    Apps: ROASTED GARLIC, SPINACH & ARTICHOKE DIP (Fantastic!!!)
    Entree: SHRIMP & LOBSTER GARGANELLI PASTA (Yumm.  Big portion too!)
    Dessert: CRME BRLE (i'm a boring person, i always get this, and it's gooooooooooood!

    Good luck!! Bring you empty tummy!

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