From the street you would not expect to see what you do inside. The décor made me think of an upscale Speak Easy. The bar is well lit. The bar is bounded by red velvet high backed couches. The actual dining room is small. However, if feels quite spacious. I think it is the mirrors and draping. During happy hour there is a pianist. The rest of the time the music piped in is big band / jazz. The music is not so loud to disturb conversation.
The wine menu is well varied. On Tuesday nights bottles are 25% off. Get a bottle! We did. We started with asparagus tempura topped with some Manchego, We were very happy with it. My dining companion had the Walleye with extra veggies and no starch. Chef gladly made the substitution. I ordered the special of the day: duck with a peach /jalapeno glaze. It was accompanied with a polenta. We finished by splitting a piece of lemon crème cake and coffee. The rest of the meal was so good that the dessert was the least of it. There was nothing to complain about with the cake. However, the rest of the meal was just that good!
The service was perfect. Water glasses were kept full. Our waitress was friendly and helpful. She was attentive without being overbearing.
The one complaint - parking. However, this is downtown. Thus parking is expected to be a challenge. If you are dining at dinner time there are 3 loading zone spots that become available after 6 pm. There is some street parking a 2 parking garages.
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