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Masala Art

Welcome to Masala Art. Our cuisine and its new home reflect the breath of Indian culinary traditions, its diverse culture, art forms, religions and regional specialties - blended together in modernity and contemporary flare. Vinod & Shikha Kapoor are the owners of Bombay Club (Cambridge, Boston) and Masala Art (Needham). Masala Art is a contemporary, upscale Indian eatery, a new concept to New England. The idea for the restaurant sprung from surrounding competition. In an era where almost every Boston area Indian restaurant had similar menus and decors, the trendsetting couple (Vinod & Shikha Kapoor) decided once again that it was time to for a paradigm shift. Observing that the Boston and Cambridge areas were becoming saturated with Indian eateries, they decided to move their newest concepts to the suburbs. Unique Concept: Try the Spice Bar which offers Live Cooking!
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39 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
3.7 / 5
(Very Good) 3.7 / 5
(39 Reviews)
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Breakdown 39 reviews
5 stars
(9)
4 stars
(16)
3 stars
(9)
2 stars
(3)
1 star
(2)
Food 
3.8 / 5
(Very Good) 3.8 / 5
Service 
3.5 / 5
(Very Good) 3.5 / 5
Ambiance 
3.5 / 5
(Very Good) 3.5 / 5
Noise Level
1.8 / 3
Moderate
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • good for groups(17)
  • neighborhood gem(13)
  • kid-friendly(12)
  • fit for foodies(10)
  • great for lunch(9)
  • special occasion(3)
Masala Art Reviews List
Review 1 for Masala Art
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/27/2015
 2009
Dined on 11/27/2015
 2009
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 11/27/2015
 2009
Special Features: good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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Review 2 for Masala Art
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 11/24/2015
 2012
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Review 3 for Masala Art
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/25/2015
 2011
Dined on 11/25/2015
 2011
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We used to enjoy the food quite a bit at Masala Art but in recent months, the quality and taste have been rather inconsistent. Their food does not seem fresh. They are innovative in their menu and offer some wonderful items, especially from the tandoor but it can be a hit or miss!"
Dined on 11/25/2015
 2011
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Review 4 for Masala Art
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

Dinner

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Dined on 11/21/2015
 2011
Dined on 11/21/2015
 2011
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We went to Masala Art based on recommendation from a few of our friends. I am sorry to say that we were extremely disappointed by the service and taste of the food. First the service, it was extremely slow and sporadic. The waiter did not attend to us until after 10 minutes of being seated. The hostess was not friendly at all and did not greet us as we came in. Once we ordered the food, it took quite a long time until it came to our table. The quantity and quality of dishes left us very disappointed. All the dishes pretty much tasted the same and were not spicy at all. We ordered Achari chicken tikka and Karahi chicken, which almost tasted the same as if same spices were used to prepare both the dishes. Achari chicken had no Achari spices. Overall, we did not have a good experience at Masala Art and would not recommend it, unless you want to waste your money."
Dined on 11/21/2015
 2011
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Review 5 for Masala Art
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 11/21/2015
 2011
Dined on 11/21/2015
 2011
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 11/21/2015
 2011
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Review 6 for Masala Art
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

A neighborhood gem

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"We enjoyed a terrific buffet lunch, were surprised that there were so few people taking advantage of this neighborhood restaurant."
Dined on 11/16/2015
 2003
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 7 for Masala Art
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Food was pretty good, alittle pricey compared to other Indian restaurants. But it must be the rent is higher in Needham, mass"
Dined on 11/14/2015
 2011
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 8 for Masala Art
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 11/09/2015
 2010
Dined on 11/09/2015
 2010
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
Dined on 11/09/2015
 2010
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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Review 9 for Masala Art
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food was good but ambiance wasn't.

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Dined on 10/29/2015
 2008
Dined on 10/29/2015
 2008
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 10/29/2015
 2008
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch
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Review 10 for Masala Art
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/23/2015
 2015
Dined on 10/23/2015
 2015
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
Dined on 10/23/2015
 2015
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Review 11 for Masala Art
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/17/2015
 2009
Dined on 10/17/2015
 2009
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 10/17/2015
 2009
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Review 12 for Masala Art
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/02/2015
 2006
Dined on 10/02/2015
 2006
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 10/02/2015
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 13 for Masala Art
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/18/2015
 2015
Dined on 9/18/2015
 2015
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We have had better experience at Masala Art. Under staffed thus long wait."
Dined on 9/18/2015
 2015
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Review 14 for Masala Art
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 9/05/2015
 2011
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 15 for Masala Art
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/02/2015
 2012
Dined on 9/02/2015
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 9/02/2015
 2012
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch
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Review 16 for Masala Art
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/02/2015
 2012
Dined on 9/02/2015
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 9/02/2015
 2012
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, fit for foodies
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Review 17 for Masala Art
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/29/2015
 2007
Dined on 8/29/2015
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 8/29/2015
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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Review 18 for Masala Art
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 7/25/2015
 2010
Dined on 7/25/2015
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 7/25/2015
 2010
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Review 19 for Masala Art
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Exploring

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"As usual the food was wonderful. It was a Sunday and they had their brunch offering, which looked extensive. We, though, ordered off the menu; even have had their week day buffet. We were introducing a couple to Indian food and wanted specific items we thought they would enjoy, as it was a cuisine they were not familiar with. All items ordered were cooked to perfection and served right from the stove/oven. Even with the crowd for brunch and their front room being taken over by a birthday party service was very good. This was a noticeable feat as the customer count was high. We had a reservation made for Noon at it was ready when we arrived and we were seated promptly."
Dined on 7/26/2015
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 20 for Masala Art
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/18/2015
 2010
Dined on 6/18/2015
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 6/18/2015
 2010
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Review 21 for Masala Art
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 6/19/2015
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 22 for Masala Art
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/19/2015
 2006
Dined on 6/19/2015
 2006
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
Dined on 6/19/2015
 2006
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Review 23 for Masala Art
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/19/2015
 2007
Dined on 6/19/2015
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 6/19/2015
 2007
Special Features: fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 24 for Masala Art
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

Quality of food wasn't great,

Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Chicken Tikka was tough and like Rubber, Paneer dish was cold used Frozen Paneer tough,
Staff wasn't knowledgeable about the food and beverages in Menu.
Never offered dessert, Water was filled at the Table in glasses in prior to our arrival,
Water has No ice and was very room temperature, Server never offered or ask for Spring or Fizzi water
Never appreciate or any one said Thanks for the visit at their restaurant.
Over all Bad experience. Restaurant wasn't busy had only Two other Tables but staff pretend like very busy for Nothing, Had no time for Hospitality.
We would never ever go again there or recommend any one.
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Dined on 5/24/2015
 2015
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Review 25 for Masala Art
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Tasty Indian food!

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Our group shared two lamb dishes and a Chicken Saag as well as a bread basket of naan. It was all very tasty with the Chicken Saag being the standout. I appreciate the breadth of gluten free options. The service was a little uneven but pleasant."
Dined on 5/23/2015
 2007
Special Features: good for groups, kid-friendly
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Review 26 for Masala Art
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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
Dined on 5/10/2015
 2011
Special Features: good for groups, kid-friendly
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Review 27 for Masala Art
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/10/2015
 2015
Dined on 5/10/2015
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 5/10/2015
 2015
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Review 28 for Masala Art
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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
Dined on 5/01/2015
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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Review 29 for Masala Art
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/25/2014
 2012
Dined on 5/25/2014
 2012
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 5/25/2014
 2012
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Review 30 for Masala Art
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Repeat customer

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Food good a usual. Service was awful! Retaurant was not crowded, rather empty and never a waiter to be found."
Dined on 1/22/2015
 2012
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 31 for Masala Art
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Great work lunch

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/16/2015
 2006
Dined on 1/16/2015
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Went to Marsala Art for work get together post-holidays! Had a great lunch, great service. Wide variety of dishes available in the lunch buffet. And lunch buffet made it easy to go for group lunch and get back to work in lunch time period.
Definitely would go back and recommend it for others"
Dined on 1/16/2015
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch
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Review 32 for Masala Art
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Disappointing trip to an old favorite

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/04/2015
 2011
Dined on 1/04/2015
 2011
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"We have been to Masala Art many times and have enjoyed it, but this time we were disappointed in the food. The menu has been updated and changed, but now has so many different sections that it was confusing to order. Also, we tried two promising sounding appetizers, a tuna and a "beet root," but they turned out to be almost identical deep fried fritters with the ingredients almost completely overwhelmed by the batter and deep frying.
Our vegetable dish was mostly sauce, though the bread we ordered was excellent.
Our favorite dish, Saag Paneer, seemed to be gone from the menu.
Also, the big sscreen TV in the bar, which faced our table, was playing for no one and was very distracting. It really detracts from the elegance f the place.
We will try again, and maybe ask to be seated away from the bar.
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Dined on 1/04/2015
 2011
Special Features: good for groups
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Review 33 for Masala Art
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Great food & value but no service

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"The buffet was varied and you can enjoy a hearty and delicious meal for a reasonable price. However besides being pointed to a table, the staff never asked us about beverages, offered menus or instructed us how the buffet worked. Good thing we wanted the buffet and stopped waiting. And we had a reservation."
Dined on 12/15/2014
 2011
Special Features: great for lunch
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Ratings-Only Reviews for Masala Art
Based on the average of (6) ratings-only reviews
Overall 
4.2 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.2 / 5
5 out of 5 recommend this product
Food 
3.8 / 5
(Very Good) 3.8 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3.6 / 5
(Very Good) 3.6 / 5
Noise Level
2.4 / 3
Energetic