3 friends and myself had lunch at Gjelina on a Wednesday. We arrived at 12pm to get a table hoping to not have a wait. We were seated immediately at, what we thought, was the best table in the house-front of the restaurant by the windows. We were the only table in that corner, so it was cozy and private and we could actually hear ourselves talk-because that's what ladies do at lunch! The people watching wasn't bad either, there were lots of people walking by, etc... Our server was excellent (wish I'd gotten his name). We asked for recommendations and he happily offered. I think we ordered everything he recommended. Arugula and goat cheese pizza, kale salad (I think this is their signature dish), an artichoke/burrata starter, a roasted cauliflower dish and a mushroom, caramelized onion, truffle pizza. The pizzas are delicious-almost like flatbread. We shared all the dishes and every one of them was fantastic! I don't think a crumb was left when we finished. Oh, and the rhubarb and strawberry crumble was to die for. It came to the table piping hot with a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream on top.
Other reviews for this restaurant stated that the service was slow and came with an attitude. We didn't find this to be the case at all. Our experience was a wonderful one.
My advice, if you want to have lunch at this restaurant-go early. Around 1pm, it got very crowded and the wait time for a table was long. Parking can be difficult in the area, but I found a public valet lot across the street for $7. It was worth it.
For fresh, seasonal, delicious food and helpful, friendly service, I wholeheartedly recommend Gjelina!
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