Aug 16, 2023 - Food and Drink

Bite club: Water Street's Predalina is a great spot for a date night

Predalina's interior.

Photo: Yacob Reyes/Axios

My girlfriend, Maya, and I made our way to Water Street to try the latest restaurant venture from the owners of the Oxford Exchange, The Library, the Current Hotel and The Stovall House.

The spot: Predalina is a Mediterranean restaurant named after and inspired by founders Blake Casper and Allison Casper Adams' great-grandmother. It's on the pricier side, but man, the menu is almost impossible to choose from.

  • The restaurant's ambiance is warm and intimate — a great place for an anniversary or special occasion. I didn't make a reservation but found seating almost immediately. Expect good and attentive service.

What we ate: We started with crudité & pita — a smattering of vegetables, hummus, mouth-watering whipped feta and zaalouk, an eggplant and tomato-based dip ($35).

  • We found the appetizer ample and flavorful. The dip-to-dippers ratio isn't proportional unless you love vegetables, but our server provided additional pita at no charge.
Predalina's crudité & pita
Predalina's crudité & pita. Photo: Yacob Reyes/Axios

Yes, but: I wasn't impressed by the rack of lamb served with salsa verde, wild oregano, and charred lemon ($85).

  • I found the lamb, though seasoned well, to be tough and somewhat fatty.
Predalina's rack of lamb.
Predalina's rack of lamb. Photo: Yacob Reyes/Axios

The verdict: I'd return for more crudité & pita every day if I could.

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