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As we walked down the brick-paved streets lined with quaint shops and trees laden with white lights, we couldn’t help but be taken in by the charm!Before we knew it, we were soaking in the scents of the air leading us straight to the front doors of the Cobblestone Grill. How apropos! It’s so cute!! Picturesque … just like the Rockwellian little Main Street! Known for its delicious food, live music, and amazing drink specials, Cobblestone is a hot spot in Zionsville for both a fun Girls Night Out or dinner for two.

We were greeted at the door by the warm and friendly owners, Kent and Liz Ezra. We were immediately taken with the relaxing and intimate interior. The restaurant has a very family-friendly feel in an upscale setting. We loved how, throughout the evening, the owners went from manning the hostess stand to filling water glasses to stopping to chat with their patrons, many of whom were regulars. Wow – talk about great service!

We met up with our friends, the Franz family, for an evening of friendship, good food, and IU basketball. There were plenty of TVs throughout the bar, so there wasn’t a bad seat in the house. And a lot of seats were needed for the good-sized crowd, apparently all there to watch Indiana’s Big Ten champs! We made friends with the large group next to us who regularly come here. Actually, a lot of the people we spoke with were regulars. When you find something you love, stick with it!

We found an exceptional selection of 28 craft beers, 4 from locally-owned breweries – a true beer lover’s paradise! We were especially interested in the Beer Sampler, 4 choices of beer for $5.50. Cheers to that kind of deal! One of our choices was a Bell’s Brewery Hopslam Ale! Now that’s a hoppy ale! Give it a slam!

Next up: martini time! Our favorite libation! We loved the Margatini, a martini with a south-of-the-border flair and a salted rim! ¡SALUD! Then, we moved onto the Sintini. It was a delicious blend of raspberry vodka, peach schnapps, and melon liqueur with a sugared rim. We REALLY think this should be renamed The Great Sintini! The menu tempted us with many specialties, but our taste buds finally decided on the smoked salmon plate and the smoking goose charcuterie board. Now don’t attempt to pronounce this dish – you’ll just look foolish. Oh, maybe that’s just us! Both appetizers were magnifique!

On most weekends, the Cobblestone Grill provides a romantic setting with live music. It’s mostly acoustic bands by some very talented local musicians. They play everything from jazz to folk. The soothing sounds make for a pleasing musical experience. The regulars who were sitting next to us said it isn’t so loud that you can’t talk with friends. Nice!

You can choose to enjoy your meal in one of the two dining areas. The white tablecloths and candles create an upscale ambiance without being pretentious. We found the guests here to be friendly and welcoming. If you look above your head, you’ll notice the large fans run off a pulley system. Very cool!

The only regret we have is that we weren’t here during warmer weather. This place is well known for its Cobblestone Patio and live musical entertainment. The patio is located in a courtyard nestled in the alley next to the restaurant. We took a stroll out there and found it to have a Parisian feel with brick walls, wrought iron gates, and gardens. On Mondays, dogs are welcome on the patio and are provided with treats and water bowls. Any dog owner would love this!

If you’re looking for a pleasant getaway for the evening, you should visit this neighborhood gem. The Cobblestone Grill is everything we love about a locally-owned, small-town restaurant and bar. Remember during nice weather to be seated on the patio! This is one place where it’s at in Zionsville!

Find them on Facebook at Cobblestone Grill or online at www.cobblestonegrill.com

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