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When in doubt, sex always sells. And at Wolf on Melrose, they’re serving it up in mass quantity. And you feel it the second you walk in.

Wolf certainly doesn’t hide from its medieval overtones. With stark walls, hardwood ceilings, and a massive candle chandelier hanging over the dining room, it’s feel like you’ve stepped into a Lannister sex chamber and you’re here to get weird. The space isn’t large by any means (and the tables are definitely too close together), but there’s a gigantic oblong mirror behind the aqua-tiled bar to make the whole thing feel like it goes on forever. On paper, none of this should really work. And yet, it does.

Because despite the fact that Wolf’s cranking out the sexy vibes, it’s not some pitch-dark crawl space where you have to guess what’s on the menu because you can’t see it. It’s bright, open, and surprisingly casual. The unpretentious waitstaff seems to genuinely like where they work and are actually excited to discuss the menu with you.

And as for the food itself? While nothing at Wolf will completely blow your mind, it’s all quite good and most importantly, not overly-complicated. The roast chicken and braised beef cheek are largely left alone because the meat’s good enough on its own. There’s a citrus and beet appetizer you’ll definitely want to order not because it’s unlike anything you’ve ever had before, but because it’s light and fresh. Nothing at Wolf feels overly heavy, and yet it’s all very fulfilling. An important distinction for any post-dinner extracurriculars.

Yes, Wolf is your new date night glory spot, but it’s also where you could take your parents to impress them when they’re in town, your girlfriends for some cocktails before a night out, or even Sunday brunch for that chai French toast we can’t stop thinking about. Wolf is your cool, casual neighborhood joint with a healthy dose of sexiness.

And we’ll buy that everyday.

Food Rundown

Castelvetrano Olives

Take note - we’d never try to sell you on a bowl of warm olives unless it’s absolutely worth it. And this is a must order. If you don’t know what a castelvetrano olive is, who cares? It’s large and green and puts every other olive to damn shame. Proceed with caution.

Roast Chicken

We’re of the people who believe there’s only so much you can do with a roast chicken, but if you’re in the mood for some white meat, you’re going to walk away happy with this dish.

Beet And Citrus

Nothing mind-blowing here, but an easily shareable plate for the table, and an ideal appetizer.

Braised Beef Cheek

Definitely our favorite of the big plates and we’re not going to make any butt jokes.

Crispy Potato

Attention: This side dish might be the best thing on the entire menu. Yes, it’s essentially fried potatoes but they’re cooked perfectly and that chive aioli makes it next level. Get ready to order another one.

Charred Broccolini

Though this is one of the best looking dishes at Wolf, it’s probably our least favorite. The broccolini is charred to the point it overpowers the dish. Stick to the crispy potato.

Not Your Grandma's Chocolate Cake

Unless your grandma cooks with actual GOLD, this dessert definitely lives up to its name and is something you’re going to want to leave room for.

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