Midwest Living Review
Whether you come for the wine or the food, 715 Restaurant in downtown Lawrence is the place to see, be seen and sip wine. Patrons fill banquette booths along the exposed stone walls of the mid-1800s storefront during busy lunch and dinner hours. As the evening ages, the open kitchen's amber glow illuminates the narrow dining room's wood plank tables and bar. Couples chat over artistically arranged plates and brimming wine goblets. The indie-pop music mix fills conversation gaps. Chef Michael Beard wows with seasonal cuisine and charcuterie specialties (hogs are processed on-site). Start with a three-meat charcuterie sampler, $8.50, or cheese plates, $11.50 to $24. Most offerings come in appetizer or entree sizes. Of the handmade pastas, $12 to $25, we tried the pricier rabbit confit-filled ravioli. Tasty. The basic spinach-ricotta raviolis were equally good. The varied menu also lists steaks, $12 pizzas, salads and daily specials of salmon, mussels, lamb sausages, rabbit ragout, chops and fried rabbit legs. The 100-bottle, global wine list is conveniently listed by price category, $20-$40 a bottle; a glass starts at $4; liters run up to $69. Choose from a dozen beers and 18 mixed cocktails. Add a $12 six-pack to your bill.