I did want to mention Meritage.
We liked it very much.
It's no longer pricey. The menu, which you can get online, is divided into "snacks, small plates, large plates." The snacks are appetizer size, some quite large, and the small plates are generous.
The food is delicious!
I will have trouble in the future resisting the foie gras dumplings or the tuna tartare. Everything ordered by everyone in our group was excellent.
The atmosphere is casual, pleasant, and not overly noisy.
Service was excellent.
A bonus for us: discounted parking in the lot half a block away.