221 South Oak Bistro
221 South Oak Bistro

221 South Oak Bistro

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.221southoak.com/
  • Phone: 970-728-9507x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm; Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 1:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chef Eliza H.S. Gavin
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: 221 Offers Off-site Catering
    You're accustomed to great food at the restaurant, now experience it in your home. Whether it's a dinner party, quiet luncheon or drinks and nibbles, we're here for you. If you're lacking space for a large party, you may rent out 221. A great space for rehearsal dinners, family reunions, and holiday parties.
  • Private Party Facilities: Rehearsal Dinners, Birthdays, Anniversaries and Engagement Parties are all special occasions that deserve the proper party. 221 offers private dinner parties in our intimate dinning room and catering. We cater to barbecues, cocktail parties or full course dinners.
  • Private Party Contact: Eliza Gavin 9707289507x
  • Special Events: 221's intimate atmosphere and fabulous food is perfect for your special event.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pacific St
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from 221 South Oak Bistro
221 is set in a tastefully refurbished historic home nestled in the trees on South Oak Street, just steps from the Gondola. For years, 221 South Oak has been renowned for its intimate atmosphere, incredible food, extensive wine list, friendly service and uncompromising quality.
Chef/Owner Eliza serves cuisine
classified as Modern Bistro with an eclectic blend of flavors and styles.
A mélange of seafood, game and beef, with accompaniments that range from
Deep South to Calypso to Classical French to Californian Cuisine
to Creole—we call it Eliza’s cooking.
Come enjoy bloodies, benedicts and beignets for brunch every Sunday from 10am-1pm.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
221 South Oak Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
89 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (53)special occasion (47)great for outdoor dining (46)romantic (45)neighborhood gem (42)notable wine list (23)scenic view (14)great for brunch (13)hot spot (6)vibrant bar scene (5)good for groups (4)late-night find (2)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Our Favorite in Telluride
    Bouche
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We are almost never disappointed at 221. Plan to return next week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The menu, quality of food & presentation are all outstanding. The cottage-like entry, table placements, attractive table settings & wall art give a very cozy and yet contemporary (undated) feel. The look & feel could not be duplicated in a larger setting. This ratesQuality in venue, presentation, décor, service and of course food. Of the many places we've eaten in Telluride & Mountain Village, this suits our taste the best.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wine list not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Server did not know much about the wine. Food was great. Service sub par.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience!
    Anonymous
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Well-prepared food with interesting and delicious flavor combinations. Creative chef and beautiful plates. Great service, too. No problem accommodating food allergies. Offers complete vegetarian menu, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A must
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The sea bass was fabulous. The pork tenderloin was very tender - how does she do that at this altitude? Waitress steered us to the perfect wine. Staff is always incredibly gracious and happy to accommodate our food allergies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    When the weather is pretty, it is wonderful place for outdoor dining with a nice view. I asked for a specialty item and it was , to my delight, prepared perfectly. The ingredients are alway fresh and delicious. The stuffed squash blossoms were flavorful, fresh, and tasty! The creative use of ingredients is always a surprise and the selections are refreshing. The chef prepares a Lovely fried green tomato dish that is reminiscent of her southern heritage and wonderful to taste! I should mention that I have dined there with friends with serious food allergies. The kitchen has always gone out of its way to make sauces that suited the meal and met the customer's needs. I always enjoy 221!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not the Hostess with the Most-us
    FoodloverVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    It's a shame that this lovely restaurant is so disorganized. I have been to 221 many times over the summer,both for brunch and dinner. Their 2 for 1 special on Tuesday nights isn't a true 2 for 1 as the entrees you may choose from are very limited. They never vary from week to week so if you go on consecutive Tuesdays,menu selections can get quite boring. The hostess has no idea what she's doing. She takes 20 minutes to seat one table so if you have a reservation,your table is never ready on time. Don't expect to sit outside even if you reserve it well in advance;the hostess ignores your request and will seat people ahead of you (without a reservation) outside first. When it's your turn...surprise.....there are no tables left outside.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My husband and I were in Telluride for a weekend Anniversary getaway and wanted to treat ourselves to a romantic dinner. The restaurant was cute and server, Stephanie, was wonderful! The food was delicious but very high priced. It was way out of our normal budget but we made it work for our special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small boutique restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    From greeting through desert, service was fabulous. Specialty cocktails, great wine list-knowledgeable staff pairing wine with meal selection. Ingredients are locally sourced, fresh, and well presented. I had Bison with huckleberry reduction, mashed yams, and string beans. Bison was so tender and perfectly cooked. My wife chose the soup de jour which was a swirl of two house prepared purée soups and arugula / fresh beet salad plus several stolen pieces of my Bison. Highly recommend this restaurant and be sure to make reservations so as not to be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely restaurant, phenomenal food
    rSandoval
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I recently took a date to 221 South Oak Bistro and we both had a fantastic time and meal. Our waiter was very friendly and attentive, and the ambiance was nice and romantic without being overly formal. I had the seared ahi and she had the trout, and we were both extremely happy with our food. We ended up splitting both of them because they were so good. We also had the calamari for an appetizer and the molten chocolate cake for dessert, which were great. Our only regret is that we didn't eat lunch earlier so that we had room for more. It was absolutely worth the price, and I hope to go back next time I visit Telluride.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • "A treasure in Telluride"
    NewYorker
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    221 South Oak is by far the best restaurant in Telluride. The food is innovative and the service is excellent. Also, it offers a "two for one" special on Tuesday evenings. The servers are friendly and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent - would go again
    CarguyVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We really enjoyed our meal at 221 S. Oak Bistro. We chose the patio, and enjoyed a great table with a SE view of the canyon wall. Our waiter was very attentive and moved us along at just the right pace. Try the "coolcumber" cocktail for something really different and refreshing. The heirloom salad was superb, and was accompanied by a delicate asparagus puree. I ordered the local striped bass for my entree; it was cooked perfectly and complimented by just the right amount of a terrific broth. My wife ordered and loved the off-menu Colorado lamb t-bones. She thinks she's having the left-overs tomorrow for breakfast, but I have a feeling a crime will occur overnight and the lamb will be missing in the morning. :-)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect anniversary brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed a fabulous brunch at 221 for our first anniversary. Eggs were cooked perfectly, softshell crab was crispy and light and the patio was cute and romantic. Great service from Alaysha. We will be back in a few weeks to try some other brunch dishes!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Most Charming Patio in Town!
    PrincessFiona
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The staff took great care of us. We had some rather loud out of town guests with us and the staff was very tolerant. We all enjoyed our dinners. Heirloom tomato salad, halibut, pecan pie, all delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    food was good, portions were small, pricey, waiter had an attitude.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • So yummy
    lovegoodfood
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Wonderful evening. Took our kids to a nice dinner. Great service and delicious food! We really enjoyed it!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Four of us ate outside on their patio and it was quiet, beautiful, and romantic. Food was very good. Staff could have been more friendly, however. Would have expected that in a small mountain town.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently outstanding food
    bcskierVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    First visit here during a weekend in telluride. Excited about dinner as 221 gets great reviews. We started off rocky as our server was not very polished and was quick to pass wine questions to superiors. However, the food more than made up for his shortcomings. Every dish in each course was thoughtfully prepared and perfectly executed. Definitely our best dining in telluride.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fasform
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This is one of my top restaurants EVER! I have been coming here for years and it has never been bad. The things she does with food are unbelievable. The menu changes and is always interesting and creative. I even bought one of her cookbooks and recreate some of the dishes when I can. Small and intimate which makes it appealing as well. Be sure and make reservations well in advance.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a great find!
    goodeats5555
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We enjoyed a wonderful, delicious dinner on their patio. My husband had the elk, which he let me have "a little" It was excellent! The appetizer of calamari, was delicious with the sauce. The wine list was wonderful as was the dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always the best in Telluride
    RLReasonsVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Great new menu selections. One of the best renditions of Pecan Pie I've ever had and I'm from the South. Can't wait for my next opportunity to return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Also wonderful
    Suzanna
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    221 South Oak Bistro has an inventive menu featuring local fare from trout to elk to vegies. The wine list runs from very affordable to some excellent special vintages. We highly recommend the restaurant for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Benedicts
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    221 serves traditional eggs benedicts and, my favorite, soft shell crab benedicts. They are so good. Don't be afraid if ordering soft crabs in this mountain town restaurant. They know how to do it right.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    memorable restaurant. Interesting food with unique flavors. not to be missed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Colorado fare
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We were fortunate to get a patio table for a late dinner reservation. Our service was good as well as the food. Nice place for an evening meal of area Co food choices. We had the elk ribeye & the trout dish.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodie
    foodie
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Excellent food....everything was well prepared. The first contact person was less than friendly and the wait person got involved with the larger parties. Could have been more attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rob
    Robert
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We eat at 221 every summer we visit Telluride and always enjoy it. Food is always good, but the service this time was bizarrely bad. Waiter was interminably slow and really missed the mark. The fact that pot is now legal in Colo made us wonder.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and very friendly
    deborahVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We had a wonderful meal at 221. I am a vegan, and they fortunately have a vegetarian/vegan menu. Very friendly and accommodating staff. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a wonderful meal in Telluride.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My daughter is a vegan so when we visit Telluride we always go 221 South Oak Bistro. They have a great vegetarian menu which can, also, be used by vegans. I had the Alaskan halibut. It was wonderful with great vegetables and quinoa. Another wonderful meal at 221 South Oak Bistro.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Annual experience
    Jimmie
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Great place to rekindle old acquaintances. Food and service is outstanding allowing pleasant conversion. We were not rushed as lingered after dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oasis
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Delightful experience in every way. An oasis of calm in down-scale Telluride.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Time at 221~
    HelenSVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Six of us were vacationing in Telluride and wanted to go to 221. What a fantastic evening! Our outdoor table was perfect, and ready when we arrived for our reservation. All the wait staff were attentive and professional. However, our primary waiter, Stacy was out of this world! She was a delight of a person, and very helpful with the menu. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone who appreciates fine dining, but with a casual atmosphere! FANTASTIC!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Chef Eliza has a knack with combining flavors and a respect for the fresh ingredients that shows up in the tastes in her dishes. She is flexible with ingredients to meet the needs of individual diners and takes into account special needs for allergies or dislikes. Sitting outside on a beautiful Telluride Summer evening and savoring a delicious dinner is hard to beat. Well, maybe her brunch can beat it slightly!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • best local restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    the food is interesting and delicious without being "precious" very fresh, flavorful and a nice environment to dine in with professional knowledgeable staff
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 221 South Oak
    Dine2Ride
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Truly one of the best meals I have had in Telluride.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the price
    Bohns75
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    My wife and I both ordered elk, which was overcooked and just didn't taste very good. This was our most expensive dinner in Telluride, but wasn't worth it. We ordered elk at the New Sheridan Chophouse the following night, it was excellent. I will say the desert at 221 South Oak was very good, the outdoor seating was nice, but that's it.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service has dropped...
    HoltVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Brunch at 221 South Oak Bistro is a necessity whenever we are in Telluride, but there were so many service missteps this time, we might not go back. The servers acted like it was an inconvenience that we were even there. Took ten minutes before we were even offered a beverage. And we ordered a squash blossom appetizer that was never even delivered. When our entrees were brought to the table and we asked about our app, our server said "I didn't hear you - you still want it?" We quickly ate and opted for dessert and coffee/more mimosas at New Sheraton. My family and I have always enjoyed 221 and I'm very sad about this change in the restaurant. The food is still great, but the service is terrible.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Amazing food and menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The menu is very creative in my opinion, and the flavor combinations are well matched and tasty. It was my favorite meal while on vacation in Telluride. The wine is not cheap, but it was commensurate with the quality of the food and the awesome mountain views from the back patio. The hostess/sommelier (Alicia) was supercool to squeeze us in at the last minute without an advance reservation. We sat outside on the patio, but the artwork in the indoor dining room was also really interesting.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Server Lied to us!
    TLinABQVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We decided to eat here based on numerous very good reviews. What we experienced was disappointing at best. My wife and I dine out frequently and often share a salad. We asked our server if their salads were big enough to share. He said they were quite small and no. We both ordered salads based on this. When the salads arrived, we found that they were huge. At $12/salad we weren't too happy. The second issue was when I asked to substitute a vegetable for the quinoa my meal came with. He told me he didn't think it was possible, but "would check". When my meal arrived, I had the quinoa as the menu stated. Our server made no mention of the denied request for a vegetable. Led me to believe he didn't really check. Won't go there again.
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  • Birthday Dinner July 4th
    mitpaul1
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Menu was creative and food prepared well. Wine list was good and Sommelier pleasant and knowledgeable. Disappointed that although they knew it was my wife's birthday they didn't offer anything special with the desert.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic