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
74 reviews since April 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (45)great for outdoor dining (42)romantic (39)special occasion (39)neighborhood gem (37)notable wine list (19)great for brunch (12)scenic view (12)hot spot (5)vibrant bar scene (4)good for groups (3)late-night find (2)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
    • Food
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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
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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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
  • victoria
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    what lovely hospitality combined with great food. the wine list is small but interesting, with good prices for both bottles and wines by the glass. the staff makes you feel that they appreciate you and provide warm and knowledible service. 221 South Oak Street Bistro is my favorite restaurant in telluride.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love 221!
    Missmac1
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We always have a wonderful experience at this restaurant on our visits to Telluride. Unique food presented beautifully!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Vegan Selections
    Vegan
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    It can be a challenge finding delicious vegan meals when you travel. What a joy it was to discover 221 South Oak Bistro during our recent visit to Telluride. By chance,we made reservations on "Two-fer Tuesday" and enjoyed a gourmet vegan meal at about half price. Very cool! The tofu chimi churri was delightful accompanied by arugula and sweet potatoes. For dessert there was another surprise--vegan sorbet of cantaloupe and blueberry ginger.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    PrincessFiona
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    From beginning to end our evening was perfect! The food & service were outstanding! Highly recommend stopping here while in Telluride.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, 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.
  • Enjoyed it
    Anniversary
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We dined here in June 2014. Appetizer - sausages were terrific. Interesting to taste the different meats. Entrees - striped bass (great) and chicken breast (great). Dessert - pecan pie (great for two to share, enough sugar and delicious). Ambiance - pretty, soft colors, beautiful paintings. A little crowded on tables. We dined inside but the patio in back is quite lovely. Only drawback - our server wasn't really into it, perhaps having a bad day. Oh, and we dined on a Tuesday for their 2 for 1 on entrees. it's not on ALL of the entrees but is sufficient for you to have a good selection and some delicious food. With a glass of wine each, two entrees, dessert our check with tip was about $80.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful Dining
    BostonDiner
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Gourmet food. A superb separate full vegetarian menu. Large wine list. And they pulled out all the stops for our anniversary dinner including a complimentary glass of champagne. Our favorite Telluride restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Time
    JustVisting
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Food was fantastic, Service was great and with a very knowledgeable and friendly staff. When were there when they had the patio open which is only open a few weeks a year but if you get a chance to sit outside, take advantage as the views are outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 385 reviews are from the 221 South Oak Bistro reviews archive.
  • Fun on last day
    TOC1127
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    We went on the last day of the ski season because there wasnt much else open. We arrived early but were seated within ten minutes after grabbing some wine at the bar. Had the Bone Marrow with fried kale and spaetzle which was amazing!!! The buttermilk fried quail was tender and crispy. The second course of seafood was good but not outstanding. If we had stopped after appetizers i would have goven 5 stars. My scallops were slightly overcooked and seemed as though it may have sat for some time. Great service, energetic and appetizing!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best restaurant in telluride
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    This is by far our favourite restaurant in telluride. just as expensive as the other ones but at least it delivers on food design, flavor and authenticity of the dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service not up to par with prices
    Pamf
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Service uninformed and unenthusiastic. Food good, not great. Expensive.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a find-Best in Telluride
    GblsnlVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    221 was recommended to me and my wife by a local What a fantastic meal. The place is owned and run by a former top Chef contestant The restaurant does modern American and farm to table. The crowd we had was amazing and very pumpkin butterscotch Pie should not be missed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.