71 Saint Peter Restaurant
71 Saint Peter Restaurant

71 Saint Peter Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.71saintpeter.com/
  • Phone: (408) 971-8523
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Closed on Sundays.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Modern European, Italian, French
  • Executive Chef: Luis Rodriguez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Catering by 71 Saint Peter provides full service catering, culinary instruction, and event management. Every affair begins with a relaxed, yet thorough consultation with Chef/Owner Luis, who personally customizes each menu and oversees the food, staff and presentation to ensure a spectacular event.
  • Private Party Facilities: Whether you’re organizing a small department luncheon or a more lavish private dinner party, 71 Saint Peter will make sure that every aspect of your group's dining experience is extraordinary.

    Chef/Owner Luis Rodriquez will work with you to create a special menu!
  • Private Party Contact: Luis Rodriguez 4088881535x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Santa Clara & St. John
  • Public Transit: Light Rail train station. Take the St. James & 1st station stop and walk 2 blocks to the restaurant.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: City of San Jose public parking lot located across the street from the restaurant.
A word from 71 Saint Peter Restaurant
71 Saint Peter, a Mediterranean Grill, features the flavors of Italy and France prepared in a straightforward style which captures the best of California’s bounty of fresh produce, meats, fish and fowl. Our servers are attentive and informed without being intrusive or overbearing. Guests return time and time again, the true measure of a great restaurant! 71 Saint Peter Restaurant celebrates its 21st anniversary in historic San Pedro Square, downtown San Jose. Chef Rodriguez continues the tradition that has brought national acclaim to Saint Peter; hearty creative food, warm atmosphere, and personal service. Please add your phone number or email and we will confirm your reservation and special request.
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71 Saint Peter Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
33 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.7
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (14)fit for foodies (14)neighborhood gem (12)romantic (10)good for groups (9)special occasion (7)notable wine list (6)great for lunch (6)hot spot (2)scenic view (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Wonderful for Visiting
    Jlovebug
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Terrific food, nice atmosphere and great for conversation at the table. Step outside and you have the hustle and bustle of downtown San Jose, inside a lovely dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic and cozy!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Forgot about this gem and tried it again. Great food and wine. We'll be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Kates
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    My husband and I went her for our wedding anniversary and were very disappointed. He has severe dietary restrictions and we made that clear. They must have not followed his requests because he had a reaction. My food was not great either. I ordered the crab crusted salmon and it tasted like cheap tuna salad on top of salmon. It was pretty gross. Our waitress was nice but we will never eat there again since my husband had such a severe reaction.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My Favorite for Special Occasions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This is my go to restaurant for special occasions and dinners with special people. love it here
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Suesue
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Menu very inviting with large selection. Food was very tasty and service quick. Makes for an enjoyable and fun evening people watching too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just short
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Entrees and apps very good. Cocktail was terrible (didn't realize they were doing the rice wine thing). Very nice sorbets and gelatos, but served in a cloudy (old) red wine glass? Nice Rosemary flatbread to start, they asked if we wanted more bread, and brought out a very chewy and mediocre sourdough. Great waitress. Could have been excellent, but lack of attn to details held them back.
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  • Perfect pre-concert dining spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    71 Saint Peter is the perfect spot for a delicious dinner before dashing off to a concert, which is what we were doing. Whether you want outdoor seating so you can enjoy the fresh air and people watch over dinner, or an interior table for a more subdued/romantic experience, they have it all. The food is fresh, tasteful and healthy -- the seafood pasta is the best we've had anywhere -- and they have a good wine selection. The hostess was delightful and made our wait for the perfect table enjoyable, and the service after we were seated was great. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Completely disappointed
    stephinnycVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Over the years I have always regarded 71 St Peter as a gem in downtown and a great place for a special dinner. I don't know what happened the atmosphere and the staff are good but the food not so much. We ordered carb cakes to start- blah! I didn't even finish them they were filled with filler certainly not crab. The spinach salad completely overdressed and I returned the raviolis that were literally floating in oil. Too bad a great location but with so many new places popping up it will be a long while until I go back if ever.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not worth the try.
    RAH205VIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Picked 71 StPeter to dine before the Elton John concert. We had reservations,were running late and advised the restaurant which they confirmed they would hold our table via text.I had emailed the restrauant about Happy Hour and parking two days prior with no responce.Upon arrival we were told our reservation had been cancelled because we did not confirm our reservation.We showed the hostess the text to whcih she said Oh we have tables anyway.Service was slow and mediocure.We were told no Happy Hour during events.Food was fair raviolis were drenched in olive oil and soggy. The restaurant itself is old and tired.Dust visually everywhere, messy bathroom, dry dusty flowers inside.The entire restaurant is in desperate need of a make over.
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  • Amazing...
    SpankyVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Great find....amazing place. We will return each time we are in San Jose!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently good food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Always a great place to eat. Great service. Food is always good. Prices are very good. I just wish they would fix the lighting in their main dining area- it needs to be better mood lighting for evening dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Night in San Pedro Square
    DavePVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Our shrimp appetizer was excellent as was my wife's pasta and my paella. The spinach salad was a bit bland and oily. We sat outside at the edge of the sidewalk. There was plenty of sidewalk action including a broad range of citizens. The service was attentive but not overly so. I would go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sjjj
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great food and service. Friendly atmosphere. The crab cakes and chicken risotto were fabulous. First time for us and we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience over all
    acesena
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The restaurant is nice inside but unfortunately has a view of the parking garage if you're sitting in the front section. The food was good but not amazing. The service was excellent - very friendly and helpful with great wine suggestions! Nice quiet environment and warm wooden decor inside. I would recommend, though I did feel it was just a little expensive for the quality of the food.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place for lunch in San Jose
    luv2eatATniceplaces
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This is a nice place with seating that opens up to the outdoors. Specials are generally nice along with a good wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    Teachlife
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Have been to this restaurant a few times now...last time with a group of six. Lots of personal attention, food done to perfection, and just a good feel and vibe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LocalVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Excellent service. Very good seafood and salad. Very good beer and wine selections. Outdoor seating noisy, near pedestrians and street.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We have patronize this restaurant for many years with family and friends in tow. Luis, owner and chef, is the friendly heartbeat of 71St. Peter. Right in the middle of the lively San Pedro Square action, it's great for a date night. Highly recommended for excellent food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment in the First Degree
    WanderingseniorVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I looked forward to outdoor dining in San Jose's San Pedro Square and chose this restaurant based on the Zagat writeup. I was disappointed on every count. My spinach salad was swimming in oil and topped with some kind of unrecognizable dark brown gunk. My wild mushroom ravioli might have been edible were it not for the large pool of brown butter sauce, again making grease the highlight of the dish. Wine was poured with no opportunity for tasting, but otherwise service was acceptable. As for those coveted outdoor tables, they are on the sidewalk and face a large parking garage. You may have better luck than I, but I would not recommend this restaurant.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 402 reviews are from the 71 Saint Peter Restaurant reviews archive.
  • SV Beer Week Surprise
    TWeaverVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    As part of Silicon Valley Beer Week, we tried 71 St. Peter's for their special 5 course menu with beer pairings. The food was great and the pairings were perfect. I would recommend this place and adding it to my favorite's list.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what it used to be...
    ABinSJ
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I used to love coming here. Had not been in some time and thought I would revisit. Where it used to feel sassy and chic it now feels tattered and worn. The chairs are wobbly and uncomfortable. The decor is dated. The food was good but not great. You can see where corners have been cut in things like using super cheap Parmesan in the Caesar salad. The lack of attention to detail was evident in the steak, ordered medium rare, was overdone and dry on the outside, raw in the middle - cooked over heat that was too high. What was once one of my go-to places will now be one of my meh's.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No show
    Charlie14
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    My wife and I were greatly disappointed. When we got there we were told to wait for 30 minutes as they were short staffed. We have no problem with this, it was the arrogant manner in which it was conveyed by two members of the restaurant including I assume the Manager that convinced us we would never be back again. We ate at a nearby quaint Cuban restaurant around the corner which was delightful. 71 Saint Peter should perhaps remove the 'Saint' part out of their name.
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  • Quiet, delicious
    Scott
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Small outdoor patio in the street is perfect for San Jose weather. Lots if foot traffic and very little vehicle traffic. Wine and beer selection is shorter than expected but thoughtful and satisfying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice,quiet dining
    li334
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Our experience was pleasant but nothing to rave about. We went on a Friday evening with reservations, which definitely were not needed. The restaurant was almost deserted! The waiter was very nice but almost monotone in his presentation. There were three of us dining and two of us had delicious meals. The pork chops and polenta were excellent as well as the steak. My salmon was awful! It was mushy and the crab on top seemed like it came out of a can. I couldn't finish it. The ambience of the restaurant was very nice and had a European feel to it. I might try to go back but I won't be ordering the salmon!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hiding in plain site for 21 years
    DaleyPick
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Wife had a coupon otherwise we might never have found this gem, its on our rotation now. Started with the Brucshetta was great, soft not soggy bread, fresh tomatoes. Wife had lobster ravioli appetizer as her entree while I had the flank steak special over gnocci, all fantastic. We also learned there are great bars within walking distance for a complete evening experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good well rounded restaurant
    LoveGoodFoodVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    This is a good restaurant for mediterranean cuisine, in downtown San Jose. It is not as upscale as Dio Deka, Odium, or the like, but provides the perfect balance between upscale and casual, with a good food quality and selection. The Wine and Beer list is notable enough to provide a wide selection for all, but as expected, not as elaborate as other Fine Dining restaurants. On the weekends they have a duet or triplet plays some casual contemporary music, which adds a nice romantic touch to the restaurant. Overall, this is our go to restaurant, in Downtown San Jose, which doesn't break the bank, provides a nice but casual environment, great food, and good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good and quiet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We had not been to 77 St. Peter for a number of years, and were happy to find the place lived up to our expectations. The four of us had different dishes, and were all impressed with the quality, taste and it was hot! The prices were reasonable for what we received. An important factor for us is the ambiance, specifically how well we can carry on a conversation in normal conversational tones, and not have to shout above other guests: although the place was well visited on Saturday night, we were happy with the quiet atmosphere. There was also a tasteful guitar / singer duo who provide pleasant and discreet background music.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this restaurant
    Daba123
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    71 St. Peter is a great romantic spot, we love the live jazz and the fabulous food. We particularly love the sauces that are paired with the meat selections. The service is great and we are always warmly welcomed!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good dinner
    smokeyandashes
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We started off with Crab cakes and a caesar salad. The crab cake were ok but didn't have much crab in them. The caesar was fairly large and pretty good. Then we had half duck two ways. It was pretty good, too. The atmosphere and service were very good. Too bad the food wasn't a notch better.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Closed Without Notice
    PeteVIP
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    Restaurant was closed. Note on the door when we arrived for dinner said the chef was injured and they were closed until he was better. Understand the reason, but in this electronic age, would have liked some notice so we are not left out in the cold. Especially since the reservations are made on line using OpenTable.
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  • Closed!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    When we arrived the restaurant had a sign on the door that the chef had an accident and it was closed. No one contacted us!
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  • Really enjoyable
    zozobra
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Really well done Italian food, every aspect of our dinner was well prepared. The bruchetta was out of this world! Very enjoyable and generous.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad food/service
    Foodlover
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We got there 10 minutes prior to our reservation which was at 8 we had to wait about 15-20 minutes for a table and the waiter came and got our drink order & 10 min later we asked for our drinks & was told the machine was broken & it will be a few more minutes. Finally got our drinks abt 20 min later Took whole hour for our food, which was uncooked the stuffed chicken breasts was still raw on the inside the pasta was hard too salty & the chicken was shredded & very minimal. The only edible item was the crab cakes which we ordered as an appetizer. The waiter never checked on us, the quality of food and service is unacceptable for the prices. we paid 65 for uncooked food & a coke. They have one chef for the entire restaurant
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  • Valentine's Dinner
    JohnJVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Nice little place in downtown San Jose with easy access to parking and other night life. We had never been here before, but decided to try something new for Valentine's Day. We made reservations a few weeks in advance, and it was a good thing, because the place stayed full the entire night. Having never been there before, we went for the Valentine's Day 4 course dinner for two, including the optional wine pairing. The Seared Ahi Tuna was outstanding, but the Rib Eye was really tough with little flavor. Good thing the Lobster Bisque and other food left us satiated, since we left most of the Rib Eye behind. The dessert was a very bland finish to what was otherwise a decent meal. We'll go back again, I think this place has potential.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charmer Downtown
    OTHDiner
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food, service and ambience are all first rate, and the restaurant provides good value. There was some lovely, but not overly intrusive, live music the night we were there. It was a wonderful enhancement to a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cool ambieance but tight on space
    JeffTVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We got a table that was lopsided and close to the kitchen, so it felt tight. It was an early Valentines day Dinner, so we expected it to be crowded. The food was pretty good,but not outstanding. Since we were doing a later dinner, we only focused on a few appetizers and then split the seafood pasta course. It was lacking some flavor, but did have a nice variety of seafood. Service was good.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Food & Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We are here on Valentine's Day. This is the 3rd time we have eaten here. The food & service are top-notch! Great place for an intimate, romantic dinner! We will be returning!
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, good service. The
    akodaVIP
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Good food, good service. The only minor problem was being seated right in front of a curtain that separated dining room from service area, lots of fast moving people coming through the gap.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No Booze
    FoodE
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    I actually caught this place when they did not yet have their beer and wine license. I don't know if it was new ownership or they lost their license. Not really sure what was going on. Anyway, i've been their previously and the food had been great. i think their flavor has slipped some since going their previously. Wasn't great. Wasn't bad. i feel like i need to go one more time to see if I caught an off night, or if 71 has lost its zest.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but not exceptional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    The ambiance in the restaurant is great, unfortunately we were sitting in a small side room where it is a bit less romantic. The food was good, reasonably price, but not exceptional.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet