A la bonne franquette
A la bonne franquette

A la bonne franquette

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.albfseattle.com/
  • Phone: 2065687715x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: African, Mediterranean, French
  • Executive Chef: Hamed Elnazir
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: One of the most breathtaking views in Seattle short of being at the top of the Space Needle.
  • Special Events: We are offering a 3 course tasting menu for $28 Tuesday - Thursday from 10/15-10/24!

    We are open Christmas Eve and New Years Eve

Getting there

  • Cross Street: S Day & S Atlantic
  • Public Transit: Bus 14
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from A la bonne franquette
The French expression "A la bonne franquette" means that the food is homey and prepared without fuss. It’s all about the simplicity of the food and sharing it with friends and family. The food at A la bonne Franquette bistro is prepared using French techniques and recipes. It's also infused with Arabic spices which reflect Chef Hamed's Sudanese origins and nomadic life style through the great continent of Africa and the many influences he has encountered while living in Africa, Europe and in the United States.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
A la bonne franquette reviews from OpenTable diners
76 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (68)neighborhood gem (64)fit for foodies (49)romantic (47)special occasion (41)notable wine list (16)great for outdoor dining (5)good for groups (5)late-night find (4)hot spot (2)great for lunch (1)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • SeattleFred
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Superb meal with a stunning view of downtown and the Olympic Mountains.We had the king salmon and the trout; each was beautifully prepared and very tasty. A pear galette and outstanding decaf made for a satisfying finish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Embrace the Crazy
    Delish
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    La Bonne Franquette nails the bistro experience. Sure, it's crazy noisy and at first you think you won't be able to carry on a conversation, But just a few minutes in and you become part of the energy. The noise fades and you enter your own little world. The food is spectacular, the wine list is small but intelligent and the service is impeccable. The killer view doesn't hurt, either. This has become our go to spot for our anniversary dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • mostly hits, one miss
    curiousfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I love a la bonne franquette. I've been there several times now, and the food has always been wonderful -- traditionally French in many ways, but with the oddness of North African spices. This past visit, however, had some rough patches. Chef Hamed wasn't there, and the kitchen crew appeared stressed. Our order got lost in the shuffle. After an hour an a half, when everyone who had taken their seats long after us was already fed, ours finally arrived after we complained. The staff were apologetic, and offered to throw in a free dessert. But I'm horrified that in so small a restaurant nobody figured it out, especially as we were sitting next to the kitchen, and all the wait staff passed us to deliver food and take orders.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • True gem in Seattle
    Greek
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    This is an excellent restaurant for all occasions. Great and easy location and easy street parking. The view is romantic, the ambiance charming and makes you feel as if you're in a bistro outside of Paris in the country side. The food and menu selection is superb and an excellent value. Most important is the food is consistently excellent. I have dined here 6 times and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZEB@lls!
    AChooChoo
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    This place was delicious and the service was incredible. Perfect place for a date night. Came here with my partner and we both left with smiling faces. We'll definitely be back! :)
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A pleasant experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I felt the food was good but not as great as I expected, though i will say the chocolates dessert was extremely tasty. Though the service was very good I do not think it came off as overly friendly almost distant, didn't feel welcoming. I think my children's lack of enthusiasm didn't help, if you want a nice romantic location, with a view and good ambiance this is actually a great place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming neighborhood gem
    FoodFreakVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    ALBF is the perfect combination of great food, great service, great neighborhood location, and great view. This quaint neighborhood place has a wonderful sunset view looking west onto the city and sound generates very high quality French bistro food with interesting specials. The butternut squash soup with sage butter was pure luxury and the plate of roasted chicken with savory bread pudding was returned licked clean. You'll find a small but affordable and high quality wine list to pair with the classic dishes, as well. My new favorite place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Izzy
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    This was a birthday evening for my honey...great food, perfect service a window table with a fabulous sunset view. The liver pate is FABULOUS!! This is our second visit and we will visit many times more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than a trip to Paris
    closetfoodie
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Dinner at A la bonne franquette is like taking a quick trip to the Paris of your dreams. The space is intimate and not at all fussy. Everything is done to high standards, but without showing off or putting on airs. The food and the wine are exquisite, as are the views. You can imagine for the space of your meal that you are in that bistro you loved on that never-to-be-forgotten trip 5, 20, or 50 years ago. Even better, because you have the setting sun over the Olympics, downtown Seattle, and Puget Sound. Parking is easy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Has it all
    emeraldcitydiner
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    A la bonne franquette has it all. Fantastic view, great for groups or couples, romantic, kid friendly, great prices and a simple and delicious menu all nestled in a cozy neighborhood. My husband doesn't like fancy (and usually doesn't appreciate French cuisine) and he loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unsurpassed
    Emmaline
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Incredible food, incredible view, impeccable service, beautiful, intimate, romantic… there are not enough words to describe how much we've come to love this restaurant… as much in our 5th visit as we did in our first!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Surprise
    CampieVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This is a little neighborhood restaurant, that we decided to try because of its location. It was fabulous, and the wait staff was friendly and accommodating. Will go back for sure!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Spot!
    MrDobolina1
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Loved the look and feel of the place...great for couples or foursomes. Food was really good and service was good too...will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 3rd Anniversary Dinner
    ebbetsfield
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Lovely evening. I would have preferred to hear more from the restaurant owners and less from the winery owner. He talked on and on when it would have been nice to enjoy the food and talk with my dinner companion. I go a la Bonne Franquette often, and it was nice to be at this special dinner. I was a little disappointed in the portion sizes, though I know it was a tasting menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Homey, relaxed
    Cheriem
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I got the "bonne franquette" ( homey ) part but I wasn't convinced about the French part. Menu items are light, but frankly there wasn't a main course on the menu that appealed to me. Nice bread and butter, nice green salad, ok tomato soup,not sure about leg of lamb on cold tabbouleh (quinoa), nice lentils with fatty pork belly, so so pain Perdu w/ peach. Innovative tastes from open kitchen. Attentive service. Splendid view. Bonne chance!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What on earth is a "review title"?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Classic French food. I had a trout with capers that would be an appropriate "last meal" for a dying man.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Outstanding food, wonderful service. Whether you are a foodie or not, you'll love A La Bonne Franquette.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Reliably interesting
    RobW
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Interesting food along with standards, well prepared. Rather small and intimate. Have eaten here more than once and will again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic neighborhood find
    pansyollieVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We've never been disappointed. Reasonable prices for great French country fare. Fantastic brined zucchini appetizer. Which we immediately tried to duplicate at home -- close but not quite as good. I had the Niçoise salad and my partner had lamb meatloaf. Nice bottle of Malbec. Too full for desert. Bill was surpringly reasonable. Love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food
    Joey
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had a very special evening here. I can't wait until we go again. The food was fresh, expertly prepared, and refreshingly presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Bit of France
    patronVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food was delicious, but the portions were smaller than comparable restaurants. Fish was done nicely. The meal was on the pricey side.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • seattlediner
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great food and ambience. My third dinner there this year and all have been wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reminded us of Paris
    Seattlenick
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We have traveled to France on a number of occasions, often dining in the small bistros that abound, we felt as if we were transported back to Paris. The food was exceptional and truly French. The service was friendly, professional, and engaging. The view, while not Parisian, did remind us of Provance or Burgundy. We will be returning soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always, a delight
    foozy
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    This has become our favorite restaurant for a number of reasons, but they all come down to the Total Experience. The food is not wildly experimental, but offers tweaks on traditional bistrot dishes that reflect our region, the season and the chef's experience, all expertly prepared and presented. The portions are ample but not frighteningly large. The staff is attentive, professional and discreet. The dining room is small but lovely, with an astonishing view. The music is good, and not too loud. The ambient noise is somehow managed: you can converse without shouting. The neighborhood has plenty of street parking. A la Bonne Franquette is always a relaxing, delicious experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Paris in Seattle
    Shaz
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We recently dinned here for my fiancée's birthday and it was phenomenal. My fiancée is French and her bar for French bistros in Seattle is very high, but she moved everything about this place. The open kitchen, the intimate environment and the view was amazing. Oh and the food is a hoe run as well :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Excellent cocktails and food (did not order wine); the trout dish is superb as was the chicken pate appetizer. What a great neighborhood French restaurant.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect for visitors
    Mike
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Unlike Seattle's tourist hot-spots, A la bonne franquette is a smallish restaurant that is in no rush to turn over your table. It's in a classy residential neighborhood, and offers excellent people-watch views, as well as genuinely great food. (We loved the roasted cod.) About forty feet away from their front door is a gorgeous vista of downtown Seattle and the Sound beyond it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Like Paris!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Our second visit here. One of our party was 45 minutes late(lost), they told us no worries,we had the table as long as we wanted it. I had the trout, my husband had the hangar steak. So perfect and delish-I havent' had trout like that since I lived in Switzerland years ago. Crispy skin, lemony with capers. Desert was chocolate pot de creme and we were in heaven. I would make this a routine if I lived in Seattle. Wonderful, thank you!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • consistent
    80th
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Consistently excellent!!! I am never disappointed except being forced to write so much on this review.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mt. Baker Gem
    FabPlaceVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Lovely restaurant and thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Dinner was excellent and service was great. Special birthday celebration for friends who had not dined at A la bonne franquette and it was a total knockout. This is a gem of a place in Mt. Baker. Well worth the drive. The evening was perfect. The Black Cod was the best thing on the menu and the potatoes were divine. Green beans and sautéd mushrooms were delicious. Steaks were a little tougher than expected but the flavor was good. Drinks flowed freely and everyone had a wonderful time. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious, unfussy food
    SimpleFoodie
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The server was kind, the food was delicious, and the view was fantastic. We went there for my dad's birthday, and it was the perfect choice. Will definitely eat there again! It's a little noisy, but worth it nonetheless.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Withfriends
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This was our second time at the restaurant. It was excellent both times and we have recommended it to several of our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pricey
    jancee
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I felt that the price was a little high for the location of the restaurant. Granted it has a beautiful view and the food was very good. There is nothing to fault except the prices.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed experience
    aaaaVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    First time here. Rather disappointed. Ordered nuts and olives as sides. Nuts look and taste like they came straight from a planters can (some fried onions added for show). Olives, pitted, also look and taste like they came straight from a jar. Bread is from central bakery and only ok (columbia city bakery is far superior). The beet salad and chicken liver pate were very good. The salmon special was very good and my fiancee enjoyed the idaho trout. Ambiance, view and service were very good. So overall, mixed experience.
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  • TudyVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    I love this restaurant. The food is wonderful and the staff is friendly. Perfect little French bistro.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding dinner
    FrankVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We were a party of four visiting for dinner. Both the lamb chops and the trout very extremely well prepared. The service was attentive and very responsive to our requests. This is definitely a place we will return to again.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A birthday treat
    Tastesandtales
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We enjoyed a lovely dinner for a birthday and father's day treat. The view of Seattle from our window side seat was amazing - and the food was too! Between us we had salmon, pork and lamb chops all in delicious French preparations. The wait staff was helpful and had good recommendations. I am so happy to live walking distance from this jewel of a restaurant - but I would also recommend it for people driving in from hither and yon as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    doug
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We started coming here for something new in restaurants. We've not been disappointed with any meal or trying something different that the chef has for that evening. Don't miss one of Seattle's best hidden gems.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 237 reviews are from the A la bonne franquette reviews archive.
  • Romantic experience
    hgang
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    My boyfriend and I went for a birthday celebration. We spent two hours at the restaurant, enjoying the view and fine food. One of the appetizers was too salty (they had used salt to draw the liquid out of zucchini), but the meal was amazing. I can't believe I ordered a chicken dish, but it was AMAZINGLY good. It was on a bed of steamed kale and potato slices with what tasted like a beef sauce. Not sure, but it was GREAT. My boyfriend ordered a beef dish. I was too much into the evening, so I didn't write down the names of the recipes. Salads were great too. The view is amazing, overlooking downtown Seattle. A great find in what appears to be a residential neighborhood. I will go back when I go back to Seattle. Service:great!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden in a quiet neighborhood
    ChefInstructor
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We took a Chef friend of mine and his wife here and the four of us had a fantastic time. We pretty much ate the menu having a couple appetizers, salads, entrees, and desserts. Everything was prepared and presented beautifully from start to finish. This place is hidden in a quiet neighborhood where you wouldn't expect a nice restaurant to be. It's small with only 8-14 tables depending upon your party size, not much room for walk-in customers so I'd definitely make a reservation. Foodies - you'll love this place, romance - reserve your table early and request a window the view is really nice, others just looking for a nice night out - you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.