AGORA
AGORA

AGORA

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.agoradc.net/
  • Phone: 2023326767
  • Hours of Operation:
    Restaurant:
    Sunday thru Thursday 5 p.m. until 11p.m. / late night menu until 1a.m.
    Friday thru Saturday 5 p.m. until midnight/late night menu until 2 a.m.
    Saturday and Sunday Brunch 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

    Lunch Hrs:
    Monday - Friday : 11am - 3pm

    Bar:
    Monday thru Thursday: 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
    Friday -5:00 p.m. to 3 a.m.
    Saturday – 11a.m. to 3 a.m.
    Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Turkish, Greek
  • Executive Chef: Ghassan Jarrouj
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Please call for more info.
  • Special Events: EFFECTIVE MARCH 23RD 2013, OUR BOTTOMLESS BRUNCH WILL BE PRICED AT $32.99 PER PERSON.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Q Street
  • Public Transit: Dupont Circle Metro station. RED LINE, Q street Exit.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from AGORA
Agora is a sensory pleasure oasis showcasing Mediterranean mezes with highlighted libations from Turkey & Greece.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
AGORA reviews from OpenTable diners
173 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (99)neighborhood gem (93)fit for foodies (84)good for groups (75)great for brunch (66)great for lunch (28)special occasion (28)hot spot (25)notable wine list (19)vibrant bar scene (19)romantic (17)kid-friendly (10)late-night find (8)Show More
  • Excellent selections of tapas!1
    Sandy
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Delightful restaurant with an outstanding selection of tapas and cocktails. Service was exemplary!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bait and switch
    Elizabeth
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    A friend and I chose this restaurant to meet for happy hour (drinks and light tapas) before a 7:30 movie nearby. I arrived first and there were not 2 seats together available at the bar. There were some people waiting at the bar to meet others who had not shown up yet and the stools were spread out, so they could have accommodated more people. I waited for about 15 minutes for 2 seats to open up at the bar, but nothing opened up. We were told that our only choice was to sit at a table and order from the more expensive menu, even though some of the exact same tapas were available at the bar for "happy hour" prices. We even called the manager who gave a lame excuse about the cash register being set up differently at the bar.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Turkish delight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Our first night in DC was kicked off with 18 delicious small plates from this wonderful neighborhood eatery. We had lamb and fish, cheeses and breads, and many other vegetable treats. Everything was carefully chosen by the owner for its cross section of flavors and textures. I generally don't like octopus, but I was amazed how deliciously it tasted broiled. The eggplant was perfectly roasted and layered. I am generally opposed to small plate restaurants, but in this case I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Branzino and the Adana Kebab!
    DCFoodie
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We got the kofte (nothing too special) the brussell sprouts (okay), kibbeh (wonderful), branzino (still dreaming about it), and the adana kebab (awesome). Bread was hot and delicious and the service was great - we sat at the bar because we ended up getting a corner and the bartender was great fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I"m so done with small plates!
    LEGG
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Maybe I came to Agora with a bad attitude on small plates, i'll admit it, but my experience there confirmed that this is a trend that must end! Tiny portions on these little plates. If you like the dish, there's not really enough to relish it, it is gone in just a few bites especially shared with a friend. I suppose I could order 3 or 4 of the same small plate to make a dinner portion, but that would run up a head-turning bill, for the plates are far smaller than the price. I'm just giving up eating at these places. Agora, buck the trend and start serving dinner portions at dinner! Don't make us order 3 or 4 things, none of which are in sufficient quantity.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small plates w gluten free options
    gfdiner
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    The small plates here are particularly small, but the upside is that it allows for you to order a variety of foods. All of the food was delicious! The patio is pretty sizable and a great spot on a nice day. I would definitely recommend coming here during outside dining season to get the best experience. Overall, it was a wonderful dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good for tapas
    NYerVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The food was good, the portions are all tapas-sized, even those marked as Entrees in the menu, which is a bit confusing. Still, tasty food at a good price and good wines.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very debable
    RWoodBVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We have been to Agora more than a dozen times and have never been disappointed. The food is not only reasonably priced, it is fresh and flavorful. There is a very good wine selection that is marked up much less than the mark-up by most restaurants in the District. The service is friendly, but not intrusive. It is an excellent value for the money.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The food here is delicious and very authentic. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inhospitable Hostess
    AJS20009VIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Had an unpleasant experience with the hostess. Arrived at 5:30 and told the hostess that there would be 3 in total (one on the way). She asked if we were having dinner or just drinks. We were having drinks & appetizers. She suggested that we go to the bar for happy hour specials. I preferred to be in the dining room and asked to be seated there. She hesitated to seat us, though the dining room was empty. She indicated that it was problematic b/c we didn't commit to a full dinner, and b/c we didn’t have a res. We couldn’t believe that. So, I went onto OpenTable and made a res. She then told me we couldn’t be seated without a full party. It was most unimpressive. We did stay and got seated. Food was good but the hostess' attitude wasn't.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BubbeVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Was Turkish week - delicious 4 course meal - good price - lots of choices
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly Animated
    phun2dine
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The restaurant is in high power gear. It is an evening of constant motion, Yet very enjoyable
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious and entertaining
    joyceVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Food was really good, exceeded our expectations. We did the Mezze with 4 of us sharing and everything was delicious. Can't wait to return. We had an early dinner so had no problem with service or sound, but did notice it became more crowded and hectic by the time we left.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I love Greek/Mediterranean food and heard good reviews for this restaurant. I found many of the dishes to be incredibly oily and the portion sizes were way out of whack. I grew up in the area and I eat out at least two or three times a week for dinner. I understand that DC is an expensive city in which to dine, but this was ridiculous. A small skewer of chicken with sauce was $12. The waitress wasn't very attentive to us. We would get our drinks and then she would disappear for twenty minutes. It wasn't that busy so I'm not sure what the delay was for. Probably won't be going back unless it's for drinks.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Deliciousness
    HungryLobbyistVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Agora has become a neighborhood go-to for us. Always reliable food, surprisingly good Greek wine. Can be tough to get seating outside, but the bar and indoor tables are fine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Take a trip to Turkey
    RandyVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    With Agora, you will experience the very tastes of Turkey. The beet and citrus salad, the egg plant salad, the meets and octopus and bransino were excellently prepared and delicious. In addition, we were fortunate to attend Agora during half price wine bottle night. All around, a great evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Brunch Place
    WhereRtheGoodEats
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Agora serves Turkish food, but they also have some familiar breakfast entrees. The menu has great vegetarian options. My veggie friends often order the manchego omelet. I usually order the pide with sausage. The coffee is definitely a cut above the typical DC watery cup of joe. Their hummus is incredible, and it will be gone in no time. Even at brunch, you want some of this hummus, friends. I haven't done the bottomless brunch, which requires everyone at the table to commit or no one gets it, but the tables who do it seem to be happy campers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 3 Strikes.......
    nicknameVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I have tried to give them a chance because I love the food, but the service is consistently horrible. We sat and didn't get water or acknowledged for 10 minutes while 5 tables were sat around us and got water and orders taken. We had to ask for EVERYTHING, ketchup, drinks, etc. we had to wave our guy down so many times. He spilled a drink on my friends foot and didn't say anything. He spilled water on me and didn't say anything. And it wasn't like they were crazy busy. Our waiter was terrible, but every time we go there the service is awful. Food is great and comes out quickly if you can ever get your order in. If you want to enjoy your brunch or dinner, avoid this place. There are plenty of places nearby that won't ignore you.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Remarkable!
    FurdoVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We enjoyed dinner here twice during a past visit and recently took a friend for his first experience of Agora's excellent food. Everything from the appetizers to the main courses was fresh and outstanding, with flavorful and interesting sauces such as the tomato marmalade served with the Chef's Borek. One of the most exciting dishes was the Kalamar (Calamari) which was expertly grilled squid with garlic, olive oil, Maras pepper and oregano. Other standouts were the seared sea scallops, hellim (pan-seared Sheep's milk cheese with fresh thyme, fig jam and toasted almonds and a wonderful dessert called Kadayif, two layer shredded phyllo with vanilla - milk pudding, orange blossom honey and pistachios. We love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Agora
    kateY
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    It was hard to select a dish because everything sounded so good. Our food was delicious and the service was friendly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food, lousy service
    Kito3987VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We were visiting DC and this place was recommended for brunch. All the food and drinks were good and reasonably priced. So good, in fact, that we wanted more. But our waiter was never to be found. So we just grabbed the check as quickly as we could (which wasn't very quick) and left. Seems like more of a place to be seen than actually a place to eat. Or maybe we just had a bad waiter. I'd give it a 2nd shot, but wasn't too impressed this time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slowdown
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I suggested this place for a regular lunch group for a weekday lunch. All of us had the lunch special for $14.99, which included a sampler of appetizers (hummus, etc.), entrée, dessert and drink. Four of us had the lamb kabob as an entree, which I thought was good but a tad dry. We were all pretty satisfied with the experience - the food and service were good, and the outdoor seating on 17th Street was very pleasant. When I have the urge for Mediterranean again, I will definitely think of Agora.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This was my first experience at Agora and it was fantastic. My group decided to go all out for brunch and do the bottomless option. It was fun to try all the various dishes Agora offered while drinking our mimos on the outside deck. I would definitely go back to Agora.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could not have been better
    LG7410
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This was a fantastic meal - one of the best I've had in DC in 35 years. The portions were perfect for sharing between two. We had taramosolata, grilled squid, grilled bronzini, baby eggplant stuffed with lamb and pastirma (cured beef). Everything was wonderfully prepared and nicely presented. The service was friendly and responsive but unobtrusive. With a $50 bottle of wine, the total bill before tip was under $120. Not many places in DC that you can get that sort of quality for a reasonable price. We'll definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pretty Good!
    Djh89
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Not my favorite mediterranean spot in DC, but it is nothing to brush off either. Bottomless brunch - plates and drinks - is also a great deal!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious tapas
    Foodie5
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Friends and I went to Agora on a weeknight and were very happy with the meal. The service was good and the food delicious. We ordered a number of small plates to split and all had plenty to eat. Would definitely go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not as advertised
    tbornottb
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had booked a lunch table for Washington Restaurant week at Agora. Neither the Washington Restaurant week website, nor Open Table, nor Agora in their email to us, mentioned that they don't do restaurant week on Saturday and Sunday. We were very surprised and unhappy. We ended up ordering from the menu. The appetizers were tasty and unusual. The brunch omelets were good, but nothing special and certainly not Mediterranean.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding.
    LovethefoodVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We came for Restaurant Week, but discovered the Bottomless Brunch which was a great deal. The food was great and we could have as much as we wanted. We were full and well satisfied when we left.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch!
    Brit
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Have been several times for brunch. Food is always fresh and tasty, and the service is quick. Took a minute to get the check at the end, but that really didn't detract much from my overall experience. Everyone I've taken to Agora say they plan to return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Weekend???
    Engineer
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My wife and I went to have a good dinner during the Restaurant Weekend. The food was awesome, but ... just when they had it! A lot items in menu were missing. However, what they had was very nice!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasantly surprised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Decided on trying out Agora during restaurant week because of all the satisfied customers that left good comments about this restaurant. I was really pleasantly surprised to see that all that was said was true and what made my visit even more enjoyable was our waitress. She was both attentive and informative. She did an amazing job in letting us know about the items on the menu and also wanted feedback on what we though of each dish that we ordered. Will definitely recommend this place to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of my faves
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Eat here all of the time and I'm always blown away with the quality of the food and the professionalism of the team members.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food with OK Service
    RKala
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    My friend and I went to Agora on Wednesday night for dinner. We had 7pm reservations but I got there early and asked to be seated outside to wait for my friend. They let me know that I couldn't be seated until my entire party arrived. I am totally fine with this if the restaurant is super packed/busy. I looked around the outdoor patio and noticed about 10 empty tables and thought well that's horrible customer service. So I stood there for about 10 minutes waiting until my friend arrived. We were then able to be seated and enjoyed the rest of our evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    SeanVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I ate here for the first time during restaurant week and the food was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I would go back
    kkent
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We had a party of six and were seated immediately. The staff was very helpful and the food was outstanding. We tried a lot of different things and they were all good. I would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good for sharing
    pateb
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We went for reataurant week and were also new to Agora's. The tapas were good tasting and good for sharing to try severl offerings.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food horrible service
    jr304898
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food at Agora was fantastic. Everything my girlfriend and I ordered was perfectly cooked and delicious. The only problem with our dining experience was the service. Our waiter acted annoyed every time we ordered. To top it off at the end of the night the waiter dropped our check off on the table and walked away without saying thank you. I would recommend Agora just because the food was so good, but hopefully you don't get the same waiter as we did!
    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.
  • Chance Meeting
    vodvoxVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We were visiting DC for a long weekend and set up dinner at Agora. Loved the mediterranean tapas and sitting near the street to people watch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • annie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    went for bottomless brunch -- the entire restaurant was packed with diners doing the same thing but our food was always fresh and came very quickly and the drinks were seldom empty. they were very accommodating to special requests (egg whites only, etc). definitely recommended for bottomless brunch
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good tapas
    CatherineChicago
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Had a good early dinner in the patio. The food was very well spiced and everything was fresh. Reasonably priced as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet