Al Vento
Al Vento

Al Vento

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.alventorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6127243009x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Hours of Operation Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm

    Sunday Brunch: 10:00am-2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Jon Hunt
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Off-site catering is available upon request.
  • Private Party Facilities: Parties of 12 or more will be seated in a semi-private dining area. A set price per person will be agreed upon, depending on guest needs. Meal will be coursed.
  • Special Events: To make a reservation for a party of 5 or more, please contact the restaurant directly at 612-724-3009.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 50th Street
  • Public Transit: 50th & Hiawatha LRT
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public parking lot located behind the restaurant. Entrance on 50th Street.
A word from Al Vento
Al Vento is a romantic Southern Italian bistro with fine dining at affordable prices. The relaxed decor and elegance by candle light provide the perfect setting for friendly banter, family outings, or simply staring into the eyes of your lover with a fine Italian wine in hand. With notably some of the most knowledgeable and friendly staff in the Twin Cities, Al Vento is the perfect dining experience for you this evening.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Al Vento reviews from OpenTable diners
188 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (149)great for outdoor dining (112)fit for foodies (90)romantic (83)special occasion (75)notable wine list (40)great for brunch (40)good for groups (27)hot spot (13)kid-friendly (12)great for lunch (10)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Relaxed fine dining
    Justlikehome
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Very attentive service which allows for carefree dining. Courses timed well. Everything comes properly prepared and out of the oven hot. Just the way you would cook at home. Knowledgeable staff regarding wine..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Linger after each course
    gr8tfood
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I have never had such great service. It was impossible not to linger over each appetizer because they were so bountiful. Great wine selection with very knowledgable wait staff. On the expensive side, I would use the excuse to dine at Al Vento for every special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening
    Sunshine
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Had a nice dinner at Al Vento in their beautiful covered patio with large potted plants, nice service, pleasant atmosphere. The food was very good. A number of interesting menu choices. I will definitely go back. Co-worker recommended Al Vento for Sunday brunch.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I keep going back to Al Vento...
    VegieMix
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I have been to Al Vento several times, and have always been pleased with the food and the ambience. The semi-enclosed outdoor patio they added last year is my favorite spot. The Tuesday Date Night menu, four courses for $20, is just the right amount of food and all of it delicious. Bottles of wine are half price until 6 PM.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best patios!
    James
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This is always one of our favorite places, with great food, homemade pastas and friendly service. In nice weather, the wonderful patio is a big plus. I think it's the best moderately priced Italian restaurant in the Twin Cities! Its sister restaurants (Rinata and Sparks) are also very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost Perfect
    jayne
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Everyone in our group of 4 loved their food. The only exception was the chicken added to my caprese salad. It had no flavor at all. That was the first disappointment I've had at Al Vento.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Imaginative Italian
    wbeemanVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I am spoiled coming from Providence, RI where, in my opinion, the best Italian food in the nation is served. While in the Twin Cities, however, Al Vento comes close. It is certainly in the top tier in the Midwest. The kitchen works hard to produce interesting Italian food on a frequently changing menu. The enthusiasm of the staff makes dining here a pleasure. The menu is somewhat limited. There are few vegetarian options, though given the friendliness of the staff I am sure accommodations can be made. The homemade pasta is excellent and the changing bruschetta options are always fun. On the night we went the service was somewhat slow. But it was a Wednesday and night, and the restaurant was full. Perhaps they had not anticipated the crowd.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely evening
    Sanfeb10
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We met friends and sat outside--something one can't always do in Minnesota! We enjoyed all of the food although there should have been more goat cheese on the goat cheese bruschetta. All the entrees were very tasty. Two diners were new to Al Vento; both enjoyed their food and said they will return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • foodlover57
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The bucatini is to die for. I love the patio. I think Al Vento has a very good selection of wine. I enjoy the cozy feel of the restaurant. It's one of my favorites
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Food and service was very good. Nice neighborhood restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice summer evening.
    Kenwooddiner
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We celebrated my brother's birthday at Al Vento. It was perfect--good, home-made Italian pasta with a friendly, casual ambience. The service was very attentive and helpful. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Geoffrey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Geoffrey was fantastic! He's a true pro, will come back because of him alone.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Manhattan on 34th
    criticalmass
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Let's put it this way..We got married here. Everyone was making yummy sounds during the dinner. The wait staff is most attentive. They also serve the most delicious bread ever created. Go there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sundance
    sundance
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The chef had a salt thing going Saturday night. My wife's pappardelle was too spicy to finish, and even the glaze on my rib eye was overly salty. However, the bruschetta was amazing, the wine list appropriate, and the ambience terrific. Our waiter, Lou, was friendly and helpful. This was the first time the food wasn't up to our expectations.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Al Vento
    ExperiencedDinersVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Very disappointing dinner. For the main courses we ordered their trout dish and a pasta Amatriciana. The latter was described as having hot pepper flakes added, and the waiter volunteered that they could cut back on that ingredient. After quite a long wait, the pasta came with a lot of pepper, and the trout was badly overcooked. We were hungry and didn't want to wait another 40 minutes, so we did not send them back. These dishes are not difficult to prepare. Management should check the kitchen.
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  • Good food, but disappointed
    beerdrinker
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Received confirmation of reservation for patio. Arrived 20 minutes early, was told that patio dining could not be reserved and that we would have to wait at least an hour to sit on patio. Even when I explained I had received patio confirmation, it was not honored. Staff was polite and regretted the error, food and wine were very good despite the disappointment of eating inside on a beautiful night.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Try it! You will be back!!
    DiscriminatingTaste
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Excellent food!! Great wine list. Amazing Specialty Cocktails! House infused Limoncello and Rhubarb Gin! Try the Italian Mojito. Refreshing, not too sweet, delicious! Great service, too! Only exceeded by the unique choices and never disappointing flavor of the food. We had our son's grooms dinner here and it was fantastic! Surpassed our expectations. Been coming here for years and have referred countless friends and family to check it out. They are loyal customers now, too! The short rib entree is melt in your mouth delicious. Also, try the spaghetti and meatballs. Ridiculously good!! Mother sauce that has cooked all day, homemade pasta, and veal meatballs. Bon appetit!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just great!
    pachv26
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I am absolutely in love with Al Vento's bruch and so I always come back. The food is amazing and it's all you can eat buffet! I was skeptical about setting reservations through Open Table but everything worked out perfectly! Especially because brunch is always so busy. I couldn't have asked for better service through open table and Al Vento! I will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed Our Dinner
    norgebeard
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The dinner was tasty, they have a fantastic ambiance, and the service was really great. My one critique is that the entrees weren't quite worth what we paid.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great!
    chickendinner
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Al Vento is a great place in a quiet neighborhood. It's like going downtown for a nice meal without going downtown!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • YUM YUM YUM
    Lovesgoodeats
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We (party of 4) thoroughly enjoyed everything we ordered and had no room for dessert. Great beer, wine and drink list. appetizers were awesome and we each ordered a different entrée, all were fantastic. Been to Al Vento many times and have never had anything but great food and service. I love the place. The patio is lovely too.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yumtastic!
    pokeykitty
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I really enjoy the consistently good food and pleasant service here. It can be a special occasion or just dinner out, but it is always delicious.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Excellent food, value and outdoor seating. With many restaurant today it was so loud I had a hard time hearing my dining companion.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Something was off...
    HonestDiner
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Normally my husband and I enjoy our brunch experiences at Al Vento. This last Saturday something was wrong in the kitchen. The apricot cream crepes were salty. Some of the olives had gone musty. The Eggs Florentine were too poached in too much vinegar, the toast beneath was soggy and the sauce lacked the usual rich flavor. The buffet setup was very late. We were trying to have our wedding anniversary there. Rumor has it they are using a partial new kitchen staff. If this is true, beat them into shape quickly. We're only going to give Al Vento one more try. If the food is not back to what we're used to (which is food handled with care and presented with both flair and flavor) we're going to find another place to dine.
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  • Johnsland
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We have been coming to Al Vento for years. The food is consistently good and if you have the good fortune to have BEN as your waiter you will find service to be far above average!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really nice find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I love Buca's, and I was looking for a place like it to try out. I was blown away by the environment, which was much more romantic than Buca's inside. There was a patio, but we decided not to eat out there. Yeah there were a couple things like a thin paper cover over the tablecloth, but you don't really notice that. The food was incredible. They change the menu every night, so I'm looking forward to heading back there to try out more food. A great deal for the price. Including tip, I spent $60 for two pasta dishes and two glasses of wine. Loved it, and can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Italian
    MNFoodies
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We have had Italian food in several states and Al Vento is by far our favorite. Their homemade foccaccia will make you break every carb rule that you might have. From their homemade pasta's to their perfectly grilled and braised meats, this is a wonderful place. Here's a tip: go on Tuesday nights for their amazing date night meals and experience exceptional service from Ricardo!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Patio dining is so nice!
    Lightrailfoodies
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Delicious cheese assortment including a delightfully sinful pork belly. Enjoyed pasta and meatballs with a generous amount left over for next day lunch. Creme brûlée trio was good not great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Carolyn
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Love the spaghetti with mother sauce and meatballs!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner!!!!
    IGHDiner
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Dinner on the patio with friends. Food was great, never felt rushed. Also like the the Happy hour specials.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Delicious
    23special
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We went here for a birthday dinner and found the wine list, and menu to be full of special treats. The 4 of us thoroughly enjoyed the evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little Bit of Heaven
    tamikami
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    What a great place to meet friends, go on a date, or just taste some delicious food. The menu is varied enough that you can order the expected items like Margarita Pizza, but can also try things a little more edgy like one of their unique appetizers. The wine list is outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply the best
    FreshFoodie
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Al Vento is by far my favorite restaurant in the cities. Italian that can't be beat. Not the heavy handed pasta dishes that can haunt American style Italian food. It's light and fresh but we never leave hungry. Service is too notch. Can't say enough good things. Hit it up for Tuesday date night. $20 per person for a four course meal. Don't miss it!
    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.
  • Nice Date Night
    Snowsurfer
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The date night menu was a steal. All 4 courses were very good. It was also half price wine night, so $22 for a bottle. Can't really go wrong....although I have had mediocre food here in the past, I had an excellent meal this last time....July 2014. Very nice patio seating.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Don't miss the Date Menu Fare
    MakeMineAlVento
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The before-6pm half-priced bottle makes the wine almost affordable. Incredible stuffed mushrooms and assorted olives. Tasty caprese and crusty bread for dipping in a seasoned, sweetened oil. Jeff welcomed us, and never rushed us through our meal; there was no wait for the entrée --perfectly cooked gnocchi and tomatoes. We slowly savored our scoop of vanilla gelato and biscotti. Appetizer portion small (2 mushrooms apiece), but an attractive and complete meal for the $20 each. I left feeling full, and very satisfied with my fine dining experience. Will return to dine outdoors before the summer ends. Thank you so very much!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tuesday $20 menu
    kac138
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We like to come for the 1/2 price bottle of wine and Tuesday $20 menu specials. The specials are different every Tuesday and always Tasty!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Octopus
    unimpressed
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I love Octopus. I was dismayed to find that their Octopus appetizer was made with Baby Octopus, but tried it yesterday. It wasn't a large portion. I sighed. Then I tasted it. OMG Sweat, savory, chewy and Fantastic. Both of our pastas were ideal as well. Try the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outside noisy, inside was great
    Southie
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We had our first table outside, but it was too noisy for the conversation we were hoping to have. Our table of four moved inside and had a wonderful evening. The waitstaff did not rush us at all and were very helpful as we made our choices both for wine and menu items. The appetizer meat/cheese plate was unique and was worth savoring. We all had varieties of pasta which were delivered hot. This was not our first time, but we had not been there in a while. Glad to see the quality has remained the same.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    Diner1
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Always fresh, flavorful and unique, they raise the bar constantly
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Place
    vancouver06
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We have been going to Al Vento for years and every time the experience is wonderful. The wait staff is terrific and is amazingly knowledgeable about the wine and the food menus. The food is always well presented and is consistently perfect. The menu is innovative and nicely varied. This is definitely a restaurant we will go back to and will recommend to all our friends and family!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate