Apizz
Apizz

Apizz

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.apizz.com/
  • Phone: (212) 253-9199
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday 6:00pm-11:0pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: John LaFemina
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Stanton and Rivington
  • Public Transit: F train 2nd avenue stop
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Apizz
A hidden treasure on the Lower East Side, Apizz cooks up Italian food in a stunning -- and huge -- wood-burning oven. The dining room is intimate and cozy, rustic yet modern, and perfect for first dates or dining with friends. Like its décor, the menu at Ápizz is a blend of old and new. The menu consists of updated versions of Italian classics like Wild Boar Lasagna and Open Ravioli with Butternut Squash, as well as Oven-Roasted Whole Fish and a braised short rib gnocchi.
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Apizz reviews from OpenTable diners
48 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (30)neighborhood gem (30)romantic (24)special occasion (14)notable wine list (10)good for groups (5)late-night find (2)hot spot (2)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Hidden Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    This spot gets me every time. When you bring someone there they say "where are you taking me?" They are always pleasantly surprised!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real Gem
    mrmoto
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    from start to finish it was a great meal. the service was fantastic, and the food was really good. the wine list has a little for everyone. the wine prices weren't over the top and reasonable compared to other restaurants in nyc. everything we ordered was on point and wasn't disappointed on anything. all around a great meal. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone. thank you for a great evening apizz.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Italian Gem in "Upper" LES
    JoshGVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Just around the corner from Katz's Deli, Russ & Daughters, and the Landmark indie film theater, this neighborhood Italian is a little gem. On what looks like an almost abandoned block just below E. Houston, you find a warm, almost intimate interior of woods and warm fire light. And "where's the fire"? Emanating from a large brick oven where almost everything is cooked - not just the flat pizza-apps. The service is attentive - the atmosphere relaxing, even pretty - and the food is outstanding and imaginative (a Veal Bolognese with bow-tie pasta is brilliant). Not "gourmet" - but a real find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Feels dated
    abcdVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Good food but the whole thing feels a little dated now. We were pretty much left to our own devices in terms of service. They were polite on the rare occasions that we saw them.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great grilled fish
    suttonplaceVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The Bronzino is grilled in their open hearth oven. You get a whole grilled filleted Bronzino. Perhaps the best fresh and juicy fish I ever ate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Dinner was very enjoyable. Apizz is one of a few restaurants that never seems to disappoint us. The food and service was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Apizz Appeal
    TBSNYCVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    If you're walking too fast, you'll walk right by this great little spot so slow when you smell the wood burning. A good wait staff try their best but need to up their game to keep up with the great food. With that said, I recommend to Italian food lovers and go often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great date night! Veal bolognese was delicious! Can't wait to go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Escape
    Mike1786
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    My significant other and I typically dine out usually further up town. After reading a review on infatuation.com I decided to treat us to dinner at Apizz. I'm glad we did. It was a welcome escape from the usual noisy and crowded restaurants were used to. We actually were able to carry on a normal conversation over delicious food without having to strain to hear or raise your voice to near shouting level. The food was great, the service on point and the ambiance romantic. Will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • family dinner
    vleecker
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    My family's grown. We went to Apizz to share a meal and conversation. Success. The room is lovely and golden, the server was brusque, and the food was decent with the exception of the gnocchi, which were aggressively tasteless. I go back, but steer clear of the gnocchi.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NICE FIND
    kungfuVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    EXCELLANT FOOD GREAT COCKTAILS, HUGE PORTIONS VERY ATTENTIVE STAFF AND A GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD FIND. TRY THE SHRIMP APP. HAD THE WHOLE BRANZINO EXCELLANT
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVE
    Lucky
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had the best time! Huge portions but great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The jewel of the neighborhood. The food is delicious, the cozy setting along with the professional service make your dining experience very special indeed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Surprise
    DavidDinesOutVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    As you walk down the block you don't get the feeling you are about to enter culinary heaven. this is a wonderful relaxed spot for great Italian food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Elegant and Delicious
    shoota
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Cannot say enough about Apizz - had dinner on a Saturday night and EVERYTHING was perfect - the service was courteous, efficient, friendly, polite, polished, etc....the food was excellent - VERY tasty (read: "melt in your mouth")...I had the chicken, my family had the crabmeat pasta and veal bolognese....ALL OF IT was so flavorful, hot, perfect texture, etc.....desert was more of the same with the chocolate cake and vanilla gelato. Great wine selection. Ambiance was perfect - elegant but relaxed, calm and quiet but not too quiet...great lighting, decor and music. Overall - totally recommend going. A bit pricey, but totally worth it if you want a truly memorable, satisfying NYC dining experience at a restaurant with CHARACTER.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Away
    BarbaraVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    A little tough to find, but what a treat when you do. We were there early and really enjoyed the quiet and ability to converse. I don't know what it's like when the "bar scene" gets going, if it ever does. The food was exceptional in every way. I shall return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 777 reviews are from the Apizz reviews archive.
  • Great fish
    suttonplaceVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We loved the fresh Bronzino that was baked in the open oven
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Apizz my appetite
    amorgie
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Solid menu, consistently great food, nice wine list with many wines reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pretentious
    Ginger
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This restaurant will NOT make any adjustments to their menu for allergies, dietary restrictions, or any other reason. The salad looked nice but was over-dressed and too vinegary. The staff was dismissive. Pretentious and just bad.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second Time Around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We had friends from out of town that were staying in a nearby LES hotel, so we chose A Pizz for location, plus we wanted to come back after having eaten here about a year ago. We were not disappointed and our friends enjoyed our choice. We chose the daily fish special, a nice prepared bronzino, the lobster risotto, plus two different pizzas. The food was fresh, tasty, and nicely presented. Our waiter was attentive, tho' perhaps a bit too eager to get our drink order. The nicely back-lit dining room was packed, tho' we had no trouble hearing each other and getting caught up. Solid meal, tho' not necessarily inventive. We will be back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yumm!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    A friend recommended this place to me as I rarely frequent the lower east side. It is on a quiet street and yet close enough that getting a cab after dinner was no problem. The interior is very ambient. It's dark inside but with lots of low lights for atmosphere. The fire oven if visible as well as the kitchen from the dining room. The food was excellent. I had the butternut ravioli which was amazing. My friend had the entire fish which was cooked perfectly. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and if I am ever down that way again, would certainly go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Even bought the book!
    aaronmcoVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    My Wife and I got a recommendation to visit Apizz. From our experiences with Raoul at the bar to sitting down in a comfortable table with impeccable service; we knew we weren't going to be disappointing. I research the amazing wines before arriving at the dinner but with hesitation, confident Raoul not only pick the perfect wines for us but fully explained the menu; the half portions available so you can have a variety. We had four appetizers for the table the octopus, shrimp, meatballs, and salads were all amazing and flavorful; entrees were again perfect in every way. I had to know more about this restaurant and its Chef, next day i read the whole book and have already tried out a few of the recipes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Divine Dining
    mom2diVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Everything we ordered was delicious--pizza, oven roasted branzino (best we ever had), pasta, lobster risotto, shrimp and calamari appetizers. Even the ricotta spread for the bread was divine. Apizz serves exceptional food in a comfortable atmosphere with excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food, cave-like restaurant
    etc1
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I made a last minute reservation and was pleasantly surprised. Food was great. The Chorizo Pizza and Raviloi Con Zucca were favorites among the table. The only draw back I see is the ambience. The restaurant is dark, no windows, and cave-like.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    Kesslerc
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The food was great here. My only issue, and it's not even a real "issue," was the waitstaff. We were never greeted by a server when we sat, someone just showed up, asked us what wine we wanted, then apparently he was our waiter. He did a fine job the rest I the night, just an awkward start. Also, he may have been too attentive. I don't need my wine topped off every 3 minutes, especially when I haven't taken a sip. Overall, good place and I would recommend for the food alone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet & Romantic Gem
    BowTails
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Visited over Memorial Day weekend with my girlfriend and had an amazing dinner at Apizz. We are still talking about it five months later and agree that it was one of the best dining experiences we've ever had. Reservations were promptly honored and the proprietor showed us to a romantic table near the window with a great view of the kitchen. We both had the off menu specials and a bottle of Super Tuscan. Dinner was delicious, dessert was fantastic, and while it was busy it was very quiet. Wonderful for conversation and a romantic meal. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic Fish
    suttonplaceVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    We had a fabulous dinner. We started with very full and tasty salads. The whole open oven baked branzino was about the best we ate anywhere. It was fresh, moist and delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • APIZZ EXPERIENCE.
    Dineout8daysaweek
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    GREAT FOOD, SERVICE @ AMBIANCE. NOISE LEVEL LOW, VERY GOOD LOOKING INTERIOR,VERY GOOD PLATE PRESENTATION. THE WINE GLASS SHOULD BE REPLACED WITH A LIGHTER WEIGHT MORE LUXURIOUS LOOKING AND BETTER FEELING IN THE HAND GLASS. IN SUMMATION WE HAD A WONDERFUL DINING EXPERIENCE AND A WONDERFUL EVENING.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Didn't stay, but still enjoyed
    LittleItalyLocal
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    My wife was feeling ill, so we had to leave before our main dishes came. However, everything leading up to that point was amazing. Cocktails were tasty, the bread with ricotta and marinera sauce was delicious, and our appetizer was good. Our dishes we took home did not live up to the experience, but that is likely because we had to wait 20 minutes after receiving them to eat them when we got back to the hotel. All in all, this place is a solid choice for a night out.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, food and ambiance
    AliceC
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My family went to Apizz for the first time on Mothers Day as we had taken a tour over at the Tenement Museum. Picked it based on location and reviews and was very pleased with the choice. The pizza with spinach and cheese and one large salad as an appetizer was perfect for the 4 of us. All of our meals were delicious and so filling that we did not have room to taste dessert! Hopefully next time we can have dessert and those yummy looking meatballs we did not try yet!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Apizz
    lovi
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Service was perfect until they (kindly) asked us if we could move to the bar after finishing our main course, since there was four people waiting for a table. After moving to the bar the waitress started neglecting us. Some friends of hers came in to the restaurant and she started chatting with them instead of giving service. It seemed like she had forgotten about us and we had to wait for a long time to get the check. We left the restaurant with a feeling of unsatisfaction. Too bad, since the food was good.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happy First timer
    foodloverVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Found Apizz while searching for a new place on the LES and A'pizz sounded nice. The restaurant was on a residential block all alone with a neon sign and a funky entrance that led into a world of fantastic food, great service and a really great vibe. A'pizz is one room with an oven, literally with perhaps 15 tables where two cooks turn out truly terrific food. Our server was great, service spot on and just a totall pleasure. I will be back that's for sure...one of the best meals I have had in months....
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Everything revolves around the oven
    Gallagher
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The oven is the center of the food at Apizz. The bread made in it is amazing! The pizzas made in it are equally excellent. Great obscure Italian wine list of bottles one rarely sees in the US, but overpriced even for NY (Marked up 4X retail).
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lost on me...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    This restaurant came highly recommended by a bunch of people who have solid creds. I thought every dish we ordered (including the famed lasagna) was quite average. Bottom line is I was disappointed...especially at that price point.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Apizz Dinner for 3
    AFullStomach
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Food was flavorful and the menu offered a not too large selection to choose from but with plenty of variety. True to the servers word, the wild boar lasagna was not gamey, and indeed very tasty. Short rib gnocchi was the best meal on the menu, hearty, well seasoned, but with not too large gnocchi to avoid overwhelming the dish. Pair the short ribs with a glass of Barolo and you'll be a happy camper. Good food, great wine. My only critique would be the light fixture cover that fell on our table during the meal was a bit worrying. In return we got free desert which was a nice gesture. Overall a great experience but there is room for improvement.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eh....
    Dianne
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The restaurant wasn't what I expected. Being from an Italian home, I know what "APizz" means, unfortunately, this place didn't impress. When we arrived, the ambiance is delightful, however spanish music was playing in the background. I thought that was odd, but then thought it even odder that a pizza would have "chorizo" on it! I wanted a salad with grilled chicken before sharing pizza with my friends.....they couldn't accomodate; they didn't have any grilled chicken! So, we asked for cannellini beans instead...they were hard as a rock!! We ordered a few "pizza's". They arrived on a rectangular appetizer size plate...about the size of a normal forearm. To sum it up, the ambiance was sweet, but the food so-so and really overpriced.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great night at Apizz
    AdventuresOfJohnAndCat
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    My girlfriend and I dined at Apizz on Sunday (4/6/14) and had a wonderful time. The service was warm and friendly. The bread (served with marinara sauce and ricotta cheese) was great, the pizza appetizer was delicious and the mains (shared the gnocci with short rib and the open ravioli with buttenut squash) were excellent. The wait staff was attentive and helpful. The space was warm and cozy and the large open hearth gave the place a very romantic feel. My girlfriend had asked for help in choosing between two desserts and our waiter brought us both (the one we didnt order on the house). Highly recommend for a date or dinner with friends/family. Will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always, the food was great-meatb
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    As always, the food was great-meatballs and gnocchi were big hits. Service friendly without being overbearing. The brick walls and fire in the oven create a warm and cozy atmosphere. We have been many times before and will continue to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We've been there a number
    Casey
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    We've been there a number of times and the food, service and ambience have always been great!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • charming delicious LES
    ModelsEatVIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    This place is really nice, brick walls, nice lighting, cosy atmosphere w sophistication. stands out from all other LES restaurants. Oven roasted branzino is done to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.