ARTango South American Bistro
ARTango South American Bistro

ARTango South American Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://artangobistro.com/
  • Phone: 7736977479x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Tuesday - Friday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
    Brunch Saturday - Sunday 10:00am-3:00pm
    Dinner Wednesday - Sunday 5:00pm-11:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Argentinean, Peruvian, South American
  • Executive Chef: Isaak Reyes
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Cafe, Dancing, Delivery, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch
  • Catering: Whatever the event, we want to
    make the menu selection as easy
    and exciting as possible.
    You can order off our delicious
    catering menu, or meet with one of
    our catering consultants to custom
    design your menu. Anything from our regular lunch menu to dinner or cocktail options.
  • Private Party Facilities: Interested to book your Holiday party, corporate event, family reunion or wedding? Our restaurant has everything to cater your need. Please call us for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Maria Alferov 3128234859x
  • Special Events: Halloween Night with Dinner and Tango

    ARTango South American Bistro invites you to dress up and experience a three course dinner Halloween night while enjoying Argentine Tango.

    Be sure to dress up in your costume to have a chance to win hourly giveaways.

    A Special Three Course Prefix Menu designed by our chef Isaak Reyes.

    BYOB

    $20 per person

    Reservation recommended:

    http://www.opentable.com/single.aspx?rid=114307&restref=114307

    Enjoy South American Flavors!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Berteau & Ravenswood
  • Public Transit: CTA Brown Line Irving Park or Montrose
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of free parking in front of the building.
A word from ARTango South American Bistro
Artango Bistro is a voyage to South American flavors. A little Buenos Aires in Chicago, and Ravenswood’s hidden gem.
Artango has long been a place for Argentine culture, tango music and dancing. The artistic spirit is now present in cuisine. You will dive into a unique dining experience with sounds, sights and flavors that you won’t forget.
Looking for a hidden gem or a romantic night out in Chicago? Try the best mix of Argentine steak, Peruvian ceviches, or inspirations from the Patagonia region.
Diners will appreciate that Artango is BYOB.
During spring and summertime, enjoy the outside dining area on Ravenswood Avenue.
Enjoy a new kind of destination restaurant in Chicago with fresh, innovative food, a one-of-a-kind décor, and a space with rich history and love for culture.
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ARTango South American Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
61 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (44)romantic (33)great for outdoor dining (31)good for groups (31)fit for foodies (30)special occasion (27)late-night find (13)great for brunch (12)hot spot (9)great for lunch (7)kid-friendly (4)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • WOW
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    WE had a delightful and delicious time. What a great find. During the week, there is even Tango lessons
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • sg2014VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    a beautiful room, incredible and inventive food, great service, byob...terrific place!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Andale to Artango!!
    WindyCityLoVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had a MOST wonderful evening at Artango. Granted, we were motivated by having a Groupon - but will definitely return. First, it's very colorful with great music. Second, it's BYOB, Third, the staff was just tremendously helpful and friendly; not "overly attentive" but there for every need. We brought wine for dinner and a partial bottle of Pisco brandy for dessert, which they put on ice for us. Menu is very manageable and creative - great ceviche options to start - and to share. Small plates offerings were quite creative and, again, easy to share and plentiful although dubbed "small" and entrees covered the vegetarian/fish/poultry/beef/lamb gamut with terrific sides. We shared a dessert of limoncello gelato with our Pisco. Yes!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood BYOB Gem
    ZiurlsVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I live in the area & came upon ARTTango. My bf & I had dinner on a Friday night at 745-we had a reservation but it wasn't needed. The place was pleasantly crowded & we had our pick of outdoor or indoor seating & chose indoor so that we could see the interior. It's beautifully decorated & an intimate setting. The food was amazing & being BYOB was a huge bonus! We started with the empanadas which were more than enough for 2 people & delicious. We were then given salad which had an awesome dressing. Next, I had the entrana which came on top of mashed potatoes with a side of guacamole. My bf had the filet mignon in malbec sauce. Both entrees were outstanding. The service was also attentive but not overbearing. I highly recommend ARTtango!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice outdoor seating
    RaReVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Went with all the recommendations from the server. Cozy outdoor seating in a quiet section of Ravenswood with plenty of street parking available. Service was exceptional - very attentive and welcoming. Trio of ceviches (shrimp/mahi-mahi/tuna) is a nice starting point - esp. the mahi mahi in a passion fruit dressing is unusual and memorable. Empanadas were reasonably well executed. In the entree section the skirt steak is the star and surprisingly the duck is also very good. The chimichurri sauce was the only weak point in the whole experience. And don't forget this is a BYOB.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    CregVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I cannot say one bad thing about the brunch I had here.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ARTango7/25
    JP007VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Another wonderful meal at ARTango. The food was great, we sat outside and enjoyed the weather and BYOB always works. We continue to recommend to other foodie friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Every visit has been great
    spotschicago
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    This was my fourth visit to ARTango. The food and service have always been great. I look forward to my next visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great!!
    ziggy
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food and service was outstanding. Very nice atmosphere. BYO is a plus. Would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolute Gem!
    chardonnaybilly
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    EXCEPTIONAL VALUE! the room is charming,,,nice comforting woods...generous table spacing (good acoustics) and the food was wonderful...had that international feel perfectly expressed....and to me a wine lover...the BYOB saves so much!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Fabulous
    Diningwithclass
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    A wonderfully beautiful place that carries a thematic ambiance of a small town in South America. A lovely experience to enjoy wonderfully crafted food and amazingly sweet desserts all while watching Tango!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Nice Surprise
    Eatfrst
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The five of us expected an Argentinian ambiance but were surprised to find so imaginative a decor retaining a significant amount of loft elements reorganized and combined with added elements of surfaces and objects. The large space, not filled the Tuesday night we were there, allowed for a lively continuous Tango class. Participants joined and some dropped out over the several hours we were there. Fortunately our table was situated so we could watch from a bit of a distance but not be overwhelmed by the music and instruction: a nice floor show without being part of it. The menu was comprehensive and creative. We worked our way through a number of appetizers rather than single entrees so we could taste more of a variety of items
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem!
    PeckishInAville
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    My friend and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner here, tarting with a nice bottle of wine (byob!) and empanadas. The beef empanadas were excellent--like I remember when I was a child in Chile. Next came soup for my friend and salad for me. He loved it, I thought it was okay. We both had beef dishes--both outstanding as you'd expect at a South American restaurant. No room for desert, but now I have a reason to go back. Two couples dancing the tango enhanced the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Great food - quirky atmosphere with sometime schedule tango lessions happening in part of the dining room. But, what was funny was they were silent. No tango music, and very wispered instruction. Kinda like Mime Tango dance lessions. Still quirky, but mybe better to just own it and tuirn on the tango music. Great Food! And you can skip the whole silent tango instruction thing by snaggin one of the outdoor tables.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • loved it!!
    Beca
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    I really really enjoyed this place! the service was fantastic and it's BYOB! my boyfriend and I love these types of restaurants. can't wait to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • what a great find!
    foodie
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    was driving by and noticed plants and umbrellas on ravenswood! made reservations for a sunday lunch/brunch and was very happy with the meal. the pricing is affordable and the meals were well prepared, presented and explained. the interior is very modern, industrial and room for tango dancing on friday nights. the staff was very friendly and helpful with questions...dont miss this great BYOB restaurant, you will surely be surprised with the delicious food!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I can't wait
    Esmeralda
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I can't wait to have a private event here. It's a terrific space.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RavenswoodMom
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Table of 12 with six kids. We had a fabulous time. Couples were dancing and I don't think we bothered them. Great place. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great new restaurant
    eyedoc
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Better than Tengo Sur for reservations and ambiance. Easy free parking, they take reservations and there is live Tango dancing on Fridays. They apparently offer beginner, intermediate and advanced tango lessons on week nights as well. Awesome place and byob until they get their liquor license. No cork fee is a bonus too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wsa hoping for better
    Aviller
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Most of what we had was just ok. The best dish we had was the fried cheese which was very good. The empanadas were good but there was very little filling. Veered more toward vegetarian except the pasta with lamb shank. But even that was just ok. Could use some more flavor. Nice staff. The room is a cool old loft. Would be a great event space. Will go back to sit outside on the patio and try one of the meat entrees.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Looking but......
    sundayluncher1
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Great little looking gem in Ravenswood, but the service for brunch was sorely lacking. The four of us ordered the exact same thing... which was a egg benedict dish....took over 45 minutes to get.. and there was ONLY one other table with us at the time........Honestly,its just poached eggs, folks.....the rest of the stuff that goes with it can be easily prepared prior..... I can only respond about brunch. I have not had dinner or lunch here. Maybe service is faster with these.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • HIDDEN GEM
    ChicagoTom
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Michael our waitor was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, courteous, and never left our glass of water half full. The food was delicious and was comparable to other Argentina restaurants. They also take reservations, unlike Tango Sur, where you have to wait up to an hour for a table. The vegetable empanadas were amazingly good, as was the soup of the day (mushroom). The ribeye was very favorable and came with grilled asparagus and quinoa. The flourless chocolate cake was the perfect choice to end an amazing dinner. BEST PART: BYOB
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LJSO
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Great food. Sebastian and Daniel made it a wonderful experience. Great decor.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 59 reviews are from the ARTango South American Bistro reviews archive.
  • Great Hidden Gem!
    SallyO
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    A fantastic little hidden gem that I would highly recommend. The ambiance is intimate. The food is great. Parking is easy (and free). I love that some tango lessons were taking place during our dinner, and yet, it wasn't distracting. If anything, I think it added to the unique, romantic quality of the place. Check it out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Done once, not twice
    InfinityFoodie
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Disappointed with the experience; many negatives: AC was off - it was 80 degrees outside, thus waiters were sweating (assume the cooks were sweating as well), they ran out of desserts (left with one option), BYOB was not clear, waiters could not explain the menu, bathroom was smelly, they allow pets (I assume small pets, had a customer next to me with a puppy in her lap), pricey for the experience: 3 adults + 2 small kids, no alcohol or dessert ~ $230. Few positives: food was decent (not WOW!! though), waiters were courteous. Certainly not coming back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic experience!
    Outandabout
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Our group of girls had a fantastic time fir dinner on a Friday night. The service was great. We were catching up and took forever to order and the waiter didn't rush us a bit and was attentive. The food was great and the atmosphere is really charming. I'd highly recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well executed, quality food::BYOB::
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    The menu on the Open Table website is NOT the menu of food being served. What is actually available is better and a wider selection. Appetizers: Empanadas -- nice attention to combining foods/tastes and not overfried; Shrimp cakes -- super sauce. Meat dishes -- superb quality. It is not clear from the menu or the website or Open Table that this is BYOB. It's not a neighborhood you will like walking the two-three blocks to the bodega, so BEE WHY OH BEE
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oustanding
    Romantic
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I loved the food and the service was outstanding! I loved the décor, the ambiance and the atmosphere was amazing.
    Special Features:
    Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice BYOB - with good food
    fatboyVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Both of us had beef dishes - steaks - sides were nice and meals were good
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    turtlz
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Went there after an event, was very impressed with the food and service, will return!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Nice menu and good food .... interesting that they have Tango lessons after 9 pm. We enjoyed the Argentine menu and it was very authentic since we have been to Buenos Aires several times ,
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprising Find
    RedShamrock
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Enjoyed my time at ARTango. The mango flan was excellent and their roasted chicken was good as well. BYOB is always a perk!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing Special
    conundrumma
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The pork arepas and peruvian steak dish were pretty solid, though the arepa itself was a bit bland. The service and ambiance were awesome; it was clean, we felt welcome, and we loved the music. I was in a group of 5 people, so we tried about half of the appetizers and then all had our own entrees. The food was underwhelming, to say the least. My wife ordered us the peruvian guacamole with plantain chips--what came was bagged tortilla chips and poorly mixed bland guacamole (couls have been store bought). Crab benedict was too fishy; french toast was thin and dry; and the Peruvian aji was flavorless. Fact of the matter is, I've had much better South American for way less money. I think we just paid for the ambience essentially.
    Special Features:
    Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Easter brunch
    Sammie
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    This was our second visit for brunch, and as with the first time, Artango did not disappoint. The food was great, as was the service. A good selection of specials compliments the really well-prepared usual offerings. Highly recommend this seemingly undiscovered place.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost hit the spot...
    PutFoodHereVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    First time patrons. The location has great *free* parking and the decor is pretty neat(nice artwork, brick walls, exposed beams, etc). Love that it's also BYOB with no corkage. Regarding our experience...it took FOREVER for a server to come to our table...almost to the point where I was going to ask, but I didn't want to cause issues. After that, he was a little more attentive(very pleasant, though), but still on a delay. Food was pretty good, but my $20 red pepper with a spoonful of quinoa seemed overpriced. Luckily we had a LivingSocial deal, so the price didn't sting as bad. I'd probably return for apps, dessert, and coffee.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Started weak and never recovered
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We really wanted to like this place! We made a reservation for 7:30 and arrived on time. We waited 25 minutes for our table. Irritatingly, the hostess sat several tables that arrived after us before we were seated. The ceviche was ok. We also tried a proveleta appetizer which turned out to be a sort of South American queso. it was greasy & impossible to eat as it was a big hunk of stringy cheese.long wait for entrees. My husband ordered a t-bone med-rare and I ordered salmon, they looked nice but when we cut into them, both were raw. We asked for the waiter and when he finally arrived, he actually argued with us about their done-ness. We didn't have time for them to recook as by now time to pick up kids and upset over it. Never going back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Salsa
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    It was off to a bad start because it took at least 10 min. for someone to acknowledge even though there were only 3 other tables occupied. They put their own restrictions on the groupon we brought. Only could get a "pre fixe" consisting of 2 things. The other choice was to take $40 off the bill. We chose that option. The ensalada del Pulp had more potatoes than octopus which didn't make a $12 charge worth it. The empanadas were good. I liked the fact that there were 3 varieties to choose & they let you mix them. The paella was good. There was enough for two people to split which we did.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • could use lessons in politeness
    Melissa
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    We went because we had a group on. Because it was for 4 and our party was smaller than that, they didn't want to allow us to use the value it was (bringing it down from 80 to 60). The hostess was rude and inattentive. The waiter was late with bringing some of our items and his colleague was better at taking care of us. This was our second attempt to try the place (we left before sitting the first time because the hostess would not accommodate our confusion regarding our expectations). The place continues open because the food is good. Everything else needs work
    Special Features:
    Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Rustic fine dining surprise
    finediner
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Delicious food in an elegant, rustic, artsy venue My filet came on top of blue mashed potatoes with roasted asparagus on the side. The salad was full of surprises like lima beans and corn. Everything was totally delicious.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. It was delicious and different. The service was wonderful and we all enjoyed our meals. I really loved the decor--beautifully done. A great evening!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall