Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel
Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel

Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.auberginecarmel.com/
  • Phone: 8316248578x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner served daily from 6:00pm to 9:30pm.

    Private parties in the Wine Cellar or al fresco dining in the flower-filled courtyard can be arranged upon request. Contact events@laubergecarmel.com.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Justin Cogley
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: For weddings, private dining and special events please call our Events Coordinator at 831-622-5907 or email: events@laubergecarmel.com.
  • Private Party Facilities: Restaurant buy-outs are possible at L'Auberge Carmel. L'Auberge Carmel's private Wine Cellar can seat parties up to ten people.
  • Private Party Contact: Reservations 8316248578x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 7th
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is offered; street parking is optional.
A word from Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel
Executive Chef Justin Cogley and Executive Pastry Chef Ron Mendoza prepare sophisticated modern California cuisine. With access to an array of outstanding local products as well as ingredients and artisan purveyors from around the world, Cogley and Mendoza focus on incorporating these elements into their ever-changing menus.The intimate 12-table Aubergine restaurant features an underground wine cellar that was constructed beneath the inn's courtyard to house the restaurant's 4,500 bottle collection. The wine list features great wines from around the world but especially wines from Monterey County.

Reservation Cancellation Policy: 24 Hours Prior to Reservation Time.
Late Cancellation Fee: $50 per person Cancelling.

Dining Room Attire: Smart Casual. Jackets for gentlemen are encouraged. Ties are optional. No t-shirts, shorts, or tennis shoes please.
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Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel reviews from OpenTable diners
70 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelQuiet
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (60)fit for foodies (56)romantic (48)notable wine list (47)neighborhood gem (16)hot spot (6)good for groups (3)late-night find (2)great for lunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Dissapointed
    Foodie123
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    A couple of good dishes and a few dissaponting ones, some of the flavors were too complicated to really enjoy... Suggest to simplify the menu.- On another not we were not told that UPGRADING the beef was extra ant got a bill for $739 ???????
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    fit for foodies
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  • Unique Experience!
    KMViola2
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We stayed in Carmel for two nights as part of our honeymoon trip, and chose Aubergine for a celebratory dinner. The staff were attentive and gracious, the dining room is small but still airy and bright. Of course, the food is what you come for, and all we can say is that it was exquisite. The Tasting Menu is nine courses, each one a surprise. The attention to detail, flavor pairings and presentation were superb! Our dinner was complemented by the Sommelier wine pairings, a must! After dinner, we had the pleasure of meeting the Executive Chef, Justin Cogley so that we could thank him for a wonderful evening that we will never forget.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Foodie experience
    GarthVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Totally matched my expectations for a world class restaurant, eating alone with paired wines, on a weeknight.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Should get a Michelin star
    Time2Dine
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great food. Elegant presentation. Great flavors and mix of ingredients. I made the mistake of eating a late lunch, but still opted for the 9-course tasting menu. Even on somewhat of a full stomach I still forced myself to get through all nine courses because it was so good. The meat dishes were cooked perfectly. Definitely deserves a Michelin star (or two).
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Amazing anniversary dinner
    MiswuVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Delicious chef's menu creation with excellent reserved wine pairing. The service was wonderful and flawless. Will definitely return for other special occasions!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Barry Margerum
    DisatisfiedVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We had an outstanding and memorable dinner. The many food items that we ordered and the chef provided were exquisite, as were their unique presentations. It exceeded our expectations. The service was quite good. We asked to meet the chef to personally thank him for such a luscious meal. He was very gracious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, but too pricey.
    JDranVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Dinner, service, ambience was off the charts. Setting is extraordinary Cost of the experience makes it a one time event. We loved it but Won't be back. Twice the amount I've paid for a dinner for two in The finest restaurants in the world.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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  • Memorable Evening
    FuzzBear
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Aubergine more than lived up to its outstanding reputation as we had a most memorable dining experience. Four of us had the tasting menu and although we at first feared it would be too much food, the many dishes were small enough to allow us to eagerly anticipate the next offering but yet large enough to allow us to fully appreciate the delicious food and the artistry of the chef. We savored each of the many dishes. The service was impeccable and the overall atmosphere matched the high quality of the food. This is THE restaurant to enjoy a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Outstanding
    Hoppa
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The Hokkaido beef alone was an experience. We tried the tasting menu and every single dish was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and Service - Wow
    jimcathy1VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This restaurant was wonderful! The service was impeccable and the food was wonderful. We opted for the four course meal ($110) with the wine pairings. The wines made the food "pop". The wines arrived on time. Since the menu changes daily, there is no point in discussing the details of what we had - but, the cheese choice is great. We will go back for sure.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic meal, great wine pairings
    pottegilVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    You dont expect this quality meal in Carmel. However, the chef's tasting menu was great, the attention to detail was perfect. Additionally, the wine pairings were both inventive and really good matches.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Spectacular
    PeterTVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The full tasting menu w/ wine pairings is nothing short of spectacular. My wife and I agree that this was the best restaurant experience of our lives. Plan on 2.5 - 3 hours of delight and surprise.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing experience
    mjpoloVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Having dined at other L'Auberge properties we were anxious to try another. We were in town for Monterey auto week and were disappointed to see that one of two tasting menus was available and no al a carte options existed. The experience started off poorly when the maitre d' saw we brought a bottle of our own wine. As avid wine collectors we are accustomed to paying corkage fees and do this frequently. We did purchase a bottle in addition to the one we brought but needless to say she was not happy. Ultimately the meal cost $250/person and automatically included a 20% service charge, despite marginal service. The food was good in many respects, a few highlights included the pate and the rib eye. I don't think we will return.
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  • Great place
    neededgf
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyed the dining experience. The food was excellent & the service was equal. Great selection of spirits & wine.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Service charge of 18% - 20% is already included in the price (party of 4); this is not common practice. Don't like the fact that the 4 had to order the same menu. Tried the special japanese beef; price was very high ($32.00 per ounce).
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicate food. Great service.
    RRR55
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Fine ingredients for the best Flavor. Great experience.
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    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection on a plate!
    Golfanddine
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    This Beautiful small restaurant in the heart of Carmel knows what dining is all about. It's a tasting menu and the night we dined each course was better than the next! Can't begin to say how perfect it was from the amuse bouche to the chocolates at the very end. If this place was in Paris it would have 3 Michelin stars it's that good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Memorable Experience
    harryjrp
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I booked my reservation (as well as a room at the hotel - a must go place) two months in advance. Even though I was attacked by seasonal allergies, I felt the extraordinary combination of flavors and ingredients. The wine pairing, a must, was excellent. Service and attention was second to none. I would definitely come again.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food and service
    goodeater
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    This is a great restaurant. Tasting menu was great and the presentation of food was very imaginative. The service was perfect!
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Food and presentation was wonderful and enjoyable The sommelier was friendly and helpful. Romantic
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • "Outstanding dining experience"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed dining at Aubergine in Carmel, California. We purchased the wine pairing and the wines chosen complemented the food perfectly. The courses were beautifully presented as well as delicious and we left feeling satisfied but not overly full. Each touch, like the homemade rolls and the cookies to take with us, as well as the opportunity to step into the kitchen and meet the chef, was special and memorable. We definitely will try and return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Excellent
    BestTable
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Jamie from Coi in San Francisco recommended this place. She said Michelin hasn't been down to review the restaurant yet. But...they will. The food was delicious...Dan...our server, was terrific. The $55.00 corking fee is to much. The wagyu filet from the Hokkaido region of Japan was like nothing ever before...incredible and worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Once in a Lifetime
    CatherineTVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Aubergine was a once of a lifetime dining experience. The food was impeccable and the sommelier was unrivalled. They even had an awesome mix of music.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Very intimate with fantastic food. One of the best restaurants I have been to in the world
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Unique Dinner
    NapamelVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our anniversary and was very pleased that we got to experience the outstanding food and service. This is a small but exquisite venue. The Executive Chief is Justin Cogley who previously worked at Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago. He has created a very unique and wonderful menu. In my opinion there are only 2 concerns. They are the small size of the portions on the Tasting Menu and the cost of the meal. But, to our surprise we were full at the end and totally enjoyed each course with the paired wine. It is a meal we will never forget.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Srf41VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    an amazing meal - food, ambiance, presentation couldn't have been better. Wish we lived closer so we could make a return visit. Worth a journey
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • Aubergine is Amazing!
    FormerChicagoFoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My husband and I were looking for a very nice place to celebrate our anniversary, and Aubergine did not disappoint. From the moment we walked in, we were treated like royalty. The service is impeccable. The food, outstanding. Each course was beautifully prepared and presented. We even got to go meet the chef and rest of the kitchen after our meal (and we received a very nice gift in the way of an autographed menu from Chef Justin Cogley! We will be back.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Perfect Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Dinner at Aubergine was impeccable. From the first to the last course everything was amazing. My husband and I could not pick a favorite course because each one out did the previous. Small, quaint, romantic dining room. Service was friendly, professional and spot on. After dinner we were invited to meet the chef. Executive Chef Justin Cogley was very humble and definitely deserves 2 Michelin Stars.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not worth the price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Very good service but Disappointing,strange food and extremely pricy.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Foodie1VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We enjoyed the chef's tasting menu and wine pairing, but it was very expensive and just a bit over the top. Definitely a once in a lifetime experience so now that we have been there and done that, doubt we will be back.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Firstclass
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Brilliant imaginative food with perfect wine matching. Totally professional service.
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  • Maybe a little too fabulous?
    TammyJoe
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The chef's tasting menu was delicious save the first three courses which were nothing too special. Portions were a bit on the scarce side, however, and made the overall price--already pretty steep--feel a bit over the top. It was also a bit annoying to have additional up selling of special versions of some of the dishes (eg, special Japanese steak that was $32/oz with a minimum portion of 4 oz!) when the meal was already quite expensive. The wine list was extensive and excellent.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nonameVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Aubergine is perfect. The food, the wine and the service are excellent and consistent. We live on the Monterey Peninsula and go to Aubergine a few times each year and it never disappoints. Yes it is expensive and the serving are small, but each one has incredible mix of flavor, texture and taste. The wine pairings are always right on. We have never left disappointed or feeling we had paid to much. Go and enjoy a unique dining experience.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 37 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.8
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.7
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 418 reviews are from the Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel reviews archive.
  • oas14
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Everything, from the moment we entered until we left the restaurant we were welcomed and treated with great touch! There was no waiting time. The food was outstanding! The presentation was marvelous! This was our second theme dinner, and we made our reservation for next month Korean theme dinner already. We are so lucky to live in the area and enjoy Aubergine's any time we want.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Treat
    FoodisFunVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    We treated ourselves to a fabulous meal at Aubergine. The entire evening was terrific!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mother's Day at Aubergine
    OpenTableFanVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    It was lovely and most of the menu was exceptional. The salad with asparagus, duck egg and challah bread was memorable.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • 4konleftVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This is an elegant restaurant. There were 9 tables set our evening, a mix of couples and a few family groups. We ordered the special prix fix, and were completely satisfied, with the same level of positive memory we have for Charlie Trotter and Per Se. We would not come here often, but for a special evening, top tier.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Carmel best
    NickSFVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    My friends and I are foodies, often dining at the best of SF, NYC, or Paris. I had read the Aubergine reviews on Yelp and OpenTable, but was not expecting the seriously creative and high quality we found in the tasting menu. Excellent amuse bouche, seafood courses, two meat courses, and a series of sweets. We collectively gave Aubergine and A+.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food, Excellent Service
    KostaVVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    This was our first time at L'Auberge and we experienced some phenomenal food, coupled with excellent service. We had the tasting menu and found that the food was elevated to a new level that many similar places fail to reach. The presentation was very tasteful and made the meal feel like an experience. Service was just right, without being overbearing. We appreciated the wine list recommendations and thought they were spot on.
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Whenever in the area, we usually only dine here - last time a year ago. Since then something must have changed in the kitchen. Just wasn't the same. Also, generally very reserved atmosphere - but tonight two gentlemen from a local wine club dominated the room - which is small. But the biggest problem was the food. Stupid expensive for what we received and each course had us shaking our heads - why did he make vinegar the dominant flavor for a starter featuring peas, why put caviar on a custard featuring local milk, and then again caviar - this time overwhelming an asparagus salad, then another bizarre flavor profile for ribeye slices. And so much smoked flavor - almost everywhere. Bizarre! We cancelled the next two reservations.
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    Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic