Babylon
Babylon

Babylon

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.babylonraleigh.com/
  • Phone: 9198388595
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner
    Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

    Sunday: Brunch 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    Dinner 5:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Moroccan, Mediterranean, International
  • Executive Chef: Samad Hachby
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We offer On-premise catering to wedding facilities, conference centers, clubs and other venues.
  • Entertainment: Current Events:

    For more information visit:
    www.babylonraleigh.com
  • Special Events: Open to corporate events, weddings and private VIP functions

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lane Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free 74 slots parking spaces
A word from Babylon
Inspired by the opulence of the ancient Mesopotamian city of Babylon and the legendary wonderment of the Hanging Gardens comes a conceptual restaurant, lounge, and event space unique in its kind to downtown Raleigh's dining and entertainment landscape.
Hidden in plain sight on the cusp of downtown's Glenwood South District and the Capitol District, surrounded by a wall of brick and cedar, sets a seductive outdoor dining terrace exuding the sophistication of a southern European courtyard and the ornate tones of the palaces of Marrakesh and Fez.
An embellished oasis welcoming all to an unparalleled experience, Babylon inhabits a more than century old structure that has been painstakingly restored, reflecting respect for the building's original façade while seamlessly incorporating regal elements, all imported from Morocco.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Babylon reviews from OpenTable diners
101 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (83)romantic (50)special occasion (46)good for groups (41)fit for foodies (41)neighborhood gem (26)hot spot (26)late-night find (25)scenic view (25)vibrant bar scene (23)notable wine list (18)great for brunch (9)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • Oasis
    Ewjohnson4
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I had passed Babylon a hundred times during the day and not noticed it. But at night it transforms into a North African oasis of food, music and color. A gem for vegetarians.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oasis in an corner of downtown
    JaneG
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had a fabulous dinner at this restaurant. We sat outside and we couldn't have asked more of the service, food or ambiance. Even though the establishment is very near Capital Blvd. as it enters downtown, the enclosed courtyard was lush with greenery and atmosphere, and the feeling of being in an oasis in the desert pervaded. The lamb tagine was seasoned perfectly with sweetness and a bite of spice to counter it, and while the lamb fell off the bone easily, the other ingredients were tender but not overcooked. Cous cous with lamb and vegetables was very good as well. Great side benefit is that the restaurant has an ample parking lot. The interior of the restaurant is sophisticated and subdued, with a sizable bar area as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • But how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?
    shaneo
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food was great, and it was a beautiful evening for patio dining. It was also the night of a wedding reception being hosted there, with the DJ/dancing on the patio blaring bad wedding party music so loud we couldn't even talk at our table. We skipped dessert to go somewhere else and later found ourselves hoarse from trying to talk over the music. Our group decided we'll probably only come back on a weeknight just to avoid that scene again. If we were to come back on a weekend, we would DEFINITELY call to see if there was going to be a private party with music on the patio before confirming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great option
    GeorgeZ
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    If you are looking for a different option in Raleigh, Babylon is perfect for trying something out of the box. If you are not too much into cous-cous, pizza, salads, and Mediterranean appetizers are perfect pairs for a red wine. Try the patio seating. I liked that the manager is checking tables often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday brunch/pool party
    JollyGreen
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I came for there Sunday brunch, bottomless mimosas and pool party over Labor day weekend. The food portions were small but delicious. The pool party had a great music and vibe all afternoon. I will definitely plan on attending brunch and pool parties in the future.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediterranean delight
    foodlover
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great selection of middle eastern, french and Spanish foods and an extensive wine list. Great atmosphere and outdoor dining was especially pleasant with a pool in the center and seating all around with romantic lighting. It was near the downtown area but set off so it did not seem to be in the downtown. Service was excellent. B
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gem of Raleigh
    cah79
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Babylon is hands-down my favorite restaurant in Raleigh. The food is great, no doubt about that, but the ambiance is incredible. I really feel like I'm in an oasis, especially when I sit outside. A friendlier, more customer service orientated restaurant you will not find in Raleigh (or anywhere else that I've been). Visit on a night when the weather is nice and be sure to sit outside. You won't be sorry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Time but not the Last Time
    HighStandards
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Great restaurant, excellent food. Loved it. Visited the Restaurant on a Tuesday evening. The crowd was light. Food choices were from the tapas menu ceviche (very good) Cheese, chorizo, olive platter (very good), chicken kabobs(excellent), lamb kabobs (good, ask for them to be fully cooked) Dessert Chocolate Mousse (good), Bread with dipping sauce (Bobagannouse) sorry I can't spell it but I really liked it. Overall food rating was: Very Good
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, excellent atmosphere
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Reminded us of a true Middle Eastern restaurant where table is yours for the evening and service pace matches.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AWESOME
    DELIGHTFUL
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My granddaughter and I went and as soon as we saw the sign and building we knew we had found a great place for us. We had a 9:30pm reservation due to work schedule and the parking lot looked as if it were 7pm. We ate around the pool and the food and lighting were just right. Her response afterwards was that she was going again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great new spot on our list
    aaflyer
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Loved the atmosphere inside and out on the patio. Music an dancing on the patio were nice but the hookahs that came out later in the evening were a distraction. We ate on the patio and it was a warm/muggy evening...outdoor ceiling fans would be a welcomed addition. The hostess did help by moving some freestanding fans to help, and was most appreciated. The bartender was very helpful and knowledgeable. Loved the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something different and worth a try
    Packandpirate
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Heard about Babylon and decided to try for our anniversary. Asked for patio seating but it was quite got and muggy. Other than looking out the open gate door to the traffic it was a very scenic and quaint place. Wife had tagine chicken which was excellent, I had lamb medallions which were a little tough and not much seasoning. Had these chicken wraps for appetizer and that was best part of the meal! Good drink selection too
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Moroccan Food
    MikeG
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We went for the special menu during a restaurant week and the food was good. But I asked for beer that would be on tap and the bartender suggested and brought one that was in a bottle. I ordered fish listed as salmon and it looked and tasted like cod. In all fairness, they did give us a dish of the salmon later and did not charge for the beer.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I loved Babylon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We sat outside, next to the pool. The food was excellent. We all had lamb in one form or another. The appetizers were also excellent. The overall bill was very reasonable considering the excellent food. The only negative was the rumble of the trucks ouside on the highway.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Glad I went; won't be back
    thepaulatics
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The food was very good, even though my salmon was raw in the center. The location is a hard and twisted right turn off Capital Blvd. right when it turns into Dawson. I barely saw it to turn in. Very easy to miss. The outside dining area has ample space, with a separate bar and small pool. However, the guy smoking a disgusting cigar right by the door put an end to any notion to sit outside.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a nice dining experience at Babylon once again. The food has been consistently delicious each time we have visited. This was our 3rd time there. I had the salmon special - salmon cooked in paper and seasoned perfectly ! And we also tried the lamb kabobs appetizer and they were delicious as well. I had the spanish margarita and it was tasty. Ceci had the Pear Deluxe and loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very unique find in Raleigh
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    One of the best for outdoor dining. Very interesting food with Moraccan influences but lots of choices as well. The Chicken specialty is worth a try - great and like nowhere else I've been to. Check out the interesting interior as well even if you eat outside. The appetizer platter is a little small but otherwise the menu is fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little disappointed with wine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We always have enjoyed coming here, but on our last trip they were out of the reasonably priced wines on their menu. We tried ordering two different bottles and they didn't have either. Instead they suggested an $80 bottle that was twice the price point. In the end we opted for wine by the glass, but there were no comps or discount to try to make it right.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JLDavis7863
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We went to Babylon to celebrate our 4 year date anniversary. Had a wonderful time and enjoyed the atmosphere and surroundings. Staff were friendly very knowledgeable about the food. The food was excellent, from the calamari appetizer to the entrees - lamb tagine with couscous and lamb chops with grilled vegetables, meats were flavorful and cooked to perfection. We would have liked to of sat outside and enjoyed the evening and pool area, but it was raining and the weather wouldn't allow it. We plan on going back and relaxing next month.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • outdoor oasis
    eatright
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    we had somehow never been to babylon. we will surely be back. the outdoor dining is the nicest in raleigh..a seren oasis! the food was tasty and well priced. so glad we finally got to trying this unusual-for-our -area spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for drinks and apps
    ncfoodie
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This is the best scene I've encountered in NC. Great vibe and energy with awesome outdoor bar. The apps are great and drinks are good,but the entrees were bland and expensive. The service was stretched thin and hostess was totally lost. Go for the great bar scene and get some appetizers.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice restaurant
    MaLu
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Very nice restaurant and good food. We sat at the patio and had a great time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • chrisc
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Amazing food, amazing cocktails, amazing server, great romantic outdoor and indoor scenic dining. Instant new fave place for a nice dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date Night
    Barbara
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    My boyfriend and I went to Babylon for date night. We had a wonderful experience. Chirag our waiter was excellent made the whole experience even better. The food was amazing. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place for business meeting
    papertigerlady
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The food and service created a great atmosphere for a productive business meeting.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • veggie
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This is our second time at Babylon's and unfortunately, this time was a little disappointing. The food was not as good as the first time, and I'm not sure I would return. Atmosphere is great though!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MissDiningsnob
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I loved the ambiance of the restaurant. We sat outside, and it was one of the better outdoor dining areas of Raleigh. There were some pestering bees (which are hard to controll) but other than that, loved the atmosphere. The service was subpar: the waiter spoke so softly and timidly we could barely hear the specials he was trying to sell. We waited about 45 minutes for our appetizers. But before our appetizers even came, he was taking our dinner order. Then our dinners came out before we finished our appetizers/salads. It was just awkward. But the servers were very friendly and accomodating. The food was very good as well.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • nice bartender
    FMHandTLH
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We had hoped to eat outside. When we arrived there was a very loud group of people there so we ate at the bar. The fish was good but very bony. The bartender was very attentive both at the bar and at the table.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Beautiful restaurant and courtyard is nice for outdoor dining and drinks. Food is excellent though a little on the pricey side for entrees.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall Great
    FrequentDinerVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    I did give a 2 star (Fair) because our waitress was not all that attentive over the course of the evening. She seemed distracted. However, people have bad days and she wasn't horrible. I suspect that it was only a blip for both the restaurant and the individual waitress. Just worthy of mentioning so if the management reads these reviews that might consider a pre-shift pep talk to the staff along the lines of, "Hey, if you are having a bad day, take a deep breathe. Relax and try and not let it affect our customers." My two cents.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice for evening outdoor dining.
    Namaste
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Nice place to eat out on the patio by a pool and enjoy some Moroccan food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Must get the bastilla appetizer and the chicken tangible. Also tea service is awesome there! Love Babylon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Eating
    Andy
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We enjoyed the food very much. The service was not first class but entirely acceptable. A bit pricey but not unreasonably so. We went for a tapas approach in order to taste a variety of dishes. The calamari was very good and abundant. The charcuterie was also plentiful and very enjoyable. The shrimp were slightly overcooked as was the lamb but the sauces were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great brunchk
    gator
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Food was a little on the skimpy side, but verfy good. Great , and good service. Different brunch menu, but very good.Really enjoyed Fathers Day Brunch. Will definitely return in the evening after dark to see it all lit up.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Needs improving
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Pros: great venue, good parking, downtown location, attentive staff Cons: HORRIBLE music a suggestion..why not play some Moroccon/ Middle Eastern music??? Maurading pigeons( really cute birds..but frightened guests by hopping on table while we were eating) food was bland, waiter didn't get bread unless we asked. F
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • TClod
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The atmosphere and food were great! The service, however, was horrible. There was one bartender on a Saturday night. We had reservations for 7:30, got a table around 8:30 and finally left around 11:00...and we weren't just sitting and chatting after dinner. This place would be amazing if they had better service. Our server and bartender were nice, but it took so long to get service or our food that it ruined the experience. Don't think I'll be going back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, weird service
    mah4447
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We went for restaurant week and was expecting a great meal. What we got was delicious food and very confused service. Our food took about an hour to come out and when it did, two appetizers were missing, the salad (which shouldn't have had nuts) had nuts, and no one knew who had what. Our waiter was really nice and knowledgable but we only saw him maybe 3 times in the almost two hours we spent there. We had to wait another 45 min for our dessert and they had run out of what we ordered. Although they gave us some extra ones to make up for it, we still sat there, waiting for the majority of the second hour. I wish i could say the place was swamped. The food was great but they really need to work on the service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Babylon very unorganized
    Eatout
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Saturday night 7:30 reservations set fast. The waitress did not come to our table for 10 minutes. We ordered Diet Coke and two glasses of wine it was 8 o'clock before we got either. We were 25 feet away from the bar. waitress was working hard they had her inside with tables and all the way out in the patio. My Diet Coke was flat so I decided I was going to get a beer I waited didn't see the waitress for 10 minutes so I got up and went and got my own beer. They had our waitress busy running food out to the patio. look behind the outside bar it was filthy where they put the syrup for the drinks it's like equipment needs repair and I stood there 10 minutes and never got anyone to wait on me two people at the bar besides me.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Bad Service and attitude
    PSLOVEFOOD
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Had a reservation, was on time and sat right away. Our waitress took forever to come over and get our drinks, the drinks took forever & waited to order, took a long time to get our appetizer and was not that good. We ordered dinner and waited two hours with no food or even saw our waitress again, no water refills, asked for a glass of wine when we ordered the food never came, When we saw the waitress passing by we asked if we are getting our food and it has been so long she said it is the kitchen fault not mine so I asked for the check to pay for the appetizer and the wine she just hand it to us with an attitude which we should not even pay for anything, two hours wait and left without eating.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kitchen got behind
    JonQ
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Would have been a 5 across the board, but we had to wait quite a while for third course. Also had to ask for refills on water several times. Staff was very polite, but not as attentive as they should have been.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate