Banana Cafe
Banana Cafe

Banana Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bananacafekw.com/
  • Phone: 3052947227x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: 7 night: 6:00PM - 10:00PM.

    Breakfast and lunch served from 8AM till 3PM all week
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, French, Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Dominique Falkner and Christopher Donnely
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Call me Daniel for a rundown on the great party we can do for you
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a beautiful french cafe upstairs which seats up to 25 for brunch or dinner, and up to 50 for a cocktail party, personnel bar, private outdoor, private bathroom, great atmosphere.
  • Private Party Contact: Daniel Balbi 305 294 7227x
  • Special Events: We do special events in our upstairs dinning, indoors and outdoors up to 50 for cocktail party and 25 for dinner.
    Private room with your own bar and restroom and outdoors patio.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Louisa Street
  • Public Transit: Bus stop half block away, cab in key west take less then 15 minute to get you anywhere
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street Parking on Duval street or side street, always plainly of parking.
A word from Banana Cafe
A classical French Cafe, After nearly 20 years, Banana Café is still owned and managed by the original founders and continues to offer for breakfast, lunch and dinner the best of France in a relaxed indoor and outdoor dining overlooking fantastic Duval Street.
We have a beautiful french cafe upstairs who seat up to 25 dinner, and up to 50 for a cocktail party, personnel bar, private outdoor,private bathroom. From regional crepe and onion soup au gratin, to luscious Caribbean salads and country hearty sandwiches, perfect Parisian steak/frites or rare traditional specialties such as coq au vin and bouillabaisse, as well as a vast array of fresh local seafood selected every day to be grilled, sautéed, baked or roasted with a choice of unctuous sauces and accompaniments from the far corner of France: goat-cheese potato roulade, croquette of pomme de terre, Parisian gnocchi, rice pilaf
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Banana Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
17 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.9
    Service4.9
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelQuiet
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (15)neighborhood gem (11)romantic (9)special occasion (8)great for brunch (7)great for lunch (6)good for groups (4)notable wine list (4)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • One of our Key West TOP FOUR
    joeingoodtasteVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Relaxed atmosphere with superb food. Service, compliments to Adrianna, was fun and outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoy it.
    Bill
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Wonderful French food. Excellent flavors. Great presentation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING dinner...
    Mel3131
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The Banana Café is am amazing restaurant. We went on a week night at about 9:15 pm and it was fairly quiet since we were dining so late. Our waitress was unbelievable and very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu and all the specials. My husband had a seafood crepe which he raved about and my children and I had a mahi special with scallops and shrimp which was unbelievable. I would recommended this restaurant in a heartbeat to anyone looking for an excellent meal with superb service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Kwbetty
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Had the mussels and found them as good as the ones in Bruge that I still dream about. My friend had the snapper salad special with sesame cilantro dressing which was also superb. And I know from many years as a local that the creeps are wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quaint restaurant with tasty food
    Ronbo
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Went for a late dinner and had a tasty meal with excellent service. Nice in rushed pace with attentive service. Liked our meal so much we went back for breakfast for another enjoyable meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy as always
    jdjnVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Banana cafe is always one of our go-to places for date night. Fresh, innovative cuisine in a quiet and romantic atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.9
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 142 reviews are from the Banana Cafe reviews archive.
  • Amazing!!!
    Nat324
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Good to make reservations for bigger groups as only one big table but it was so worth it. I had the daily special of grouper and corn risotto. It was one of the best meals I've had in a while. The fish was perfect and the flavors were just so amazing. Also their crepes are very good. I was back the next morning to have breakfast!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch food is outstanding.
    KeyWestLover
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Brunch food is outstanding. The first time for dinner and the "special" was bland. Other foods on the menu chosen by others at the table were excellent. So, I imagine my experience with the special was out of the ordinary. The ambience is very nice and service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go Banana's!
    Danymar
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    A wonderful dining experience. We live in Key West and don't go out all that much, but when we do, Banana's is one of our favorites. Wonderful & well trained wait staff, great food & perfect presentation.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it!
    Hoosier
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Enjoyed the window seat. Window was open so it actually felt like you were eating outside. Pleasant and yet entertaining as we watched people walk down the street. Waiter was very helpful and tomato soup was delightful! Loved the butter with herb infused olive oil. Nice touch. Try it out, you won't be disappointed. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • one of the great key west places.
    joeingoodtasteVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    great fun, great service and fun waitstaff. breakfast, lunch and dinner -- banana cafe hits tipples!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasantly surprised!
    Abuch24
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    We chose banana cafe for our first dinner in Key West. I read the reviews on Open Table and was a little concerned about having dinner there since it is known for it's breakfast menu. But once we sat down I was surprised by how intimate the cafe was. It was dimly lit and the windows were all open so it was cool inside. Our waiter was so friendly and was helpful in choosing appetizers and wine. We chose the cheese plate, lobster ravioli, lobster Mac, asparagus with goat cheese and proscuitto and the seafood salad. Everything was delicious and we were satisfied with the portions. The waiter helped us pack up whatever food we had left over and we were on our way! Great meal and service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun to sit along Duval Street
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Fun to sit along Duval Street to people watch. French food was good but not outstanding (sauces overwhelmed the entrees). Service was excellent. Still all being said a good restaurant choice while in Key West.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience!
    Niki
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    I went to dinner with a few friends and sat upstairs in the open air. I love French food and this place is a gem. I had heard good things and finally decided to try it! I got the duck and my friends had the seafood crepe, chicken, and scallops. I tasted some of the other dishes and it was delicious! I think the duck was the most bang for your buck. It's a ton of food! Good time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PEI mussels best ever
    Janie
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Wonderful French restaurant don't let the name throw you off!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • French, Private, Foodie
    fudiboy
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    This little gem will transport you to the Left Bank. Owners and staff so kind, informed, helpful. Off radar screen of masses. So pleasant and so good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • going bananas
    joeingoodtasteVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    always great food! very lucky to have B/C half a block from out house... though, we'd cross the island just for the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Experience
    BobandBeck
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Enjoyed an excellent dinner on the second floor outside seating area overlooking Duval Street. The escargot were well prepared as were our scallop and beef bourguignon entrees. The wine list was very good with all price ranges. The staff was professional and knowledgeable. All in all a great dining experience. We look forward to returning to try other offerings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining in Key West
    KeyWestDiners
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    There are quite a few great restaurants in Key West, and yet the Banana Cafe stands out as one of the best. The food was excellent, both very tasty and presented well. Plus, our waiter was quite congenial, adding to the overall excellent experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Despite wonderful service from a friendly and energetic waitress the meal was disappointing. We waited a very long time for the appetisers which came just minutes before the entrees. The waitress did have the entrees redone as we weren't ready for them. The food was just okay despite many glowing reviews. The lobster tempura special was good but not memorable. The key lime pie dessert was horrible.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous French Fare on Duval
    PartTimeLocalsVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The casual and ordinary exterior disguise the intimacy and the quality of the classic french food and service inside. We had a wonderful Valentine dinner with a bottle of Sancerre, served by Tom, a well-informed and professional waiter. We had the cheese plate, the duck, the special, which was a tower of fois gras, lobster and beef tenderloin, and apple tart with ice cream for dessert. It was our best meal to date in Key West. While it is not cheap, it is a real value. Helpings are large, especially for authentic french dishes prepared on this level. It compares well to the best of New Orleans and St. Barth. Like every place here, there were people in tee shirts and running shoes, but the crowd was dressier overall and comfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food great
    sand
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went for valentines. Wife lived it. A perfect place for a personal dinner
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    Happy
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We ended up almost an hour early for our reservation, and the folks at Banana Café were great about accommodating us. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The food was terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Touch of France in the Keys
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    After an outstanding breakfast on our last trip, we decided to try it for dinner. Reservations are a must after 7! We started our meal splitting the daily Pate at the suggestion of our server, Maxime, followed by the Field Greens and Hearts of Palm Salad. The home made Pate was accompanied by cornichons, red onion marmalade, mustard and artisanal baguette. The salad was crisp and fresh and lightly dressed. My wife selected Pan Roasted Mahi for her entrée while I selected the Veal Shank special. Neither was disappointed. We usually forgo the dessert, but when in France…Crème Brule. WOW. Outdoor seating is available on the second floor veranda. Reservations are a must, especially on the week-end. We will be back on our next Key West trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gem--don't let name fool you
    Auntysuzy4
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Awesome dining experience. Lovely dinner --prepared beautifully! Special of the evening was exquisite. Appetizers, salads and desserts outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Restaurant on Duval
    FoodLoverVIP
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    Our concierge recommended this restaurant as one of her favorites.it is a few blocks away from all the tourist restaurants on Ducal and well worth the walk. Food was very well prepared, wines excellent, wait staff friendly and professional, decor very pleasant. Go there. You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    jocy
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    We had an amazing meal here with truly incredible service. I would go back any time I visit Key West.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    freddieshrink
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    I have visited Key West off and on for 30 years but had never seen, heard of or stumbled upon the Banana Cafe until I was looking over restaurant listings before this trip. This restaurant is a wonderful gem: intimate, cozy, friendly and serving wonderful French cuisine. The waitress was most willing to share some useful information about a patron at an adjoining table - a notable local musician - whose group was performing at another restaurant the following night. She gave me the relevant information which led to my dining there and hearing his band. Overall, I had a great meal and may decide to return there later this week for another meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch and Dinner
    Mary6666
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    The dinner was much appreciated in the Key West world of sometimes over the top sauces and attempts at out besting each other. Good food, not overly rich. Lunch was fresh though a bit pricey. Ate there in 2013 will eat there in 2015.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Magnifique
    NJfoodiesVIP
    Dined on 1/13/2014
    While vacationing in Key West we decided to try Banana Cafe. What a find! Never expected to find classic French cuisine with a local twist. My husband says his seafood crepe was the best he had ever eaten. The staff was very attentive and was very knowledgable. On our next visit we will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find! The food is just
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Great find! The food is just wonderful! Haven't wanted to eat anywhere else!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food at a reasonable price
    DantosVIP
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    The good was so good that we ate there two days in a row. There special the first day was a pan fried snapper over a shrimp risotto. That was delicious. Our waitress was kind enough to let us try a couple of different wines until we found one that we liked. Also the royal palm hearts salad was very well planned out. It was a good combination of light, creamy and refreshing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Acceptable, not exceptional
    Belgiangourmand
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We booked our New Years eve dinner - as it was very busy, we could only get a table at 8:45 and when we arrived, we were pointed at a table in the corner, nearly behind the bar. After some discussion, we got a slightly better table. The food was ok - standard good french fare, but nothing exceptional. It was a set menu (4 courses) but at the desert, we were told that they no longer had key lime pie (strange they did not know this when we ordered). The waitress was very good although we felt the 20% automatic service charge a bit steep. Overall acceptable food for a pricy dinner.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Key West Restaurant
    sailor78
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We consider Banana Cafe' one of the Best restaurants in Key West. The menu is eclectic and the wine list is very French.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Year's Eve dinner
    Patricia
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    The menu was exceptional. Food great. Service wonderful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise ...
    cmolVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Crêpes wasn't fully cooked, scallops were missing in one of the 2 courses ......
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All about the food
    SunshineVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    People watching from the windows of the Banana Cafe is pretty amazing but you can get this sort of a view from a hundred other great places on Duval Street. The decor looks a bit out dated and worn so it's easy to think this might just be another Duval street tourist trap. What sets this place apart is the food. OMG What a great little french bistro! Our server was friendly and fantastic as well. We'll definitely be back the next time we're in Key West!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    Travelers
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    I had the seafood crepe. Beautiful presentation. We also had the mussels for an appetizer, very good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    The food was exactly as we expected from a fine French. The service went above and beyond, making us feel very welcome on our first night in town. Great launch point for Duvyal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Key West Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/10/2013
    My husband and I are vacationing in the Florida Keys. I found this place on open table & we decided to give it a try. There are so many places to eat in a Key West - the choices can be overwhelming. The dinner special was pan fried yellowtail snapper. I had the yellowtail snapper from the regular menu & my husband had the special. Both dishes we so very good. His snapper came with risotto and mine with gnocchi. The fish and sides were cooked perfectly. The risotto was so good, the gnocchi was delicious. Outstanding service, great food, charming setting. We will not hesitate to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.