Bar Boulud
Bar Boulud

Bar Boulud

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.barboulud.com/nyc/
  • Phone: 2125950303x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday-Thursday: 5:00PM - 11:00PM
    Friday-Saturday 5:00PM - 12:00AM
    Sunday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM
    Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:30AM - 2:30PM
    Late lunch offered at the bar and terrace from 2:30PM - 5:00PM
    Brunch: Saturday and Sunday: 11:00AM - 4:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Provencal, French
  • Executive Chef: Olivier Quignon
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Entertainment: None
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Getting there

  • Cross Street: 64th Street
  • Public Transit: Columbus Circle and Lincoln Center subway stops are within blocks of the restaurant. Local Broadway bus lines stop directly in front of the restaurant.
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Garage on 64th Street between Broadway and Central Park West.
A word from Bar Boulud
Bar Boulud is Chef Daniel Boulud’s bistro and wine bar located across from New York City's Lincoln Center. An exquisite array of housemade charcuterie complements sumptuous French cooking for both lunch and dinner. Bar Boulud offers a 3 course price fixe for lunch for $29 and dinner for $45. Outdoor dining is available on the terrace seasonally. Three private wine-themed dining rooms adjacent to the wine cellar are also available for private events.

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Bar Boulud reviews from OpenTable diners
483 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (249)great for outdoor dining (172)neighborhood gem (156)notable wine list (149)great for lunch (142)special occasion (111)great for brunch (104)hot spot (73)late-night find (44)romantic (43)good for groups (40)vibrant bar scene (32)scenic view (28)kid-friendly (13)Show More
  • Loved it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Booked for special occasion (mums birthday). Weather awful but coats and umbrellas checked quickly. Food and service were fab if portions if entries were a bit small. Even got a free dessert due to birthday! Only criticism was the room was quite cold, especially noticeable due to the torrential rain outside. Otherwise perfect. Remember to book in advance. Arrived on a wet Wednesday in October and still a wye to get in!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointing
    pamnessVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I was very disappointed in this restaurant. I had a salad - the dressing was all but nonexistent but given the small amount I could taste, that was a good thing. The steak with bernaise had all the taste and texture of a sneaker. Can't think of a single reason to go unless you are starving, desperate and have theater tickets.
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  • Yummy brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Love the prix fixe brunch - especially because they include the pate as one of the appetizers. Also love the Clafouti for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AliciaDeveroVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    It wasn't my first time at Bar Boulud, which suggests that my previous experience has not discouraged me. Everything would be perfect if not for the fact that we had to wait for the waiter for over 20 min after being told that booths were not available, which wasn't true and then being seated in the area that emptied up. So at that time restarant was not that busy and there was no reason why our waiter would have to procrastinate with showing up at our table. Other than the service that clearly needs an improvement everything else was great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very very disappointing
    Nickname
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We will not be returning to this restaurant. First of all, when we arrived for our 7:30 pm reservation the hostess said that our reservation was for 8:00. I showed her an email that proved it was for 7:30 and I told her I had called the night before to confirm 7:30. This restaurant is not comfortable for parties over 4. We were a party of 6 and they had to squeeze 3 tables together in a tight space. Not comfortable. Our waitress had an attitude and it was not a service oriented attitude. She had this bored look all evening and was not responsive. For a Boulud restaurant, the food was mediocre. I cannot tell you how disappointed we were.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • bar scene
    Balletomane
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Good food, excellent service, very attentive. A bit pricey, but worth it for a splurge if you want an upscale bar scene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quick or Slow, Always Excellent
    StringsriderVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Bar Bouloud is a terrific spot whether you want a leisurely dinner or a quick bite before the ballet, philharmonic or opera. The staff are consistently friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. The food is consistently excellent, with classics like coq au vin alongside creative new assemblies of wonderful ingredients. You cannot go wrong.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Foodie
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    This was not our first visit to Bar Bouloud but it was not our best experience. We enjoyed the food as usual but the service was very slow and unresponsive. Also, the $5.50 minuscule cup of coffee with no refill offered seemed really exorbitant even for NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • iDoc
    IdocVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Excellent food but table a bit small for 5. Service was great and top notch. Definitely one of the best in NY with moderate prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed!!
    sphampton
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Here's a summary of the experience: ordered the Frenchie burger for my nephew (2 yrs old) who has a severe egg & nut allergy - MAYO came out as a side on his plate, appetizer came out with the entrees, bottle of wine came a few bites into the entrees, and the bill had two side dishes on it that we ordered but never got and were never acknowledged as missing by the waiter and fortunately us. Shame on him for not evening reading the bill before bringing it to the table! I was so disappointed and embarrassed, as I had picked out the restaurant for visiting family. Definitely will not be visiting anytime soon.
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  • superb!
    tiffanysvpVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    a parisian friend of mine recently said that the best french restaurant in the world, outside of france itself, was Bar Boulud. he recommended it so strongly that I made a point to eat at the establishment before watching the met opera, which is across the street at lincoln center. mon dieu! I went with a lebanese friend of mine who owns several high-end restaurants, and even he said it was one of the best meals he has ever had. it was excellent. truly, a life-altering meal. but as both of us are in hospitality, I must compliment the amazing wait staff on their politeness and grace. some of the best service I have seen. I plan to go back many more times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Disappointed Brit
    Britfoodie
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Poor front of house reception, cramped tables, very average and tasteless food
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Pre-Opera Dinner
    lawroo79VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Bar Boulud does the simple things very well. My date and I had the charcuterie plate to share, and had the duck and lamb dishes for entrees. The appetizer was perfect to share, great quality pates. As for the mains, excellent execution on preparing the meat. Everything was cooked perfectly. However, the entrees were not creative of inventive by any means. Very expensive wine list, with few wines under $100. In my opinion, the food is worthy of a Michelin star. It was, however, a good place to go pre-opera at the Met.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, can't keep reservations
    JerryVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Nice location for a dinner before a play, especially at Lincoln Center. Also, delicious food. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time though since they don't seem to know how to keep their reservation times. Had to wait 45 min for a table and rush thru my meal to get to a show.
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  • Excellent!
    Luisa555
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    So impressed. Lunch last Saturday. Was delicious. Food perfect, lovely restaurant, great service . The best meal I had in the city that weekend . Will always return. And recommend highly! Thank you !
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love this place
    foodEZ
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    A large part of our Met Opera subscription entertainment is the chance to have lunch at Bar Boulud. The service and the food is always outstanding. It's never rushed, but we always get to the Met with time to spare. We recommend it to anyone who loves to dine rather than just "eat".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another terrific pre-theater meal
    ecolieredelagastronomieVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Three of us had another pre-opera meal. I had a terrific linguini with squid ink as a first course--couldn't have been more delicious, and then gnocchi with rabbit--the rabbit was very generous. There was a delicious leek soup; and one of us had the beet shortrib special. The bread was exceptional; the gougeres at the start not to miss. This is one of my favorite restaurants in all New York. Great food, comfortable but sophisticated ambience, and virtually always great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Met expectations
    dnc5678
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Had been looking forward to trying this place out for a while now. Took a party of four and had a lovrly evening. Food and service was superior. Atmosphere a bit noisier than expected. Price point for quality of good was a good fit. Overall an excellent dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-concert dining
    dsron
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Bar Boulud is a great place for pre or post concert dining across the street from Lincoln Center. The food is excellent, the wines are outstanding, and the servers are very knowledgeable and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bar Boulud was great!
    TheFoodCritic
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    It was the perfect place to eat before we launched into our first day in NYC!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch @ Bar Boulud
    JMNNYCVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Met and out-of-town guest for lunch. Great choice. We all had the prix-fixe and everything was quite good. At $29 per person, a very good deal for a restaurant of this caliber. I had the pate, chicken and vegetables in a cast iron skillet and dessert. Was quite good and substantial. Wonderful cocktail of pisco, ginger (probably Canton) and cardamom - have to figure out the recipe!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing experience.
    Likefood2
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Was looking forward to eating here having dines at Boloud Sud the previous week having had an enjoyable experience. Was extremely disappointed - waiting over an hour for food to arrive and watching wine go to the adjoining table instead of us !. That set the tone for rest of Dinner. Need we say any more - all the more disappointing as I had an overseas visitor with me.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Always good. Never disappoints. I recommend it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pre-ballet
    coco
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Bar Boulud is excellent for a fairly light meal before a performance. Wines by the glass are often very good, and much of the food is very well prepared if not always to my liking. The service is attentive but not aggressive. The range of choices is excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The worst service I have ever had at this restaurant. It took so long for the second Bloody Mary to arrive that I had finished eating lunch. I told the waiter not to bring it. He said but its coming. I said so is Xmas. Three of us used to go here every weekend. It will be a while before I return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • "Fair" Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Enjoyed the meal. I love places where I can have upscale food in a relaxed setting and I thought the food here was a cut above the rest. I just have two small complaints about the service. First, I thought I heard my waiter literally snicker when he was told that neither I nor my dining companion were having wine with our dinner. The other was that my companion and I asked to split a salad and an appetizer to start. I noticed that at a nearby table, their server brought a salad in two small plates- a nice touch. Our server brought out a single-plated salad and the appetizer, placed them in the middle of the table and walked away- we had to ask for extra plates. Despite the uneven service, will plan to return.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing---do not bother
    NYNYVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Lacking. Food uneven and some dishes just plain did not taste good. Service uninspired. Waiter spoke without passion in very rote manner. Even the french fries did not fast good though the chicken was well cooked. Desserts blah. Would not bother.
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  • Excellent in every way!!!
    Danreman
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    One of our gacs and one of best in NYC. Excellent service except when he teied to push us on a $29 glass of wine. Staff is friendly and fast moving. One prefix..one alacarte dinner. Amish chicken and squash soup superb. Coqavin good but cant give it a 10 but a high 9. Pate was the best. Good beer..well priced. Wine flight for 25$ a pretty good deal but all three did not equal one glass so rewlly 25$ a glass Don' miss this place if u come to NY..but remember u. Eed a rez and they onlyntake 30 days in advance on OT.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I have had much better food at this restaurant. The food just seem to lack that extra punch which I always feel I get when I visit this restaurant. I think they were a bit overwhelmed.the menu was a bit uninspiring.I hope this was a one off thing and not that the entire standard of food is falling.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Novel takes on classics
    FoodKen
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Bar Boulud never ceases to please. Even something as traditional as a hamburger becomes the "Frenchie burger" - arugula, pulled pork, and a super thick chunk of prime ground Angus beef cooked to perfection. Impossibly crisp French fries complete this Boulud take on an American classic. The Croque Monsieur was as good as this French classic gets.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Pitch perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    the best place next to Lincoln Center. Consistently good food in a warm modern space. Can get noisy when full but it's a hit and a neighborhood of misses.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not my best experience here
    DTUSC
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Came back after a nice experience in August. Ended up waiting 45 minutes for lunch to be served to my table of 2, about 5 minutes after a table of 5 that came in 15 minutes after us. My croque monsieur tasted like it had been waiting a while. Ended up having to leave my client there to finish dessert and coffee because the 75 minutes I had put aside for lunch wasn't enough. The waiter also didn't really seem to pay attention or care.
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  • WDKNTVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Loved the ambiance and wine options. Had the tuna entree. Menu says it's "seared," but what I got was pretty much cooked through. The quality of the fish wasn't what I'd expect from a Boulud restaurant either. Definite disappointment. I'd consider trying again but in terms of food, definitely just capitalizing on the name without following it up with the quality.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Evening!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Had a wonderful dinner with my husband at Bar Boulud! The service was perfect, the food delicious and atmosphere welcoming! It was our anniversary and we were treated to a Glass of Champagne. Will definitely be back on our next trip to NY. Chef Christopher Poix's creations were perfect ! Thanks for such a special evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Bistro anywhere
    ViewFromTheHill
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Top class, classic French bistro style food. Champagne punch is one of the best cocktails ever. Often have a special wine by the glass that is exceptional, as if Daniel himself has opened his private collection (1988 Napa recently).
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing & expensive
    sammicatVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Had been here a few times before & was excited to go back for lunch. But my portion of peekytoe crab salad was miniscule for $18 - more of a taste than a salad, just 3 small tidbits that didn't have much flavor. The $14 ile flottante was just so-so, a poor imitation of ile flottante (which I love), even though the server said it was wonderful and would transport me to Paris. Maybe I just ordered the wrong things, but I expected everything to be more wonderful. oh, & $5.50 for a small cup of coffee didn't help. Atmosphere and service were fine, but the food did not make the grade, & sad to say, it's now off my list.
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  • Nice Place but food specific
    lbi63
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    This restaurant had plenty of available tables; hostess and servers were very polite and accommodating; able to move our reservation back from 8 to 8:30 as the restaurant became more crowded. There is not much on the menu other than charcuterie, so if you're not into pate and chicken liver and sausage, there are only 6 or 7 other entree options available. Had the best raw oysters here though, and since it was our first foray into charcuterie, could not tell you if it was out of this world or not, but tasted good anyway. Wonderful chocolate raspberry torte for dessert.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food service
    grunt
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Was probably an off day. Food was not as good as usual and service was distracted.
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    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Low quality night's prix fix
    UWSider4VIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The restaurant changes so much from one day to another. What is excellent on a day can be a huge dissapointment on the next. Salad was made with old vegetables and an extremelly acidic dressing (it irritated my mouth so much that I had ulcers in soft palate and under the tongue the next day), chicken was almost cold although still served on the pan. Dessert was great as well as wine. Kitchen might have assessment issues.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • chic but too expensive
    amoray03
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Food was good, service wasn't. We had pate and got only 3 pieces of mediocre bread (they used to have excellent, fresh bread). It was by far not enough, they didn't notice, we had to order more. Service took a long time till first contact. The menu isn't the same as the one online. Drinks took a while to come out. We were there late and it wasn't too busy anymore, so there's no excuse. The food was great. So is the atmosphere/decoration, and especially the location. Great spot for after the Opera, but it's my third time there and every time, something is a little bit off, so I will likely not go back for dinner. Brunch is fantastic, though! Generally too expensive for what it is, though.
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    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate