Bay223
Bay223

Bay223

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bay223sf.com/
  • Phone: 6505087126x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday to Sunday:6:00am - 11:00am Lunch: Monday to Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm Dinner: Monday to Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, French American, French
  • Executive Chef: Alejandro Abad
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Shoreline Blvd.
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Complimentary parking.
A word from Bay223
Bay223 displays a warm and vibrant decor featuring contemporary Bay Area French cuisine. The chef's specialties at Bay223 offer an exquisite blend of local ingredients and flavors. The menu is known for its creative and balanced selection carrying French and Californian influences. The relaxed neighborhood feeling is enhanced by a magnificent vista of the lagoon. For that special occasion, be sure to reserve the
exclusive private dining room accommodating up to 14 people. Bay223 also features a high-energy, WiFi, full service bar. Bay223 is located in the
Hotel Sofitel San Francisco Bay.
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Bay223 reviews from OpenTable diners
16 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (7)fit for foodies (6)good for groups (6)special occasion (6)great for brunch (5)scenic view (5)neighborhood gem (4)romantic (3)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • LarmoG
    LarmoGVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I have several business luncheons here recently and now consider BAY223 one of my favorite spots on my luncheon repertoire!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find!
    Pkvaiso
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We ordered the tuna tartare appetizer to start. It was great! Delicate tuna was served over sushi rice. The dish was accompanied by a wasabi purée. Yummy! We loved it! For main dishes my husband ordered the NY steak with truffle fries and I ordered the lamb chops. The steak came with a small salad and fries. The truffle fries were amazing! My lamb chops were cooked to perfection. The baby potatoes were crispy on the outside, perfect! The dish came with peppers stuffed with eggplant. A great dish! Overall it was a fantastic meal! Everyone on the staff was really friendly. I hear they have a great Sunday brunch too. We'll be back to try it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decor was awful
    Youbirt
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The color scheme and the furniture, meaning tables, chairs and booths need to modernized. It's looks like a bad '70's lounge.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business lunch only
    pickyfoodie
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Service was attentive before lunch crowd arrived. After tables were seated, service staff was no where to be seen. Had to wait a long time to flag someone for our check. The Croque Monsieur and Mediterranean wrap-Very disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good lunch spot
    JonM
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Bay 223 is located inside Hotel Sofitel. Food and service are both above average and it's located next to the Hotel Bar. Sofitel's hotel bar is the best in the area.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Should have been fore-warned
    OnoliciousVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I made reservations at this restaurant because of our previous experience there - we loved the ambiance of the dining room, so thought it would be a good choice to celebrate my husband's 82nd birthday. When we arrived, we discovered there was a fund-raising event going on with people hollering & running around and LOUD music blasting throughout the foyer and lounge area. Since we had reservations in the dining room, we thought it must be quieter there. WRONG! because the dining room was closed for the event, and the only dining was outside the main dining room, where all the noise was being generated. Our plans for a quiet & intimate dinner was a disaster; we could hardly hold a conversation above the noise of the music.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb Light Cuisine
    rgbtoo
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    It's a hotel restaurant (albeit the Sofitel is not just any hotel), so honestly I had low to modest expectations. I was wrong. The cuisine is inspired! It is light and elegant. It has become a frequent destination for my wife and I for a romantic night out, and for me as a business dinner destination. I have not found any other restaurant in a modest radius that has such interesting food and yet the food is health conscious, devoid of heavy sauces and excessive garnish. Bay 223 is a French de-lite.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Expensive but excellent brunch!
    Alan
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    There aren't too many places offer good brunch buffet in the Bay Area. Bay223 is one of the best! The food is very good, the environment is outstanding! Just wish the price was more affordable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, seating kinda meh...
    Bayeater
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Restaurant says the brunch starts at 11 am, but we can only get reservations for 11:30. There were tons of tables ready, but it took them 10 minutes to finally seat us, and we were the only ones there. There was a private function where the food normally was, so they had it in a side ballroom which was spacious, but then it didn't open until noon. Some of the servers are very attentive and friendly, while others are not, so it's hit and miss. Food and selection were pretty good though.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 160 reviews are from the Bay223 reviews archive.
  • Mother's Day Brunch
    asdfghjkl12345
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We (party of 5) came here for Mother's day brunch buffet. There was a bit of confusion about the pricing but it was ok. It was expensive at $75/person, so I would only come here for days when you're willing to splurge on food that's not quite so special. It was a decent buffet with the traditional egg stations, salad, etc. I do wish they had a wider variety of pastries and that they had more options for beverages. The food was pretty good. I especially liked the corn and tomato salad, the chicken, the variety of fresh fruits, and the desserts! Only issue with service is that there was a long line to be seated, despite reservations. It took about 30 minutes just to be seated even though we arrived on time. Overall, a good experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Less than stellar this time around
    caribth
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    I've dined at Bay223 a few times and have always had a good experience, however, this time it was rather lackluster. We actually arrived a few minutes early for our reservation because we couldn't seem to catch the cocktail waitress's eye in the lounge and figured we'd order a drink at the table. We ordered drinks and bread was served, however it took upwards of 20 minutes before our drinks arrived. Pacing was slow, overall the food was good with the exception of my scallops - they were fishy, hard and too salty. I took one bite. The waiter cleared my plate along with everyone else that finished, didn't inquire about my meal (or why I didn't eat it) and at that point, we were just tired and ready to leave.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasant experience!
    Nando1
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We were concerned that the restaurant was in a hotel but the experience was amazing. The server sat us immediately when we told him of our reservation. The waiter was attentive, friendly, and efficient. The staff went above and beyond for us. We did not mention anything about the reason we were there beforehand which was for my mother's birthday but the staff surprised her with a birthday desert and even led the singing of happy birthday to her. The food was superb. Each dish was just a joy to eat. Many members of our party said it was some of the best food they've had in at least the last decade. The prices are very good and the meals were filling on top of being delicious. I would highly recommend the ceviche and creme brûlée.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Valentines Day Menu!
    thenotoriousmfg
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Our best meal ever - hands down - Chef Alejandro - from the seafood to the lamb to the gelatto - amazing and memorable! This may be our tradition for years to come!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre Fixe Became a Late Fix
    PiscesLover88
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Overall rating is low because of the long wait we experienced to be seated. Our reservation was for 8:30 p.m. With that said, we planned for cocktails and hors d' oeuvres in the lounge. We waited for an hour & 15 minutes (after our reserved time of 8:30 p.m.) to be finally seated. Management knew it was Valentine's Day and should have planned for more assistance in the kitchen as well as servers to facilitate accommodation and service! By the time we were seated, it was too late in the night to enjoy the pre fixe dinner that we were looking forward to. We just want to take every dish to go. Yes, instead of enjoying every moment of the experience we felt that we were just going through the motion. Not our servers fault so we tipped way over.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    8 pm reservation, but didn't get seated until 830. We were told we were next to be seated, however 2 other couples were seated before we were, and we had to enlist the aid of the bar waitress and a manager to get seated. Once seated the food and our waiter were great. The timing of the courses was poorly planned out and what should have been an hour meal, turned into a 2 and a half hour waiting game. We would finish one of our selections and be stuck staring at the empty plates for another 10 or 15 minutes before the next course was brought out to us. That is fine if you are serving large portions, but the courses were not large and the dinner should have been paced towards our eating habits and not the restaurant's schedule.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I was surprised to find out
    ciaobella
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I was surprised to find out that booking on Valentine's Day was for a fixed menu. No announcement on website or when i called to confirm reservations.Also surprised to find out that cozy tables in room furthest from bar was set aside for tables of two people only. It was disappointing. service was okay. seemed to leave a lot of dirty, finished plates on the table for longer than needed. Food was okay, the regular menu looked a lot better than the fixed menu served on valentine's day.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic Valentine
    Mikesview
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Great service and lovely setting, complete with complementary rose.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slightly Off
    gregorsaurVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food was good, service was great.... ambiance just didn't feel right. The location of the restaurant was open and had windows looking outside the hotel but also right at the Front Desk and meeting space. Everything felt very public and lacked an intimate environment. Maybe I expected more from a restaurant in a Sofitel.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This is a restaurant within
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    This is a restaurant within a hotel in a business area. It's convenient to meet for business purpose. Food wise, don't expect too much.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Inconsistant by the Bay
    jimc45
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    We had dined at the Sofitel at Gatwick Airport near London for several nights in November and the food and service was great. So we decided to try the local Sofitel restaurant. If the restaurants are managed by the same folks, one would never know it. The Redwood City service seemed disjointed and the food was inconsistent. The serving people were friendly and helpful but the flow of the meal was uneven. Took a long time to take our order. The duck was presented well but had little taste. The short ribs were perfect but the rice was bland. The scallops were also presented well but had little taste and were a little gritty. The bread pudding was too sweet with the poached fruit. Seems to be a place for business not dining.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding experience
    MagicVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner along with outstanding service. We each had the NY steak, caesar salad and potatoes. Started out with a lemonade that the lemons or hand squeezed with mint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Brunch on Sundays
    Emma72
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    We love it and come back for each special occasion. Pastries, crepes and macarons are a must :-)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed this time
    Robert
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    We have eated at the Sofitel, or Bay 223 as it now known, many times. Usually enjoyed the food, service, et al. This time the food was pretty good, but our overall reaction was disappointment. Food was pretty good, but the feeling in the dining room was not warm, the service not bad--but not really great, the waiter was a nice guy, but not what we really needed. Theln we got our bill and were really shocked--almost twice what we thought it would be. We left disappointed and will maybe be back but just for a late night drink.
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  • Great meal, attentive service
    RobinE
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    I planned a surprise birthday dinner here for my husband and 8 friends, and was very pleased with the food, service and atmosphere. It was a bit quiet in the area where we were seated, but the upside was we didn't have to worry about noise from our table bothering other patrons. I especially liked that there was no set menu required for a party of 10--everyone could order exactly what he or she wanted. Our server was friendly, attentive and kept things moving at a good pace without ever making us feel rushed. The menu is French-influenced but not at all heavy, and both of the items I ordered were vegan by design (great for someone with a dairy allergy who often avoids French restaurants!). I would go back and would recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Sunday brunch
    Emma72
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    We love coming to Bay 223 for special occasions and especially for the sunday brunch. The array and quality of food is exquisite. Great service also and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food ok but....
    Yums4foodVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Poor unfriendly waitstaff. Would not recommend or return.
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  • Great service and great food
    FoodGod
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    Gordon our waiter was FANTASTIC. He was friendly and funny. The food was great also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place
    JessicaBabyVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    I have been there many times for lunch and dinner. They didn't have my favorite lobster bisque that day. Kind of disappointed. Service and food are always good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Missed opportunity
    TeleHillFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2013
    It is odd that a French hotel would have a restaurant with such mediocre food and service. Not bad but also not good. The food and wine list is very American in flavor and overdone in style. The use of sugary accents pervades many dishes. The menu is amazingly long like restaurants used to have. Maybe the kitchen would do better to focus its efforts. This is not a place where the ingredients shine.The technique, however, seemed solid. The service is well meaning but not well trained - being overly eager but not well informed. It is a good place mid-Peninsula to meet someone not far from the freeway. The room is good looking and if you keep your expectations low and chose well, you can be satisfied.
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  • Great restaurant
    JessicaBabyVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    I have been there many times for dinner. It was my first time there for lunch though. The waiter provided great and caring service. Food was good. I love this place because I don't hear the usual noise that most restaurants have. Great place to go for small gatherings.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable afternoon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    Bay 223 is an enjoyable restaurant inside the Hotel Sofitel. I was seated after I checked in with the host, their staff of waiters and other servers made my lunch a very nice experience. My choice for lunch was the Lobster salad, it wasn't a big salad just enough for a light lunch.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for date night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/21/2013
    Food and service were great. Love the views as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Elegant hotel
    LeungVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2013
    I like the booth, the swimming pool and the seats for drinks. It is good for couples. It is a wonderful place that people should go at least once.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch is fantastic
    Becky
    Dined on 6/9/2013
    The brunch selection here is great, and the mimosas are fabulous as well. We've been here a couple of times now, and generally have met with better service than this particular time - the drink refills were slow to appear, as was the check. But this is not the normal experience for brunch, as we've had excellent service in the past.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Business Breakfast
    RSB1VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    I needed a place on the peninsula with easy access to US101 for a business breakfast meeting. The Bay223 in the Hotel Sofitel was not only easy to get to, but we had a wonderful breakfast! The atmosphere was quiet enough for a great conversation and the food far exceeded by expectations!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Brunch
    Becky
    Dined on 5/5/2013
    I've been to Sunday Brunch here now twice, and both times have been wonderful. I will definitely be back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The ambience was so serene
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    The ambience was so serene and beautiful and we (us ladies with a party of 7) enjoyed it very much. Since I live in Redwood City it was nice for a change to not have to deal with the traffic and or parking trying to find such a nice Hotel to go to that wasn't located in the city. We tried the lunch menu at Bay 223 and felt the food could be better but I visited previouisly for the breakfast fare and felt it was very good so I was a little disappointed about the lunch menu. In any event I did want to point out that William our waiter was so attentive and fantastic that we really appreciated him and felt it necessary to comment accordingly. Also the rest of the staff at the Hotel were so welcoming...that ALONE is a reason to go visit...
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Poor Service and Concern
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    Arrived at 12:15. We were seated promptly and indicated we were waiting for third party. The waiter took our drink order and said he'd be back to take our order. At 12:30 the hostess informed us that our third party had called and would not be joining us. We asked the bus boy to send the waiter and a second hostess also. Still no waiter. My guest was very upset at the lack of service. It was now around 12:45 and still not waiter had come to take our order, offer more water or bread. When my guest decided it was time to leave all of a suddent the waiter arrived. It appears that our waiter was working in a seperate section of the restaurant and was not told by the hostess that our guest was not coming. Very poor communication and concern.
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  • We were looking for a restaurant
    resomnabulistVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    We were looking for a restaurant between Palo Alto and San Mateo. The setting was beautiful and the food was delicious. Our experience was only capped by the outstanding service. I would come here again (and again).
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Although a bit pricey, as is with all hotel restaurants, the food was pretty good. However, the service was excellent. Our server, Matthew I think his name was, was very friendly and helpful and even spent a few minutes chatting with us while he had free time.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate