Bellissimo Restaurant
Bellissimo Restaurant

Bellissimo Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.bellissimorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7032932367
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm;
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian, Vegetarian
  • Executive Chef: Omar Lavayen, Chef/Owner
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Bellissimo Restaurant offers catering for both small and large parties. In addition, we can offer carry-out for those lunches or evenings when you would prefer to eat at home or in the office. Please call Mary for more details at 202 262-3726.
  • Private Party Facilities: Bellissimo can accommodate private parties of up to 65 people for lunch or dinner any day of the week. We have experience in a wide range of private parties, including anniversaries, wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, graduations, office parties, business meetings, fundraising events and holiday get togethers. Please tell us what kind of party you would like, and we will help you plan the perfect evening.
  • Private Party Contact: Mary Killay Lavayen 2022623726x
  • Special Events: Bellissimo Restaurant has partnerships with The Fairfax Symphony and George Mason Center for the Arts. Ticketholders of the Fairfax Symphony Concerts enjoy a 10% discount on the evening of performances.
    In addition, ticketholders of George Mason University's Center for the Arts Opera Series enjoy a $15% discount on evenings of performances. Please bring your tickets to us and we will be happy to honor your discount. Feel free to contact Mary at 202 262-3726 or info@bellissimorestaurant.com for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main Street and University Drive
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There are many PUBLIC PARKING lots available to Bellissimo diners that are steps from the front door.
    Public parking lots include: one block behind Bellissimo (south) on University Drive; one block north on University Drive next door to the Town Hall; one block east on Main Street(236).
A word from Bellissimo Restaurant
A small, cozy restaurant that serves exquisite Northern Italian food in a warm and inviting ambiance with excellent service. We are a fine dining restaurant with a very friendly, welcoming environment. You don't need to wait until a special occasion to visit us- we'd love to see you anytime! Come and visit so that you can try our chef's delectable daily specials for lunch or dinner. See you soon!




Lunch reservations are accepted Tuesday-Friday from 11:30 am until and 2:00 pm.
Dinner reservations are accepted Tuesday- Sunday evenings from at 4:00 pm until 10:00 pm.




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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Bellissimo Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
112 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (72)special occasion (64)romantic (60)fit for foodies (52)notable wine list (12)great for lunch (11)great for brunch (3)late-night find (2)good for groups (1)hot spot (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Charming venue
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I suppose entree selection goes a long way in defining ones experience here. My wife ordered the breast of duck and loved it. I sampled and understand why. I ordered the rock fish which was a special of the evening so I thought it would be a safe choice. It was so very unexceptional. The side of broccoli had the distinct texture of seeming to have come from a bag of frozen vegetables. The potatoes I set aside after only s bite. Then I had to flag a person down for a second drink. After tip our dinner was over $150. I expect so much more for that kind of money. I am going to try it one more time. That is only because as we went outdoors our waiter burst through the door sincerely asking us if we would return. For some reason I said yes.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Portions of the veal were too tough to eat. I had to request the dessert menu. I had to request the check and then they brought it to my wife.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely spot
    ginnvelvet
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This is a small and elegant dining room, with very good food. It is quite expensive, however; check for our dinner for 4 was about $250. 4 drinks, 3 appetizers, 4 entrees (2 of which were specials, so think high prices), 4 desserts/coffees. Only complaint is they seem to think they don't have to provide clean silverware with each course, which is so contradictive of the rest of the dining experience. Would definitely go back, though!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quaint
    pestonation
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This was our third visit. The restaurant is reliably clean with friendly wait staff. Be prepared for a European dining experience, with well paced food and drink. We were forgotten it seemed at times as the evening picked up and things got busy. All three meals were delicious as was the fennel salad; the tuna Carpaccio unfortunately was fishy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Main course saved the night!
    ashevillefun
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    After a disappointing appetizer and a salad that was more promising on paper, the pasta special was wonderful. Full of flavor and aside from abundant, well-cooked shrimp, scalllops and lobster, the pasta was cooked perfectly and the sauce was so flavorful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • another wonderful dinner
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    It was very quiet. There were hardly any other tables occupied at 8:30 on a Wednesday night. We literally were able to pick our table. The food was magnificent again. We both had specials offered for the day. I am not a huge fan of seafood and red sauces, but the crab ravioli with their "special red sauce" was wonderful. Husband's veal was "the best I've had anywhere in years" -- and he orders veal frequently. The tiramisu was also delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian!
    DaveB
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Excellent service in this small Fairfax City restaurant with northern Italian cuisine. Food was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic experience
    greatchoicedinner
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Cozy inside this small restaurant but experience was most enjoyable. Service was excellent, food was excellent and the pace was relaxing, we never felt rushed. The appetizer, entrees and dessert were all superb. We will return to Bellissimo!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Exceptional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Every time we go to Bellissimo the food and service are delightful. It is a very good place for a quiet romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian Restaurant
    traveling61
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The Italian seafood dishes were excellent. I had the veal and my husband had the pasta with seafood. The service was very good. The wine list is short and mainly Italian with many good red wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the 15 year wait
    Artz
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    This restaurant opened in 1999 and although we lived less than a mile from downtown Fairfax City, we had never had the occasion to visit. It was well worth the wait. The food was exceptional, with reasonably sized portions. The bread was fresh, warm and we had olive oil and parmesan to accompany it. We went on a Tuesday night so there were only a few other people there, which was fine since we were celebrating an anniversary. Be advised, this is a pricey restaurant. One glass of wine and two entrees put us at $72 (without tip).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding as always
    NoulisVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We brought my cousin and his wife along with us and they too thought the meal was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Good
    LoveGreatFood
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This was our first time dining at this restaurant. Small dining area which made it intimate and quiet despite almost tables being filled. Food of highest quality and wait staff that was accommodating and presented a welcome invite. Definitely recommend. Our server informed us that Saturday nights they serve over 120 people and a long wait is the norm. We went on a Sunday night (with reservations) and no problems. Obviously, this is a well-known place for locals which makes it ideal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great little place
    THICK
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    First off, this place is small, but in a good way. Presents an intimate setting. Wine list was a little bit limited and pricey but still reasonable. Great food, had the portobellow ravioli and my girlfriend loved the crabmeat raviloli and they were very accomodating to modifying the entree so she could have white sauce as opposed to red. A memorable event in a lovely place.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Alpaca
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Superb service, warm, inviting, genuine welcome. Great north Italian food; any down side at all? I had rockfish, which was excellent, but a bit overpowered by sauces. Classic Italian atmosphere, small number of tables, waiter with operatic quality voice performed impromptu solo very discretely but most lovely for my wife and daughter.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • what4VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The food was fantastic and our waiter was incredible. He spent a lot of time talking to us about the food and Italy. HE even sang to another Dinner patron. It was a very nice night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • check your bill
    julia
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We went to this restaurant because of a voucher discount. Food was great, singing waiter charming, but bill was presented to us at full price. We called it to their attention and promptly given the discount but we felt it might have been intentionally presented that way. Not a big deal as we will go back but this might serve as a warning to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing Special
    Maravilla
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    A little too expensive for an overall mediocre experience.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • frequentflierVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This was my fourth visit and I chose a regular menu item over the specials. The staff warned me that the rockfish special that night was fresher but I was in the mood for salmon . My meal was fabulous . The blend of flavors and textures was amazing. I was thrilled to find a regular menu item that was so delicious. The staff was gracious and attentive as always. The bread comes hot and crispy. What more could a diner ask for?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Glad We Came Back
    JoanneVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We enjoyed this restaurant a decade or so ago, but for some reason we never went back. It is within walking distance of our house, but we always thought of it as a more special occasion restaurant since it is pricier than our usual "let's grab a bite to eat" place. However, we were enticed back because of a coupon; and we are glad that we did. The service was perfect. The bread was hot out of the oven, served with olive oil and grated cheese. Yum. I had the beef carpaccio which was delicious and the the gnocchi with Fontina which was also very good. My husband had the mushroom and crab soup which was outstanding -- may have to try my hand at making it at home! He then had seafood over linguini which he enjoyed. We will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always good!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We've been here a few times and we never leave disappointed. Our meal was delicious; the service is always attentive and professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    looking4gooditalian
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We were really expecting more. Food was just ok. Service was just ok, nothing really bad or unfriendly. Strange that they never asked if we wanted something to drink, though. We had to prompt them for a glass of wine. I really rate a restaurant by asking if I would go back again and the answer is probably no. Nothing special to go back for.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • frequentflierVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I started with the roasted red pepper soup with crab. The soup was thin but very tasty and piping hot.Not a criticism as I appreciated the fact that it was not full of butter and cream yet sacrificed nothing in flavor. The spinach and fennel salad with walnuts was excellent. My entree was Grouper gently cooked with artichokes and tomato. The fish was moist and tender and beautifully seasoned. The bread here arrives toasty hot from the oven. The service is attentive. I have eaten here twice this week and plan to go back in a few days because the food is really excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    AndyB
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food is on the pricier side, but the food is great. I generally do not like tomato based Italian sauces because I find them on the sour side, so I went for a cream based veal dish. It was fabulous. My wife chose a tomato sauce based dish and to my surprise it was not like the other Italian places. The taste was just perfect (and fresh tasting) and I liked how they had wrapped the veal around the asparagus. I will be here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We always enjoy Bellissimo
    Uvajillybean
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    This restaurant is awfully quiet on weeknights, but the food is as good as always!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Should be six stars
    NancyVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We had an incredible meal, absolutely delicious. The service was exceptional, personal and just this side of too much. We will go there again when we are in the Fairfax area...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • DinnerGuest
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Good basic Italian food, but nothing special. The veal was a little tough and the sauce heavier than it should be for veal. The wine list is limited especially for wine by the glass. The wait staff was attentive and kindly moved us to another table (we were originally seated next to the bathroom!).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bellisimo is bellisimo!
    artzlady
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    This was our second visit here and the food has been fabulous both times. The first visit was during the Washington Restaurant week and it was very busy and a bit loud but the place is small so noise carries. The food was wonderful and very generous portions. Waiter Manny is very personable too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    amillward
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    As soon as you walked, the staff took care of your every dining needs. I would recommend this place to anyone who is celebrating a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian in Fairfax City
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We generally eat downtown when looking for a memorable meal, but we enjoy trying restaurants around the area. While the atmosphere at Bellissimo will not bowl anyone over, it's pleasant enough, and, more importantly, the food was elevated and impeccable -- as good or better than top notch Italian restaurants in DC, and without the pretense. Our waiter was a pro who smoothly guided us through the menus best offerings. Bravo! We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Enjoyed everything from the food to the character. The specials were great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They were "slammed?"
    Fairfaxneighbor
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was excellent. The service was very poor--we had to ask for a wine list. It was difficult to get the attention of the wait staff. The wine choices were extremely limited by the glass, and a bottle was way overpriced. The quality of the food will bring us back but not on a Saturday night.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food.
    GoodFood
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Didn't realize they were doing resturant week until we got there. The special menu was delicious and the four of us each had something different. None of us were disappointed. Our friends making their first visit there said they needed to add Bellissimo to their favorites list. All in all an enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Guest
    Boris
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We went to Belissimo for the first time even though we live close by. The restaurant is small, but comfortable, and reservations are recommended. They had special prices for the Restaurant Week which enabled us to sample their menu without breaking the budget! And it was awesome - each dish ordered was attractively presented and was delicious. The service was attentive and helpful in choosing items from the menu. We will return soon and sample more dishes from their extensive menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious!
    Mjeanb712VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My husband and I came here for restaurant week on Saturday night and it was amazing! Everything from the service to the food was just perfect. We spoke with the owner for a bit as well and she was so sweet and personable. Can't believe it took me so long to try this place! Looking forward to bringing family in the future!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly and willing to please
    hometowngirl
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    A tight fit for our party of five, but still an enjoyable evening. We ordered from the DC Restaurant Week menu: Main dish with sides of summer squash tasted very homemade, desserts were standard, but still yummy (cannoli, tiramisu, strawberries and cream). Wait staff was eager to please and made us feel welcome. A nice night out. We will try again to explore the full menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great evening
    luv2eatout
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The menu for Restaurant week was outstanding with many choices. The food was amazing and the portion was more than adequate. The owner came over to make sure we wee enjoying the meal. She was very pleasant and helped out when there was a mistake on the bill. Also gave us a lovely after dinner drink.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome food
    laffy
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was great! Came here for restauraunt week. Service was good as well. It is a small place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice Italian meal
    KANDJ
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was great. Service was also great. I liked it. Probably the best restaurant near George Mason Univ. It is a small place. No close parking. Parking s a block away. Worth going to.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Genuine Italian Food in Fairfax
    Patou
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We loved Bellissimo. It is a traditional restaurant which offers authentic Italian cuisine. There are very few tables and the service is attentive. It's a classic address to keep under "Favorites".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic