Big Grove Tavern
Big Grove Tavern

Big Grove Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.biggrovetavern.com/
  • Phone: 2172393505x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Kitchen Hours: Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm,
    Friday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Saturday: 10:00am - 11:00pm & Sunday: 10:00am - 2:30pm & 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Gastro Pub, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jessica Gorin
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: At Big Grove Tavern, we offer private dining for your convenience. We have three private dining rooms available which can accommodate small intimate dinners or events of up to 100 guests. A buy-out of the entire restaurant is available for larger groups. Our private dining coordinator will help you plan events ranging from business/pharmaceutical meetings, bridal showers and rehearsal dinners, baby showers, or birthday and anniversary celebrations.

    Depending on the number of guests attending your event, banquets are presented cocktail style, family style or buffet style. In this packet, you will find a copy of our banquet menus. As a farm-to-table restaurant, some of these options might be seasonal items, which will be noted in the menu. We have also provided a few sample menus to help guide you through your planning process.
  • Private Party Contact: info@BigGroveTavern.com 217-239-3505x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Neil Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We are conveniently located across from the Hill Street Parking Deck, where we validate parking for 2 hours. The parking deck is located in the center of downtown Champaign and accommodates up to 600 vehicles. You may access the parking deck from Hill Street or Randolph Street.
A word from Big Grove Tavern
At Big Grove Tavern, we celebrate the true sense of the word tavern. The heart and soul of a community, the tavern is a warm and welcoming place bringing together both visitors and locals. It is somewhere to share a pint of ale or a wholesome meal with your neighbor, a place that welcomes all regardless of your position or status.

It is in this tradition that we bring you Big Grove Tavern. Our mission is to source local and farm fresh ingredients whenever possible – not only to create delicious dishes but to help support our neighbors.

Our name comes from a large stand of trees called, “The Big Grove,” which offered shelter from the wide open prairie skies during the earliest days of our community. Now known as Busey Woods, you can still see the remnant of Big Grove in Urbana today. Whether you’re from Champaign, Urbana, the University, the surrounding towns or a visitor –ALL are welcome at Big Grove.

Eat, drink and think local.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Big Grove Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
49 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (30)great for outdoor dining (30)special occasion (25)neighborhood gem (20)good for groups (14)romantic (13)hot spot (12)great for brunch (10)great for lunch (9)notable wine list (8)late-night find (7)vibrant bar scene (6)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (5)Show More
  • Not a lot of choices
    eatismyname
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Just not my kind of food and I am a foodie. Nothing much for kids. Its was overall ok, wine list is good but expensive. For the money I spent I have been happier other places. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Big city quaint
    AlmostALocal
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great decor, nice farm-to-table concept. A perfectly enjoyable evening with truly delicious food. I may have had a new server that wasn't particularly knowledgeable or the right amount of attentive, but was adequate. Reminded me of an old downtown San Francisco bistro...a nice mix of class and casual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    BJD1
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We treated out of town guests for dinner. They were very impressed with the local products that are used for the meals
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Empty on a Saturday night (it was Labor Day weekend though). Delicious, creative food, knowledgeable staff, talented chef. Would dine here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Big Grove a big plus
    Shewrites1946
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Big Grove Tavern in downtown Champaign has the right style and fabulous food for a neat downtown place. Lots of locally sourced, well-prepared food and desserts...who wouldn't love panna cotta with caramel further topped with some caramel-coated popcorn? Oh, be still my heart. Three of us enjoyed perfectly prepared and nicely served meals of free-range chicken in a broth with veggies and tiny potatoes and dressing dumplings, pork loin, and mac and cheese. Appetizers of beets and deviled eggs got us ready. The wait staff doesn't bother diners but are responsive. Nice wine list. Big Grove always delivers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • There are better places in C-U.
    nightonthetown
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    For the money there are better places in C-U. It's hard to complain too much when you order filet but we weren't really impressed - it was just kind of okay.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All around excellent
    WorktodiveVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Best roasted chicken ever!!!!! Excellent, friendly service. Nothing negative to say!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Outside Dining
    Mamagoose
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Enjoyed the table outside immensely. Good service and good food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Welovefood
    welovefoodVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We have been to this restaurant a number of Tim's & enjoyed it very much; the rankings are based upon our most recent visit . On Saturday we went for brunch & discovered dogs are allowed at the tables outside. This was not pleasant as dogs bark, sniff people as they walk by, & not everyone wants to share a meal with a dog. If we wanted to hang out with dogs we would not have gone to a restaurant. We recommend this place if they omit the welcome wagon for animals.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • diner
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We love Big Grove Tavern! The food is always delicious and the wait staff is friendly. We like the fact that the food is locally grown which makes the menu a seasonal one. It's fun to see what new foods are on the menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Below average service, poor food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The roasted chicken was very salty and not worth the price. They exchanged it for Mahi Mahi dish, but poured a ton of radish (many with tails still on them). Who can eat that much radish?
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great salad!
    DGDG
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Loved the green salad with orange-coriander dressing, such a pleasant change from the usual. I also enjoyed the deviled egg, love to see different options from the typical restaurant menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun Friday Night
    AshMo
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Great place for outdoor seating! Especially during the summer - they have live music on Friday nights! The food is always perfect :) Definitely recommended Big Grove :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Localgal
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    This was my second visit to Big Grove Tavern. It is an attractive restaurant with attentive, informed service. We enjoyed our dinner - roasted chicken was outstanding. However the two people who ordered the beef really disliked the flowering kale side. All four of us tasted it and found it quite bitter. It was unfamiliar to us so we were wiling to try it but would have appreciated a warning about the bitterness. Kale aside, I am looking forward to returning to Big Grove to try out their summer menus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Graham
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Very nice place for a business lunch and also a great evening spot for dinner with friends.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place in Champaign!
    nmk925
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    This is a great place to eat in Champaign---I recommend their tavern burger!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 33 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 216 reviews are from the Big Grove Tavern reviews archive.
  • Love Big Grove!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We have been to Big Grove 3 or 4 times now and loved it every time! The popcorn they bring to the table is different every time, as are the deviled eggs and they are a treat! The menu changes quite frequently, but there are some main dishes that stick around and they are excellent as well! The menu is small so you aren't overwhelmed by too many choices, and everything that is on the menu is a gem! Local foods, great combinations, and you must save room for dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Date nite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We went here for the 1st time for our anniv. Had a great waiter. We had a few sm appet to start. Husband had short rib &loved it! I had the filet & it was a ill rare for me, but they took it and cooked it more then it was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Decent Brunch
    SassyLibrarian
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    While I still think Big Grove's greatest strength is its lunch menu, the brunch we had in May 2014 was pretty good. There are a variety of menu options that, relative to other downtown brunch spots, are moderately priced ($8ish for salads, $10-12 for entrees, $7 for drinks). The outdoor seating at Big Grove is quiet lovely and not to be missed on a nice day.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • meh.
    pinkshoe
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    They couldn't come up with a tomato slice and onion slice to put on the tavern burger. If you want one with aoli and marmalade, I guess it would be ok, but if you want any personalization of your meal, don't expect it here. It was also painfully loud. I think this was the layout of the building. Noises are amplified. Overall - nothing to recommend the place for, no real reason to go again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Eclectic Menu
    Dean
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Big Grove has an eclectic menu and a comfortable dining space. It is quiet so it is perfect for business lunches and dinners. The service is always very good and very dependable.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So So...
    anonymous1
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I have been to Big Grove three times and each time I have found the wait staff slightly pretentious, the food tasty but way over priced. The drinks are similarly over priced but well mixed. If it was not for a gift card to the restaurant, I doubt I would have selected to dine there. There are other places just as good at a better price.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Service
    lulu1996
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Our waiter was very attentive and helpful, this was a great choice for brunch, food was excellent with a nice presentation
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worst bartender ever
    Glenn4food
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    I was traveling through town alone, so decided to eat at their bar. The menu looked great, but the bartender couldn't have ignored me more if she had tried. I had one drink, paid my tab, and left. Service at Ko-Fusion (sushi restaurant next door) was superlative.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunday brunch. Very good,
    JeffreyB
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Sunday brunch. Very good, orriginal dishes. Not just your typical brunch fare..... Surpirised it was not busier. It should be..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I was completely blown away
    veggielover3
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I was completely blown away by my experience at Big Grove Tavern! I'd heard high praise about the restaurant from many of my friends before I went, but I can personally say that it was one of the best dining experiences I've ever had! I ordered the Sweet Pea Risotto and it was absolutely to die for. A vegetarian's dream dish! I would recommend BGT to anyone looking for the perfect rustic, chic restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Grove, Big Hit!
    ChipaverVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Excellent experience all the way around. We sure to be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Find
    Love2eatout
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    My son and I had brunch on a Saturday at the Big Grove Tavern in Champaign. It is not a typical brunch but a limited menu with some great items to meet just about anyone's tastes. It is not a "tavern" atmosphere by any means. Comfortable setting and simple yet updated furnishings. Great food and great service. I would like to return in the evening for dinner as the menu looks interesting. I would recommend based on my experience. A pleasant surprise was "breakfast" popcorn...that day it was flavored with bacon and cinnamon coffee grounds...it was excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Made by people who love food
    bourgeoisieproblems
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Great farm-to-table restaurant. It's one of those places where everything looks good so you can't decide. From beer and cheese sampling to roasted pork with pickled mustard seeds to the edison bulb decor, it's a must for foodies. Excellent pricing for the kind of place it is, as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Love the fresh local food! I am a big believer in supporting local farmers. Makes a huge difference in the quality and taste.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    AshMo
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Big Grove has become one of our favorite restaurants to celebrate any occasion! The wine is always good, and the food - delicious! Can't wait until it's warm enough to eat outside on their outdoor patio!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good menu options and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    Very good menu options and great food. Service was also very fast and attentive. Noise level lower than most restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better but still not worthy of pric
    mooresyVIP
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Dined here recently after not eating here since this place opened when we weren't so impressed so wanted to give it another try. We settled i nto the menu and ordered a bottle a wine...30 minutes later the waitress came back to our table to tell us that the dishes one of us had ordered which was the special..was no longer available.. again 30 mins after we ordered and it being barely 6:30pm and already out of the special homeade pasta of the day? really?.. Don't get me wrong what we did ordered was good although my cauliflower soup lacked any taste or seasoning, but the problem lies in the service aspect. Service seemed slow and amateurish..We had to repeatedly ask for water from our server which is unacceptable when paying those highprices
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place for celebratory dinner
    Tschussle
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    We like Big Grove Tavern for its commitment to make good food from local ingredients. I had the farro with chicken and coconut sauce: yum; my spouse had steak (of course). We particularly liked the green salad with cheese and grapes. I found that both of my dishes were too salty for my taste, so I will take the server's advice to ask for future orders to be underseasoned. She was very nice but seemed a little harried. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extraordinary
    ChicagoAnnVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    This was our second visit to Big Grove Tavern and once again each and every dish ordered by our party of six was excellent and perfectly done. The decor is sophisticated and interesting and the food presentation was wonderful, as was the service. We will definitely return to Big Grove; cheers to the chef!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot in downtown Champaign.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Great spot in downtown Champaign. Nice cocktails and decent local beers. I've been here a couple times and both times had good service and tasty food. My son's salmon was good. My spare rib on a bed of grits was fantastic. Good place, give it a try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Big Grove
    MrBean
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Awesome menu, quick service, great food, tasty beer. I shared good time with friends!!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Grove is the best in CU
    borntoeat
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    There is no better restaurant in Champaign-Urbana! The food is delicious and creative, the service is always top notch and the drink list is perfect. I love BGT!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Innovative, satisfying
    Townie76
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Our table of 4 visited on a very busy evening. Our server did a great job considering her load of tables. The beer choices were outstanding and our entrees ranged from good to great. We enjoyed our choices. I'll say the Tavern Burger is outstanding but I'd not order it cooked beyond medium. Medium-well proved a bit dry but still tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Midwestdiner
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Been to Big Grove many times and have always had a good experience. Saturday night was no exception except for one thing, the service. It was even better than it normally is. Our server was knowledgable, timely and enhanced our experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.