Bijou French Bistro
Bijou French Bistro

Bijou French Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://bijoufrenchbistro.com/
  • Phone: (858) 750-3695
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Daily, 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Wine Bar: Daily, 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Lounge: Friday - Saturday, 5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
    Live Music in the Lounge: Friday - Saturday, 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Shaun Gethin
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Live Music: Thursday - Saturday, 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ivanhoe
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Bijou French Bistro
There's passion in every bite at Bijou French Bistro, where seasonal ingredients rendezvous with bistro favorites for delectable French without the formality - from the creators of Addison. Be the first to experience the new jewel of Prospect Street - straight from the city of love to the heart of downtown La Jolla.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Bijou French Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
123 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (81)special occasion (74)romantic (63)neighborhood gem (62)notable wine list (43)good for groups (33)hot spot (25)vibrant bar scene (12)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (5)great for outdoor dining (3)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Still great!
    yesandno
    Dined on 11/26/2014
    I went back to Bijou after a couple of months and I was happy to find out that it is still the best food in town. Service is great and not too intrusive, among the new items on the menu I tried the Loup De Mer and the Escargot and they were both amazing. pot de creme at the end is the best dessert in town, you have to try it!!! I am glad they are doing well, if you are a foodie, you have to try Bijou...you will be back too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent French experience
    Mariann
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We were blown away by the atmosphere, amazing food and attentiveness of the staff. Not knowing a lot about french dining we were concerned but intrigued with what foods might be served. It was delicious. Everything from the first course to dessert was better than we could have imagined. The bar featured an amazing jazz band.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Greta to have a top class restaurant in la Jolla. Excellent service, pleasant surroundings, low noise level and an interesting menu
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Where has this place been
    Tomrly
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    This is a true french classic, food and service outstanding
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Bistro in town!
    SltplsVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    We love this place, we have been here at least dozen times
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing special
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Pate' was terrible; gnocchi was ok. Veal was poor... Chicken was the best dish but nothing to go back for. The caramel dessert was wonderful. The bar area seemed busy... Might be worth checking it out for drinks only
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  • Worth the Trip
    silverfoxgourmet
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    This was my second time to Bijou. It was even better than the first time. Food is superb, wait staff very knowledgable about each dish and the wine selections. Very friendly place with great ambiance. Highly recommended for that special occasion or if you just want a nice relaxing place to enjoy a great meal with superb wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phenomenal beyond words
    olivem
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I insisted we go for my birthday because I have heard such great things, and I'm so happy we did. We began with the 'Deufs Mayonaise', the creamy mayonaise sauce leftover was perfect to sweep up with the warm baguettes. The 'Sweet Gem Lettuce' and 'Coq au vin' followed and I'm a sucker for any meat braised in wine, paired with our cabernet sauvignon, perfect. Our next course, the raw foods, may have been my favorite. We shared the ' Steak Tartare' and the 'Salmon Rillettes' and I was in heaven. The salmon, so creamy and perfect we were fighting for the last bites within seconds! Once we thought it couldn't get better the 'Gnocchi À La Parisienne' arrived. Working in Italian restaurants I am no stranger to gnocchi, however, the chef at Bijou had me in love; it was crunchy/toasted gnocchi in a sweet noisette sauce - unlike ANYTHING I have ever had, and amazing in every way. I can't decide which is my favorite - salmon or gnocchi. After my delicious encounter we decided for the 'Macaroni Gratin', beautiful, and I typically don't enjoy macaroni from restaurants (and it happened to be the one dish I insisted on saving to bring a little home). Finally we ordered some cheeses (I believe the goat [Tomette] and possibly the pastoral which were the perfect combination of creamy (yet sturdy - not like a brie) and possessing those enticing cheesy aromas. Polishing off the last of the cheese our 'Crème Brûlée' arrived. Never having tried a creme brulee with hints of orange before I felt like my life had been missing out. Everything was so perfect and filling for my birthday and I couldn't have asked for anything better. And with this excellent food came exquisite service. Unfortunately, I don't remember our waiters name, but he made the experience that much better. Perfect, clean, precise, also kind, charming and very helpful. Thank you everyone, all staff and workers for making my birthday and our experience phenomenal to say the least :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Liketodine
    Liketodine
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We had out of town guests and took them to Bijou. Even though the restaurant was very busy, we felt like the only guests there. The food was fantastic. We had a wonderful fig salad, pâté, veal, gnocchi and fabulous new dessert. I can't wait to go back again and try new items on the menu. The service was stellar, from the matre de to the server to the chef (who came out to check on us). You won't be disappointed with this classic French spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible food experience.
    Gourmet
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Out of 4 people, 4 thought the food was terrible, all our dishes (onion soup, veal paillard, steak fritte, grilled lobster) were extremely salty. We didn't dare to order desserts, just in case, they were salty too. This restaurant is not worth a visit, unless you don't care to eat badly.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfection all around!
    SimO
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Best restaurant in San Diego! Great service and AMAZING food! We had the Escargot en Croute and the Oeufs Mayonnaise to start, our main course was the Veal Paillard and the Loup De Mer! Absolutely fantastic. We finished with a cheese plate and 2 glasses of Souternes. Unforgettable experience, we are looking forward to go back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good bistro
    fenway
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We dined as a group of 6 on a Sunday evening. The food was good. Several people ordered multiple appetizers in lieu of an entrée. The server was very friendly, while professional. In that I was ordering a heavy main course, I opted to pass on an appetizer. The kitchen sent one to me gratis as my fellow diners all were receiving appetizers. Quite thoughtful. The wine list is rather pricey for the quality of the wines, but if you are willing to spend a good deal, there are fine wines. I would give the food a B+/A-.
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  • Cannot say enough about Bijou!
    MeganSD
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    From the moment we walked in it was first class service! We were greeted by the hosts and the General Manager, Alessio Marini. The interior of the restaurant is so beautiful! Our server, Robert was exceptionally attentive. We started with the Oefs Mayonnaise, which are rich and creamy! You cannot miss the Steak Tartare! The endive salad was perfectly balanced with beets and creamy blue cheese. Entrees were the Veal Paillard and a Sea bass dish with ratatouille. Spectacular! Chef Shaun Gethin deserves great praise and even came to our table to see how we were enjoying our dinner! We tasted the Creme Brûlée and the Pot de Creme and I was so glad we did! Bijou is a gem! I honestly cannot wait to go back! Thank you Bijou for an amazing evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointed
    EnzoS
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I must say this place is a scam. 2 plates each (2guests)and a glass of wine for $175. I'm okay paying that kind of $ at Amaya or Addison where the food is great, has taste and provide extraordinary service. Here Escargots were bland, the steak was greasy, the fish plate was somewhat ok (small). The best plate was the lobster. Gotta say this was my first and last visit to Bijou.
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  • Magnificent(can't spell in French)!
    revfrsds
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Word fail me, but I'll try. Outstanding service! Remarkable selections! Tremendous food! Stupendous attention to detail! Did I mention how good the food was? In short, nothing less than completely magnificent. One of my guest lived in S. France for a few years and said this was as good as anything there. In fact, she pronounced her dessert the absolute BEST she had ever had in her whole life! I rank the Bijou right along side The Marine Room, and the Sky Room as La Jolla "musts!" Sadly, the Sky Room is no more, but now there is something just as good right across the street. Do yourself a huge favor and dine at the Bijou someday soon! You won't regret it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gets Better Everytime!
    Sgl2319VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Each time I dine here the food gets better and better! The Chefs are always adding to the menu and changing the presentation of food! The service is always outstanding-they truly care about you and what you enjoy to eat, drink and taste! Bijou is the perfect vibe for anything from a special occasion to a dinner out in town to a glass if wine at the bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exquisite
    BonneVivanteVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Over-the-top, simply stellar-sumptuous experience. We had the French onion soup and the coq-au-vin. At last ... true French cuisine! We're tired of the "California" French light fare. The service was excellent. We are grateful for a lovely experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    no expenses spared in setting up this place to be in elegant French style. one of the very best restaurants for food quality in La Jolla.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Paris in La Jolla
    JoyinfoodVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    While the menu is brief, every item we tried was excellent.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed diner
    Lovegoodfood
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We love the food at Addison and Amaya, and were expecting the same of the food at Bijou. We were there with 2 other couples, and we all agreed that the quality of the food was not up to the same level. The menu is somewhat limited, so they should be able to execute each dish well. Prices are rather high. It is an elegant and beautiful restaurant, and the live piano music was nice. Unfortunately that is not enough to bring us back.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Bistro in Town
    SltplsVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food and the service continue to get better and better with each visit
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic Dining
    Bigdinner
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Great dining atmosphere, good service, limited menu if you do not eat sea food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • A new little gem
    UnicornFoodie
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I have come here a few times now and and for good reason! The service ans staff are awesome and I love the Oeufs Mayonnaise which is something I would never try but love! Love the sea bass as well, and my ultimate favorite is the dessert, the Pot de Crème melts in your mouth! It's a great place to get dinner with some friends or a cute little date night, or just to grab a couple glasses of wine at the bar with maybe some dessert :) all in all I am happy to have a new little Gem of a place to add to my list of favorite places to eat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • quiet on a Sunday evening
    composerVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Delicious handcrafted food. The deviled eggs appetizer had such a tasty sauce I mopped it up with the complimentary olive mini baguette. Don't miss the macarons for dessert if you love chocolate
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great again
    SltplsVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This place just keeps getting better Another great meal every dish we have had has been better than the one before
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • french as can be
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Oysters, Steak Tartare, French Onion Soup, Veal, Steak Frites, Nicoise Salad, Salmon Rillette, Trout, Macaroni / Ham, Pot de Creme, Fruit Tarte, Beignes and ON and ON. Check out the wine list and we love the new Bar at Bijou.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible
    Alphonse
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The place is terrible. The service is bad, the menu is poor, and the food is disgusting. Even the presentation of the dishes is bad. My advise: Stay away.
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  • Worth a visit.
    ls92101
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I enjoyed the jazz playing in the lounge/bar area. Drinks were good and food was delicious.
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WOW! It was great!
    barbaraVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Excellent ambiance, greeters very personable, food outstanding. Staff goes out of their way to please and do whatever they can to make their customers feel welcome and special. Thank you for a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Over rated and over charged
    Food4thought
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Food from regular menu was very good but new additions that were added for restaurant week awful and had to be returned. The fig and heirloom salads were excellent. Service was superb.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gem
    Sunshine
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Fantastic service combined with wonderful food makes Bijou a gem. Our waiter was attentive and fun and the food was true to French Bistro style. Chicken Fricasse was mouth wateringly perfect. Can't wait to go back.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    M2cents
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We were there for the first time during SD Restaurant week and we had an incredible dining experience! My husband and I were slight underdressed for the restaurant ambient but the staff were so hospitable and friendly and made us feel like honor guests. The restaurant decor feel very warm and elegant and the music was at the perfect level for intimate conversations. The foods were delicious and everything tasted so fresh and light. We left feeling relaxing and fulfill. It was a great doing experience and we will definitely return for the full menu options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What was this place called before?
    PattyVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Whatever it was, it was very good! Even for restaurant week, they managed to maintain production of high quality food.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice!
    DowntowndinerVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We have been looking forward to trying Bijou and went on the first night of Restaurant week - disappointed that they were only offering the restaurant week special and we were not able to order from their regular menu. However, the selections offered were great and we will definitely be back to try the full menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We went there for restaurant week. We have been going to restaurant week for several years, this is the first restaurant that do not have anything else available outside the fixed menu. They also initially insisted on my 6 year old ordering from the same $45 three course menu and after talking to the chef, we were able to order just the entree. The food was good, not exceptional. Probably will not go there again since there are so many good restaurants around.
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  • Awesome!
    UnicornFoodie
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    If your a food lover, this is a must on your list of restaurant to try! With everything on the menu made in house, you would be silly not to treat yourself! Delisious food, an tastey wine selection, great service, and all just in the heart of downtown La Jolla! Both the GM Alessio Marini and Chef William Bradley have done an amazing job bringing California a little taste of France.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little taste of France
    Twin
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Was taken by a girlfriend and had a lovely time! The food was simply amazing, the ambiance was quiet and intimate and I just loved the piano player! You must try the vast array of cheeses, the sea bass and some of the best Gnocchi I have ever had! And just when you think it can't get any better, we have desert. A must have- The Crème Brûlée and the Pot De Crème. An overall wonderful experience with service that makes you feel like royalty!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Liketodine
    Liketodine
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Another trip to Bijou and the food continues to amaze me. Ordered the veal, so tender and delicious. In addition, the gem salad was excellent. Each time I've dined there the service has been exceptional. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Such a great addition to the area.
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    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Incredible food
    Elsed5
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Fantastic dining experience. The Oeufs, Salmon Rillette, Tarte Flambe, and the gnocchi are a must try, and the pot de creme cannot be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience.
    ORD84
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Everything was wonderful. The staff was attentive but not overbearing and the food was incredible. We tried about 6 different items and they were all delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.