Bistro Boudin
Bistro Boudin

Bistro Boudin

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistroboudin.com/
  • Phone: 4159281849x2
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday 11:30am to 9:30pm

    Friday - Saturday 11:30am to 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Misael Reyes
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Bistro Boudin is available for off-site catering in the SF Bay Area (including Marin and East Bay). Please contact our Sales Manager for further details and to schedule a tasting. (415) 928-8882 or bistroevents@boudinbakery.com
  • Special Events: We offer both private and semi-private dining with several diverse and versatile space options, each with stunning bay views and crowd pleasing imagery. Our private dining room also offers a 52″ HD Monitor with satellite capability and direct VGA laptop connectivity.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Taylor St.
  • Public Transit: The MUNI "F" Line drops passengers off directly in front of Boudin at the Wharf on Jefferson Street (between Mason and Taylor Streets).
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Validated parking available at the Fisherman's Wharf lot located directly behind our building. Entrance on Taylor St. (past Jefferson). 3 hours validation with dining receipt from Bistro Boudin. Be sure to have your ticket validated before leaving the restaurant.
A word from Bistro Boudin
Located on the upper level of Boudin at the Wharf, Bistro Boudin offers an ideal place to enjoy a leisurely meal. Warm and inviting with beautiful dark wood accents, Bistro Boudin features a full service bar ,Oyster /Tapas/ Raw bar and spectacular views of the waterfront. The menu is influenced by the abundance of seasonally fresh foods available in the San Francisco Bay Area and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner.
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Bistro Boudin reviews from OpenTable diners
123 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (82)great for lunch (43)good for groups (41)kid-friendly (31)fit for foodies (27)special occasion (27)hot spot (24)neighborhood gem (20)romantic (19)great for brunch (18)great for outdoor dining (14)notable wine list (12)vibrant bar scene (12)late-night find (7)Show More
  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I took my girlfriend to Pier 39 for the day and had made reservations for lunch as a surprise. I was taken aback by the ambiance of the restaurant and the view of the bay and Acatraz Island. My girlfriend is a huge chowder fan, so we both ordered the chowder sourdough bread bowls and a wedge salad to share. The chowder was phenomenal and the wedge salad was out of this world. I particularly liked the applewood smoked bacon and aged bleu cheese. Overall, my girlfriend and I had a wonderful lunch and will be returning soon!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slow service
    camkingVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The bruschetta was almost entree-sized, but good. The brick chicken was also very nice, with standard fries. However, the service was chronically slow, when it existed at all. I was brought some bread as an appetizer, and some butter, and my server noted that I had no cutlery and never reappeared with any - in the end I asked another server. I noticed all the other servers going back and forth, but rarely ever saw mine. I know there's a drought in California, but surely this doesn't extend to not providing water refills. It even took 10 minutes for the check to be brought after I'd asked for it.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food was truly excellent, so delicious. The atmosphere and surrounding were great. We had such a great meal there, would defiantly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal in USA so far
    Hungrydc
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We booked online before we travelled to San Francisco because we hate wandering round wondering where to eat. We read several good reviews before booking and were not disappointed. We've eaten at a number of other places on our travels in the past week, but Bistro Boudin has been the best so far. It's an unusual setting above the bakery that serves all Boudin shops. The bistro, however, is a world away from the cafe downstairs. It looks very nice with lots of wood and the meals fit the ambience. We shared a grilled goats' cheese and then I had the bass and my wife had a steak. We couldn't manage a dessert, but everything we did have was delicious. It would be best to book. We were there on a Friday evening and the restaurant was full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Average but good variety
    ZAZA
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Bistro Boudin is located in Pier 41, not Pier 39, so make sure to tell your friends/family if they are meeting you there. I did have to wait 20 minutes for my party of 7 to be seated even though I had made reservations through open table every far in advance. The food was average, service was excellent minus the wait at the beginning. Smells of sourdough bread were amazing; however, they didn't seem to serve the freshly baked bread to our table. It is not an upscale experience but maybe worth the trip if you want a view of the ocean, some soup and sourdough bread. But I would pass on this if you have other options.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Gimlet
    Chinoise1
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Started off with a basil gimlet. Very flavorful had mussels and garlic fries as appetizer. Nice. Fish tacos small but crusty bass was excellent. Lava cake with gelato was nice as well. Window table for two with view of Alcatraz.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Chowder
    sixsetoVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We are locals and walk the waterfront frequently for exercise, stopping at Boudin's on occasion because dad enjoys the chowder. Been at this restaurant many times and the experience depends on which entrees you select. The seafood is good but you can get better plates elsewhere. Stay away from the sandwiches which are dry. Chowder is the only thing really worth ordering.
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  • The Bread was amazing!
    funkyVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The view was incredible, of the bay and Alcatraz. We had the crab cake.... delicious. We also shared the halibut with a cioppino style broth with shellfish and fish chunks. It was excellent! We took a tour of the bread making factory. They had the steam and aromas drifting up to the tour area. The bakers were interacting with the viewers. It was a fun experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great view, a little expensive
    LadyTexan
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Definitely less crowded and cleaner that the Boudin cafe downstairs for a price. Crab and spinach appetizer is a must! Not a good clam chowder as advertised, sour dough pizza is pretty good. The server was excellent...worthy of a great tip. View of the bay is great, good for romantic dining. Food is hit or miss but definitely pricey. Need to know which good ones to order for the next visit. Resrvation a must even for lunch.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, Amazing service
    happyone
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The food at Boudin Bistro was fresh, tasty, and beautifully presented. However, you can find that at a lot of places in the area. What truly distinguished the experience was the service. My server actually, truly really cared if my dining experience was good or not. That led to excellent attention to detail so that i received everything i wanted, the way i wanted it, and on the perfect timing. In addition, although i was checked on periodically to see how everything was, it was not an annoying amount and it was clear that the person asking actually wanted to ensure everything was OK. (Unlike some places where they are just hoping you won't say there is a problem.) The view was very nice, too!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bonne surprise
    Manu
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Personnel agréable, processus industriel maîtrisé :), soupe ok, crabe cake ok, frites à l'ail ok. Le service à l'étage permet de s'isoler !
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good service
    Eatfood
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Good food. Took awhile to come out. We didn't even notice but the manager apologized and gave us free drinks and dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Ask for Mike the server. Outstanding! Wonderful evening. Great food and view
    Special Features:
    scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ejoyed it
    ljinsf
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Took out-of-town guests for lunch. Big range in age and we all ordered something different - salad, fish and chips, pizza. Good service and nice venue
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good diner but not more
    fredfifi57
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We booked a table in order to try the famous clam chowder. The kids chose the sole. The food was good and the fish & seafood were fresh although no special care was brought as to the side dishes (mashed potatoes and vegetables) and the presentation. I think the reputation of the place is a bit exaggerated. However Bistrot Boudin may be a smart choice on Fisherman's Wharf considering the low-quality food served in the neighborhood. Service was good but not really warm and welcoming.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice restaurant
    Minzo
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Had a nice meal with my family. The Chowder was lovely but the meat wasn't the best but nice atmosphere and not too expensive
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service and Food
    79Hokie
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    This is a very large restaurant, in the middle of the tourist area at Fishermans Wharf, however did not feel like a tourist restaurant. Food quality was excellent, and our server was on the ball. A bit noisy, not unexpected given size, had a mixture of appetizers and entrees, all very good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice to be there
    didi
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    It is a touristic hot spot but despite this, a highly recommendable restaurant at any time of the day. Excellent food from seafood to pizza and pasta makes it family friendly. charmy service, nice view, bakery to visit... a must to go in san francisco ...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great way to end a fun vacation
    murphwm
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    My wife and I went for lunch on our way to the airport at the end of our short vacation. We were in town for the San Francisco marathon, and enjoyed the city and surroundings tremendously. Boudin's famous sourdough bread and fresh baked cookies were a perfect way to cap the trip. I highly recommend the oatmeal raisin cookies. One of the best I have tried!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food! Casual atmosphere!
    Familyof4
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Ate dinner here twice during our trip to San Francisco in July 2014. Seated promptly with our reservations. Reception pleasant and courteous. Wait staff attentive and helpful: First trip was Julie and second trip was Stephen. Both very professional, making good suggestions regarding the menu and very friendly. We all enjoyed our meals (myself, my husband and our children ages 16 and 11) and, of course, loved the clam chowder in the bread bowl! Yum!! Nice casual place to eat. Would definitely recommend a visit if you are at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Sourdough!
    dininggirl
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Whenever we have friends or family come in from around the world we recommend meeting them at Bistro Boudin for lunch. What better place to experience the wonderful sourdough bread than from the fresh made loaves made in the bakery downstairs! Clam Chowder in a sourdough bowl along with a nice Chardonnay and you have the perfect SF lunch!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Club1136
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We had a very good meal here with excellent service. Nice outdoor seating area. Inside by the windows facing the bay provides a nice spot too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tourist spot
    Burns
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We had apps at the bar and dinner at a table. The food was good and priced according to its quality. The service however was not very good at all. This place is for tourists and they know you will not becoming back regardless of your experience. At the table My water was never refilled during the entire time I was there, my wine never topped off, and there was a very long wait time for our meals. At the bar We had to ask the bartender for the specials and raw bar selection. He told as he walked away so it was still difficult to hear then. We also had to ask for plates for our bread. ( we were the only people at the bar.) This type of service is not what you expect for a $200+ meal.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the Bread Bowl
    visitor10
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Loved the clam chowder bread bowl and the view. The fish and chips was also great. Anchor Steam on tap is very, very good. Pretty crowded, as it is a tourist spot, but worth the crowds for the food and view. We went after lunch and before dinner, so it wasn't too bad. I would certainly go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the bread and attention!
    Kitt
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We made a last-minute (half hour in advance) reservation on a mega-busy afternoon and the honored it. The food was delicious as well! Got a great table and enjoyed this SFO Institution. Open Table works SO WELL!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outoftowner
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Crowded but a lot of fun on a Saturday afternoon. Excellent service and great vibe.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Visitor
    AmInLove
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    It was definitely refreshing to enjoy after the boat tour I took that afternoon. I love that I was able to book through OpenTable and was immediately taken to my table at our reservation time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food & atmosphere!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We were seated right on time with our reservations and were given a great table out on the deck! What a wonderful view! The crab and corn bisque in the breadbowl was amazing! We got the petite but should have gotten the regular size! The crab cake sandwich was wonderful too! Lots of crab, not much "filler". Perfect! Prices were a little high, but not any different than other restaurants in the area. Overall wonderful experience and would definitely go back! Make reservations, as you are given water view table priority!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Many choices suitable for children and tweens. The service was good and the wine list exceeded our expectations.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This location was overpriced (relative to "$$" rating via Urbanspoon). Food was tasty. We were seated at a 4-person booth, even though a party of 5 with a reservation. That was disappointing. We will not return.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Boudin
    planetelaine
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Great food choices. My meal could have been warmer. Service a little slow. It was the waiter's first day on the job. Excellent view of the bay. Good ambience and nicely decorated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Much Better Than I Expected
    AltGirlTX
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I decided to give Bistro Boudin a try on my recent trip to SF based upon the recommendation of two of our hotel's concierges. Having walked by it a few times on the Pier, I wasn't expecting much, but I soon realized that the upstairs restaurant (different from the cafe below) was very nice with a fantastic menu and a great view of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. The menu is so good that I had trouble deciding. Ultimately, I had the Dungeness Crab appetizer, Salmon, and my mother had Cioppino. The food was fresh and fantastic! We enjoyed the experience so much that we went back again the next night. Also - a special kudos to our waiter Stephen (with a ph). He was incredibly personable and friendly, and he made a good dinner fantastic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bistro Boudin
    Kathy
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Although I thought this might just be a tourist destination, I was mistaken. It's a really nice restaurant with a great view. The staff were so very accommodating to me even though some of the people in my party were late, which is not the norm for SF restaurants. Overall, a very good experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    As with the Boudin chain, it's overpriced. Food and service were not what I expect for what ended being $80+ for two people.
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  • Great customer service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Couldn't be happier. My nephew waved at the hostess saying hello and two minutes later she walks over with a turtle bread bowl for him to play with and eat. He was so happy for the rest of dinner, it made my whole family smile while watching him. Would highly reccomended this restaurant for families. Food was great and the atmosphere around the wharf is great.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dismal Choice for Hi-Profile Guest
    cyn88
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I had a high ranking official visit us in SF. We selected this restaurant for its location to his Hotel. The service was rushed. The clam chowder was served "luke warm and watered down". Sad as it used to be SF's better clam chowders. I had to ask for bread. The meals were flavorless, mildly warm and over cooked. We were asked once for a reorder of cocktails, while our cocktail glasses remained 3/4 full. We had to ask for water refills 3 times. Dessert was also a miss, recommended by our ill-trained server, we should have known better...All in all, a bowl of street food chowder and fish 'n chips would have been a vast improvement over the $150.00 we spent in faire at Boudins. VERY disappointed. I must call management and ask for a refund!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good place
    yori
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    It was good and nice place. service was good and very enough food for two people. But onething is just little expensive for sunday lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The service was good but the food not so much. I got a petit bread bowl, chowder was cold bread not fresh.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best thing about San Francisco
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Always love Boudin!!! Amazing food and equally amazing service!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You pay for the view
    nachozehr
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    My recommendation would come with a caveat... Boudin was a good experience. There is the Boudin/San Francisco Mini Museum while you are waiting and you can watch them make their famous sourdough. The view of the Bay is phenomenal. However, you are paying for the history and the view. The food, while good is definitely over priced. I find that the best way to get the most for you money is to talk to your waiter and ask for personal recommendations. That way you wont end up paying $30+ for two scallops on a bead of beans, greens and pork fat.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.