Bistro Cacao
Bistro Cacao

Bistro Cacao

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistrocacao.com/
  • Phone: 2025464737x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, French
  • Executive Chef: Kemal Deger
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Yes we do Cater

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 3rd and 4th NE
  • Public Transit: Union Station red line three blocks away
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Bistro Cacao
Where Romance meets Flavor… At Bistro Cacao, chef-owner Kemal Deger brings nearly 25 years of culinary expertise to your table. In Bistro Cacao’s historic location we now invite you to enjoy our new concept of modern bistro-style French cuisine in a romantically charming and comfortable setting blending old France with modern creative touches.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Bistro Cacao reviews from OpenTable diners
192 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (135)special occasion (107)great for outdoor dining (104)neighborhood gem (102)fit for foodies (94)notable wine list (75)great for brunch (39)great for lunch (39)good for groups (26)hot spot (13)scenic view (11)late-night find (10)vibrant bar scene (5)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • Unique and delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We were given a lovely booth that was partially curtained which was great for a romantic dinner. The menu had many enticing choices and did not disappoint. Lovely French cuisine which reminded me of Paris.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had a lovely time at Bistro Cacao
    NewInTown201403VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I took the wife to Bistro Cacao because of the good reviews, and was pleasantly impressed. We both had a venison special that was delicious. We enjoyed it with some nice Chateauneuf du Pape. The restaurant was broken up into several smaller dining rooms, and within each room the tables were separated by draperies. It made for a more romantic and private setting, even though space was just as tight as in most restaurants. The fabric between tables, and soft covered furniture also helped to dampen the sound in the room. The setting was made even more romantic as the draperies were deep red. There was a solitary rose and some rose petals on the table. We'll come back for the romance, and the food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Great Surprise!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We stumbled upon this place while walking to a friend's house. A week later we made a reservation and went not knowing what to expect. With reservations, we got right in. The hostess walked us back through the 'house' to the red room. The room was classic style, moderately lit, with red curtains separating the small tables. It gave the feel of private dining in a room that seats about 26 or more. The tables had a single red rose and red rose petals on the table. The chairs were high back style with pillows. Great atmosphere! The food was fantastic! We ordered shrimp as an appetizer. Spicy-sweet and delicious. The two dishes included fish, scallops and venison- all cooked perfectly. The sides were unique and delicious as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good romantic evening
    0000
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The food was excellent, the service was top notch and the bistro has a very private feel. Quiet, Intimate rooms, curtained booths and very comfortable chairs. A friend of ours recommended it and goes there often, and I can see why.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very special :)
    Love2travel
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I absolutely loved this Restaurant. It is sooo cozy, comfy and romantic. The owner is a cool French guy. The food was very good too. But above all it's the atmosphere that took my breath away. It is so French and coming from Europe I felt right at home. Take your loved one(s) and enjoy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TeddysVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    very pleased with the food and service. had a great working lunch there.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classics are great
    nancychanVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We had a wonderful time at this Biatro though the food was a mixed bag for sure. When the chef stuck to the classic flavor combinations as in the rack of lamb and escargots, it was wonderful. Executed perfectly and ooh and aaah worthy. But when the kitchen tried to get cute, it was much less successful. Calamari appetizer was overcooked and while the pineapple might have been a good surprise note, all in all the dish just didn't work. Same for the coquilles St. Jacque. Blue cheese?! Much too overpowering for the delicate scallops. So enjoy the atmosphere, the wine, and the standard French fare done the standard way and you'll have a great dinner!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a treat!
    NearNeighbor
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Suddenly without plans on the weekend, we opted for dinner at Bistro Cacao down the street. What a cozy atmosphere, delicious food and, when we were too full for dessert, we were treated to a delicious after dinner drink. Service with a smile. A great evening!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality but not good enough
    Ezvt
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Fine French food but a few dishes were off - notably the oysters and shrimp - and the service was spotty. (Waiter didn't offer specials, disappeared for long stretches, acted like he didn't know what came next. Didn't offer dessert or more drinks...). Some dishes were remarkably heavy handed like the pesto on the snails and the giant mound of avocado on the scallop plate. This was to be a special night out for us , and it is too expensive for such gaps.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Our server Julie, the food and the ambiance was excellent! My wife and I will be back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • notworthit
    Notworthit
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Disappointing experience and won't go back. Inside red velvet decorations look like a bordello and the waiter lectured us all night and made us very uncomfortable. Food was okay but the entire evening there was a letdown and we were glad the friends we were going with cancelled and weren't with us. There are nicer and better for sure.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding!
    jd25082
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We enjoyed a fabulous dinenr and bottle of wine, service was outstanding, attentive and friendly! Chef visited our table often. Overall a great dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Ambiance, Deliciuos Food
    dominoVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    My husband and I had a lovely dinner at Cacao's last weekend and we both loved it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best in the city
    BenimVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Friend of mine told me. I should visit Bistro Cacao a year ago I have not have change to do that Finally I was there for lunch to meet with client Everything was very good I can't wait to go back for dinner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a great place to go!
    Gary2
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Outstanding food and great atmosphere. Definitely recommend for couples or small groups. Also has a small cozy bar with good happy hour specials. Owners are always accommodating to personal requests and go out of their way to ensure you have a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment
    jerry
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I had looked forward to eating at Bistro Cacao ever since we had gotten the reservation. Unfortunately everything about our evening was a disappointment. The food was very heavy and rich in spite of warning from server that the servings were small in the European tradition. Each course was served to the opposite one of us who had ordered the dish. Once is excusable but twice made me think that things were poorly managed. The noise level was such that we were subjected to the entire BORING conversation of the people at the adjacent table. We were not tempted by dessert and the overall price was too high for what we received. We will not return or recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • High expectations, not let down.
    alnic
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Excellent food and service which was our expectation going in. Nice ambiance. Drinks a bit pricey in our opinion. Had Mahi Mahi and Filet for entrees. Both wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for romance!
    TheReechts
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We came to Bistro Cacao to have our first date as a married couple on the night after our wedding. We came because it was a suggested restaurant for romance with great food and wine and we were not disappointed! Upon walking in, we knew that we were in the perfect place as the decor made it feel as though we were in one of my favorite restaurants in Paris. We were walked to our special table in the red room; but first we got a glimpse of their extensive wine selection on the walk there and couldn't wait to see the wine list. The wine list will make a wine enthusiast VERY happy and our server really paid attention to our wine palate; suggesting a wine that we ended up adoring. The food was amazing and everything was PERFECT!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A neighborhood gem!
    Opihimoke
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Located a few minutes' walk from Union Station along Massachusetts, Bistro Cacao is a real gem in the neighborhood. The food was outstanding - try the duck - it's unbelievable! As is the beet salad. The filet mignon is always perfectly done to your choice and the wine selection is great - not so extensive that decisions are hard, but a perfect balance of various priced wines from good to great vineyards and appealing to various palates. While the food is excellent, the service is what really makes this place stand out from all the others. Not pretentious, but extremely courteous, friendly and, most important, is serious about service to its customers. Whether a newbie or a regular, their service is always excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect anniversary spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were going to be late arriving into DC and was worried about finding a nice place so late. I ran across this restaurant online and they had late reservation options. I am so glad I chose this place. It was the perfect romantic spot for our anniversary diner. Our waitress Julie was very nice and attentive!! I loved it! Next time I visit DC I will definitely go back. Thank you Julie for a night to remember.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DELICIOUS FOOD, GREAT AMBIANCE
    GreenDolphin
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Four of us ate here on a beautiful September evening, on the patio. We enjoyed playing "flaneurs" as we watched the foot traffic along Massachusetts Avenue and dined on the artfully-prepared fare. I had the special entree of trout stuffed with goat cheese and crab meat. My friends had the duck breast, the scallops-and-avocado salad, and the grilled hangar steak. All were excellent. We popped inside to take a look at the interior decor: very elegant, plush, cozy, romantic, lots of little tables in nooks, red color theme, flowers, woodwork, etc. Great place for a romantic night out. The service was quite good, although we did sit for some 10 minutes before we were given menus, water, etc. Otherwise, our servers were pleasant and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Michelin worthy - tops Capitol Hill
    TomandMaryVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Great shrimp appetizer and outstanding scallop and avocado salad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yummyfood
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Food was excellent. Very enjoyable sitting outside on the patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A local gem
    AlvaladyVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Excellent food, attentive service, charming setting. Filet mignon, mahi-mahi and vegetarian plate quite enjoyable. Looking forward to next visit.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Traditional French Gem
    SLGDC
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We booked a table for five this past weekend before an 8 p.m. performance of King Lear. We were seated at a lovely, quiet table (a rarity in Washington these days). The escargot is reminiscent of Paris, the wines beautifully paired, and the wait person was more than willing to describe her favorite dishes in sensuous detail. The vegetarian option, a portobello mushroom ravioli with a light sauce was no just an afterthought ! We enjoyed a most delightful dinner conversation inpossible! For Francophones, or anyone missing pate or frog's legs this is an authentic traditional restaurant in Capitol Hill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • another great meal
    food4me
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I have been to Bistro Cacao before but this time they outdid themselves. the food was excellent and the staff was very knowledgeable and attentive without being intrusive. A fine meal and looking forward to the next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Charm
    FrancieFVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Great food, attentive, but not cloying service. Romantic setting, good music selection. Very relaxing. They clearly value their customers
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Nice Discovery
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Restaurant chosen due to its proximity to Union Station for DC, MD. & VA residents to meet for Sunday brunch. Although the website stated that all parties had to be present to be seated, this was not the case. One party was late by 30" and another party unable to attend, but the restaurant did not change the table size. Wait staff were attentive, but did not hurry the diners. The ambiance, pastry basket and brunch items were all enjoyed while the diners discussed a return visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2 wonderful meals!
    Nancy15
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    My boyfriend and I came here last Saturday night for a special occasion. Food was fantastic all around and the waiter was well acquainted with the wine list and made great recommendations. Romantic and unique atmosphere. We had such a great time that we came back 12 hours later for Sunday brunch, which did not disappoint! We will definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French cuisine in DC
    carino45
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Our Turkish waitress was super nice and accommodating. The meal was exquisite. The decor is a bit too antique though. Edith Piaf singing in the background added to the Frenchy ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • terrific!
    DCdiner
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    went there for a friend's birthday lunch - a rather romantic spot with lots of little hidden nooks - good for private parties - great selection of salads, sandwiches and entrees - easy to have a great lunch without breaking the bank and still feels like a grown-up restaurant!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Gerry
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Great service great food. What else could one ask for?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great spot for outdoor dining
    Steve
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    i went here with my wife for a quick dinner to eat. Service was prompt and friendly. we dined outside so i can't really comment about noise level or ambiance. The signature cocktails were very good!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • intimate dining experience
    NovaDiner
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    From the delicately adorned dining room, to the romantically tea-lit outdoor patio, Bistro Cacao offers an intimate and chic dining experience. The food is expertly prepared and very tastefully presented. Not to mention the profiteroles are to die for! We had no issues in changing our reservation to accommodate additional guests, and all wait staff was attentive, friendly, and accomdating. I will definitely be back to check out brunch and highly recommend Bistro Cacao to anyone looking for an authentic French cuisine dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great atmosphere
    ralphwiggum
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    A great find. The items ordered were cooked perfectly, the wait staff was superb without being obnoxious. Parties of two are treated to semi private booths with very comfortable chairs and a lot of character in their decor. Would go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappionted!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I made a reservation for Sunday lunch last night through the "RESTAURANT WEEK" website, however, when my friend and I arrived there, we were told that yesterday was the last "RESTAURANT WEEK" day, and they even don't offer lunch on Sunday, what we could choose was just "Leave" or take brunch! However, when we went out of the restaurant, there was a chalkboard, said "RESTAURANT WEEK Aug 11-18 fix menu lunch & dinner" OMG! We spent so long time to get there for lunch!! Feel like being cheated!!!
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    romantic
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  • Great Service & Quality of food
    Juan1
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The service was spot on! We went for restaurant week and everything as top notch. Highly recommended and just a few steps Union Station.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent dinner on Restaurant Week
    DCFoodie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Went to Bistro Cacao for the first time during Restaurant Week and it was delightful. Service was great, ambiance was great and the food was to die for. Will be there again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nocookVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    To be fair it was restaurant week ......but the service and food were not as good as I had remembered on other special occasions when we dined here. I will try it again ....but no time too soon . Food sides were cold as if they had been sitting for awhile. This used to be a favorite restaurant of ours ,but just not up to par I guess with the volume of people so great !
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  • Excellent
    TBD2
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great place for a romantic dinner. Private tables, calming ambience, excellent food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.