Blind Burro
Blind Burro

Blind Burro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://theblindburro.com/
  • Phone: 6197957880
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch

    Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm

    Dinner

    Monday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Wednesday - Friday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Tuesday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm; Saturday & Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican / Southwestern, Mexican, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Sara Polcynski, Todd Nash
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 7th
  • Public Transit: There is a trolley station that stops on Broadway, which is 6 blocks northeast of us. The main bus route comes right down Market Street which is two blocks away.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: We are located in the heart of the East Village neighborhood just of the Gaslamp in downtown San Diego. We are one block from the baseball stadium. There is pleny of metered street parking and alot of both private and public pay lots.
A word from Blind Burro
The Blind Burro specializes in fresh, coastal Baja Mexican cuisine. Our emphasis is on quality, from the customer service, to the ingredients we use in all of our hand crafted food and drinks. We want our guests to enjoy Baja Mexican fare right here in East Village, San Diego. Come in and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere where you can meet over a carafe of spicy margaritas or on tap house sangria. . Or try us for lunch with clients while enjoying steak tacos and a quinoa mixed green salad. We are also steps from Padres baseball stadium, so come in before or after the game for some Craft Beer straight from Mexicali and a terrific local craft selection! Hope to see you soon in the unique, airy and comfortable environment we have created for you in downtown San Diego.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Blind Burro reviews from OpenTable diners
41 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (22)vibrant bar scene (22)hot spot (19)neighborhood gem (12)fit for foodies (10)late-night find (9)great for lunch (9)great for outdoor dining (9)great for brunch (4)special occasion (3)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)romantic (1)Show More
  • Great tacos!
    Anonymous
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    The best meal I had during my recent visit to San Diego.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • marco/ pita
    marco
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    great food our waitress was very nice to us. the location is so close to our home near downtown.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service lacking
    Opentablefan
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Ok, I get it that it was a busy Sunday night, and I get it that we weren't going to have a full blown dinner.. But if you are there at 430 pm and are spending well over $100 on drinks and appetizers, a waitress should never try to force you out after 1 hour because they have "other reservations". I kind of understand why the place has changed names and /or ownership so many times in last several years.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fun but not all the rage
    The3VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Fun date night out Downtown, would be a wonderful pre-game spot before a Padre game. (Reservations a must.) Margaritas were good, not exceptional as we had expected…chips were really thick so you have to like that. Food was ok, it looked like just about everyone ordered the street tacos. We probably won't go back, but it is well-loved be many people!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful anniversary dinner!
    Peony
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We chose from the Restaurant Week menu, and the food was fabulous. Our server was friendly and attentive. Eating here was one of the highlights of our weekend in San Diego.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    Vanessa
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We went for restaurant week and couldn't have been more impressed with their menu. From the chips and salsa, to the salmon tacos and Mexican corn every bite was perfection!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant surprise
    LoveGoodFood
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We went here for restaurant week on Sunday. The first waitress didn't know it had started so we were like, uh yeah! Anyway without asking we got another waitress who was on the ball and knew what was going on. She approached the table with the prix fix menu's. I ordered the yellowtail fish collar. It was a huge portion for the appetizer and very good. I was pleased. I got Salmon taco's for main course. You only get 2 street taco sized taco's which this time was ok, cause my appetizer was filling. The taco's were delicious as well, would definately recommend both of these items. For dessert (3rd course prix fix) I got the churro's. OMG!! these are a must have. They melt in your mouth and that vanilla been sauce it comes with is to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Mexican Skirt Steak
    KarenVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    What an amazing experience! Everything was wonderful - from our drink at the "outdoor bar", the jalapeño popper flautas and the queso especial to the most flavorful skirt steak entree! I am craving the steak with the salsa macha garnish even now! Our waiter was wonderful and very accommodating. The ambiance was fun and energetic. We ordered way too much food because we wanted to try everything. The street corn and even the poblano rice were perfect! I would highly recommend to anyone in San Diego. Right across from Petco field - so you could feel the excitement from the Padres game too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    TimG
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Great place to meet with family and friends. Food, drinks and service were awesome!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic taqueria
    PDubVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Excellent casual Mexican food and drinks right near the ballpark.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Baja Style Tacos
    TimG
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Angus Skirt Steak Baja Style Tacos were great! Fun place to dine and have some drinks prior to the Padre game.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect restaurant/bar in GasLamp
    garageLee
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I brought my fiancé here for dinner on her birthday and we had a great time overall. The tacos were not exceptional, but they were more than edible (I had the beer battered mahi and my fiancé had chicken). The street corn off the cob was absolutely amazing and is a must-have if you're getting a side. There is also a crispy tortilla pizza that's great as an appetizer. We had the brownies for dessert, but they were cold and dry (definitely not baked fresh on site); they left something more to be desired, and we bet the churros are a better choice. All of that being said, great restaurant, great staff, awesome scenery and environment right in the popular GasLamp district. Do yourself a favor and check this place out!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 87 reviews are from the Blind Burro reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Marginal mexican food with a limited menu for mexican items
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Helpful to a group
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    We had a group dinner at Blind Burro in which a lot more people showed up than we originally expected. The restaurant and staff were accommodating in getting everyone (15 people) seated at a big table. They kindly split up the bill and gave everyone a receipt. We were visiting from Washington DC and it was nice to have some progressive Mexican food! It was recommended by the concierge at our hotel (the Hilton Bayfront) and it was a great fit for our purpose!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great place after the 1/2 marathon
    runners
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    guac espacial, with chorizo, amazing. mole tacos, chicken tinga burger, pear margarita, great hostess and service. period.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Top of the Line Mexican!
    Matt
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    One of my favorite Mexican restaurants in San Diego. Great food, excellent service, daily food and drink specials. When there try the Cadillac Margarita.....my personal favorite! ENJOY!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun spot!
    Spamomof2
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We arrived at 7:30 to an energetic crowd at the bars and outside. Our table was not quite ready so we sat at the bar for skinny margaritas (awesome). Guac was super fresh and yummy. Black bean squash cakes rock! Thought the lobster and grilled dorado tacos needed some additional spice or something.would def go again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the Burro
    Shtanky
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Fresh Chips, great Margaritas, and Lobster Taco's with their home made Habanero Hot Sauce is just what you need to watch the game. If you come to watch the game there are multiple tvs at the bar, but if you want to just come and hang out there's the rest of the bar/restaurant to hang out in without the distraction of a television. If you're a Hot Head, the Habanero Hot Sauce they make is first class, I wish the bottled it! If you order some you'll want to take the rest home with you. For a buck you can't go wrong. This was my favorite hang out while in San Diego for business. Can NOT wait to visit again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Blind Burro
    Meggal
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    For the most part we enjoyed our dinner however, our Guacamole was so salty that we could not enjoy it. We asked for another batch, but the server said that there was only one batch. The chips were not my favorite either so maybe it was the wrong restaurant for me and one of our party who agreed, but everyone enjoyed their meal so it was not a total miss. I had steak tacos that were light and tasty. Very fresh. The location was perfect and within walking distance of our hotel - Hilton Bayside.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Burro Always Rocks!
    Victory19
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    This is hands down one of the best restaurants in San Diego! The food is fantastic! The drinks are great! The atmosphere is so inviting! There is a lot of bang for your buck here! They are always adding new food items and drink specials while keeping their signature items in heavy rotation. My kids love to come here and my husband likes to have date night here as well. It fits the bill for any occasion!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly meh
    sturdaburnsy
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    I read a ton of reviews that suggested this was a hot spot in San Diego. It must be a popular weekend or post-game (Padres) hang out and maybe a general sports bar, because when we went at 9:30pm on a Tuesday night, it was DEAD. The food was okay, although I had higher hopes in a city known for some great Mexican food. Drinks were also okay, especially at late-night happy hour prices. I might go back again if I was with a group or in town for an event, and I would make a point to sample some tequillas next time - they seemed to have an extensive selection. Otherwise, though, it felt pretty run-of-the-mill. I wouldn't go back for the food or the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good casual Mexican food
    DaveHVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    While they are a bit pricey for Mexican food, the atmosphere is very good. The food was also believable, but not Aaron Sanchez type. We started off with the ceviche which was very good. My salmon taco was excellent. My colleague said his skirt steak was also very good. But for a Mexican restaurant, it should cost $20. They have very good drinks and the service was very good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hit and miss
    GeoffVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    Good burger but bad service. Would think twice before returning
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • timing is everything
    artista
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    I made my reservation several weeks in advance because it was my first time in San Diego and I wanted to make certain I had lined up some interesting places to eat. I had wanted a place to meet someone I hadn't seen in awhile. I did not know that it was opening night for the San Diego Padres. Initially, there seemed to be confusion as to whether I could have a table because they were so busy. However, I was seated in the back, which seemed to be the quietest spot possible. I settled in and had a good drink and some coffee-rubbed salmon tacos. They were very good. If it was a different night, I would have loved to stick around and try some new tequilas and mescal from their extensive list.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place with spicy food
    CaliforniaCuban
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    My date and I loved all the cute pictures of donkeys on the wall, and the friendly service. My only issue was how both my food, and my dates food was very hot & spicy. We just might have gotten unlucky and picked the spiciest plates on the menu. We will be trying this place again in the future to see if The Blind Burro has less spicy food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    RobynVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We went out to Blind Burro for a mini bachelorette party dinner and this was the perfect spot. Fun scene, great service, killer drinks, awesome food. (The girls were still talking about the nachos the next day.) One of the girls was pregnant thrilled that they had a non alcoholic beer on the menu so she could semi-participate. My salad came out wrong and the waitress was AMAZING about taking it back and getting me a new one very quickly. (We had the best server ever. She was super sweet, the exact right amount of attentive and even though they were slammed- she never let us feel the stress.) The bar next door even hooked us up with a celebratory Scorpion Bowl. All in all, great spot for a fun night out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • favorite neighborhood spot
    AIshVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Food is great, bartenders are very friendly - awesome vibe and best margaritas in downtown.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place!
    FabSDWeekend
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We had a great time here. They have nice variety on the menu including things you don't find many places. I had the yellowtail fish collar which was very good. The chorizo taquitos were a great appetizer too. Service was good but could have been better. Wait was too long for drinks and water refills plus a waiter spilled some soda on me but no big deal. All in all good place and would go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mexican in Gaslamp
    VeryCarrie
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    The service was great and friendly, but we found the menu a bit limiting. No burritos and no enchiladas. I ordered tacos and my husband, a sandwich/tortas. We dined with friends on a Saturday night-- the restaurant was busy and loud which made it kid-friendly for us with our toddler, but a challenge to chat over dinner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noisy but yummy
    Focabranca
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Food is pretty solid, at the Blind Burro, but don't go there for an intimate evening. It's great for a group of friends looking to be rowdy and whoop it up, though. Second time there, and both times I had the hamachi collar. Small enough for two but big enough for four. I've had their pozole, ceviche, skirt steak tacos, and the carnitas. All were delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a terrific experience!
    Marci
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We love The Blind Burro! They've added a few great items to the menu! The coffee rubbed salmon tacos and the Mexican salad are great additions!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • San Diego visit
    VeeCee
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    We were promptly seated and they found our reservation instantly. The place was full and vibrant with a nice beat playing in the background. The food was very good and extremely tasty. Great tacos. The service was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Okay food. Churros were yummy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    Dinner was only ok. Oysters were tasty, tacos were soggy. Vegetarian options were limited and not cohesive flavors. Margaritas were good, but quite small. The best part of dinner was the churros. If you only go here for those it's worth it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty Drinks and Food
    amp1919
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    We went there since it was around the block from the hotel where we were staying. The drinks and food were great! It's conveniently located if you're in the downtown area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was very average.. Ambience
    Rgk23VIP
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    Food was very average.. Ambience was good. Service was very slow. The salsas and guacamole for a mexican restaurant was rather flavorless.
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  • No blinders needed! Bonito!
    DineOBites
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    I'm pretty sure I've dined here now at least 10 times. I have enjoyed every morsel and every bite! Lobster tacos, garlic-chile crab claws (amazing and not spicy hot, but spicy great!), collar, bacon wrapped jalapenos, tacos of every kind. What I love the most about The Blind Burro is the clean and fresh taste of the food. Chef Sara has a true gift to make every flavor pop in your mouth without being audacious and snotty food. It's true the menu reflects the ethos of the every day .... I could eat here every day and that is saying A LOT for this diner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome quality food !! Wait
    JennyVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Awesome quality food !! Wait staff is very slow and no attentive .
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The vegetarian items were
    Ramc
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The vegetarian items were awesome - Kenoa salad, a stuffed pepper dish (forget the name) with mole sauce - How do you guys make the sauce? and the desert Crepe!! It was amazing!! The carafe of margarita was good as well. I stopped counting calories right after my salad.. Will be there again definitely!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Group Evening Out
    Joanie
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    Enjoyed the food and drinks. Service was sometimes slow and the noise level really made it difficult to talk with everyone at our table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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  • Not pleased
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    There were 7 of us and we were seated but it took a long time for us to get drinks and just when we wanted to place our orders, another big table sat and we had to wait for our server. Our food took forever and when they finally brought it out, we got 6 orders and then the other big table started getting their food! We waited another good 5 minutes for the 7th meal and that meal was too salty to eat. We got the management to remove it from the bill but I think he only did that because we were seriously grumpy at this point and he didn't want to push it. It was 8 pm on a Thu and they were playing club music, LOUD, this is still dinner hours, right???? Between two other big tables and the music, we couldn't hear ourselves think.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic