Blue Stove - Nordstrom Santa Monica Place
Blue Stove - Nordstrom Santa Monica Place

Blue Stove - Nordstrom Santa Monica Place

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://about.nordstrom.com/MapPoint/MapResults.aspx?bizid=353
  • Phone: 3107524110
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: 10:00am - 11:00am, Sunday: 11:00am - 12:00pm; Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 2nd Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Blue Stove - Nordstrom Santa Monica Place
Blue Stove - Nordstrom Santa Monica Place is a stylish yet casual restaurant featuring our interpretation of contemporary flavors focusing on bold tastes and textures. The menu allows our customer the chance to experience our offerings through a variety of small plates that are bold in concept and internationally inspired. We invite our customers to select combinations of menu items with the goal of sharing each dish, making a dining experience unlike any other. The exhibition kitchen provides a stage for our chefs to prepare the menu in a colorful, energetic environment. The wine bar romances wine while providing an alternative dining experience. Blue Stove is a full service restaurant that prides itself on service that is both professional and relaxed while demonstrating knowledge and passion for our food and wine. Our cuisine is inspired by local ingredients at the peak of seasonal freshness. The menu is complimented by a well chosen selection of interesting wines, many available
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Blue Stove - Nordstrom Santa Monica Place reviews from OpenTable diners
26 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (18)fit for foodies (16)neighborhood gem (10)romantic (8)kid-friendly (7)notable wine list (6)good for groups (6)special occasion (5)great for brunch (4)hot spot (1)Show More
  • great find for DineLA
    foodlover
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Came here to celebrate my husband's bday and try the DineLA menu. The tomato and burrata salad was outstanding as was the ahi tartare. The dark cherry short ribs were extremely tender in a very tasty sauce. The crabcakes had loads of crab and were excellent. Other revierers said portions were small. We felt, they were very adequate. For dessert, we shared a peanut butter bar with ice cream and it was perfect after our meal. The wine tastes included on the special menu were a special touch. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice little gem...
    TDavis9060
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    You just wouldn't expect to find a nice little gem right smack in the middle of your shopping experience. The "little plates" were all wonderful especially the heirloom tomato salad with burrata cheese. Our waiter was excellent and attentive without being obnoxious and the ambiance was mellow and laid back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always A Joy
    AxelG
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We've been here a few times now, and we always enjoy ourselves. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, eager to make sure the dining experience is an excellent one. The food is just wonderful - the crab cakes are the best, and the ricotta gnocchi with sweet corn puree is just wonderful. It's also great that they are generous with wine tastings - if they have a bottle open somewhere, you can get a taste. The atmosphere is a little dark but actually kind of pleasantly so; it's comfortable and warm. Really, just a wonderful place.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unexpected Gem
    happyeater
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I did not expect such amazing food from a Nordstrom's cafe. The resturant is very basic and small. There is no view, only wine but the food makes up for everything. I would go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpectedly good
    Deericious
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    This is a review on the experience during DineLA. My friend and I was expecting this to be more like the other Nordstrom Cafes (Blue Stove is on the third floor of Nordstrom), but the menu went beyond sandwiches and salads. The food we ordered was excellent, and the dark cherry-glazed beef in particular stood out.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good enough to review
    sfdiner
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I rarely review any restaurants that we visit. We had such an amazing experience at Blue Stove, though, that I wanted to share with others. We are from SF where it's easy to find great food on every street corner and service is spot on because your server isn't likely to be on the phone trying to line up their next casting call. We've been disappointed by most of the fine-dining establishments while here in LA, the same as when I went to school here in the late 90s. Decided to give Blue Stove a try because another OpenTable vacationing diner was kind enough to share their great experiences. We weren't disappointed - food was amazing, service was focused on the diners and there were generous wine pours! Don't miss out on this spot.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at blue stove
    Cohibagirl916
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We had a really lovely experience at Blue Stove. We ordered the black Cod - it was delicious!!! The jumbo crab cake cake was really good yet it was very tiny. Overall, the food was very good!!! Will come back again soon.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love it!!
    ChrisVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Tapas style with great choices. One of our favorites!!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, Great Find
    FoodNut
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    This place truly is a great find although its location is a bit odd. Who would think of a restaurant inside of a department store being so good?!... But the food is awesome, the wine list is really cool and different, the service is great! I take clients here for lunch, always a surprise to them! Check it out! Really a hidden gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 113 reviews are from the Blue Stove - Nordstrom Santa Monica Place reviews archive.
  • Lovely and Yummy, Hidden Gem
    SSSM
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Very inventive cuisine. Dishes are small so order several per person. But quite delicious. Especially the amazing hummus made with cauliflower!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Took some friends to dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Took some friends to dinner here and really enjoyed the food and service. Highly recommend. I tried and lived the meatballs, scallops and risotto, arugula salad with polenta, and a butterscotch pot for dessert. Will return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, small plates
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Excellent food, small plates perfect to share. Told them we only had one hour off for our lunch break and they got the food out fast so we could enjoy our lunch. Would definitely return. Fig and blue cheese with dried cherries salad a favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing food, boring ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Food is SUPERB, but I think this restaurant would be much more popular/successful if it were out on the promenade or somewhere else- not upstairs inside Nordstrom.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent service and food
    LuvGreatFoodVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Wow, impressed!! Why aren't all Nordstroms outfitted with this concept? My husband and I were staying in Santa Monica for the week and had quite a few recommendations from our concierge (all expensive). Unfortunately for some reason. It was delicious and much much better than any of the high price cuisine we had while there. The heirloom tomatoes and burrata cheese were heavenly and the crab cakes were actually fully stuffed with crab and not a lot of fillers. We were offered samples of wine and had a very attentive waitress. This was a meal I will definitely be back for: Reasonably priced, outstanding food, great ambience and just an all round fun meal! Thank you nordstrom and please adopt this menu to the rest of your stores!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very friendly, great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Very friendly, great service and food was excellent and prizes were quite reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • you can hear yourself think!
    Ssrd512
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    We not only love love love the food here, but it is an amazingly quiet enough here to actually engage in real dinnertable conversation without having to constantly yell or say "what?"! It isn't the most beautiful decor, but it is comfy and inviting and the tapas are sensational. It is fun to get a variety and share and taste many of the different choices. We've never had a bad dish here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Small plates make big impact
    Gurlovesfoid
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    Great small plates allow your group to try a bit of everything or for an individual to custumize their meal. Wonderful! Not a bad thing on the table!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly Surprised
    tercric
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    My date and I stopped here on our way to Cirque du Soleil-Totem in Santa Monica. Most all of the entrees are like good sized appetizer sizes and run between $5 and $10, with a few running a bit more. We ordered 4 that we shared and loved all 4. Bbq pork slides (comes with 2) $8.95, Risotto with Scallops $11.95, Chopped Veggie Salad $6.75, and a Spinach and Apple Salad $6.75. The server was exceptionally helpful and friendly and allowed my date to sample several varieties of wine before she decided. all in all, a very pleasant and tasty experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Most pleasant surprise. A must try!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Wasn't sure what to expect, but based on the Opentable reviews we wanted to try it out. We went for a late lunch and since we weren't famished the tapas plates were perfect. We shared six plates between 3 of us and all of them were exquisite. Wish we could try all of them! We may have had room for 1 or 2 more plates, but I'm not a fan of feeling over stuffed after a great meal! We skipped the wine so we didn't see the wine list, but had coffee which was served in a French press, which we like. I also enjoyed the ambiance as it was not noisy. Overall, I'm very glad we decided to eat here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    We really enjoyed the food! It's tapas style, so we were able to try a lot of their dishes. Prices were reasonable as well. The only thing that was off was the ambience - the décor felt dated and didn't seem to fit with the menu. Not a huge deal since the food and service were great! But it definitely doesn't feel like a "happening" place.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Tapas
    VMMMVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2013
    Nice quiet restaurant. We had 5 plates and they were all great! Especially the Miso Black Cod.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FOOD was not as good as usual.
    RobertVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2013
    FOOD was not as good as usual. Quality and execution were not up to par.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our Favorite Restaurant (so far)!
    Rutay
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    Blue Stove has everything! Good food, good service, great ambiance and reasonable prices. Don't let the location fool you. Yes, it is located at the 3rd floor of Nordstrom but once you are in, you are will be captivated by their great service and yummy food. We've been to different restaurants both high-ends and mom-and-pops and nothing has beaten Blue Stove yet. Sooo good!!! Our favorite so far is the Roasted Chicken with Arugula and the Scallop with Risotto. Try Blue Stove, you won't be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty Wednesday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/14/2013
    I went to Blue Stove on a Wednesday night so the restaurant was pretty quiet. The food good and is portioned more as tapas, so you can order different dishes and share.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice spot hidden in Nordstrom
    YPadVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2013
    I think it's a great place to go if you are tired during shopping! The light hits the spot just right. Server is great. I ordered seafood ceviche, which is very refreshing, but a bit too sour. Salmon...I wish the portion is bigger. But that's fine, just a lunch.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty and Reasonable
    kilokang
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    It's in an odd location on the 3rd floor of Nordstroms... not the greatest considering Santa Monica has some decent restaurants with a little better ambiance. Nice thing is that you usually don't require a reservation. The dark glazed beef is a little salty but excellent flavor. Cilantro chicken tacos are one of my favorite and have a crispy shell they make there. Highly recommend the beets and cheese salad as well as the corn poblano hash. Overall, not as 'eclectic' as some other small plate restaurants i've tried, but right up there with flavor. One of my favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Find the gem inside Nordstrom 3 FL
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    Modern and great presentation of food. Small portions, but great taste, nice wine list. Great if you are at third street promenade shopping. Relaxing indoor, suitable for people who like quite darker environment when enjoying their food and wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • surprise
    Perfect
    Dined on 7/16/2013
    tucked away at Nordstroms, lovely lovely place, very complex, precise food with great tastes, nice service, full wine bar, interesting, great for a business meeting, etc.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The reviews have been accurate.
    BoBoVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    The reviews have been accurate. The food was great and the service was outstanding. nice option to dealing with the 3rd street crowds.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    Frank
    Dined on 7/4/2013
    Most of the tapas we ordered are very good: cherry glazed beef. BBQ beef sliders, lemon chicken, crab cake, etc. Avoid meat ball and risotto though.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food chosen from
    RobertVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2013
    Wonderful food chosen from an extensive international menu using finest quality ingredients. Too bad the word isn't out as restaurant was virtually empty at lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    The food was delicious and the service magnificent. Keep up the great work. Cilantro lime chicken tacos and lettuce cups are a must. I'll skip the sweet pea croquettes next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wish they had windows!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/20/2013
    This is a great restaurant, but is tucked away on the 3rd floor of Nordstroms store right next to the children's clothing area. Weird spot. But it is within the beautiful new Santa Monica place mall on the top floor and there is no use of the beautiful location and skyline.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Tapas.
    kilokang
    Dined on 5/27/2013
    Blue stove provided an excellent selection of meats, veggies, and salad tapas. Highly recommend the beets and cheese dish, the skirt steak, the crispy beef, and chicken tacos. Excellent ingredients with great tasting sauces that compliment instead of overpower. If this place was not on the 3rd floor of Nordstroms it'd be packed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great little hidden gem
    FoodNut
    Dined on 5/21/2013
    When was the last time you ever thought you'd find a great restaurant in of all places a department store? Well trust me you found one if you find blue stove at Nordstrom! Located on the third floor next to the men's department this place has great food great ambience and great service. They've got a great wine list and all types of different food served in a smaller plate style not quite topless but definitely great for sharing. It's hard to believe this place Isn't packed from the moment it opens until the moment it closes. The best thing is they have all sorts of different weekly specials To go along with their awesome menu you've got a really try this place. I found this place on yelp and believe me the reviews are definitely spot on!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dept. store closing rushes meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/14/2013
    Unfortunately since Nordstrom closes at 9 PM ( I believe) we felt rushed out of there for our 8 PM dinner reservation. They shouldn't take reservations past 7:30 PM. A table should enjoy delicious food for at least an hour and a half. Blue Stove has excellent food! Our waiter was very apologetic, but what can he do, if the department store is being locked up and we have to escorted by security to let us out the bottom level exit when the restaurant and our parking are on the top level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a great Experiance.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/29/2013
    We had a great Experiance. Party of four for a business dinner. It was reasonably quiet so we could chat at a normal tone. Our waiter was very attentive and every thing we ordered was delesious. If you like to try a little of everything the soaps format makes it even better. The only thing that way a little awkward is the location. Which is on the third floor inside Norstroms. I would diffinately go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 3/17/2013
    Great food and service but the restaurant is windowless so it is not a great option for tourists who want to feel like they are in Santa Monica. We enjoyed getting away from the crowds and beggers for a quiet meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Liked the small plates. My
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/17/2013
    Liked the small plates. My gluten-free wife found some dishes to order.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyable experience. Even
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    Enjoyable experience. Even though I had a 10 month old. Service was great. Four stars because I'm picky...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate