Buon Appetito
Buon Appetito

Buon Appetito

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.buonappetito.signonsandiego.com/
  • Phone: 6192389880
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Wednesday: 11:00am - 2:30pm, Thursday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Thursday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We offer full catering for any occasion. Office meetings, weddings, family reunions & private parties to name a few. From gourmet-elegant to casual fare we can meet your dreams. Our events coordinator will work with you individually to create your celebration feast!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cedar
  • Public Transit: Coaster stop 3 blocks south-west, bus stop on the south east corner, trolley tours stop on the south east corner.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Buon Appetito
Urban Italian groove, old country cuisine with a modern flare. Buzzing with vibrant energy.Rotating local artists splashing their creations on our walls as we bring our culinary prowess to your table. Sustainable & local is our mantra. Our menu screams old school classics yet our specials are whimsical creations from whats in season. Quail, rabbit, lamb ~ Homemade gnocchi, lasagne and ravioli rock the casbah...Gluten-free & whole grain pastas are available as well as a wide variety of vegetarian items to choose from. "A day without wine is a day without sunshine" over 100 bottles & more than 20 by the glass are offered to dazzle and delight. This list is off the hook! Small, boutique wineries from all over the world! We pride ourselves on excellent customer service and high quality products for an enchanting experience for all of our guests. Raise your glass and fill your soul with heart and goodness ~ cheers!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Buon Appetito reviews from OpenTable diners
64 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (41)fit for foodies (29)great for outdoor dining (24)special occasion (20)notable wine list (17)great for lunch (12)romantic (10)hot spot (9)late-night find (8)good for groups (8)kid-friendly (8)vibrant bar scene (3)great for brunch (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Brought me back to childhood...but?
    NATCA
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I almost wrote this review at the restaurant before dinner was served but I am glad I didn't. The night started out with flies and Nats everywhere. We were swatting them away and it was starting out to be a horrible night. We brought it to the attention of the hostess and the owner came over to address the issue. They lowered the shades and that seemed to get ride of the flies...not sure where they went though? I was highly disappointed and was going to just leave. Then out came the food...it was some of the best food I have ever had. It brought me back to when I was a kid and learned to cook. The pasta was just simply amazing. Great food but the fly and nat issue really should be fixed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food in Little Italy
    practical1
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Early supper. My chicken w/mozzarella and marinara sauce was quite good. I liked the Italian red wine that our waiter recommended -- there were several wines by the glass around $10 or less. It was fun to eat outside in Little Italy.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, service, & atmosphere!
    SoCalZ
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I took my fiancee here last week for our two year anniversary dinner. Our official first date was here at Buno Appetito, which doesn't disappoint. Smaller, but comfortable restaurant with super professional and friendly staff. We absolutely love their vino list, appetizers, and raviolis! -Kevin.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The menu was very limited. The food was very "artsy". The dish my husband ordered was very dry. Mine was pretty good. Not outstanding. The waiter was great.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Risotto
    Anon
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The food was fabulous. I had the risotto and it was perfectly flavored. My dining companions were similarly pleased with their choices. Four stars are due to the high noise level, but the service was great, very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Didn't Hit the Mark
    RazzinAz
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The food (ravioli, carpaccio, pork osso buco, and filet gorganzola) was good, not great. The main server was very good, but his team was abrupt and unschooled, tossing dishes and 'buon appetito" without enthusiasm. We were expecting to be dazzled based on reviews and just had a nice dinner. Prices were very fair, though.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cliff
    Cliff
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    When we got to the restaurant, the restaurant was closed due to a power outage! Just a closed sign on the door. We never got an update from open table that the restaurant was not available. The restaurant is not the reason for the one star. Open Table gets the unsatisfactory for not notifying us that our reservations could not be honored. Had out of town guests! Unsat!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food and service
    ByrneonTour
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Weekend in San Diego and found this gem on Yelp. Being the holiday weekend I booked through Open Table two hours before and I'm glad I did. It was so busy they were turning people away without a reservation. The smoked salmon ravioli has to be one of the best meals i have ever had, Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We were there twice in one week because it was so good. The food is beyond excellent. The service was impeccable. On a scale of 1-10 I would have to give it a 15. Do not miss eating at Buon Appetito
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious!
    Love2EatVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Best osso buco I have ever eaten. Calamari was crisp and delicate, and the sauce was an excellent simple marinara to bring out the flavor of the squid. Loved the tricolore salad. Tried my friend's gnocchi and it was good. A bit heavier than I prefer (perhaps too much kneading and a little too much flour added to the potato) but the sauce was delectable and I would gladly eat it again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebrated 35th wedding anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Recommended by future daughter in law that used to live in San Diego -especially noted the spinach ravioli. Split as appetizer-exceeding in expectations to the point of wanting to lick the plate- manners only held us back. Most incredible homemade pasta and sauce -wanted more pasta dishes and truly contemplated going back for lunch but already had list of places to go. I ordered the Cioppino at the wait staff's suggestion after my questions - most incredible meal I've had. Topped it with great brunnelo wine that our kids gave to us as surprise gift -I'd go back every time in San Diego and wish they packaged their fresh pasta dishes and sauces that we could freeze and take home -that good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • pup1VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The restaruant was packed on Sunday night and very, very noisey. Food and service were great! I would go back, but not during the peak weekend periods.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    It was one of the best meals we ever had. We are going to return ASAP
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I had a hard time choosing a restaurant in Little Italy. I am glad I chose this one. The food was excellent, very old school.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Keeps us coming back
    HappyCamper
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Buon Appetito is by far the best all around restaurant in Little Italy! We came once and we keep coming back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lived up to its reviews
    FatDumbnHappyinSD
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    First time we ventured to Little Italy for dining, so wanted to (hopefully) find a gem. We were NOT disappointed! Great wait staff who were attentive, courteous and very knowledgeable of the menu and wine list. Our main course food was excellent, as were both appetizers and desserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Airy-Open-Good Italian
    Pan2FVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    It seemed pretty authentic restaurant. I had booked a lunch appointment and couldn't wait to go back, unfortunately my appointment canceled so I had lunch by myself which was nice to catch up on work and enjoy the nice ambiance myself. Since they had given me the 2-seater table, it is really fit for a romantic lunch since they are very small and my iPad & phone were crowding the table with the bread & tomato sauce dip they serve, table was very crowded when the actual meal came out along with my drink, I heard quite a bit of Italian going around which was beautiful. Food was OK. Lasagna has carrots in it which I thought was strange & the sauce was very "soupy". I would go back & try something else.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little Italy gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Our dinner here was the perfect ending to a perfect California trip. The homemade Lobster ravioli was scrumptious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • local1dinerVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Hostess was rude. My 82 year old mother was with us. My husband dropped us off so she wouldn't have to walk so far from the car. The hostess would not seat us until all of us were there. I explained the issue, but she wouldn't help and was snippy even though we were not snippy with her. Instead, she started to seat everybody else - which worried us that we wouldn't get a seat inside. My mother could not sit outside. I asked her if she would at least save our reservation and her answer was vague- leading us to believe that we might not get seated inside. It was very tense for us. I see the point of this policy, but not in the case of the elderly. That's just crazy! Service and food were great, the hostess and the policy were not.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner at Buon Appetito
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Went for my Dad's birthday. There were 5 of us. They first put us at a 4 person table near the high traffic bar. Asked to be moved away. Went to another 4 person table until I complained. Finally agreed to add a 2 person table. Uncomfortable wooden chairs had no padding at all. My 2 kids were 30 min late, but we had ordered wine and were just relaxing after Midway. They asked 3 times when the rest of the party would be there. Although I noted the birthday on the reservation, was never acknowledged. Food was very good and reasonable prices, but I was annoyed by these problems and probably wouldn't go back as there are so many other good Italian restaurants all over San Diego with much better atmosphere and friendlier service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find in Little Italy!
    JennyMod
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Dined with a group of 8, 6 of us have been to Italy. We had the rabbit dish, gnocchi, fish stew, and several salads/wines. All was delicious, fresh, and served promptly. Staff was attentive. Food was as good as what we've eaten in Italy. Definitely worth a stop when in San Diego.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow!
    GSOFANS
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Cozy authentic regional Italian fare that is amazing! Incredible food and service!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food great, ambience choatic
    Walker
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I would recommend this restaurant based on the great food. The red sauce and bread were yummy. The only reason I would not probably go back is because of the almost unbearable noise level that made it difficult inside to have a conversation with the others at my table. I prefer a less chaotic venue for dinner but the larger groups and families with toddlers that were there did not seem to mind the noise. The restaurant only serves beer and wine in case that is important to you. The waiters were pleasant and attentive but seemed harried. India Street where this restaurant is located is a vibrant dining area and is fun to stroll along.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too loud
    Jpbreno
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Food was great. Do not sit against interior wall gloss paint acts as a reflector of everyone conversation Sit outside
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sweet spot in Little Italy!
    mamatVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The sister restaurant to our favorite i Trulli in Encinitas; so we knew we would get remarkably great Italian food. Our dinners,two different versions of Osso Bucco, were fantastic. Love it!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service!
    kittVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Food was excellent and the bartender really made my night
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • get stuffed
    originalsd
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    made an early dinner of it with small children. service was excellent. though people have raved on online reviews, the food didn't exactly stand out, sure, it was good, but not exceptional.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Authentic Italian
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Small intimate restaurant in Little Italy was very lively on our visit. We tried four different entrees and enjoyed each of them. Our waiter was very attentive and helpful. I would recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GoodNeighborVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    So noisy....food was acceptable. Would want to give it another try and then give it a lengthier review.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always Excellent!
    KMAC
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Not trendy or edgy or confusing-just good old fashioned delicious Italian food. Knowlegable waiters and excellent service. The Osso Bucco and Fettucini Montanara are two of our favorites. Always fun to be in Little Italy too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food best in San Diego
    Robin
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Food was outstanding! Service was the best!! Best lamb my husband has ever had!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • grad celebration
    Rickw
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The environment is casual and comfortable dining. The food was excellent. We had some excellent appetizers, especially the burrata. All pasta dishes are great, especially the seafood ones. Service is very acceptable. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleased with this gem
    Tess
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    I had osso buco, my mom had the lobster ravioli, and a friend had the Seabass. It was all absolutely divine! Tiny and bustling inside but authentic food and staff. Hearty pours on the wine too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food & Service 5 Star
    CasualDiner
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    We ate at the restaurant at 6:00 pm on a Tuesday evening (we had a reservation - a must!) and by 6:30 all of the inside tables were full. The food was great, the service was excellent and the wine list is complete for most tastes. We have eaten here about 10 times in the last 6 months, and we were very satisfied. The only "problem" is the noise level is high when the restaurant is full. An outside table is an available option. BE SURE TO MAKE AN ADVANCE RESERVATION - EVEN ON WEEKNIGHTS.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mixed experience
    Tucker2VIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The positives: the osso bocco was amazing. The service was good. The negatives: the polenta cakes were awful and not really edible. The sauce was flavorless and the cake was soggy and mushrooms were cheap. They were out of the wine we ordered and so we got different bottle. The price they charged for the wine did not appear to match the price on wine list. Noise is really loud inside.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lives up to its name!
    papajoed
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Small gem in San Diego's little Italy. Service was excellent, the anti paste, shared with my wive, was a beautiful mix of cheeses and meats. Our waited recommended the pork shank for me and pasta pockets stuffed with veal for my wife. Both were cooked to perfection. The pork shank was like butter when I cut into it. We paired this with a super Tuscan, one of Danielle's favorites....incredible dinner. Only negative don't take the table in front of the door...sun was setting and blinded me until I could move a small plackard to help block it. Other than that, as a east coast paisano, I highly recommend this lovely little taste of Italy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • James
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Food was good, waiter was good. I had made reservation for five and had already been put off on arrival by hostess who insisted on sitting five tall men at two tiny tables pushed together (about 4'x3'). One had to sit at the end with no where to reasonably put a plate. Several requests for adding a third of the tiny 2'x3' tables together were rebuffed with "sorry, all reserved". I wish they had refused the reservation originally if they couldn't provide us reasonable comfort as it was my CEO and I had chosen the restaurant based on Open Table ratings. Became my mistake. This is not a good locale for odd numbers apparently.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • kabuVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    When in Little Italy this is the place to go. The eggplant parm is well worth the visit. Even the appetizer portion is plenty to eat. If you have never been it's a must to try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 266 reviews are from the Buon Appetito reviews archive.
  • A Little Italy Standout
    NineInchNeal
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Hard to go wrong for Italian dining in Little Italy, but Buon Appetito is a true gem. Lunch entrees were terrific, but dessert was the star of the meal. The Tiramisu is made on premises and truly incredible.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal
    Bogeydad
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    When we arrived we were immediately seated and attended to. We each ordered a separate dinner and everyone was pleased with their meal. The ambiance is perfect for a small Italian restaurant in that it's active but not too loud to where you can't carry on a normal conversation. Always a great time.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.