Cafe Gabbiano
Cafe Gabbiano

Cafe Gabbiano

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafegabbiano.com/
  • Phone: 9413491423x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner Nightly
    Monday to Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Paolo DiCosta
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Catering available. Call for details.
  • Entertainment: Live music on select days, call for details.
  • Special Events: Wine pairing menu available Sunday and Tuesday to Thursday.

    Sunset Baskets *Now Available* exclusively at Café Gabbiano

    Bring the essence of Café Gabbiano, including our wide wine selection packaged for carryout, on your date with the picturesque Siesta Key Sunset.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Canal
  • Public Transit: SCAT.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Any parking located in the plaza is available to our guests.
A word from Cafe Gabbiano
Cafe Gabbiano is the best Italian fine dining experience on Siesta Key! We invite you to enjoy our carefully prepared authentic Italian cuisine and a world class selection of wine.
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Cafe Gabbiano reviews from OpenTable diners
51 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
notable wine list (31)special occasion (26)romantic (24)neighborhood gem (22)fit for foodies (15)great for outdoor dining (14)good for groups (10)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (4)hot spot (1)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Cafe Gabbiano
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Café Gabbiano is a gem on Siesta Key. We sat on the "climate controlled" patio this time. The last time we were seated in the bar area. They each offer a different ambience. The crab cake special was excellent as was the Scallopine Mam Lucia (my husband's choice). An excellent dinner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was Excellent
    Dave
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Both dishes we ordered were nothing short of excellent. We were in the wine cellar, which was somewhat dark for our liking; however it was very private and quiet. Service from our waiter, Tommy, was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Name Not Included
    Okok
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    When we checked in with the hostess she immediately tried to seat us at a table that was squeezed into the corner of a traffic pattern. We had to convince her to sit elsewhere. Keeping in mind that there were very few diners in the restaurant. Also, menu was top heavy on almost every dish having cheese on top of it.
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  • Lovely & Intimate Evening
    SASunshine
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We have a wonderful dinner out here. Restaurant is under new ownership with the same chef. 6 of us all had different dishes and each was so great. We were especially taken care of by the wait staff who were extremely attentive. Would highly recommend for a wonderful Italian night out on the town...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Siesta Key's best Italian
    AuntyLynd
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Welcoming and accommodating hostess, knowledgable, personable, and attentive waitstaff (we recommend Tommy) Cafe Gabbiano makes you feel as if YOU are their most important guests! A favorite appetizer Antipasto Caldo (eggplant rollatini, mozzarella, panini, and grilled portobello) was no longer on the new menu -the chef made it to order - for the old price of $12.95. We savored the scaloppine Mamma Lucia (thin veal sautéed in Marsala with wild mushrooms and topped with eggplant and fresh mozzarella) and the special Veal Pizzailoa (thin veal sautéed with cherry tomatoes, white wine & herbs) and recommend the Parmesan risotto as the side. The food is delicious, prepared to order, and portions are generous. A "don't miss" on Siesta Key!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Great spot on this little isle!
    DeniseVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Delicious and charming. The inside is full of wine bottles and wood and reminds us of Italy. The waiters were helpful and kind and food was delicious. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Suehart6670
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Lovely night. It was our 5 year anniversary. We returned to the "scene of the crime" as we had dinner there after a romantic sunset wedding on the beach. Great food with the exception of one way over done steak. We sent it back and it took 20 minutes for a new steak to arrive. Overall great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not for vegetarians!
    veg4me
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    i had linguini and vegetables and to say i was disappointed would be an understatement
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  • Great Place
    JT34212
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Since Moving to Florida about 16 months ago we found this little gem in one of the nicest places in the USA, Siesta Key Beach. The owners are wonderful and the staff is very accommodating every time. Seafood, pasta and the italian selections are prepared with sheer elegance. Great spot and more importantly, outstanding house wines!! Ciao.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Great food, but
    BeeMoVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This is based on one visit to Cafe Gabbiano in July 2014. It was our first time dining here prompted by an overheard recommendation. First and foremost the food is quite good and reasonably priced. For a calm weeknight the service was quite harried. Orders confused, incorrect dishes presented. All was made right, dishes replaced, a round of drinks on the house, etc. but there seemed to be no reason for this to happen. I can't imagine what service is like on a crowded night. As previously stated, the food was very good and perhaps this was just on 'off' night. We certainly will give Gabbiano another go.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food
    Anna
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food was good. The service was okay. The chairs are horrible!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bambini? Better not...
    JoesieVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    4th time at CG+we were truly disappointed. We made a reservation where seated where we had asked to be, all friendly and nice. Although it was obvious that our kids are a bit young for the regular menu we were not asked if we wanted to see the bambino menu neither was it given to us without asking for it. Our food+wine were good,the service was very poor, although not many tables were occupied. Kid's beverages were simply forgotten+when we tried to order a dessert for them we were just told that the ice cream would be made with alcohol, no alternative given. Wow-for a so called italian place pretty bambino unfriendly, kids+ parents were disappointed, not sure if the food is good enough for us to return.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Brian
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Very good restuarant experience. We went there to celebrate a birthday, and it definitely helped to make the occasion a special one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First time visit
    Calcbert
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Excellent setting, food was very good. Waiter was attentive BUT our group of 6 had to wait a LONG TIME for the dinners to arrive. Peter, the owner/manager(?) responded by giving the table a free bottle of wine. Thanks. We will ALL be back to this "hidden gem"
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Very bad service by Marc good food and better wines
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    good for groups, romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great italian food
    LidoEd
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My wife and I had a very pleasant dinner there last Sat. night. The food was good, the service was good and the prices were a little high but the portions made it worth it. My only minor complaint was that their house wines at $9.25 per glass were high, $7 or 7.50 would have been more in line.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian
    pamstlVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The food was delicious! Some of the best veal we have had. Really enjoyed it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Anniversary Place
    1sideoftown2another
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    This was our first visit and it was facilitated by a Living Social offer. We were greeted warmly, promptly seated at a lovely table and quickly visited by our server who welcomed us and asked if we were celebrating a special occasion. When informed that the four of us were celebrating an anniversary and a birthday, she cutely told us that something special would be arriving. Drinks promptly were served and our order was placed after the specials were revealed. Bread was warm and crispy. Each of us found our selections to be outstanding, whether a special offering or a standard menu item--my deboned veal chop parm (thinly pounded) was fabulous. Dinner was followed by a complimentary desert wine and a nice tiramisu. We'll return!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ddd22
    ddd22
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    When selecting CG, we didn't realize that the restaurant was still offering the Savor Sarasota Deal, but decided to opt for it when we saw that it was still available. The food was superb, however, we were somewhat surprised when the entrees, as delicious as they were, arrived without any accompaniment, rather unusual for an Italian restaurant not to offer a side of pasta or vegetable with the main course!! Do the restaurants see the special requests/comments given when the reservation is made? We indicated that we were celebrating an anniversary- no acknowledgement!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Disappointed Plus
    luv2trynu
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    For our first visit, I had sent the restaurant an email 2-3 days before my reservation requesting a romantic setting as we were celebrating our 44th anniversary. Have yet to hear back. We were placed in a small room with several loud diners. I ordered a cocktail that was not mixed correctly & sent it back so I settle for close. The server never came back to see if I would like anything else to drink, we finally flagged down another server & I got an iced tea. In the meantime our server had decided to camp out at a nearby table & paid us no attention the rest of the meal. We ordered lobster ravioli but never found the lobster. This was an extremely disappointing visit, we will not return.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy Italian and Gluten Friendly!
    pamd3313VIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    My husband and I and our 2 children (ages 6 and 11) went to Cafe Gabbiano after spending the day at the beach. We chose to sit inside because of the heat. Our server was friendly and professional, and brought coloring pages to the children. The children and I had tortellini soup, buffalo mozzarella with pesto and crostini, pasta with vodka sauce, and pasta with butter. The vodka sauce was light but flavorful. My husband had a sautéd chicken breasts with mozzarella in a white wine, butter, garlic sauce with a touch of tomato added. His dinner came with a side of GF pasta as well. My husband who has Celiac couldn't get over how delicious the sauce on the chicken was. Our server brought coloring pages for the children. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, 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.
  • Nice place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Good food, great service, impressive wine list and really cool dining rooms.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Ouch...they ran out of Grouper after telling everyone about a great Grouper special of the night. Run down decor, and seemed like a tired staff. No one introduced themselves by name. Not a place that we would rush back to. The pasta dishes were good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list
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  • Bday dinner
    Nena
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I took my BF there 4 his bday and overall everything was great. Especially courtesy of the bday tiramisu cake. :)
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Changed owners a couple of years ago and went from a outstanding to average. Menu very limited.
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  • Changed and Odd
    DefiniteOpinionsVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Hadn't been in a couple of years. Decor has "streamlined" -- we were the only ones in the large room at 7 (another party with kids had departed) and the hostess seated a loud couple directly beside us instead of anywhere else in the empty room. Annoying to say the least. Waiter was exceptionally good--and very knowledgable about the large, diverse wine list. They were well staffed. Mozzerella in caprese salad was amazingly good-semi soft and fresh. Way too much salt in the mushroom sauce. Despite having few patrons that night, we only saw the owner as we were walking out -- no presence in the dining room. It has been a mainstay in the Village for many years--will probably continue on.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unorganized staff & too many issues
    Patricia
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This is a lovely restaurant on Siesta Key; the food was excellent, but the staff is unorganized. A wedding party was having their reception and the bride finally has to request they block off their dining area, as people were walking through to find the restrooms. The staff had disagreements with other staff members and discussed them in front of patrons. We had reservations and they had to move us to three different tables. We had dinner with wine paring, but the first selection came without the wine. Patrons were complaining as their food took over a hour. Parking was at a minimum and it took us 20 minutes to find a parking place and no valet. What a shame; the food was good, but the owner needs to take a hard at the issues.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A must for locals
    Luv2EatOut
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The food was great. Not your typical Italian selection or flavor. Had read about the ambiance of indoor dining area but did not get a chance to eat inside. The outside patio is nice and comfortable but not my style. Too many of natures creatures flying about while your trying to eat. Will try the indoor dining next time
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    special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Troubled
    Mjwd
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We love this restaurent. Great food. We have never been disappointed until a couple of days ago. We took a few friends and told them how wonderful this place was. Food was wonderful, Service was very poor. So disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The view of and noise from the parking lot did not add to the ambience . The wine paired dinner was average in flavor, the main course came without wine, we had to ask twice. After telling the server that my wife was very allergic to strawberry the final course came out with them anyway. The place was will staffed but the staff was not well managed. At no time did a manager ask how our meal was.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GRUMPY
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    very good food,service nothing great.place needs a updateing .
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  • Great Food :)
    Ella
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Lovely place, nice ambience and friendly staff. Love the food :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Good but overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The home made pasta was very good and my partner had the grouper which she said was very good. I think it is overpriced for what you get.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Upscale Place on Siesta Key
    BillVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    It had a very casual appearance from the outside with a few tables on the porch, but the inside has a very nice ambiance, especially for a beach town. The service was a team effort between the waiter, bus boy, bartender, and others, but the result was very good. The Spinach Salad special was delicious as was the house Chardonnay. My entrée of Grouper was just OK. It had a little too much lemon for my taste, but the side dish of vegetables was very good. The salad was not included with the main course, so the total was a little pricey. I would try this place again, but probably order something more Italian.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    dddines
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    My husband and I ate here for the first time and can't stop raving about the food. We had the osso bucco ravioli in bolognese and the veal st. Luccia and both were outstanding. They have an extensive wine list, and a great selection by the glass as well. We can't wait to go back and try the rest of the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 208 reviews are from the Cafe Gabbiano reviews archive.
  • Great Italian Dining
    RickFloriica
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    With it so hard to find truly outstanding Italian dining in Sarasota, we were extremely please to find another one. Cafe Gabbiano hits all the notes. The veal was very tender and delicious. The side of Parmesaen Rissoto was among the best I've ever had. The wine list includes modestly priced, but exceptionally fine, selections.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nicely Done
    aaaa
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    The food is very very good. The wine list is expansive and expensive. Ask for reccomendations unless you know Italian wines well. We will be back!
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    Fit For Foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must try
    WineMeDineMe
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Great service and great food. Sat outside where it was quiet and we could catch up with our friends. Spinach salad was awesome and so fresh (enough for two). Veal was tender and very tasty. Hugh portions. My husband had the grouper special and loved it. We would return the next time we visit Siesta Key.
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    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food, but...
    Nathan
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    It was our first time at Café Gabbiano, it was my wife's birthday and I requested a quiet table alone since we rarely get out without child in tow. We were sat in the wine room, were a table five feet from us were having a very loud and animated conversation, it completely ruined our mood, we could barley speak to one another. To make matter worse there is what only seems like an office door or an exit right behind our table and during the meal someone tried to come through the door and hit my wife's chair and then the server had to go into the room to get a wine bag, making my wife have to move so he could get by. It just made the night even more awkward. I must say the food was great, it was a shame I had to eat so fast to leave.
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    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Date Night
    CooperB
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We just moved into the area and was looking for a great Italian restaurant, glad we found it. Service was great and food was excellent, my wife had the lasagna and I had the veal scallopiny. We will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic