cafebar
cafebar

cafebar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://cafebarcolorado.com/
  • Phone: 3033620227
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am-2:00pm
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Happy Hour: Daily: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jesse Albertini
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Contact owner with requests/questions.
  • Private Party Contact: Dane Huguley 3033620227

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Alameda
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from cafebar
Here at cafe|bar our goal is to provide exceptional hospitality and creative cuisine in an affordable fashion. cafe|bar, designed by Owner Dane Huguley, whose vision was to create an atmosphere that was modern but comfortable, making guests feel as though they are dining in an urban upscale restaurant with a residential charm. Our focus is to be a community restaurant; we are 100% wind powered, recycle our fryer oil, utilizing composting programs and energy efficient equipment. cafe|bar cuisine is prepared by chef Eric Rivera; where he is combining classic and new American dishes while keeping them unique and affordable. In addition, we have a unique yet sophisticated wine and spirits list to accompany our cuisine. We strive to be involved and give back to our community in any way shape or form and promise to deliver an experience desired time and time again.
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cafebar reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (42)neighborhood gem (41)fit for foodies (38)great for brunch (16)romantic (16)special occasion (12)hot spot (12)good for groups (11)great for lunch (11)vibrant bar scene (4)late-night find (3)notable wine list (3)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • hit or miss, apparently
    jjt1VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    after having a GREAT brunch here a couple of weeks ago, we came back for more. not only was the food very disappointing (the items they actually had available, anyway), our server was not exactly pleasant-- until the very end, when presenting the bill. upon review, we weren't even charged correctly. unfortunately, we will think twice about making this a regular spot.
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  • Another great meal!
    Fong
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    When we arrived at 8:15 on Saturday night, we were seated immediately. How refreshing not to wait! Our server was personable and prompt. Our party of four were all pleased with our meals.The menu is limited but we all found something to our liking. I had the root vegetable salad, which was excellent. The other three all had burgers, which they loved. I had the gnocchi, which was a perfectly prepared vegetarian entree with a savory sauce containing sun dried tomatoes and several ingredients I don't recall. It was delicious. We also had 2 bottles of the house pinot noir, which was delicious and a bargain! It was nice not to be ridiculously overcharged for wine. All in all, we had a great time and a great meal. The only knock is the parking.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Ex. meal and ex. service
    Verygoodbut
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    although the menu is very small, our table of 4 each found something he/she wanted and each loved his/her meal. Service was attentive but unobtrusive. Because of the layout, the restaurant is quieter than expected - a welcome change of pace for Denver restaurants!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New chef not doing well
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Used to go all the time a few months ago, I asked the server how the restaurant was doing and she was skiddish in answering but did tell us about the new chef. She said she was skeptical and I can see why. The menu is no longer impressive, it looks as if they are making the meals as cheaply as possible to appear fancy. Really is too bad, the quality of the food has gone way down. But service was kind, a little slow but kind. Cool outdoor patio if you are looking for appetizers and drinks but not really a great dinner place.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Diamond!
    Stephen5280VIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Can't believe it took us this long to find this place. Charming yet hip; great, fresh, inventive food; and sustainably run (wind power, recycled oils). The menu changes seasonally and frequently; right now, the Pumpkin Soup (come on - it IS fall!) is a winner, and it's not the overly sweet, creamy type you've come to expect; this has some "bite" to it. The Gnocchi is the best I've had in Denver in a while: perfect consistency of slightly browned exterior, with a tender center, but not mushy. Paired with seasonal tomatoes and squash - yum! Service is spot-on: timely, inquisitive, and responsive without hovering or interrupting; perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what it used to be
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The food here used to be amazing and the service was always great as well. However, we went a couple of weeks ago and the food was absolutely horrible. Apparently the owners changed and hired all new chefs. BIG mistake. Every person in our group (there were 6 of us) and all of the tables surrounding us were very disappointed. The breakfast burritos were basically all tortilla and the tiny bit of eggs that were in them were something I might expect from a Waffle House- overcooked and no flavor. I got a benedict that also had no flavor and and looked like it had already been chewed up and spit back out on to the plate. Not sure what the new owners are thinking but unfortunately, they have lost our business for good.
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  • I can't put my finger on it.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Did the chef leave? I used to revel at the opportunity to have brunch at cafebar. I had heard rumors of a change, but until I experienced it myself, I was not convinced. It is all true. Something has changed. The food is different. It is not terrible, but it used to be amazing. The blood orange mimosas are gone to. Bummer! The patio is great and the servers are good, but it is not the same place.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Elegant, gorgeous, healthy dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had a lovely date night here, enjoying the festive, romantic ambiance on the outdoor patio and savoring some of the most simple, elegant, perfectly prepared dishes we've had in a while. We shared figs poached in sherry, accompanied by green tomatoes and jalepenos that gave a little kick; clams in flavorful broth, and exquisitely crispy on the outside, soft in the inside fish accompanied by freshly sliced fruits and veggies. Every dish was just gorgeous. Loved, loved dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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  • Cafebar has changed
    IluvfoodVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Used to be one of my favorite brunch spots- the food and menu listings GF friendly & interesting, great flavors. The building itself is nicely decorated and has a lovely patio. The brunch menu has changed- small number of food offerings (focus now on drinks),GF friendly items are no longer noted or offered, the items available are not much different than other brunch spots in town. My meal was very small once modified to be GF, over priced, and left me hungry; husband's biscuit was vey hard despite the gravy. Online research found that the kitchen staff has changed, menu on Opentable is from the previous chef,and their website has expired. The waitstaff was attentive. Will not return, better places are out there.Very disappointed and sad.
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  • Awesome!
    GirlsWhoBrunch
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We have been to Cafebar many times and every time the experience is outstanding. Thanks!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Very disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    New chef and management. Not the restaurant I have been too in the past
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  • I love this place!
    SharonVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The bartenders, wait staff, hostess...everyone really makes you feel special. They're super friendly and you can tell they really like working here, which makes dining here a great experience. Awesome food, very creative and tasteful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Underwhelmed
    cofoodie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We went here for Restaurant Week. Loved the decor, intimate setting...service was decent although we had to ask for silverware a few times throughout the night...our server was nice and prompt about bringing it. Food was good but not amazing, kind of bland flavors and servings were small. I'm a small person but have a heft appetite and left kind of feeling like I needed a snack. Not sure we'll return just because I'll be worried about being hungry when I leave.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for foodies with intolerances
    paleofoodie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This was my third time dining at Cafe Bar, and it exceeded my expectations once again. I was a little hesitant since it was a pre fix restaurant week menu because I am gluten Free, grain free, and dairy free. It is usually almost impossible to find something unique and delicious that fits that criteria. However, Cafe Bar was so accommodating to my needs and I was just blown away by the creative flavor combinations of each dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Great, Service Poor
    LuSmith24
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We had 6:45pm reservations at CafeBar and were seated promptly outside on the lovely back patio. It was restaurant week, so there was a special menu, which looked great. Our party of 4 waited 15 minutes before our server even greeted our table. 15 minutes after that, our drinks arrived...and the remainder of the evening was similar - slow service, but the food, as usual was delicious. We love CafeBar, but have had multiple experiences with very slow service. The manager did reduce our bill, which was appreciated. If CafeBar can figure out their service/staffing, we will continue to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Nice but slow
    Emmaloohoo
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Although our food was very good and service was friendly, it seemed a little like they were not prepared for Restaurant Week. Everything was very slow coming, including the soup course, which was the same for everyone in the restaurant. We would have appreciated a little something as an apology for our very long wait-- a bit of comped bread, maybe. Still, it was worth the visit.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Will I go back ?
    Disappointed
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I used to go to Cafe Bar a fair amount for lunch and then I had not been there in awhile and was disappointed at the menu. It used to have great soups and salads and ladies food along with heavier dishes for the really hungry. This time there was only one item that was light which was a wimpy salad. My guest asked for bread and that came when we were finishing our meal. The server seemed as though she could barely get through her shift .... No energy, no smile or greeting other than hello.
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    vibrant bar scene
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  • Food is outstanding
    Libster
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The flavors, presentation and uniqueness of the food was incredible. And the service was great. Love Cafebar
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Culinary Experience
    Sputnik
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The food is from local sources and businesses, the wine selection is great, the staff are professional and helpful, and the price is right for special or more regular visits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Avoid brunch
    LadyBirdVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    45 minute wait to take our order; food arrived ice cold and raw eggs, so loud you had to scream to talk; at least manager wrote off some of bill. I would NEVER return.
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  • Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I had brunch in March 2014 with my friends at Cafebar and it was amazing, that is why I decided to go back last week. I do not know why, but it seemed I was having brunch in a completely different place. The quantity, menu variety and customer service was not what I expected. I am really disappointed because you could really see the difference.
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  • Pretty Amazing
    Kriss1231
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We started coming here last fall and enjoy the changing menu and tastes. We are always in for a new culinary surprise every time we eat here. The patio is great and really nice the bartender remembers our names when we have our drink before dinner. We eat here about twice a month. This is a restaurant where you go to relax and enjoy the experience. You must not be in a hurry. This is a place you want to savor and not be in a hurry :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yes! Please! Thank you, more?!
    AwakenLove
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Following my dear chef friends from a previous restaurant. This place is amazing! The food is magical, because the people are ;) the energy good, and a sweet outdoor vibe. It's my new favorite. There were six of us, including my brothers and even my four year old niece. We had a lovely time and the food was divine!
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I took a group from work to Cafe Bar for lunch and was shocked at how bad it was. There were too few menu options and 3 out of 6 of us left with stomach upset. It was expensive and lame. Never to return.
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  • Delightful dinner
    SupperTom
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Cafe bar is a charming bistro with a lovely patio. The food is top notch and the ambience is excellent. They have a changing menu filled with great appetizers and special cocktails. I had their steak which was chopped and cooked to perfection surrounded by delicious veggies. My lady had the salmon also excellent. I would highly recommend Cafebar for a nice little romantic dinner or lunch.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly Staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Everyone that waited on us was very friendly and personable.
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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  • Delish as always
    princessfab
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I used to live in Wash Park and went frequently after you opened. Since I moved to the Hale neighborhood, I've neglected cafebar a lot. I shouldn't the food is really solid and inventive. And you pour the best mimosas I've had in a while - not too dark (read: plenty of bubbly)! So bravo. Keep doing what you're doing and I will be back more often!
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Eat here
    MartinVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This place is a total gem. Great service and awesome food. The menu changes almost daily, so we can't tell you what to order. That said, almost everything we've ever had there has been spot-on. Great ingredients, great service, and great execution in the kitchen ale for a wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reviews Didn't Live Up To Reality
    SSGTanker
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Made reservations based on reviews from Westword and other sites. We arrived and there were no tables available as requested. No worries. Decided to wait at the bar. Waited for almost 30-min to order Sangria. Poorly made. My wife's tasted like a bad wine spritzer. Bartender really pushed to close out bill. The bad part was listening to all the staff hanging out by the bar complaining. Still no one offered to take order for appetizers or explain wait status. We chose to leave. Owner/Manager stopped us in the street and offered to ask party to leave. By that time it was to little to late. We had already paid our tab and were off to another recommended patio for dinner.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • Lively Brunch
    DerbyGirlVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Great Sunday brunch. The place was packed and very energetic (could be those bottomless mimosas). Hard to hear inside but totally fun and great food choices.
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    SharonVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Always GREAT food and service! All three of our entrees were great!
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Disappointed, but will visit again
    Kriss1231
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We eat at Café/Bar about 3-4 times per month. We went to Brunch for first time on Sunday. After 1.5 hours of waiting on an order we were comped by the manager and went to Swing Thai across the street. I know this was a kitchen problem. And we will come again because the food is Very Good!!!!!!
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    M27g16
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We loved every minute of our experience and recommend a reservation
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JoedisappointedVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Poor service; less than hot, overlooked average food
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 500 reviews are from the cafebar reviews archive.
  • Tasty!
    kflo
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Brunch + bottomless blood orange mimosas = outstanding!
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would Never Go Back
    Brooks303
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    There are no words to describe how bad our experience was. Sincerely, foodies who eat out at least twice a week.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Didn't get water until 15 minutes after we arrived, drinks 30 minutes after. Menu is very limited. We tried three of the main four courses, one of which was great. The other two had no flavor.
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  • disappointed
    picky
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The reviews were good so we were very disappointed. I had requested a quiet table and we were seated right under a speaker by the bar... NOT quiet. The service (delivery of our food) was exceedingly slow. Our server was very nice and did keep refilling our coffee but didn't seem to recognize that we had been waiting a long time for our brunch and when it did arrive it was not hot and not especially good. Will not be going back or recommending it to anyone.
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  • not what it used to be
    Brambles
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    My boyfriend and I visited CafeBar on a whim and had a delicious brunch. It quickly became one of our favorited places. The menu was new and fresh. There was always something new that intriqued our foodie curiousity. It was the first place we recommended to people when talking about restaurants to try out. We recently brought some out of town guest there. We knew something was changed as soon as we saw the underwhelming menu. They have switched Executive chefs and it wasn't for the better. The menu selection was weak and uninteresting, even more so when we actually got our meals. The food was lacking flavor, our potatoes were undercooked, and my Chicken and Waffles was room temperature at best. Huge disappointment, haven't been back
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    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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  • wonderful food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The food and drinks at cafe bar are amazing. Really well thought out dishes and a changing menu every day with seasonal ingredients. However, the acoustics in the front room of the restaurant are pretty terrible and it is really hard to hear over everyone else in the room. Great restaurant for young and energetic people, but due to how loud it was in the restaurant, it is hard for older folks to comfortably dine here.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic