Chambar
Chambar

Chambar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chambar.com/
  • Phone: 6048797119
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Sunday:
    8am - 3pm & 5pm - late

  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European
  • Executive Chef: Nico Schuermans
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private groups from 15 to 60 guests available upon request.
  • Private Party Contact: Kristah Dirie (reception) 6048797119x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Dunsmuir/Pender
  • Public Transit: We are the second building north from the Stadium/Chinatown skytrain station.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Chambar offers valet parking every Friday and Saturday night, as well as most Rogers Arena event nights. There are also three public parking lots within the vicinity.
A word from Chambar
An "unpretentious fling with fine dining"



Leave your day at the door & enjoy the essentials - food, service, & great music. An exceptional cocktail list, Belgian beer, fine dining without the formalities. The food is exceptional, with a commitment to fresh seasonal produce, Belgian themed with North African influence.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Chambar reviews from OpenTable diners
341 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (253)special occasion (199)hot spot (129)romantic (124)neighborhood gem (123)good for groups (105)notable wine list (93)vibrant bar scene (76)great for outdoor dining (57)late-night find (53)great for brunch (42)great for lunch (27)scenic view (14)kid-friendly (9)Show More
  • Lovely renovation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Food excellent however music way too loud - breakfast/brunch 9 am on a SUnday and music blasting. Not sure why this is the trend even in upscale restaurants but the noise level in restaurants in Vancouver is getting too loud. Another category other than energetic" should be added to ratings.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New location is spectacular
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    If the weather is decent, the patio is great. We sat inside for lunch, it was a bit noisy to start, but after a couple large tables left it was okay. The food and service were stellar, as usual. Their lavender laté, a bit sweet, but delicious! Now that they can accommodate more tables and take reservations for brunch, I'll definitely be making it a regular brunch spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Great dining experience. Fantastic service with excellent food. Only compliant was the noise level. Don't come here if you want an intimate, romantic dinner!
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New location even better
    VancouveriteVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Food just as good, and new location more airy, and more beautiful than original location. Was a little worried that thing might have changed for the worse, as they often do when an old favourite moves/expands, but kudos to the Chambar team for keeping it excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We Didn't Enjoy Chambar
    Rebecca
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We didn't enjoy our experience at Chambar. The service was poor with our table being ignored for long periods when we were ready to order. The food was also poor. I've never experienced someone actually spit food into a napkin. At our table, two people spit food out from two entrees.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place
    Bruce
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Eclectic menu. Wonderfully prepared and served food. A gem anywhere, but especially great in this location which is otherwise devoid of good restaurants. Knowledge and service by the wait staff was a pleasure
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Although the service was very good and this is our third time to Chambar's (first time since the move), we were kind of disappointed in the food. Ambience and new setting is very nice and food presentation was nice as well but we felt the dinner entrée? had changed and both of our meals were very salty that we couldn't really taste the meat or actual food. We had the lamb and veal and side mushrooms.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the new look
    foodluva
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I've always liked coming here even before the new renos. First time back since and am so pleased with the new look. Service is so much better than previous. The server we had, I wish I remembered her name, she was friendly and very sweet. Food as usual is always to my liking. Lol... End my meal with waffles of course. Will be back as usual!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVE the new brunch menu!
    Christie
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Delicious!! I have gone for brunch 3 times in the past couple months and it is fabulous. The Brochette De Porc is a breakfast that I dream about, the flavors are incredible. I would highly recommend it to anyone and everyone I know! The service is top notch as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My husband I celebrated our anniversary with lunch at Chambar. I know this is a "hot spot" and it's been several years since I've been. I thought lunch would be a good alternative, plus it fit with our schedule. I was disappointed that there are no mussels available on the lunch menu, but the food we did have was delicious - as was the wine and beer. They brought us a nice complimentary dessert for our anniversary and we enjoyed one of the waffles with salted caramel. Great atmosphere, top notch service and the bathrooms are beautiful - always the sign of an outstanding restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was just beautiful
    Marg604
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The remodeling of Chambar is outstanding, the location look amazing and the service and food is as extraordinary. For the level of food and service, prices are really adequate and fair. A great asset in this over-priced city. The one thing I noticed is that the ambiance noise in the room (conversations, overal environment) was a bit uncomfortable; I guess the room needs some sound barriers or something to get the sound bouncing under control.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply amazing
    vankoder
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Chambar has a reputation for being one of the finest, if not THE finest, restaurant in Vancouver. Sure, others have come and gone, but Chambar is fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PF4Pastis
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    As a return guest the food and service were great, the wine recommendations appreciated and paired well with our food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Love the new space. Service was a bit slow. The majority of diners were attending a concert that evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Front of house needs work
    Webster
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Went to brunch with some friends. We got a private booth at the back. Drinks were promptly delivered, but the water was on the warm side. Food arrived within a decent interval, but one of the orders was wrong. The food itself was delicious and nicely presented. Biggest disappointment came after we asked for the check. We waited at least 20' for her to come with it, and another 5' for her to bring the credit card machine. Within this 20', we saw her move around the dining area refilling water, even though there were at least two other waitstaff doing the same thing. After bringing the card machine, she left, and we entered our own transactions into the machine. We asked for a pen to fill out the comment card, and she didn't have one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food and recently renovated
    AlyRVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food is amazing....must try the mussels! Newly renovated with one of the best patios in town!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    SophieVVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I've been to Chambar many times and love the new renovation. The restaurant looks fantastic and the patio is great. The Sommelier suggested a great bottle of wine which we thoroughly enjoyed. Unfortunately the food was a disappointment. Perhaps the kitchen was tired as it was the night of a concert and Lions game. Apparently they were very busy before we arrived. However that shouldn't be an excuse for poor food. Had the moules & frites which I've had before. There were very few mussels, and of the ones I had several were unopened and thus in edible. The sauce wasn't even good so that I could dip my bread and fries in. May come back for drinks and more wine but it will be awhile before I eat there again.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brand new location!
    VanFoodie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Brand new location is at least twice as big as old one. Nice decor. Brought space. Very nice patio seating as well. Went for brunch and brunch menu is similar to Medina's. I much prefer their dinner menu. Place wasn't busy for a Saturday lunch time. Perhaps trying to grow lunch crowd. Food tasted average.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chambar is new
    LEP2WAP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Chambar has moved to a new location and has retained all of their good qualities of beer and wine selection, great food and good service. The new location is convenient and the atmosphere trendy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little slip-up, poorly dealt with
    heathrowVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    One of the items we ordered was poutine, and our waitress gave us the heads up that it had blue cheese and said they could do cheddar instead. We appreciated the warning, and requested the cheddar. When we tasted our poutine, we realized we got the blue cheese. We let our waitress know, and she took it away and said they'd correct it. The replacement didn't arrive until we had pretty much finished our food, and so we packed it. When we were ready to pay, she brought the bill and credit card machine together, and I paid without first checking the bill. I looked afterwards, and while I thought they might remove the poutine as a nice gesture since it came so late, instead we got charged for TWO poutines. Not great.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Growing Pains
    DouglasDiningDailyVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Chambar was once one of Vancouver's finest restaurants. It moved next door. Now, it is overly loud, lighting so dim that no one, including the staff, can read the menus and the service is abysmal. Waited 15 minutes for waiter to show up or at least bring water and when it did not happen, had to go to the front desk and explain we had been forgotten about. A waiter came then and took our order, which he could not hear above the noisy terrible music, and we had to repeat ourselves multiple times because it also appeared the waiter was unfamiliar with the menu or how to pronounce the French named dishes. French fries came and were not crispy but soggy. A large percentage of the mussels had not opened. Will try again in a few months.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chambar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The restaurant is beautiful and the service was excellent, but the food in my opinion was okay, nothing extrodinary. The desserts were dissapointing. I think they were trying too hard to WOW you with presentation instead of just making a really delicious dessert. I would however likely go here again just for the ambiance.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the money
    alm262
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The restaurant was just remodeled and looks amazing. All the servers and hosts/hostesses were very friendly. It my first time there with a friend and we got a lot of great recommendations from our server for our preferences. Probably not a great place to bring kids but a must for dining in Vancouver.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing New Space, Same Great Resto
    beenthere
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We loved the new space! Much more elbow room. The large outdoor patio (not where we were unfortunately) was obviously the popular choice. Off the street and still very much a part of the restaurant. We had an out of town guest along so stuck with our tried & true, the mussels with lardon & fries. Large, succulent, with a fantastic broth. Fresh baguette to accompany. Their twist on poutine includes blue cheese (which we like) but the combination didn't work for us. The service was top drawer; attentive and we never felt rushed. Overall our best of many experiences here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • terrific find
    happydiner
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Really enjoyed this. Food was very interesting and good. Great beer list. Comfortable and spiffy place. Service was good. Service people were great, but the place just opened and they seemed to be working out the kinks. Kinks handled very well, though. We would definitely go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary dinner
    Yojimbo
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My wife and I attended the newly renovated 'Chambar' for our anniversary and we were not disappointed. All the staff were friendly and personable, and service was excellent. The ambiance was upbeat with the much to look at within the restaurant. The food and drinks were outstanding... We had a great time and are definitely going back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Transcendent - Go!
    DuckSoup11VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Chambar came to our attention during a visit to Vancouver as one of the best places to eat. It was. Look beyond the Belgian standards -- mussels, frites (delicious, though not the crisp golden ones) and the long list of Belgian beers. The real treasure here is the chef's wonderful, imaginative, southern-hemisphere-inspired take on other menu staples. Beet salad (OK, "carpaccio" here) is livened up with a spicy raita and tiny dollops of mint paste; the spiced duck likewise comes with unexpected turns of flavor. Both dishes transcend the usual preparations of beets and duck. We hope to return. Ambience is classic Belgian bistro, though servers affect a formal dress and manner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great New Digs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    This was our first time to Chambar's new restaurant and it is every bit as good as the original location. Same charm but with more room between tables. My wife and I both had the Congolese Mussels and once again they were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • clients per square foot
    Poutpout
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Food was good but we had an hour and a half parking that ran out of money... Seriously? The tables were so close to each other that when I got out of my seat, my rear end was all over the neighbours table ( I'm a size 8) and we could hear our neighbours conversation very clearly without having to listen. No space, no privacy, not a good experience.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The tables are too small for a group of four. Some of the plates were too big for the small table and overall felt very cramped. It has lost a lot of it's ambiance due to the bigger size of the restaurant and feels more corporate. We would dare say it border line felt like an Earl's. Had some large plastic piece in our salad. They replaced it with something else and comped it plus gave us a dessert tray. One at our table thought the mussels tasted soapy. It was ok nothing spectacular that makes us want to go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Awesome experience. Food was outstanding and service above par. Would happily recommend as a restaurant that you will want to go back to again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Affordable Fine Dining
    partyof5
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    My party and I were thoroughly impressed with our breakfast/brunch experience at Chambar last week. The staff are beyond professional, and the atmosphere is welcoming and enjoyable. The food was made with fresh, high-quality ingredients, plated with style, and everything exceeded expectations with respect to taste. I was most pleasantly pleased with the final bill too, which may be tacky to point out, but I could not believe we all had such a great experience for the price paid. I will certainly return to Chambar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the new digs!
    Advfoodie
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    So much more space, and the food has stayed consistently good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Impeccable Service
    Chelsea
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Wonderful food, as always, but what really sets Chambar apart from other fine dining establishments is the 5-star service. It is miles ahead of other restaurants in the city - from the hostesses all the way to the kind gentleman with glasses who appeared to be the owner or manager. We had a fantastic night and were treated like VIPs the whole time. Chambar is consistently one of the very best in the whole city - we can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The mussels are to die for! Highly recommend. The steak was good although I did not like the peppercorns on top. It was too strong.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, awful server
    Tory
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Chambar has always been one of my favourite restaurants, which is why it's hard to write this review. The renos are nice and hopefully they are working out a few kinks. Food and atmosphere is always great. However, our table was in a corner and it wasn't pleasant staring at a black wall (it was also very dark)… a piece of artwork or nice light is needed. But really the reason I'm writing this is because I have to say the service was probably the worst I've ever had and I've dined here countless times. The server was very rude and we felt rushed with ordering every time she came to the table. We also know how to order when we dine here (lots of plates to share!) and she kept pushing us to order more. I'll be back, but not for a few months.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dreamy Food
    supersupper
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Service started off a little on the slow side and we unfortunately had to call the manager over. He apologized profusively, paid for our first round of drinks, and switched out the service staff. From there on in it was heaven. Cocktails were fabulous but the food - out of this world. Not a lick left on any of our plates. One of the best meals I have had, in any city (quite frankly) in a long time. Memorable...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place!
    Foodieofthevalley
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had been to the original chambar several times and it has always been outstanding. This was our first time at the new location and we just loved it! The food is always amazing, beer and wine list is fit to our liking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food was great but i was a little disappointed that lunch was not served on Saturday and Sundays. If brunch must be offered all say on weekends, it would be nice to have the option of chosing lunch menu items. The lunch menu was the reason me and my guests chose Chambar for my birthday celebration. Overall great reataurant and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mystery Date Success
    Dogma
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    From start to finish dining at Chambar is a delight. Fantastic service from a very engaged and knowledgeable staff. We had a lovely server who was attentive and fun. The food is outstanding. It was all perfect. We have been to the old location and new location has the same wonderful vibe but there is more space but still intimate. I highly recommend the Chambar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.