Cicada
Cicada

Cicada

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.cicadarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (213) 488-9488
  • Hours of Operation:
    Closed Mondays and Tuesdays except for private events. December closed most days for private events including New Year's Eve.

    Wednesday - Saturday Dinner 5:30pm - 8:30pm

    The Cicada Club Special Nights featuring live music and dancing in a vintage 1940s style nightclub. http://CicadaClub.com

    Cicada Club Three course Prix Fixe Dinner Special $49 per person plus cover charge (cover charge varies)
    Coat and tie for men, dresses or dressy pants suit for ladies, please on Cicada Club nights. For a la carte evenings upscale casual to business attire.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Italian, Italian, Californian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Cicada offers catering on site for weddings, corporate events, wrap parties, Award Show after-parties, special occasions.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please see banquet facilities.
  • Private Party Contact: Adelmo Zarif 2134889951x
  • Entertainment: On special nights travel back in time to the Cicada Club, a vintage 1940's style nightclub featuring fine dining, live music and dancing (cover charge applies).
  • Special Events: Cicada can host up to 300 for a sit-down dinner. For cocktail parties 550 and more with flow through out the event.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 7th & 6th
  • Public Transit: Pershing Square Metro
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is located in front of the restaurant on the left side of Olive Street
A word from Cicada
Cicada is a masterful combination of historic architecture and modern cuisine. From the 30-foot gold leaf ceiling to the luxurious Art Deco bar and lounge, Cicada has combined 1920s elegance with contemporary design elements to create an extraordinary atmosphere. The European style is further complemented by a sophisticated Northern Italian and California fusion menu. 15,000 square feet - ideal for weddings, special events, and private parties.

Usually once a week Friday-Sunday travel back in time to The Cicada Club, a vintage themed 1940's style nightclub featuring fine dining, live music and dancing (door charge applies).

Cicada Club entertainment schedule: CicadaClub.com

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Cicada reviews from OpenTable diners
18 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
60% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (13)romantic (10)good for groups (6)neighborhood gem (5)notable wine list (3)fit for foodies (2)hot spot (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Gorgeous building, amazing food
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Start with the beautiful historic art deco building, formerly a very upscale haberdashery. Tables are widely spaced in what looks like a stylish, welcoming hotel lobby. Martinis were excellent. Appetizers were fresh oysters and a seared scallop with corn and other accompaniments. My husband had pistachio-encrusted salmon and I had the seared halibut with edamame puree. Both were delicious. As was the dessert, which has sadly slipped my mind. The only quibble is the wine list. In most categories, bottles cost in the 3 figures, with only one or two in single digits. They should definitely have more affordable wines. Cicada is also a club featuring live music an dancing on certain nights, but we did not experience them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic romance
    mcmax
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This beautiful restaurant is as good as ever. The service and food are excellent. This was the perfect place to celebrate our anniversary with another couple on a Friday night. The restaurant was quiet and not busy which surprised me but made for a wonderful dining experience. Each of us had something different and every course offered a special blend of flavors that were a delight. The highlights for me were the Mushroom & truffle soup, Mixed Seafood (seared tuna, salmon and scallops with creamy mashed potatoes) and the herb crusted lamb chops exploded with flavor. Affogato served in a martini glass with a candle made it a little more special. The hostess, waiter, servers, and general manager ensured we had a completely enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding in every way
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Amazing service, amazing atmosphere, even better food!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wow! Most romantic!
    FloSPO
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Excellent dining with perfect service in an overwhelmingly beautiful and historical Art-Deko restaurant. Not cheap, but absolutely worth the price for a romantic dinner!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's like The Shinning!
    Elash
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Well the food was great especially the lamb shank! Awesome! But the anbiance was boring! No music and it was like a ghost restaurant! The service was good and our waiter was amazing! I read alot of reviews that this restaurant is Romantic!!! No Way in Hell!!! It was like restaurant from the movie the shinning!!
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  • Lack of vibe
    Chremma
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Such a large space and it was empty. Amazing food but it lacked any environment and the bright lighting didn't help what they call an intimate vibe... Would recommend this for weddings or large parties... Not small or intimate occassions.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Waiters
    SJE0922
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Cicada needs to get waiters that know their drinks, know what the bar is capable of serving, and most importantly, not forget a diner's order. It was missed entirely and our food got cold waiting for our friend's order. To add insult to injury, they "comped" our coffee. BFD! I complained and they comped the late dinner. Never going back there again!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tremendous dinner spot!
    emnits
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My wife and I were in Los Angeles on vacation from Philadelphia. Her favorite movie is "Pretty Woman", so I investigated where the movie dinner scene was shot. Turns out it was at Cicada, and the restaurant looks even better in person than it did in the movie! Service was very attentitive, steak was outstanding. They even put us at the same (approximate) location as the table from the movie!!! They were having a "Cicada Club" night with a swing band, which we didnt stay for (back to our kids) but the night was awesome!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday celebration
    Stone
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We came to cicada for my girlfriends birthday. She loved this place. The customer service was outstanding, from the initial greeting by the hostess, to the waiter delivering the check. Every employee we encountered was pleasant and attentive. We will definitely be back. Thanks for a great experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaraunt!
    Timotheus
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This is our first time coming to Cicada and we thoroughly enjoyed it. It has a fantastic interior and ambience. The wait staff was extremely professional and friendly, and we liked our food a lot. Definitely recommend coming back again!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful, great service, OK food
    rednikki
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The ambiance here is outstanding. Truly exceptional. If it feels familiar it's because you've seen this restaurant in many, many movies and TV shows over the past few decades. The service? Exceptional. Absolutely phenomenal. They seemed to know what I wanted before I did. The timing of the dishes was outstanding. I have food allergies and the waiter didn't make me feel like I was being a chore when I asked specifics about the dishes. (You'd be surprised at how many waiters make you feel like a lower form of life for having allergies.) The food? It was all good, but none of it popped and made me say "OH WOW!" It was solid, but for the price I was hoping for a little more "wow." I hear the red meat IS a wow, however.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A step back in time
    Labellatavola
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The place is outstanding for its historic value of a former haberdashery from the 1920s, where a prominent chandelier hangs from the center of a vast room and dim, golden and purple lights maintain a relaxed ambiance. The food is good, but certainly does not match the uniqueness of the place. Overall, it was an enjoyable experience in occasion of my friend's birthday. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 6 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance4.7
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 611 reviews are from the Cicada reviews archive.
  • Grown Up Dinner with a Vintage Feel
    MValerie8VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    As soon as we sat down I said "this is the type of place where you get engaged and then come back to having your wedding reception here". The dining room has a beautiful historical feel with dark wood and a pretty chandelier as the room's focal point. You get a very traditional, throwback vibe between the decor, architecture and white jacketed service. The portobello mushroom appetizer was good, the short rib was very tender and the chocolate molten cake was perfection! Delicious, perfect size and pretty presentation! If you're looking for a "grown-up" place to have a nice dinner, you can't go wrong with this place.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Needs an update
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    It was the strangest atmosphere. A big open room that felt like it should have been redecorated 10 years ago. No energy. Service was great, food was decent, but the atmosphere killed it.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice room, shabby
    Bill
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The room is really a nice space with many preserved original art deco decorations. But this has not undergone a first rate restoration and it looks shabby around the edges. The chairs do not match and they creak. The food is average, not bad, but it is nothing special. Food is also overpriced for what you get.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, band, great style
    tsorr
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Go on a Friday night when band is playing and everything is lively. It's more of dinner and a show from the 1930's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review for first time experience
    AmateurxFoodie
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I never knew this restaurant existed until last Friday. I took my girlfriend out to "Cicada" for a romantic dinner. The restaurant is located inside the Opiatt Building and there are no visible signs outside the restaurant, only a valet sign and the building number lets you know. We were greeted with smiles and were seated right away. The art deco inside was amazing since it has been intact and pretty much preserved since the 1920's. Food was okay at best and was not worth the price we were charged for it. I had the new york steak and my girlfriend had the mushroom risotto (best risotto I've had by far) and the appetizers were decent. Our waiter gave us a history lesson of the restaurant and some amazing facts as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Colloid
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This gorgeous art-deco former men's haberdashery is a wonderful environment for a special occasion. The food was excellent--especially the squid-ink pasta and the wild bass--and the service unobtrusive but consistently friendly and helpful. Better if you have a large group, as the restaurant is very large and spacious, with high ceilings, so if only a few parties are there it could be a bit overwhelming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A stunning downtown restaurant
    larryVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This restaurant is arguably in the most beautiful historic rooms in LA. A historic imposing space provides a beautiful restaurant scene and is the backdrop for excellent food served by waiters who really know how to serve. The home made squid ink pasta with crabmeat was on a par with the best pasta served in town. The veal chop and black cod mains were excellent and came with well conceived sides. This has to be one of the very best downtown restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    It was a wonderful place to go for a special occasion. We did the tasting menu and did not regret it at all! It is beautiful there, and I would love to go again when there is music on a Friday or Sunday night.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Good food, great service, they have live music and dancing on certain nights. Probably not the best place for your little ones, unless they're well behaved of course..
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 20's Vibe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The place was beautiful, the 1928 building and themes just great. I swing band "Phat Cat Swingers", HOT and the place was jumping. The price was high but I can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A step back in time
    TimmiGailVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Cicada is a step back in time to Hollywood's by-gone era. It is elegant and stylish. The food is delicious and the service is impeccable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cicada Club Night
    VaughnVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We happened to book a table for four on a Friday night which happened to be the night the Cicada Club was meeting. We decided to join the festivities and what a great time we had. Those people dress up to look good and, oh boy, can they dance. We enjoyed the food and the atmosphere very much. The wait staff also were excellent. Thanks for a fun evening.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stunning Space!
    AvalonyxVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Visiting the restaurant after a 20 year absence (back then it was Rex Il Ristorante), we were quite happy to find the location to be at least as gorgeous as we remembered. Arriving early for dinner before a show at the Orpheum, we were quite literally the first diners in the place. Warmly welcomed, we were comfortable immediately. After delicious drinks and salads we moved to the entrees. The Lobster Linguini was frankly jaw-dropping delicious!My wife felt similarly about her homemade gnocchi dish. Service was wonderful throughout and we vowed to return again in much sooner than 20 years!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice enough
    ASquared
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    There aren't enough downtown restaurants open post-Sunday theater matinee dinner. The prix fixe Sunday here is pretty good. There was entertainment later on the evening we dined. The beautiful room in the 1928 Oviatt Building is is in need of TLC.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Salad Help
    Kathy
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    The dinner was great, the service was great . . . but their salads were lacking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Back to the twenties!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Wir waren eine Woche in LA und hatten vorher geschaut, wo man gut essen gehen kann. Das Cicada hat uns sehr gut gefallen. Gehört preislich mit Sicherheit zu den gehoben, allerdings war das Essen sehr gut, der Service super aufmerksam und das tolle Ambiente eines Herrenausstatters aus den 20er Jahren spricht für sich. Ist mit Sicherheit auch als Club toll, wenn statt der Dinnertische dort getanzt wird ... Unsererseits sehr zu empfehlen!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food is excellent and
    MATCHY
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    The food is excellent and so is the service. If you like a very big restaurant where you converse easily and have your order taken quickly enabling you to make the 'curtain'...this is the place for you.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Execelent
    poetland
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    It was a great night. Wow, I want to return. I even danced and I felt very comfortable
    Special Features:
    Romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful dinner
    Raquel
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I ordered Lobster Ravioli and Lava Cake for dessert, it was amazing, couldn't get any better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's Day prix fixe menu 2/15
    queenofspadesVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I chose Cicada on Open Table based on their menu, table availability (for 5), write up on Open Table and proximity to my work location in downtown in LA. When we arrived we discovered they were serving only a prix fixe Valentine's menu. We had limited time and after surveying other options we decided to stay put and order from the abbreviated menu. The food was decent, the service decent, but nothing resembling the pricepoint or the write up on Open Table. It seemed like a private club from another dimension. It was a bizarre experience overall.
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  • Great Place
    dcruz
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    This little place was the perfect spot to celebrate Valentine's Day. The service was excellent and the food was great. Although it was a little pricey, it was worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Recently was here for a Valentine's dinner with the lady. Very romantic. Its kind of like a Great Gatsby theme. I would've been great if they could have had live music for that weekend. It would've been an even better experience for a Valentines day weekend. Overall, it was great and would definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food quality doesn't match ambience
    Andres
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Ok so I took my wife for Valentines and although it is great location it is crazy expensive for the kind of food and service you get
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A great experience!
    Murph510
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The interior was beautiful. The band played great music. I had the chance to eat delicious food and listen to live music with the person I love on Valentines day. I wouldn't have it any other way. The night was perfect. I had a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Came in on a Monday night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    Came in on a Monday night during Restaurant Week, and I appreciate the fact that Cicada isn't traditionally open on Mondays, but the food was terrible...and it was off their traditional menu, not the Restaurant Week menu. I ordered the fish grill and all three pices of fish were dry and tasteless; the menu was not professional looking, and the food was not consistent with the recent yelp ratings. The inside of Cicada was run-down, and not the classic old L.A. interior that I was expecting. Everything about the place was dingy. They were out of the first wine we ordered and out of the dover sole. Bottom line: the place had the feel of financial duress and seemed about ready to go out of business.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful dining space
    Madelena
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    I've always wanted to see the inside of this restaurant and DineLA afforded us the opportunity. The food was good -- not cutting edge, hot-spot choices, but it was fine. I enjoyed the experience very much. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    Jenn
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    My husband and I will definitely go back! Awesome place!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great aumbience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/24/2013
    Love the art deco decor.... Gatsby eat your heart out! This was my second time here, the food has better then before. The only issue I have is the seating. I would have liked to of stayed longer but seating was very uncomfortable for everyone at the table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.