Creola
Creola

Creola

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.creolabistro.com/
  • Phone: (650) 654-0882
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Tuesday - Friday 11:00am - 2:30pm

    Brunch:
    Saturday & Sunday 10:30 - 2:30 pm

    Dinner:
    Sunday, Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
    Closed Mondays
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Creole
  • Executive Chef: Edwin Caba
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer all levels of Catering. From just a quick drop off to a customized event to suite all needs.
  • Private Party Facilities: Thank you for considering hosting your next event at CreoLa Bistro

    Whether you are hosting a rehearsal dinner, a board meeting or celebrating your 50th wedding anniversary, CreoLa makes entertaining easy. Work with our experienced party planner to tailor each aspect of your party to your needs - for events of all types. Create custom designed place cards and select a light menu for your bridesmaids' luncheon, host clients and treat them to one of our decadent tasting menus. At CreoLa, we pamper you and your guests with unparalleled hospitality and cuisine.
  • Private Party Contact: Edwin Caba 6506540882x
  • Entertainment: Live music every Thursday 7-10 PM.
  • Special Events: Mardi Gras Menu. Monday - Thursday, 4 Course Menu $28

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Holly St.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have over 10 parking spaces on the premises.
A word from Creola
We hope that you will dine with us soon for an authentic New Orleans dining experience - One that goes beyond Cajun! To enhance your dining experience, we fly in the finest seafood and products available from the Louisiana Gulf Coast and Bayou Regions. We believe that it is these indigenous products that ensure the authenticity of flavors and the integrity of our Creole and Cajun Cuisine.
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Creola reviews from OpenTable diners
54 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (35)fit for foodies (31)good for groups (20)special occasion (19)great for lunch (16)romantic (15)kid-friendly (7)great for brunch (6)hot spot (2)late-night find (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Always wonderful
    PTulley
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    We have been here numerous times and it's alway great. Nothing bad on the menu. Super nice staff, treat you better than family.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely comfort
    ieat2live
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The 4 course meal was heavy which was undoubtedly comforting. I finished eveything on my plate and felt very full. The flavor needed more kick (heat). I was very impressed with was the corn bread. It was freshly baked, crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, goodness!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Returning Favorites
    Yummies
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We always enjoyed Creola. We think it is one of the best New Orelean's food you can get in this area. We have been dining here at least over 15years and still enjoy coming each time. Staff is always friendly and we enjoy every thing on the menu. We also enjoy the bar drinks & beer selections, never disappointing. Also, since my husband is on a low-sodium diet, Edwin was very accommodating in having choices. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Taste of N'Orelans
    foodie
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We came after seeing the review in Open Table; we were staying overnight nearby The location is unremarkable, you could easily drive by without noticing it, and the walls and floors have the feel of below sea level New Orleans. The menu is small but full of amazingly tasty creole foods. WE had the gumbo soup, a salad and the Sunday Chicken dinner. They were all marvelous. The pecan pie with a layer of cheese cake was also delicious though Id prefer a less crusty pecan top. The servers were excellent; service is at a nice leisurely pace. Family friendly.
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  • Never better!!
    IamBMWVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I have been to Creola's several times before, but not in the last two years - I am thrilled to return to the wonderful flavors, the delicious complementary textures and richness of sauces in the foods I ordered. I am a HUGE fan of the catfish and while I passed on dessert this time, my colleagues were ecstatic about the bread pudding and the beignets. I also love the service - which is always top notch! Such a local GEM!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but poor acoustics
    ChumVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This is a favorite spot of ours. The food is authentic with just the right amount of Louisiana heat. The support wait staff is attentive and the entire staff is friendly. There were several groups dining this particular night, which elevated the noise to an uncomfortable level. Next time we will go earlier in the evening to avoid the multiple groups. Save room for dessert...you won't be disappointed :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Service But
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had a wonderful evening with our party of 11 at Creola. The food, as always, was superb. We had many different dishes and each one was perfectly prepared. Unfortunately, one of the people in our party didn't get his dinner due to a mix-up with his order, Once the waiter was informed of the mistake, he brought out two additional appetizers and then finally, the entrée. Instead of more food, the right thing to do should have been not to charge us for his dinner. This is what most good restaurants do. It was a large bill and we left a very good tip, but it probably would have been larger had the one dinner been taken off the bill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Gumbo
    happycustVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We still enjoyed the food---seems to have slipped slightly from several years ago. Got our gumbo fix---very good. Disappointed that they were our of the white Bordeaux on the menu and also out of gin---not a good thing for a restaurant! Staff was very accommodating.
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  • Great food and great value!
    tzep202
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The $30 dinner menu is really a great value. You get a choice of appetizer, a salad, entree and dessert. It was a lot of food! We really liked the corn muffins and you get to chose a regular menu dessert at the end. I love the bread pudding! We ordered different entrees and they were all very good. I am trying to watch my diet but had to let that go for one night. The mashed potatoes that came with my crispy fried chicken was buttery and rich. My friend got the catfish. It was tender but a bit salty for her tastes. My husband got the flavorful jambalaya but there was only one slice of andouille sausage in the dish. Overall, we enjoyed our dinner. The food was really good. If you want value and quality, this is it. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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  • Superb New Orleans Food!
    NewOrleansNative
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We have found that this is THE place to eat authentic New Orleans type food! Love, love, love the seafood gumbo and crawfish hushpuppies! Every time we go to Creola we order something different and we are never disappointed! I wish I could eat here everyday!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good brunch!
    pamtlee
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    It was really quiet for a Sat noon, but the food was delicious and service was fine. Dishes are a little pricey, but I did really enjoy them! We ordered the okra, hush puppies, shrimp/grits, fried chicken, and an egg/ham/muffin dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great NOLA food
    elGrecoVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great New Orleans/Creole/Cajun cuisine! Very casual place, it's all about the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not so hot, hot spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    While it had a seemingly good menu, the food was average. I don't think it is a repeat for us.
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  • Excellent and Unpretentious
    khadz
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We decided to try this place based on good reviews. Once we got to the restaurant everything was great. The staff was attentive and friendly, and the food was great. Boyfriend had the roast chicken which was cooked perfectly, and started out with some amazing gumbo. It's a good sign when simple roast chicken can wow. I had the $30 menu, which included appetizer (hushpuppies were delicious), entree ($10 extra for filet mignon, totally worth it), and dessert (French Silk "pie", tartlike, it was ok). The food wasn't overly "fussy", and the decor matched. Simple decorations, but nicely done and clean. I would come back here in a heartbeat!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Continues to be a Fabulous Find !
    LouisianaDeux
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This restaurant never disappoints ! Excellent food and service. We also ordered food from the catered list for a family party : crawfish hushpuppies and jambalaya. Everyone raved about both dishes !! Many thanks again !
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Cajun Food!
    V4c4t10n3r88
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    You don't have to go to New Orleans to taste excellent Cajun food!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent dining experience
    EastBayFoodie
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Refreshingly different style of cuisine in this region of the Bay Are peninsula. Good food and service. Definitely plan to return, and will recommend to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!!
    Gail
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Tuna Tartare was not at home on the Menu and was the most IMPRESSIVE item we ate. The Fried Chicken was also excellent! Great place to have a nice dinner. Cocktails need a little improving however, I ordered a Hurricane and it tasted mostly like punch. Overall, it was a wonderful meal and we were very satisfied.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TanteJulieVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    First time we tried this restaurant. Had lunch. The Ahi Taco Tartare was delicious. As were the Boudin Balls. Met the Owner/Chef. He was delightful. Will definitely go back!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • etknoxVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Love the fried okra, fried pickles, crawfish hush puppies and the complimentary cornbread. My fried chicken lunch was perfect portion and cooked to my liking. And, we never leave w/out having their beignets and combo pie.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 34 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1092 reviews are from the Creola reviews archive.
  • consistent and delicious
    Sande55
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    If you like restaurants that you revisit because you like certain items on the menu, than Creola is the spot for you. The menu doesnt seem to change much from the times we have visited. The food is always tasty, and not overly spicy. The tuna is cooked to perfection each time, and is my favorite item there. Sides and salad okay.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was 'OK'
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    It wasn't terrible. It just wasn't great. A friend gave us a gift certificate for $100..my comment to my husband when we left was "I'm glad we didn't have to pay the entire bill."
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  • Creole cooking at its best
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The fried Okra is special. My female dinner companion ate 2# of the crayfish with a real relish!! Excellent fried chicken.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • MauiIibbyVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    CreoLa remains one of our all time favorite restaurants in the SF Bay Area. The wait staff are always professional and friendly, and the food is divine. Our favorites include the fish taco appetizer, crawfish and shrimp étouffée and for desert, tough choices between the beignets and the velvet or peanut butter pie or the combo pie for those who can't make up their minds. Thank you owner, Chef Edwin, for yet another great night at your place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant meal!
    Eatoutoften
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    The service was nice, we all had the $30 prefixe menu. The apps were good for each of us (party of 4), the salad was ok, nothing special about it. Two of us had the fried chicken, 1 had the jambalaya, & 1 had a fried soft shell crab w/étouffée. Everything was good, except the crab's crust was a bit thick, & the portions were good. Desserts were beignets (kind of doughy), bread pudding, panna cotta, & silk pie. When I made the reservation, I noted that 2 of the 4 were celebrating our birthdays...no acknowledgement made by the restaurant. Overall, a nice dinner. We would go back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NOLAgirl
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We have been regular customers for many years. The staff is very efficient, courteous and friendly. They recognize us and try exceptionally hard to provide excellent service, which we appreciate. Edwin never fails to greet his guests, which is a so-important gesture of appreciation. We love the food. It is well cooked, presented, and it reflects the cuisine of the South with a little California twist that we love. I think the greatest compliment is one my husband made the other night, "I have never had a bad meal here." I share his words. Creola is clearly a little gem in San Carlos. We feel a kinship with our native home, New Orleans, whenever we visit the restaurant and eat the delicious food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good C
    cyberchomp
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Food was quite good. The special menus add some value (Mardi Gras, Monday) and are offered nightly. Service needs a little work. My companion's salad never arrived as part of her Mardi Gras special dinner. We asked for separate checks but the checks were all screwed up.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • anhtuanVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Mardi Gras Menu is a Phamily favorite. Fried chicken is yum and filling. Likely could split this and still be full. More room for apps!
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Close restaurant while remodeling
    Domedion
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    They were not any rugs - they are redoing the rooms. We were sat in a dark corner, hard to read menu , not very pleasant. We had reservations. Hard to see what we were eating!
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable and great food!
    Jazzygal
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    It was the first time I had been back to Creola for a while. We were greeted warmly. The staff was very attentive . The choices on the menu were very good. Excellent taste on all counts.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Experience
    sfsmrev
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Reservation ready - no waiting. Nice Waitperson, Great Food, a bit of a wait for the food to come out, but worth the wait. Really delicious appetizer, soup, main course and dessert.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliably Excellent
    Pathologist
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We eat hear about once a year because the food quality is always excellent.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Congrats on your Brand New Brunch
    kubda
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Being among the first to taste your new Brunch menu, I can say it is outstanding. The Seafood Eggs Benedict was excellent. I asked for and received the Bourbon Hollandaise sauce because I wanted something less acidic than the Creole sauce. It contributed a mellow flavor. Next time I would also ask for a more highly seasoned seafood mixture, but that's just my taste. The restaurant interior is undergoing some changes, so it wouldn't be fair to comment on the ambience at this time. But I liked very much the look and feel of the handmade wooden tables crafted by the owner. The service, as always, was impeccable. Thanks for adding this much-needed weekend meal to your repertoire!
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    great for brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Excellent
    Stavo49
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Just as the title says, this place is consistently excellent. Haven't had a dish I didn't like and the bread pudding is out of this world.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Julia
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    what did happen to our favorite place??? I would never recommend it to anybody
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  • Great Louisiana Food
    Wayne
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Dining at CreoLa is a really wonderful experience. It has great Cajun food just like the exotic wonderful food you find in the French Quarter of New Orleans. This romantic restaurant is cozy and the atmosphere is relaxed, with superb service. We enjoyed a delightful prawn appetizer, followed by delicious Alligator Picatta steak, ending with a delicious chocolate pie dessert. The Bay Area is lucky to have such a wonderful restaurant available right here in San Carlos, making a long trip to Louisiana unnecessary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • MauiIibbyVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We love CreoLa and have guests there whenever we are on town. Edwin and his fine staff take care of you from the reservation to the ordering of the fabulous New Orleans style cuisine to the service. We love the Crawfish Étouffée, the shrimp jambalaya and of course, the divine desserts...beignets , velvet, pea it butter or combo pie. Yum. Always top notch! Thank you for such highly co siste t excellence all the way around.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good dining, at a good price!
    AlanVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    This is a good, sensible little restaurant, quietly 'doing its own thing'... interesting Creole food at a very reasonable price. Attentive service, too. Not sophisticated, per se, but a true neighborhood gem.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love CreoLa
    DCgirl
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Creola is consistently good. We have been going for years and have never been disappointed. We love to do Bday celebrations there... The beads are always fun and try the biggest for dessert!!!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    They were informed twice it was my birthday but made no effort to acknowledge. Other restaurants have offered a free dessert and one even gave us free corkage, but nothing from Creola. Courses came out too quickly. Entre arrived before the previous course was cleared, so we had to hand the server our plates to make room for the next course. We brought a bottle of wine which the server poured after opening. However, after that, we had to pour it ourselves. We have enjoyed many lovely dinners there in the past; this evening was disappointing.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic