Darlington House
Darlington House

Darlington House

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.darlingtonhousedc.com/
  • Phone: (202) 332-3722
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 9:30am - 5:00pm;
    Lunch Monday - Friday 11:30am until 5pm Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Fabio Begggiato
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events: Happy Hour Monday - Friday & all sporting events in the Cantina Pub

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Connecticut Ave NW
  • Public Transit: Right in front of DuPont Circle Exit North
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Public Parking Lot Behind PNC Bank off Dupont Circle with entrance on Mass Ave
A word from Darlington House
Darlington House is a historic Row house that has been transformed into a multi-level restaurant & lounge in the heart of DuPont Circle. Fabio and Patricia Beggiato have poured all their passion and training into every aspect of this house and created a lively restaurant serving rustic yet refined Italian cooking using simple, fresh organic and sustainable ingredients. A breathtaking urban scape through bay windows in the main Dining Room and Circle Bar (1st floor), make this one of DC's most charming dining rooms. The Cantina Pub (street level)is a rustic, casual and family friendly neighborhood bar with great Pub Grub, TV's & a delightful outdoor patio. The second floor Library is a perfect venue for your next private affair; seating up to 70 & receptions up to 150. Exquisite cocktails and an extensive and thoughtful wine & beer list make Darlington House the perfect place to relax with friends & neighbors. Brunch is served every Sat & Sunday.
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Darlington House reviews from OpenTable diners
56 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (32)special occasion (29)fit for foodies (26)romantic (25)good for groups (23)notable wine list (17)great for lunch (14)great for brunch (12)great for outdoor dining (9)vibrant bar scene (9)late-night find (8)scenic view (8)hot spot (6)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • We went for the Tastings Journal
    LBoogie
    Dined on 10/29/2008
    We went for the Tastings Journal 5-course prix fixe. The hostess sat us at an unfortunate table located directly next to the hostess station, where my view of the beautiful space was blocked by a column. It was pretty quiet for most of our dinner--the music could have been louder, since it's one of those places where the tables are so close together that you can barely squeeze out of them. The food is OK but overpriced. The portions are very small. We tried the arugula salad, which was standard fare, the scallop, which was extremely salty and the butternut soup, which was good. The pork tenderloin and halibut entrees are very good. The service was very good.
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  • We went for the Tastings Journal.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/28/2008
    We went for the Tastings Journal. The greeter was very nice and friendly; the dining area is nicely decorated, although the tables are a bit crowded. Attractive atmosphere. Our waiter, while nice, had to be asked for bread and then flagged down a few times (and I abhor having to do anything other than catching a waiter's eye, since it's much more polite). My friend's soup ramekin was only about 1/4 full (mine was 1/3), and she had to ask for more. The food was delicious, for the most part and was in very petite portions. The only real disappointment was the pear crisp, which had practically no pear and only again filled about 1/3 of a ramekin. If portions need to be that small, DH should consider getting smaller dishes. Good pairing w/wine.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very pricey, but great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/26/2008
    Very pricey, but great food thats very fresh. Staff is very accomadating. Need more non alcoholic drink options. Overall great experience. I would like larger portions though, they are rather small.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We arrived at 1.15 and ordered
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/26/2008
    We arrived at 1.15 and ordered nearly immediately - food arrived about 2.10! Unacceptable. And no apology or explanation. When it did arrive, it was perfectly OK - except that the burger ordered with salad came with fries, and the fish ordered with fries came with salad. Disappointing.
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  • Good restaurant, but overpriced
    CjurgVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2008
    Good restaurant, but overpriced for the quaility of food and service, which was average.
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  • We recently ate at Darlington
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/22/2008
    We recently ate at Darlington House for the first time, and we will certainly be back. It is an absolutely charming restaurant. The service was excellent and when we had a concern with an order, it was fixed right away, no questions asked. This is a must-try for anyone who wants a quiet, enjoyable dinner experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went on a Thursday night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/16/2008
    We went on a Thursday night around 6 pm to the 2nd level of the restaurant. The bar and eating area are gorgeous! Club chairs, nice lighting, and very romantic. The wine was excellent. We sat for dinner and during the whole experience (almost 2 hours), we were the only table there! I used to live in Dupont and I hadn't seen a restaurant so empty before, however when we left it seemed more people were downstairs in the Cantina area. The menu seemed very nice and one of my friends was allowed to order off the Cantina menu. The food was bad...over cooked salmon and a warm salad? It was a soggy mess. The Cantina menu is much better. The dessert is supposed to be excellent, but we skipped that. Very expensive for the lack of good flavor.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • our server was very nice but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/5/2008
    our server was very nice but food took a long time and we were without coffee and water for large chunks of time.
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  • Great food and lovely ambiance.
    Yuck23VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2008
    Great food and lovely ambiance. Service started out exceptional, but once they were busy, slowed down a bit. But, wait staff is very pleasant. Overall, a good experience.
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  • Creative food presented superbly,
    Dominique
    Dined on 9/25/2008
    Creative food presented superbly, impeccable service and pleasant decor made for a very relaxing evening among friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • While the wait staff was friendly,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/20/2008
    While the wait staff was friendly, we were only one of three tables in the restaurant during the first hour we were there, and they somehow managed to screw up our order. They accidentally served our order to another table they came in after us, and then took another 20 minutes to remake the order, making us wait a total of 40 minutes for two simple omelettes (and my mother's omelette was not prepared with the ingredients she ordered, but was too hungry to risk waiting for a new one). If this is what happens when there is only three tables in the restaurant, I wonder would what would happen if the place was actually busy.
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  • "Parking Lot" parking was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/14/2008
    "Parking Lot" parking was non-existant. Place was noisy and menu limited.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quality of food was good--oatmeal,
    sseatsVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2008
    Quality of food was good--oatmeal, fresh donut holes, French toast--but it's way too noisy, with unnecessary music adding to the din. Server was unable to hear our order!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I took my fiance here on a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/13/2008
    I took my fiance here on a Friday evening before she took a long business trip. The food and service were absolutely phenomenal. The wait staff was attentive without being intrusive and made excellent recommendations. The portions were extremely generous -- we both took half of our entrees home with us and had them the next evening for dinner. We only wish we had room for dessert. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Darlington House, housed in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/11/2008
    Darlington House, housed in the restored family home of prominent Washington family The Darlingtons (not to be confused with family of the same name on HBO's "Dirty Sexy Money"!) is a wonderful place to take a date or have a fabulous party on the top floor. The Childe Harolde was in the same location for a good thirty years. The personal service was impeccable and yet still relaxed. The food was delicious and served with style. The ambience is funky and chic and yet historical due to its being a beautiful old house. Though I didn't get a chance to look at the wine list - my date chose the wine - the bottle we had was fantastic. Downstairs is a nice, good regular bar and on the top floor is a great place to have a private party.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • This was our fourth time dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/9/2008
    This was our fourth time dining here and the fourth time the food and service was outstanding....though a little pricey for a "neighborhood restuarant", it is well worth the extra cost. The food and the service is the best in the area!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Went for Saturday Lunch.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/6/2008
    Went for Saturday Lunch. Pretty limited menu. Fries were limp and not very attratctive. Calamari and artichokes were very good and attractive. The rest was not memorable. Considering owners other places, I was expecting more. HOWEVER the little complimentry corn scones were real gems.
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  • This dining experience was
    MartinKiel
    Dined on 8/30/2008
    This dining experience was a colossal disappointment. The quality of the food is incredibly outstanding. However, the service is horrendous. There does not appear to be any organization in the timing of the service. Unfortunately I would have to say that the server we had wouldn't even meet the standards of a TGI Fridays, if they happen to have any. The service, or lack thereof, killed this experience for me and my guests. Lastly, don't use the restroom. One will find themselves downstairs in a dirty sportsbar restroom with toilet paper all over the floor amongst other things. It was not the way to end my dining "experience".
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  • Although only open about 10
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/23/2008
    Although only open about 10 weeks, the each of the four entrees chosen by our group was better than the next--lamb, pork chop, scallops and chicken. The appetizers were also quite good. And the excellent food was matched by the attentive and informative service we received from our waiter. Yes--we would and will recommend the restaurant to others.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This restaurant has officially
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 8/22/2008
    This restaurant has officially made it to my top 10 in DC. The food was delicious as well as beautifully presented, the service was attentive without being intrusive and the atmosphere strikes a nice balance between romantic/special ocassion and relaxed. I wish I could eat at the restaurant every week but I'll make do with the Cantina downstairs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • A friend and I and her mother
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2008
    A friend and I and her mother had dinner here during restaurant week. All the choices were good and each of us really enjoyed her appetizer and entreé. Even the wine, by the glass, that I ordered was excellent. Service was very good and the servers and host very friendly. We were seated at the best table in the house, overlooking the bustling Dupont Circle pedestrians. My only complaint was the decaf coffee I was served, which, to my taste, was undrinkable. Since I don't choose (or evaluate) a restaurant based on the quality of its coffee, this minor flaw doesn't color my enthusiasm for Darlington. I would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • I was very pleased with our
    CorkDork
    Dined on 8/16/2008
    I was very pleased with our Restaurant Week experience at Darlington House. The restaurant is a welcome addition to the Dupont restaurant scene. Our meal was excellently timed. Nothing felt rushed, but I also didn't feel like we were waiting. My ribeye was cooked to perfection, and the other courses were outstanding. I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I didn't get our server's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/14/2008
    I didn't get our server's name, but he, and the rest of the staff, was excellent. Food was good, but we were disappointed that there were so few choices for Restaurant Week, especially after having dined at Chef Geoff's and at Perry's, both of which have almost their entire menu available.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • While the interior is stylish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/13/2008
    While the interior is stylish and the food reasonably good, the level of noise even on a night when it was not crowded made conversation difficult. The food displayed showed a creative effort by the kitchen that did not alway hit its mark. What could seem like an interesting idea did not always result is a great taste.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The pasta with sausage was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2008
    The pasta with sausage was out of this world. Appetizers very clever. Halibut was moist and very tasty.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I would not reccomend Darlington
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 8/13/2008
    I would not reccomend Darlington House. Food was at best so-so, when busy it was noisy and parking impossible.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was one of the most wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/12/2008
    It was one of the most wonderful dinning experiences I've ever had. I already recommended it to all my friends. There were only a few tables in the dining area which made it more intimate and the staff was pleasant. We weren't rushed through the meal and I felt very comfortable there. There is also a great bar downstairs with a totally different feel that has great happy hour special. Located right off Dupont Circle, it's a great find! I will definetly go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • Service was excellent. Ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/12/2008
    Service was excellent. Ambiance was great. Food was good. Some courses were wonderful. The risotto wasn't cooked enough, but they took it off of our check
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  • Darlington House is lovely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/12/2008
    Darlington House is lovely place for discerning diners. The service is exceptional. The menu is seasonal, but from the midsummer menu, I would highly recommend the compressed melon for a first course, which does what good food should do--explore a full flavor profile, letting one note play off of the next. The panzanella is bland in comparison. The pastas are handmade and delicious. I feel lucky to have dined on a night when they were serving a nutella crepe (with handmade nutella).
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was good - service a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2008
    Food was good - service a bit abysmal -- sitting outside with no other patrons -- waiters and staff frequently failed to check in and took excessive amounts to time to obtain the bill and pay.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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  • Outside dining is awfully
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/8/2008
    Outside dining is awfully cramped. I started with an order the chorizo empanandas. I don't recommend them both my guest and I thought they were dry and rather tasteless. I also ordered the pulled pork sandwich and unfortunately bit down on what appeared to be a large bone chip (not quite sure what that was). Waiters were very accommodating and readily brought a replacement sandwich without any fuss. The salad the accompanied the sandwich was delicious - field greens with dressing. The french fries were the highlight of the meaal, they were so outstanding we ended up ordering a second batch.
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  • It was our first trip to the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/1/2008
    It was our first trip to the Darlington House and we can't wait to go back! Service was spectacular and every plate of food that came to our table was worth writing home about. Great ambiance, nice romantic location right in my neighborhood, hard to believe it was right there by the metro station. One and only thing I wasn't fond of was the bathroom for the dining room down in the bar. This detracted a bit from the full experience but not that much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasant dining room but a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2008
    Pleasant dining room but a bit noisy -- needed to speak a bit louder than I like to be heard by tablemates. Food was generally good but not outstanding. Melon salad is good, not exceptional. (The bread IS outstanding, however.) Wait staff is attentive and tries hard, but need training. Requests often had to be made multiple times.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The stars system above is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2008
    The stars system above is misleading, because a restaurant sometimes falls between Fair and Good - didn't hate the place, but I would rather send my friends somewhere else. Let's start with the good: the decor was beautiful, chairs comfortable, and the hostess and runners very nice. The food was OK: tuna carpaccio was decent, but drowning in oil, the lamb that I ordered medium rare, came out medium well, and the cheese plate was good. The bad: they use tumblers for wine, and my waiter rolled his eyes and short-changed my pours when I asked for stemware, which was a wine glass you would find for chianti in a small Italian joint, and the noise level is just way to high for such a quaint ambience. I see potential, but has a way to go.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Darlington House, while fairly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 7/26/2008
    Darlington House, while fairly new, runs well. The service is superb without being overbearing; the staff is well-groomed, knowledgeable, friendly, and well-mannered. The food was a genuine surprise, an interesting mixture, rather eclectic flavors and tastes. My highest regards to the chef: The scallops were divine, melt in your mouth, and the sauce accompaniment was excellent. The heirloom tomato salad was flavorful and tangy. The steak has a unique marinade and was prepared perfectly. The halibut was very good, paired with a fabulous and tasty potato dish. All enjoyed with a spicy Argentinean red wine. Our only drawback would be the coffee; definitely a let down following a well-done meal. Overall, great for any foodie!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Staff is friendly and wants
    sseatsVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2008
    Staff is friendly and wants to please. Nice presentations of the food.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the staff are friendly, knowledgabl
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/23/2008
    the staff are friendly, knowledgable, helpful, and nice. the first-floor dining room is elegant. the chef's culinary institute of america training shows well. the food is thoughtful, fresh, obviously hand-crafted, and (what matters in the end) delicious.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Great service and excellent
    PaulVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2008
    Great service and excellent food. Price was consistent for the neighborhood. I wll be going again.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • During our dinner, I think
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2008
    During our dinner, I think we had four different waiters - and it seemed like they had no process at all. Food came at different times, it was like pulling teeth to order more drinks every time, and service was poor, but this very well could be because its a new restaurant and they haven't worked out the problems yet.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They did a beautiful make-over
    RobertVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2008
    They did a beautiful make-over of the Childe Harold space. The formal dining room is lovely, but we choose to eat outside. The food was good and we look forward to going back. One complaint that we have is that the wine list for the downstairs venue is rather uninteresting and a request that we see and have the opportunity to order off the dining room list was refused with the excuse about some BS about different systems. That is ridiculous. I can understand not offering the same food in the different venues, but a bottle of wine? This limits the customer's options and they miss out on a higher bar tab. Please relay this to the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate