Dean's Seafood Grill & Bar
Dean's Seafood Grill & Bar

Dean's Seafood Grill & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.deansseafoodgrill.com/
  • Phone: 919-459-5875x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Sunday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Bar: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday 5pm - 12am, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Sunday Brunch Buffet: 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Adam Jones
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer two different private dining rooms. The first, a more intimate dining room for up to 20 people. The second, a space that can accommodate 60 people for a seated dinner or 100 for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Private party menus and buffet options are available.
  • Private Party Contact: Emily Morro 8888439931

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cary Parkway
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Dean's Seafood Grill & Bar
Dean's Seafood Grill & Bar is THE place to go for the freshest and most unique seafood creations. The core menu offers various sections including a raw bar, appetizers, specialty dishes, and "Food without Fins" for the land lovers. The focal point of the menu each week is an ever changing "Fresh Catch" section with six to eight different types of fish. With the menu changing weekly, we can ensure the freshest of seafood choices and exciting menu options when you come to visit. Whether you are looking for dinner in our comfortable dining room, drinks and appetizers in our friendly, laid back bar, or want to host a party/event in one of our group dining areas, Dean's Seafood Grill & Bar is the place for you. Bring the whole family, because we have something for everyone to enjoy!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Dean's Seafood Grill & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
198 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (99)fit for foodies (98)great for brunch (72)neighborhood gem (68)great for outdoor dining (64)good for groups (49)romantic (42)kid-friendly (28)notable wine list (22)great for lunch (14)hot spot (9)vibrant bar scene (9)late-night find (6)Show More
  • Great Seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I like that the menu changes and therefore you have new items to try. Staff was friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent Meal
    Ershar11
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Love the jalapeño chevre grit cakes and the Scottish salmon were excellent. Everything was delicious and all 6 of us were very satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent seafood for a birthday
    JoeH
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Terrific seafood on a first visit to Dean's. Started with a half dozen oysters on the half shell, followed by entrees of grilled fish and scallops. Everything was perfectly prepared and we look forward to another visit.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • much improved music
    sasjrm
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    after a mixed beginning, this venue now has a good fit of music with it's excellent food. much as the renowned greg gelb live music of its predecessor defined bogarts, the traditional blues music of deans pairs so well with its southern flavoured fare. with the end of papa mojo's still fresh it's nice to know that a blues brunch is avail in rtp area, much as with larger cities that feature bbkings or house of blues franchises. congrats on taking the brave stance & avoiding the too loud common pop music tripe found in nearly every single restaurant, espec those awful chains like Fridays, ruby tues, etc
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expected much more after reviews
    debsteph
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Trip Advisor listed this restaurant as 4 1/2 stars. We were pretty misled. Unsure how long the restaurant has been open...they have a very interesting menu. We love seafood and were very excited about the different options and accompaniments. My husband's Wahoo was overcooked - which they ended up taking off our bill. We would have appreciated a visit from the Manager. We were interested in leaning about the wines on the menu. Only one wait-staff person could tell us about the wines and he was extremely busy - but did come visit our table. Unsure that my husband would ever allow us to go back for a second chance - but I think with proper management and staff training the restaurant has much more to offer than what we experienced.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Dean's
    tandtheboys
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Was visiting Raleigh from Chicago and looking for a spot for a nice dinner with work colleagues. Found Dean's on Open Table and picked it becase we thought it was close to our hotel and it got great reviews. While the drive was a little longer than we thought it would be, it was absolutely worth it. Had a drink in the bar while waiting for the entire party and had a great experience. The bartender introduced himself with a handshake and had great suggestions. Equally great service in the dining room as our waiter was excellent - attentive with great suggestions, but not too pushy. Everyone loved our food, including appetizers, entrees and a ended with the fabulous bread pudding. Will definitely come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Fresh Seafood
    LuzN
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Dean's offers good,fresh seafood at reasonable prices. The service was fantastic! We would definitely condsider returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Always Great
    DFMessee
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food is always good and I've found the waitstaff to be stellar. Went to Dean's 3 times this summer for the new seafood boil and would like it if they move it to the permanent menu. Otherwise I look forward to its return next summer!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ual312
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Went for the last Low Country Crab boil and was not disappointed!! As always the server was quite attentive and the food was plentiful and tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely evening
    nikmo
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The server was attentive (but not too much so), the food came out in good time and was delicious. Overall a great night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time Diner
    JeffandTC
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    If you are in the mood for seafood, you have to try Dean's. Took my wife and mother-in-law and had a very welcoming reception by the hostess. We had great seats, the server was very attentive and took time to explain the menu. Our entrees looked great and the taste was equal to the appearance. We had the Creme Brulee for dessert, and it was the largest we had ever seen, could even feed 4-6 people. Great way to top off the dinner. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty but overpriced
    Dragonfly60VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The seafood was tasty but it was overpriced and overrated unless we are paying to have it shipped to Cary. It is hard to judge food when both my husband and I are well traveled and also both are excellent cooks. But we are avid diners always looking for a neighborhood gem. Personally, I think that it is too much like Bonefish Restaurant and to have a few creative dishes that change would definitely break out of the typical seafood restaurant mold.
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  • Great experience
    Loverag
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I enjoyed my first exoerience with Dean's and plan on coming back on my birthday. I went with the special and it was delicious. Not sure what happened but, my order did not print out and it was delayed. I was fine with it but the dish made up for it. Dessert was a treat! The creme bruleé was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out for Dinner
    HodgesBday
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The food was very good our waiter was awesome the only thing wrong was the dessert. That banana pudding was a horrible disaster. It looked burnt and was not good at all. Besides that everything else was fine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SeafoodLovers18
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Our waiter was the highlight -- so knowledgeable, friendly, and attentive, until we received our food. The food was so beautifully presented and tasted great. The creme brulee was so delicious, we cleaned the dish.
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  • Great Sunday Brunch
    jan0411
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Went for Sunday Brunch (buffet) and really enjoyed it. Quality of food was very good (I'm always a little leery about buffet food but no worries here). They have egg, pancake and waffle stations where everything is made fresh to order with signature dishes of the day. Also have peel and eat shrimp, clams etc., breakfast items, lunch items and desserts. My favorite dish was the Cajun shrimp and grits. Will definitely be going back in the future. Service was excellent! Two waiters were assigned to our table and were on top of everything. They both were very friendly, polite and knowledgeable regarding the food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and Service Good
    vikbmart
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had two different oysters, lobster mac n cheese, and wahoo fish with sides. Should have gone with chef's recommendation on fish preparation because opting for it as regular with side sauce was a bit bland. It was cooked perfectly. The lobster mac and cheese was great. Only downer was one oyster out of the dozen tasted "bad". Peach sangria is fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent seafood!
    Eddie
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This is an EXCELLENT place for good seafood! The ambiance is perfect for a quiet dinner setting in a soft light atmosphere with wood accent all around. The wait staff is EXTREMELY friendly and knowledgeable of the menu. Now to the food... one word.... AWESOME! The calamari appetizer was very tender and lightly battered. The fish tacos had just a slight kick, and if that's not enough heat for you, the table is stocked with 3 different hot sauces ranging from Texas Pete to habanero. And to end a great dinner.... Chocolate Sampler.... O----M----G!!! Bourbon truffle, peanut butter/chocolate cake, chocolate mousse and chocolate torte! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Selection Lcl & Glbl Seafood
    FourSeafooders
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Truly spectacular selection of fin and shell from nearby and other oceans, too. The presentation is gorgeous - only outdone by the flavor!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seafood & Sauces Fresh & Fantastic
    NjoyGoodFood
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    "The Girls" try restaurants 1 Tuesday a month. I do not write reviews, but Dean's Seafood & sauces & side dishes were wonderful. We started with appetizer BBQ shrimp skewers with Grits & the Crab dumplings with Mango Chili sauce. I had the Rainbow Trout stuffed with crab plus lemon butter sauce(with egg scallions and cream). Quinoa tabouli (with dates) & grilled asparagus. Later my husband raved over a full dinner leftovers. We shared dessert; chocolate assortment plate and the key lime with a blackberry sauce. Fantastic & leftovers. So pleased to have revisited since I they first opened; I be back for my birthday in a couple of weeks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food
    daria
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The restaurant was very nice and the service was OK not exceptional, the quality of the food was OK not of 4 star quality
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality Seafood
    4food
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We had the Blue Crab Dumpling as a starter and they were good. Entrees were the Scottish Salmon and Prosciutto Wrapped Stuffed Trout and both were very good. The Jalapeno Grit Cakes side was really good. We will try again!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An interesting night
    willreturn
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We had dinner there for my husband's birthday. There were a few issues that were taken care of immediately. At one point, something was missing from our order but was handled right away. Then the item they brought to us was still frozen, but again, it was handled right away without a problem. It sounds worse than it really is but what made the whole thing a non issue was the outstanding service we received from our server Hannah. She couldn't have been any nicer to us. She handled everything with such efficiency and grace that at no point were we ever upset over any of it. She even gave my husband a birthday dessert. Iwill come back because the food is delicious and creative. The problems were minor and the service is fantastic.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    It was nice to finally find a great seafood restaurant whose main feature was not fried shrimp/oysters. Dean's had a great variety of selections and everything we tasted was outstanding. Service was also very friendly and attentive.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Great Date Night Restaurant
    Dinner42
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I was looking for a great new place to take my sweetheart to in Cary. We knew we wanted seafood. Dean's has some of the freshest seafood, excellent service and presentation. The style of the room was inviting, and it was romantic. Definitely a great experience and look forward to returning again and again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Solid pick
    BethMberg
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I've taken clients here several times as well as gone here with my family. It is always a solid choice. Seafood is outstanding, servers and hosts are knowledgable and excited about the food, atmosphere is nice without being uncomfortable. Great job to the whole Dean's team.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Good but not great seafood which is hard to find in this area.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed my Birthday brunch
    FoodieLover
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Attended brunch on my birthday. Food was fresh, well displayed and the options were varied. Had a choice of breakfast items or dinner items. I choose dinner. Really enjoyed the fresh veggies, chicken, salmon, shrimp and grits and desserts. The staff was very attentive to our needs and to my surprise, provided a complimentary birthday dessert. Great place for families and work groups. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch
    Ual312
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    First time for Sunday Brunch...food was good but long waits at the egg and pancake/waffle station! Great variety and the desserts were awesome! Our server was quite attentive and took great care of all six of us including two toddlers.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We have eaten at Deans several times and had fabulous meals. Saturday night, one of our meals was barely warm when it arrived. The fish almost tasted uncooked because it was cold.
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  • Dinner for 2
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    As noted earlier in the review, the only thing slightly lacking was ambience and a quiet dining environment. (We dined on the bar side). Service was excellent; our server Paula was friendly, knowledgable, helpful with menu choices, and attentive. The seafood entrees were also excellent, most especially as they were not overcooked as many seafood items are. Thanks, Dean's, for a pleasurable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scrumptious
    Ual312
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    As usual, Dean's served some of the best scallops I have ever had!! Yum Yum!! Wonderful service and great wine choices make this place one of my local favorites
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    if you're in the Raleigh/Durham area, this place is worth the drive. Happy hour specials Wed nights are worth it in itself! the tuna nachos were great. I would return to try other items i didnt get to try.
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  • Good Seafood
    NeighborVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The warm bread was excellent. The sea bass and scallops were very good. The roasted fingerling potatoes were good, however some were burned on the edges and some were raw in the middle. The asparagus would have been good but was charred on the surface and they tasted like soot. The zucchini and tomatoes with sauce tasted like liquid soap, very bad. The creme brule was excellent, very large serving, enough for 2 to 4, very good. Service was very attentive, almost a little too much at times, but a definite effort toward pleasing and accommodating the customer. Very nice decor. AC was very cold.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yum
    AnniesSS
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Had a great meal. My husband had the Opah which he loved and I had the fish bowl
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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  • Great place to go
    nit2dine
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    My first time at Dean's along with a girlfriend and we really enjoyed ourselves. I think I ate too many oysters but they were really delicious. Will be returning soon
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    PickyEater
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Food presented nicely and tasted even better, Server mixed up the plates, but otherwise excellent service.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BJGi
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great fresh fish. Good clams. Very friendly waiter.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Worth a long drive
    Foodloverlouisville
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food is simply fantastic. Fresh seafood, much of it regional with fresh, local ingredients. The menu changes weekly, so there are always new things to try. This time we had the spicy tuna appetizer, which had just the right amount of heat. Our entrees were spicy lobster Harissa bowl, a stew of a generous amount of lobster and shrimp with Israeli couscous and middle eastern spices; and the fresh girlled salmon with fingerling potatoes and cilantro remoulade. Both were outstanding and cooked to perfection. We also love their marinara dipping sauce that comes with the bread. The first time we found Dean's was by accident during a stop over on a trip from KY to the outer banks; when we were back to Durham, we just had to go again.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tender fish
    LandB
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This was our first visit, but sure not to be our last. Usually scallops and squid are chewy, but not these. Lightly breaded (not battered) and fried, they were delectable and tender. The opah I ate was delicious and grilled just the right amount (perhaps underdone for some, but perfect to my palate). The quinoa tabbouleh was novel and delicious. Finally, their signature dessert, banana bread pudding with an accent of homemade caramel (made with turbinado sugar), topped w/ vanilla ice cream, was scrumptious. All the beers on tap were an added bonus. Finally, the prices were reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet