Deleece Restaurant (on Southport)
Deleece Restaurant (on Southport)
  • Address:
    3747 N. Southport Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60613
    Neighborhood:
    Lakeview / East Lakeview
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Deleece Restaurant (on Southport)

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.deleece.com/
  • Phone: 7733251710
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm,
    Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Brunch: Saturday 9:00am - 2:30pm: Sunday Brunch 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Josh Hansen
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: We rent out the entire restaurant for private parties but are also able to accommodate parties of 10 to 30 guests in the main dining room, depending on the date, time, and budget.
  • Private Party Contact: Lynne Wallack 7733251710

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Grace
  • Public Transit: The Sheridan red line, the Southport brown line and the Ravenswood brown line are all equidistant to the restaurant. The 22 Clark St. bus is one block away on Clark and Irving Park Rd.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street parking, Valet during theater shows
A word from Deleece Restaurant (on Southport)
One of the first sophisticated, yet casual neighborhood haunts, Deleece is still considered one of the best. With its innovative, seasonably inspired eclectic menu, its affordable prices, and warm welcoming service, Deleece is the neighborhood restaurant you wish was in your neighborhood! We serve lunch Tuesday through Friday from 11:30am to 2:30pm and we serve brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00am to 2:30pm. Reservations for Sunday brunch are accepted for parties of 6 or more.
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Deleece Restaurant (on Southport) reviews from OpenTable diners
88 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
79% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (58)great for outdoor dining (33)fit for foodies (29)good for groups (20)special occasion (20)great for brunch (16)romantic (12)great for lunch (8)notable wine list (8)kid-friendly (7)vibrant bar scene (3)hot spot (3)scenic view (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Pleasant surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I live in the neighborhood and am so pleased that there is another great restaurant that is more upscale than just the typical bar type testsaurants on southport. The good was great for everyone at our table of 6. Will definitely come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Wasn't nearly as impressed with the food as the last time I came. While my fish was very good, the meat dishes at my table were overdone and tough. There was a play that night and we likely arrived at "prime time" for that. I think, if I return, will avoid the mad rush as the kitchen might have been stressed. Very busy, very loud. I like this restaurant better at off hours, I think
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We really enjoyed the ambiance of Deleece. The food and service was outstanding. I would highly recommend the calamari as an appetizer and the Ahi tuna tacos and the wagyu burger as entres. Our waitress Valerie was a delight and very knowledgeable about the food in general and the wine list.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Expectedly good
    Southporter
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Went for dinner before Avenue Q on Thursday. Great wine selection. And the menu is perfect -- lots of choices in a wide variety of categories. My friend had the steak and frites, I had the salmon. Both were cooked exactly as promised. Service was great and the cost is moderate. I'll be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a very good meal for dinner.
    Chick
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Our dinner was really good. Lobster roll and Ahi tuna tacos were tasty, appealing and nice sizes. Actually there were 4 of us and we all had tastes of the food. The watermelon mozzarella salad was also good, but could have used larger pieces of watermelon between the tomato and cheese. The french fires were wonderful as well. We went to the theater next door and no problem with getting us in and out in time. Would go back if in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Pork Chops Ever!
    MoM2VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We chose Deleece because of it's proximity to The Mercury but were pleasantly surprised by the thoughtful hostess, friendly, knowledgable waitress and the great food. The pork chop, new to the menu was the staff's favorite. I was not disappointed. The sides were wonderful too!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fries??? Really??
    lovely
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Drinks was amazing, food in general just OK, but fries, i couldn't touch it. not going back. Sorry
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food and Service
    ChazMaTaz
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was delicious and the service first rate. Had valet service available which made parking easy for dinner and the show at the Mercury Theater. Would happily dine here again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique Appetizers
    alethea
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    In my opinion, this gem is one of the best dining choices in the neighborhood. Glad it's open for both lunch and dinner. Don't forget to show your receipt from the Music Box Teater for a 10% discount. We went after a movie and ordered a bunch of appetizers, which were quite delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amndad
    amndad
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    wonderful birthday dinner - wasn't a problem to get a reservation for 6 people on a sunday. all of us ordered different dishes, and no one really shared, because our meals were just that good. our servers were great! knowledgeable about the menu items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great
    thedrc65
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The waiter was good the food was great will back in the near future
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodieover40VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The crab cakes were a bit mushy and tasteless. The texture of the wasabi pea dust is not a good addition because it makes you feel like you are eating crab shell. My duck was tough and the skin was not crispy. Wouldn't order either again. My husband enjoyed the branzino and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Convenient to Wrigley Field
    jerry
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Why did I order a lobster roll when I'm going to Maine in a couple of weeks? Still the fries that came with it were very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Deleecious
    Chicagofoodie
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I am so happy to write a good review for Deleece. The Staff was tremendous and helpful with hints about the menu and allowing us to taste the wine selections prior to ordering a glass. Ambiance is wonderful, trendy, and comfortable seating. The music was the perfect level. Enough to block some of the other conversations and not so loud it hindered conversation. There was an outdoor patio but it was a little warm so we sat right next to the floor to ceiling windows. It was a lovely night. Braised lamb shank meat was fall off the bone tender. Salmon with black Chinese rice and spinach was also very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kitchen service glitch
    PickyDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I ordered soup and a 2nd, while my husband ordered just a main dish. I requested the soup be served first. The waitress said she conveyed this to the kitchen, but they held up the soup until the main dishes were ready. As a result, the soup was barely warm, certainly not hot, when it arrived. The waitress did comp it, but this glitch was still annoying. The soup still tasted good, but the veggies in my risotto (and the dish itself) were rather bland. My husband enjoyed the lamb shank special he ordered.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant al fresco
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We enjoyed al fresco on the sidewalk; but, it was well situated, and there was relatively little street noise. Also, it was a beautiful evening. The food was excellent, as was the wine. Although we don't usually have dessert, the excellence of the meal enticed us to do so.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    EllenVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Won't return. The wine list mostly offered cheap wines at high prices, all of which were too high for a neighborhood place. The food was expensive for what it was and the dishes' ingredients were poorly selected combinations. For example, my ahi tuna main course was the size of a large appetizer and cost $27. My husband's hamburger was placed on a sweet bun with jam that created a taste disharmony with the meat; it was almost in-eatable.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • some things must change
    Venusmag
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I was at the original Delecee location a few years ago and while the food hasn't changed with the location, I doubt I will be back very often. The new space is pretty, but it's openness makes it very loud. And there was something nice about going to the darker, smaller Delecee. Made you dress a little nicer and appreciate a $12 cocktail. At the new location it just feels like every other slightly overpriced cocktail place where people are wearing jeans and sandals. The waiter was nice but apparently we weren't deserving enough to have a conversation with as he did with the table next to us about craft beers. Again, the food was as divine as I remember it being but with so many restaurants in Chicago to chooose from...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good food, poor service
    southportreviews
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I was very disappointed by the service. We made an early reservation (6:30) knowing that we'd be with the kids and not wanting to interrupt the later crowd. Although we were seated and brought water/bread right away, we had the following problems: (a) three different people stopped by to say that the waitress was on her way, but it took 15 minutes before she took our order; (c) the drink order was incomplete; (d) the table behind us -- though seated after we gave our order -- had their food before 15 minutes before we did,; (e) 35 minutes into the visit, the waitress finally got the kids french fries; (f) when the food came out, my daughter's food wasn't with the order; and (g) the crab cakes tasted as if they were premade with no crab;
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Underwhelming
    Looking4aGem
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    I had been twice just after they moved to this location and both times quite good. This time for my birthday nothing special at all. My side came out with my soup not my entree. I sent it back and they clearly just put it under the heat lamps and brought it back with the meal soggy and tough. Dessert was bad version of panacotta. No mention of birthday even though my partner called ahead to inform them. Overall way too expensive for the quality of food and service. Will not go back or recommend.
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  • Always great!
    WannabeFoodie
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    I have enjoyed Deleece since before they moved to the current location. The food is really great. The people and the service are great. This last time, we ate outside with some friends and we all enjoyed the food. I had some tasty cocktails. The others had good beer - nice selection of beers.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great menu but RUDE service
    Howard
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    The menu at Deelce is great, especially the prix fixe menu. The food itself came out nice and hot and had a beautiful presentation. We had the corn soup, spinach salad, chicken, and cod. Unfortunately, the soup and cod were too salty. Despite the "one star" I gave the service, our server was efficient and attentive. But the host (and presumably the other server) was pompous and rude--perhaps having a bad day, but nonetheless, he needs to work on his tone and his attitude toward customers when they ask for help. We probably won't go back.
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  • Dinner before of after Music Box
    eaterholicVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Water melon cold soup was OK, more like a smoothie. Tuna tartar - the tuna was already almost marinated in soy sauce. Had lost its natural raw taste but didn't feel like ceviche either. Not sure why they had to do this. Lamb chops were good with great mushed potato. Ice cream and sorbet were good. Attentive waitress.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner after movie at the Music Box
    cdgchgoVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We were seated on the sidewalk patio. It was very slow service, but attentive. The food was very good, the service was very good, just vey slow to get our food after ordering (about 1 hour wait). We didn't mind. Watching the street foot traffic and conversing was very pleasant. Metered street parking can be difficult. Recommend reservation for Saturday night as DeLeece was jammed. Price point is a bit high for this to be in our regular rotation.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food at afforadable prices.
    Mela526VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    They have a wonderful menu. It is very hard to decide on an entree as they all sound wonderful. Then they add in the specials which is tougher yet. I love the dessert menu also. Different, wonderful souding desserts. The kind of place that makes you want to return in order to try something different each time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent meal
    John
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Our group of 4 enjoyed eating here. 2 of us had the red snapper special which was superb. Great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a surprise!
    Les922
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    After reading all the reviews we went here with mixed feelings. We were going to the Mercury Theater which is next door so we wanted to try it because it was convenient. It was such a surprise. The food was over the top! We all had different dishes. I had the salmon which was to perfection and the black rice was fantastic. We all shared mussels which were some of the largest and tastiest we have seen in awhile. BTW the salads were amazing and creative. For desert we shared an apple crisp which was a perfect ending. We will definitely be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overrated
    Overrated
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We tried this location of the restaurant, because it was suppose to be better than their old Clark location. I want to say the critics were wrong. The food was over priced and not very inspiring. If I didn't have a Groupon, I don't think I would eat here again willingly.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lobster roll
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Wasn't good at all. Everything is pretty over priced.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem
    TinyJVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Since Chef Ernesto has come aboard, things have changed for the better. Great new menu, fantastic specials, the kitchen is really doing a great job. Fantastic cocktails and a wonderful waitstaff make this one of our favorites, we eat here every week, both brunch and dinner, highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mary
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Our waiter seemed annoyed at having to take care of us. He seemed upset that as we sat down we weren't ready with our drink order, not having even looked at our drink menu. He did not appreciate questions about the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad service bad food.
    Yummy
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The fish was completely dried out. Other items were okay, not great just average. The server was attentive and nice. The bus boys were rude, the place could use some training/ new management. The bus boy kept bumping my chair until I moved over to give home more space. We needed to cram into the table next to us. That table noticed his behavior also. Staff needs to understand people are paying to eat there. Not going back too many other good places to eat.
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  • Disappointing Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We can't comment about the food because we did not get a chance to eat our dinner. We had a 6:30 reservation before an 8:00 show at the adjacent theater. We ordered an appetizer and told our server we were attending the show. She told us told us there would be no issue. It took almost 30 minutes to get our appetizer, and after 7:30, we still had not been served our main courses. We told our server that we did not want the meal, and she said 'oh no, the show always starts a little late, etc.' We declined as we wanted to be on time and did not want to just gobble down the meal. She eventually brought the meal at 7:45. We again said we didn't want it. They did wrap it and comp us the main courses, though.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • snappysrhVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We have been to Deleece a number of times and have always been pleased with the food quality and the service. A comfortable place to meet friends and enjoy good food and a good time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find
    Jackie1216
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    The food was really good. The service wasn't impressive. We loved the neighborhood and the fact that it was connected to the Mercury theater where we were going to a play. We would come back to both the theater and the Restaursnt.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 53 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 777 reviews are from the Deleece Restaurant (on Southport) reviews archive.
  • Pricey for neighborhood restaurant
    Travelingfoodi
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Pleased we had a Groupon ticket when we visited this neighborhood restaurant for "dinner with friends" since the bill/tip was over $250. Service was good because we booked at 6pm so small crowd at the time. No ambiance and average food doesn't warrant their prices. Enjoyed the evening with friends but wouldn't go back at those prices unless there was a discount coupon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    PhillyVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Deleece is always good dining. Have been here many times.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible
    jjff
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    WE had the worst experience there. Service was horrible and took forever. It was Mothers day and I was looking forward to a brunch with my family and I couldn't have been more disappointed. I never complain and told the manager and she only said, I will talk to your waiter. will sadly never go back….shame on you
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  • Do Not Dine at Deleece
    Kevin
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I had an absolute terrible experience and my mistake was not checking the reviews on Yelp first as there were plenty of other customers who had the same bad experience I had in prior visits. My wife and I promptly sat down for an 8pm reservation and had ordered our food by 8:10pm. However, our main course did not arrive until 9:30pm! And this was only after seeking out the restaurant manager who acknowledged that our food order had been placed a long time ago but could not figure out how much longer it would take. When the food did arrive, the food was just average to below average. We will never dine at Deleece's again.
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  • Worst Service in a Long Time
    FrequentDiner
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We had reservations for 630pm. Two of the 4 of us arrived at 620 and were already seated when we arrived at 630. Nearly 15 minutes more before greeted by our waitress. Our friends had not even been offered a drink order prior to our arrival. We ordered drinks which for 3 diet cokes and 1 glass of wine took an excessive amount of time. The appetizer came out right away, but they forgot the salad... which was then with the entrees. We sat with empty plates for nearly 15 minutes again, and when the settings were finally cleared, she assured us she'd be right back with dessert menu. We told her we had theatre tickets. 10 minutes later, asked for a check, paid, and left! Service made the dinner a terrible dining experience.
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