Delta King - Pilothouse Restaurant
Delta King - Pilothouse Restaurant

Delta King - Pilothouse Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.deltaking.com/
  • Phone: 9164414440x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 10:00am, Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 7:00am - 11:30pm; Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30 - 5:00pm, Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Julian Vasquez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Complete catering facilities with 8 banquet rooms. 916-441-4440
  • Private Party Facilities: Private parties up to 20 guests can be booked through the restaurant. For larger groups please contact the catering department.
  • Private Party Contact: Bob Smith 916-379-5051x
  • Entertainment: Live Entertainment in the Delta Bar & Grill - Thursday through Saturday

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Restaurant Guests $8.00
    Overnight guest parking, $22.00.
    Day parking available at $12.00.
A word from Delta King - Pilothouse Restaurant
The Pilothouse restaurant aboard the historic Delta King offers river side dining, outstanding cuisine, a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence wine list and a great place to meet with friends in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. Enjoy Saturday and Sunday Brunch - 7:00 am to 11:30 am. Gluten free items available. Proud participant in the Sacramento Farm to Fork initiative utilizing local seasonal produce when ever it is available.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
Delta King - Pilothouse Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
107 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (83)romantic (62)special occasion (61)great for brunch (30)great for outdoor dining (29)great for lunch (24)neighborhood gem (22)good for groups (18)fit for foodies (16)notable wine list (15)kid-friendly (14)vibrant bar scene (7)late-night find (5)hot spot (3)Show More
  • enjoyed the Delta King experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Great ambiance, we ate on the upper deck overlooking the river. the weather was perfect providing for a very nice romantic evening. We were able to choose from the main dinning (downstairs) menu and the upper casual menu. The staff were very nice and attentive. My wife's rib eye steak was not remarkable and not worth the price. I had the pork chop witch was a little tough but the garnish was outstanding. The ambiance made up for the so so food, overall we had a nice experience
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely and unique!
    Iampicky
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The atmosphere was quiet and relaxing. Our reservation was for 8 pm, so there weren't many people in the restaurant. The food was wonderful! Our server was not overly attentive and I was completely out of water. I don't think he had too many tables, so I'm not sure why he wasn't around more. The food alone is enough to bring me back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pretty little spot in old town
    Foodiemom
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This restaurant is on the middle floor of the DeltaKing and the food is great, the service is friendly, and my family really had a nice time. I would definitely go again and recommend it
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but somewhat disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We have eaten at the Pilot House numerous times and i am sorry to say that this last visit was somewhat disappointing. The Calamari was over cooked (a bit tough) and the scallops my husband ordered were also over cooked (very chewy). I had salmon, which was good, but slightly over cooked. The salad was very good, veggies were very fresh and crisp. Tomatoes were incredible, farm to fork initiative is wonderful. Love the garden fresh veggies.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kind staff, excellent service
    DrDarla
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Quite accomodating. We had to delay our reservation by an hour so did not get a window table. The staff let us know we could check out the upstairs bar which was first come, first serve and we got a beautiful spot.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • get a way night out
    funnightout
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    WE stayed the night on the Delta King, could not have asked for a more enjoyable local getaway. We and a very nice ,quite, romantic night dinner aboard the King. The staff made our stay even better. The people that work for the Delta King seem to enjoy their occupation and the make you feel right at home while you are there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • dissapointed
    anonymous
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I spent a good deal of time choosing a good destination to take my dad and husband to. Based on good reviews, I chose this establishment. The ambiance is nice until it gets dark, then you'd be lucky to see your fork. The server was sweet. That's the only good I can muster. Whoever created the menu should go back and taste what's coming out of the kitchen now. Poor quality and portion size. Heavy hand on the salt. Long wait time. I'd have been happier with leftovers and time with my dad was poorly spent along with over $100.
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  • food great service meah
    robstar95
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We loved the food every thing well prepared prime rib cooked perfect cream spinach so good pasta so good how ever we called to say that we would be a little late because of traffic they said it would be okay but when we showed up only 10 minutes late they said something along the lines of it took you long enough. We just laughed it off they sat us it wasn't that busy but it took them about 15 minutes to get us our drinks then another 10 for food order we had to flag some one down for refills then at the end we ordered desert it took around 25 minutes for them to bring it I was going to ask for coffee but was too afraid by the time it came we would have finished desert so we hurried up and left employees where so nice there but slow sorry
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • birthday let down
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    My husband and I ate our first meal as a married couple at the Delta King. It was a magical experience. Our server was attentive, the kitchen highly accommodating. However at this visit our server was lackluster. The allergy my husband has was accommodated, but moderately. Server had no recommendations for alternate sides. My husband's birthday wasn't recognized, not even a "happy birthday". The steak he ordered was amazing, cooked to perfection, yet my ravioli was dry and bland. At the end when I asked for a dessert menu our server said she might be able to finagle a dessert. It was 9:10! Our reservation was at 8:30. She never once asked if we would want dessert nor informed us that the kitchen was closing. A very disappointing evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • No more brunch buffet
    Kateye
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    They don't do the brunch buffet anymore but offered a brunch menu - no problem until they told me they quit serving brunch at 11:30 (after I got there)! I had 11:00 reservations for my family of 8 and a few members arrived late so they had to order off the lunch menu. Food was ok. Service was slow but I appreciated that since some of my group was late. The server did a good job of juggling a couple of large parties. The venue is unique and the view is great - still worth it -especially if you have guests from out of town.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Most accommodating
    RWGPBG
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Went to celebrate my son's engagement; hostess couldn't seat us riverside indoors, so they made room on main deck overlooking the River. It was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty, but too quiet...
    Mahlergirl
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We ate here on a Sunday evening. There weren't many patrons in the dining room, and all the shades were drawn because of the sun. Eventually the shades went up, and that made the experience much better. The dining room was really dark without the natural light. There were some bothersome flies buzzing around our table and landing on our food, which was not a great meal enhancer. We ordered a bread and cheese plate, and the crusty bread, although delicious, left lots of crumbs on the table. It would have been nice to have the crumbs cleared by the server. The food was outstanding. From the clam chowder to the scallops to the seafood special (yellowfin, I believe), everything was of superb taste and quality. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Chuck
    Chuck
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The Delta King/ Pilothouse restaurant had the best Primerib dinner special the wife and I have ever had.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 20th Anniversay
    rick
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We enjoyed our 20th wedding Anniversary aboard the Delta King Hotel and enjoyed a terrific dinner at the Pilothouse Restaurant. Highly recommend for that special occasion. Rick
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delta King Lunch
    KINGLUNCH
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Wonderful view & fantastic food. We made our reservation in advance online & were excited about our lunch but the greeting was lackluster. Someone indicating we could sit anywhere as they continued to fold napkins with no enthusiasm or greeting. After a long wait, I had to ask for menus. There was a wine mix up but worked itself out. For our next glass & wanted a red but she never checked back. Bringing pepper for our salad seemed to be difficult and of non interest. The good news; the food presentation & taste was OUTSTANDING. From appetizers to each main course were delicious. Because of this, I would recommend dining at the KING & will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • occasion 58th wedding anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We were expecting something very special, but it was "just okay". Will probably return someday. Wish you would bring back the "chef's special menu, five courses for like $39.95 per person, (wine paring for $15.00 more)". We really enjoyed that!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Lunch
    Lunch
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Unique restaurant on the Sacramento delta in a boat... Probably book with the restaurant directly due to opentable.com relentless emails.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • eihleaVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed our early dinner on the deck of the Delta King. The hostess was very gracious with finding just the right space for us with our service dog and the waitress brought a bowl of water for her as it was very warm. The food was delicious, the service was very nice and we will return again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    Tyler
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Food was excellent. My girlfriend wanted to have a date night on the river and had a pleasant night for the most part. The only down side was it took longer than we wanted for our meals to be served, but regardless we still had a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting Place
    samgraham
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I made reservations for 915 on a Saturday night in Old Sacramento. There wasn't much of a crowd in the restaurant. There was an energetic band/crowd in the bar upstairs. The special (a $38 Prime Rib) was good, although it was sold out except for one medium rare cut and one end cut. The end cut ended up being over done and tough. The regular cut was great. The steak that our other friends ordered were good. The mashed potatoes and greens were lukewarm at best, but were tasty. The facility itself was unique.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love it!
    alleycat277
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The Pilothouse is one of my favorites! We have only been twice but it has been a treat each time! The service is very attentive and the food is outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • highly recommend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Celebrated birthday and loved eating here. Food was amazing, fresh, flavourful, Cajon chicken ship sausage linguine wow. And the steak dinner wow bread served wow Just a very fancy good sized meal at reasonable price Staff and service was awesome
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must See
    Bfood
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Historic gem in old Sacramento. Great historic atmosphere and ambiance. This ship was used to go between Sacramento and San Fran in early days. It has been restored to original condition. We went on a Thursday night service was great, wine list robust. My daughter and I shared the porterhouse steak which large and done perfect medium rare it was served with a mashed potato and fresh spinach steamed exactly right...overall perfect.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • WBI
    HistoryBuff
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We had the short rib ravioli and crab cake appetizer. We normally don't order crab cakes because they are mostly dough, but these were excellent and full of crag meat. The ravioli were hand made and full of wonderful flavor and meat. We highly recommend. Also, you can't beat the view or the historical surroundings! Loved it!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Where's Gordon when you need him?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I specifically requested a window table via OT. When I arrive I was told by a hostess wearing work out gear under her dress, that they cannot always accommodate those requests. What I realized is that they did not even check the online reservations! We were seated, but as soon as a window seat came up I requested to move and was accommodated. The cushion seating was worn and torn, the waitress clothes were dirty suggesting she was also cooking in the kitchen. I order a mimosa and was told by the waitress that the champagne has just been brought up and was not chilled and that it would be a while before they could serve it. I explained to her that the orange juice would serve to chill the champagne and she reluctantly obliged.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NA
    NANANANANANANANANANANA1
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I do not wnat to submit a review as it is not necessary after answering the question above. Consider my private note the review.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • River Side Dining
    TravelingNonna
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    My husband and I ate at the Delta King Pilothouse restaurant to celebrate my birthday. The wine list was impressive and our waiter was very knowledgeable about wine/food pairings. We were offered a river side table as soon as it became available, which made our evening! The food was very good, including a Caesar salad made right at the table. I think everyone would enjoy a special evening here, as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a great Early Bird Breakfast
    Mamechan
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    My husband & I had a vacation on 3-6 July at Sacramento for my premature birthday present. And I requested to my husband having an Early bird breakfast at Delta King restaurant. Because I like taking a walk in the morning, in quiet, nice view and with fresh air. And Delta King was recommended as a place you must visit in Sacramento by tourists. It was absolutely correct. We ordered one plate of king omelet and one bowl of fruits for share. Later the waitress served them divided for two plates with decorating beautiful, even I didn't ask anything for that. We were very pleased with her and cook''s hospitarity. Of course, foods were delicious. I don't know dinner time, but I recommend you to have a Early Bird Breakfast at Delta King.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vchataloha
    Vchataloha
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The 5 of us who usually don't do anything for the 4th of July since our kids are all grown up decided to go to Old Town Sacramento & thought it would be great to eat on The Delta King & view the fireworks from there also !! Well the good was amazing & being right on the water was GREAT to see the fireworks !!! 🎊🎊🎊 the staff was all very nice to us in the bar and restaurant !! We will do that again !!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable!!
    Cool
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Not only was the view of the river and the Paddle Wheeler ambiance very enjoyable, but the food and service was excellent as well. How nice to sit down in cool air, on the water, with friendly service, and good food. To quote an old line, "Try it, you'll like it!!"
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner on the river
    LoraleeM
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    The Delta King is a 100-year-old paddlewheel riverboat moored on the Sacramento River. The Pilothouse, its restaurant, has nice views of the river and the passing boats. The food is largely seafood; I had the shrimp louie, which was very good. The waitress was attentive and fun. Overall, a good place to have a special meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ScrizzlyWoo1
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The food, service, and ambience were all very enjoyable. It was a great place to bring out of town visitors and we would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Experience
    Haileyyjones
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This restaurant was fantastic! The whole staff was attentive and so friendly. It was such a special experience and one that I would do again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over all
    rrjoe
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Great experience! Great food! Only negative was flies.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lively atomosphere
    Fizysicist
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We made reservations for Sunday lunch expecting to maintain a reasonable leval of conversation with our out-of-town guest. Unfortunately we chose a day when the World Cup soccer games were being broadcast so the noise level of sports fans and other happy groups made that nearly impossible. That could happen anywhere, but the Pilot House is intimate in size so it was not the best experience. Food was great and staff was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great view and food, service poor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Overall the experience is great, however the service was very slow and we had to track the waitress down for our check.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Graduation Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We had our son's college graduation dinner here. Our waitress greeted our son by saying'Congratulations !' The food was delicious. I had grouper with a black bean/corn relish on top. Also, Carmel cheesecake for dessert. My husband had roasted chicken, my son had steak. Everyone loved their food. The ambiance is elegant but with a casual vibe. I didn't realize this restaurant was in Old Town Sacramento when I made the reservation. The sun was going down as we finished our meal, and the view was just spectacular. I definitely recommend this restaurant for any and all occasions. I would love to go back and sit with a cup of coffee and just watch the river go by. Great place! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Not organized, did not even ask our name and had no idea about reservation, however we did get a table
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Relaxing and Great River View!
    Ronnie77
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We spent Father's Day morning at the Pilothouse out on the Front Riverside deck and it was great! Food was wonderful and even better was the view and the service! We were never rushed and staff allowed us just to relax and enjoy the day with our family! Loved it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This restaurant is historic and well done. Beautiful view of the river and excellent food. We had prime rib(super good). People seemed to really enjoy the environment.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.