Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Harlem
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Harlem

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Harlem

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.dinosaurbarbque.com/
  • Phone: 2126941777x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open New Year's Eve and New Year's Day
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday 11:30am-4:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday 4:30pm-11:00pm, Friday & Saturday 4:30pm-12:00am, Sunday 12:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Barbecue
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: 1. Full Service
    2. Drop off w/ servers
    3. Drop off
    4. Take out
  • Private Party Facilities: Two private party rooms for parties from 15 to 150 people. Our goal is to ensure your party, business meeting or specialized event is a rousing success. We’ll provide full customization to suit your needs so you don’t need to sweat the details.
  • Private Party Contact: Lizette LeBaron, Catering Manager 6462131709x
  • Entertainment: Live Blues on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9:00pm-1:00am

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 12th Avenue
  • Public Transit: 1 train @ 125th Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking available. Pay lot is also available on 131st Street (btwn 12th Ave and Broadway)
A word from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Harlem
The Scene
The Syracuse-based barbecue phenomenon plunked a sprawling roadhouse with all the familiar back-road accoutrements into an abandoned meat factory. Unfinished wood-beamed ceiling, burlap bag curtains, scattered country bric-a-brac, and an enthusiastic greeting feel worlds away from the city. The roll call of devotees includes area families, couples on casual dates and groups of Columbia students.

The Food
Though fried green tomatoes and punchy boiled shrimp start things off right, the smell of smoking meats quickly adjusts the focus. The smokey-sweet pork ribs gently release from the bone and the Texas brisket, a touch dry, gets a lift from a topping of tangy cured jalapeños and a dash of hot sauce. It's even safe to venture from red meat with the truly moist and tender chicken, brined then smoked for deep flavor. With the exception of the cakey corn bread, sides keep pace, with tangy Creole potato salad and sweetened baked beans the standouts.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBarbecue
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Harlem reviews from OpenTable diners
221 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (148)neighborhood gem (112)fit for foodies (90)great for lunch (82)kid-friendly (72)hot spot (68)vibrant bar scene (54)special occasion (49)late-night find (36)great for brunch (29)great for outdoor dining (19)scenic view (10)romantic (5)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Great food, usually crowded
    BethyBoo
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The meat selection is tremendous. Overall the food is excellent. On a Sunday night, however, the place was packed and the service was slow. Everyone in our group wanted the sweet potatoes, and the kitchen had run out. Limited dessert offerings too. In the past I haven't had the menu availability issues. Reservations are now a must--up to a 90-minute wait without them. This place has become extremely popular the last couple years. Do not plan on getting in and out in a hurry--beware if you have concert or theater plans. BBQ of this quality is hard to find in Manhattan, but you must plan ahead.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Our diner was a very great experience. Wonderful angus and ribs dishes, nachos and also mac and cheese was very good ( I am Italian, so I usually eat pasta). Very friendly location, with Harlem taste!!!Wonderfull sound!!Nice waiters and manager (or boss may be). Recommended booking or not to late because it is often busy. I will come back very soon. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good BBQ
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The food was very good, the mac and cheese was amazing and the service was very prompt and good as well. Highly recommend this place
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice ambience- bad food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    as far as bbq goes- this definitely was not the best I've ever had. the brisket was tender but the ribs were burned and the mac and cheese was definitely not note worthy. All items served were cold by the time they reached our table.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very friendly staff
    MaureenVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Your hostesses and your wait staff were great. The food was yummy. What is the secret ingredient in the collard greens? Kinda spicy. The mac and cheese is DELICIOUS. The only draw back is that it is SUPER LOUD!! But that's ok too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LOVE IT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I LOVE THE FOOD. IT WAS DELISH. REALLY TASTY AND THE SERVICE WAS EXCELLENT.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Batman0723
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Nice Restaurant .i recommend for everyone,nice food services and nice mojitos. this restaurant last Thursday 12 is 9 time visit.I loved.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We loved it so much we went twice
    Brisketfreaks
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Ok...so being a Man V Food freak and all things meat I knew this was one of the first restaurants we had to hit in NYC when we visited. 2 Blonde English ladies in Harlem....No problem !! The restaurant was cool and everything I had in my head of how it was going to be ! The food was delicious and I now have a strange craving for corn bread !!! We loved it so much we went back again during out 10 days visit and bought their BBQ sauce to bring home to the UK !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This place is awesome. Best BBQ
    bbqking
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Great atmosphere. Excellent Service. Outrageous food. Make reservations unless you want to wait for 2 hours.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great ribs
    DrayInTheCity
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    With few places to get good ribs the bad service was worth suffering through.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Funtime, great food, good price
    goodfood2
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I enjoyed my first visit on Oct 3rd at evening time better than the afternoon of Oct 13. I think the evening time is the best time for a meal at Dino BBQ. Maybe it was too early for that much food. I will visit again real soon. Maybe I will try Brooklyn location. I was hanging out with my daughter who lives in Harlem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food...Service Needs Work
    Nicky07
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We made a reservation & we still had to wait 20 minutes for our table. Also, there was one particular manger that gave us a lot of attitude. But the food was good. The Mac & Chesse is AWESOME!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Taste of Home
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    As someone who grew up near the original Dino BBQ, it's a great place to get the same fantastic food in the city. I brought my friend from Texas who had avoided trying BBQ in the north, for typically good reason, and she loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MY REVIEW
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    If you like BBQ, you'll love Dinosaur BBQ. Great ribs, great brisket, pulled pork, etc.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great barbeque
    Char
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The St Louis ribs were fantastic and the service was great. Salad, sides, drinks were just OK. I will definitely come back for the ribs.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and atmosphere
    goodfood2
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This was a girl's night out and we had an awesome time. I really enjoyed my selection of food {Collard Greens, Mac n Cheese, Corn Bread, Whipped Sweet Potatoes with topping{slamming}and Ribs that melted in your mouth. I plan to go back to that location Columbus Day with my daughter cause she happens to live in Harlem area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mom's Birthday
    NatQ
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Dinosuar was the best place for my Mother's 82nd birthday party!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Super Slow Service
    ElleT
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The food was fantastic but the service was INCREDIBLY slow. We went in the late afternoon and it was almost empty but it still took forever for someone to come and take our order, bring our plates and drinks out, etc. Had to ask multiple people multiple times whenever we needed something.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ribs galore
    Foodnatic
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Our family has a tradition for the past 10 years of celebrating birthdays at dinosaur and we are never disappointed ! The ribs and wings are amazing and so are the side dishes, my favorite is the Mac & cheese and devil eggs. After dinner you can take a strol by the river and enjoy the amazing views !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable
    Leenie350
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I went to the Dino BBQ in Brooklyn in June and loved it. Told my friend about it and she was dying go. She lives in the W. Village and I'm in Brooklyn, so we decided to try the BBQ in Harlem because it was easier to travel to Harlem by public transportation than the one in Brooklyn. We really enjoyed it!!! The food was fantastic and we had a great time, even though it was getting really busy we were not rushed and had a leisurely late lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish Food! Disgruntled Waiter
    Foodforcomfort
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Been here at least 5 times before. Salmon was delish. However, the waiter acted as if he was doing us a favor. Never came to check if everything was ok w food, never got a refill and had to look for him to pay the bill. It was not crowded and he passed by our table several times but acted as though we didn't exist. Would've ordered dessert but didn't want to add any more to his service/nonservice charge.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, meh service
    Kate
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We've been here many times before. It's a busy place. However, we went on a weekday night at 8pm with a reservation, and service was still extremely slow and spotty. It took a long time for anyone to come over to take our order, then about 15 minutes after two of us ordered cocktails, the waitress finally came back over to say they were out of mint and couldn't make the cocktails. We said OK, we'll have them without mint. Another 15 minutes later, and it turns out it wasn't the mint, but another key ingredient that was out, so no cocktails. Ordered another drink, and it came out with the wrong mixer and had to go back. The correct drinks didn't come out until halfway through dinner. Appetizers also took a long time to come out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    NYer
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Tables are small, cramped - a table for 6 leaves no elbow room and about 12" of table space in front of you for dining. Very noisy. Wait staff stretched too thin. Food a disappointment. Beware - they sprinkle hot pepper on mac n cheese although not stated on menu. Sweet potato mash too sweet to be considered a side dish. BBQ pork lacks flavor without the sauce. Cheesecake not served as described on menu - instead of fresh fruit, they serve it with a very sweet bourbon sauce.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nycfoodlover
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Nice place to go for bbq lovers if you want nice quantities of food for a fair price. It´s better to go on a group so you have a chance to taste as much as you can :) The Mac&chesse side it´s delicious just saying ... The only thing, they made a mistake in one of the orders and it took a bit to get a waitress to attend us but they solved it quickly and came back with generous portions so no hard feelings at all :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dino never disappoints
    WholefoodPrincessVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Whenever I want a delicious meat meal (paleo, Atkins, or just hungry!), I head to Dino in Harlem or Newark. Great pork and brisket, friendly service, worth clothes smelling a little smoky!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food
    Jojo
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Good food and service for the most part. Made reservations they couldn't seem to find it but I just showed them the confirmation and we were seated a few moments later. Food came out quick. Server was a bit slow because she had alot of tables but besides that all was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    Brina1120
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food was good and decently priced. I love that the atmosphere was comfortable. Our server was awesome and very attentive. I will definitely visit this place again. P.S. collar greens and potatoe salad was to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BBQ Yum
    SecondvisitVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The Dinosaur which started as a biker BBQ restaurant in Syracuse NY has expanded. And we are grateful! The one in Brooklyn is nice but the one in Harlem is the best. Lively, great staff, great beers and great food. And now reservations are again available on Open Table. It all worked perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best BBQ in NYC
    mrsCVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Great ribs. Delicious burger. (Make sure you ask for moist ribs) Sweet potato side is sensational. Go late lunch time for a no-crowd and low-noise experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good BBQ food
    CMOFrance
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    It's a great place to eat BBQ food. The ribs are famous !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Bday dinner!
    bdaydinner12
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Came here to celebrate my fiance's bday, Dino BBQ did not disappoint. Food was on top, drinks werr amazing. Noise level was moderate, we were able to talk normally the noise did not bother us. The service was top-notch. Will come again again and again. Thanks Dino BBQ!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    iluvlaila
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I was introduced to Dino BBQ in 2010 and I've been hooked ever since. From the food to the drinks and the warm ambiance you will love it. My favorite menu item is the Korean Style Ribs w/Mac n Cheese & BBQ Rice. Whether its you and your spouse or a large party, you are guaranteed to enjoy yourself. Thank you for making my 36th birthday memorable & enjoyable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • too loud and crowded.food too spicy
    lucky75
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We have been there with our little baby.Not reccommended at all since it is too loud and there is no food for babies...even the place is not so special even if it is suggested for children on several web sites. The food is too spicy and the ribs..not so dinosaur
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Buenas costillas.
    Gemae
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Esta un poco alejado de los sitios turísticos. Pero si estas por esa parte de Harlem , debes de ir ... raciones muy grandes .muy buenas las costillas y el cerdo.... ambiente familiar . muy bien el precio.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • vixen105
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My friends always enjoy eating at dinosaur. Even though I was 20 minutes late I was seated right away and I liked that. The service was fast and our server was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BBQ Best!
    MkDoubleDown
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    If you like BBQ, this is your spot! Well worth the ride up to 125th
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NY BBQ
    JudithVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I ordered the sweetheart deal which was a bargain, but the ribs didn't seem as good as they were when I was there last -- the deal came with a full rack of ribs, plus four sides. The beers were reasonably priced, as were the drinks, although I have a problem with a jigger-measured drink as opposed to "free pour." The place fills up quickly and gets quite noisy, but we enjoyed our dinner. Our waitress was very disinterested and she was the main disappointment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mer3dithVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We had a quick dinner at Dinosaur before heading to see Book of Mormon, so the restaurant was fairly quiet due to the early hour. Very easy to get to on the subway. Started with the original fried green tomatoes (good, not great) and the deviled eggs (very good). We both had combos and enjoyed all of the meat we tried (pork, ribs and brisket), but the brisket was definitely the standout. I'm not a big beef fan, but it was some of the tastiest beef I've ever had. We tried a variety of sides as well, and found the bbq beans to be oddly sweet, but the rest (mac and cheese, simmered greens, cole slaw) to be good additions. Had the Ape Hanger beer to accompany our meal and thought it was a very tasty pale ale.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Starting to slide?
    BBQLover
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I've been a frequent diner at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Harlem in the past two years, with a family member in the neighborhood; it's a great, lively atmosphere and up until my last visit, no matter how busy, the service was always swift and professional. On Labor Day, however, the food was a bit off and the service was a LOT off. The server took a long time to tell me that the beer I ordered wasn't available, and then took a long time —when we were well into the appetizer — to deliver the substitute beer. (And later didn't take the first beer off the bill!) She also misunderstood one of the sides I ordered.The ribs, which I frequently get, were much more fat than meat, and the baked beans were more watery and bland than usual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinosaur bbq Harlem
    jiggychic
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Dinosaur bbq is located in a great place near the water in w 125 st in Harlem. It's a very relaxed atmosphere. Service was a little slow and the waitress passed by us several times before she remembered we asked for Easter. We ordered the three meats dish. The pulled pork was to mushy. The ribs are good and the brisket ok. The fried rice is delicious however it was a very small portion. The coleslaw was a nice size portion and very good. I have visited this venue several times and will continue to visit..overall it's mostly the location that gets my attention. The food is ok.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.