Donato Enoteca
Donato Enoteca

Donato Enoteca

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.donatoenoteca.com/
  • Phone: 6507011000x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday-Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:30pm Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00
    Happy Hour: 3:00pm - 6:00pm daily
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Donato Scotti
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please contact the restaurant directly for more details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact the restaurant directly for more details.
  • Special Events: Please contact Krista Merlino at 650-454-5644

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Middlefield and Main
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Donato Enoteca
Set in the heart of downtown Redwood City, Donato Enoteca offers true and honest contemporary Italian cuisine from Executive Chef Donato Scotti that changes weekly determined by the freshest available seasonal produce. Homemade pastas, wood-burning oven pizzas, meat and fish courses are available, executed in an authentic yet modern way. The menu spans every region of Italy and incorporates artisanal products, such as fresh imported burrata, prosciutto, grappa and olive oil. Other in-house specialties include sausages, mostarda and lamb prosciutto. The wine list focuses on smaller-production boutique wineries from Italy, California and France.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Donato Enoteca reviews from OpenTable diners
124 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (67)neighborhood gem (63)special occasion (55)great for outdoor dining (50)notable wine list (47)good for groups (42)great for lunch (42)romantic (41)kid-friendly (21)hot spot (15)great for brunch (14)vibrant bar scene (12)late-night find (3)Show More
  • Lovely Italian Restaurant
    Kleemanimal
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We had a small group in for dinner. The food was excellent. We had a nice cove to conduct business in a very comfortable environment. The wine list is broad; ranging from inexpensive to very expensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NOT YOUR TYPICAL PASTA JOINT
    EYEWANTMORE
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Menu and specials show wonderful creativity while being true to Italian ingredients. The special sounded so good all three of us ordered it, and were grateful we did - handmade paparadelle with a pesto/italian parsley/butter/olive oil (quality)/butter sauce, and chantrelle mushrooms. We each ordered separate appetizers, and all three - two salads and a wild boar bruschetta were outstanding. We really enjoyed our server, whose recommendations were spot-on: Pooja was her name, and she was delightful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect birthday celebration
    Marthajane
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Six of us celebrated my daughter's 25th at dinner on a quiet Sunday evening. The decor, food and our waiter were all excellent!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a valuable Italian in the Valley
    Marco
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I had business lunch there and I enjoyed sitting outdoor under the sun. menu list not too long (that's good) but food not outstanding as the place inspires. service just fair, likely because we are a bit late on weekday's lunch time. in a nutshell a place to try again, dinner time and having a more complete meal with wine.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A gem on the penninsula
    Donatos
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We usually go to San Francisco for our date night but on the way to the musical, Dream Girls, in Redwood City we decided to eat at Donato Enoteca. What a treat! The very polished waiter offered us his recommendations of the best dishes and wine as we sat outside under perfect weather conditions. They offer everyone an olive tapenade with garlic that is amazing with their fresh bread to start off. They have a full bar with many specialty drinks including a barrel-aged Manhattan that was the best I have ever had. The warm calamari salad was amazing as was the ox tail pasta dish, all complemented by a bold Barolo wine. This restaurant is a very good one that competes well with Italian restaurants in San Francisco. Try it, you'll like it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mostly Good
    deetravel
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We visited this restaurant after flying into town for a weekend trip. Donatos was kind enough to adjust our reservation at the last minute due to changes with our flight. We were seated promptly. The restaurant was very busy as it was a Friday night. We thought our server was ok, but could have been better. I think he had too many tables to cover. My pasta dish was quite good, but my husband's chicken was overcooked, with a few black spots on the skin from burning too long in broiler. We did enjoy a delicious dessert and coffee. Overall experience could have been a bit better, so perhaps we will try again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Evening
    gonzo
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I've eaten at Donato Enoteca 8 - 10 times before my most recent visit. Every time was wonderful: the food, ambiance, and especially the service. Last Saturday evening the food and ambiance were still great but the service was terrible, prompting several in my party to begin discussing where we should go to get something to eat when we walked out. Everyone at the restaurant apologized but things did not get significantly better: the drinks we ordered were slow in arriving, and our main course order was not delivered correctly (and one person's order was wrong). Management did substitute a superior wine for the one we ordered but too little too late. I'll go back but only once if the next experience is anything like this last one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!!
    DeltaT
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I recommend the Prosciutto as an appetizer and Pork Belly Risotto for the main course!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary ignored.
    MandK
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    When reserving a table on Open Table, one of the key features is the ability to leave special directions or comments in the reservation form. Since it was our 35th anniversary dinner, I did just this when reserving (we tried to choose a restaurant carefully, noting the romantic ambience comments from others). However, not one person acknowledged this, nor did they ask if we were celebrating anything that evening...from the hostess, to our server, to the manager, who made his perfunctory, impersonal rounds. It was pretty disappointing. Food was pretty good, appetizers delicious and my salmon cooked beautifully. Noise level was high. Service was okay-no smiles or extra care..just okay. Next anniversary dining dollars will be spent elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • First Visit a Hit
    KK114
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    It was our first visit and the restaurant was recommended by a friend. We sat at the food bar and Mari was great to chat with. She also answered all our questions about the menu choices. The food was excellent. I hope we didn't distract her too much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous
    Golfinflyfisher
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Donato does such a great job.... does not complicate things too much by keeping minimal number of choices within each category. I had the Prix Fixe Menu, an eggplant "salad" that was perfectly balanced - followed by Salmon and an awesome dessert of sliced green apples with gelato. The atmosphere is typical Italian bistro..... great service, and good value for what you get. Be sure to say hello to Donato while you are there. A big man with a big heart and a big desire to produce great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Best
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    In my opinion the restaurant rates on a scale of 1-10 - ten.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Donato Enoteca
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Overpriced and not a good value for the prices. My son ordered a gin and tonic - we paid $9 for the gin and $2 for the tonic. Really? We will not return. Food was mediocre.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enoteca means Winebar
    MiltonBulldog14
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I recommend the Buffalo/Bison appetizer. Delicious!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I have been to Donato several times in the past year and had a good meal every time. Very solid Italian food, no frills and reasonable prices. Nice deco and ambiance, quiet, and convenient (next to the movie theater). Best Italian in Redwood City/Menlo Park/Palo Alto (yes we have been to practically all of the Italian restaurants). We have travelled in Italy extensively and this one is the real deal!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Prix Fixe
    DinerRC
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We have eaten at Donatos several times and enjoy their prix fixe menu because of the value and delicious use of uncommon ingredients. Every morsel is something to savor. The wine list of extensive and their well drinks in the bar are perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good choice for business dining.
    marleyVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I've had a couple business dinners here when in town. Service is always great, food is excellent, and the wine selection is nice. I will readily return. Bonus... between my first and second visit, the waiter remembered me and my colleague from our first visit
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Get together dinner
    Fely
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The food was very good but the service is poor. We have to wait for a long time for everything we requested.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian food
    Rgp007
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Found out about this when searching for Italian food in Pali alto. Several reviewers commented about this restaurant and agree it is a very good itslian restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our take on Donato
    DougB
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The wine list is exclusively unknown, low volume Italian wines which make it difficult for an American wine lover to work with. The waiters are helpful with suggestions. Pasta and fish is usually great here. Stay away from the pizza. They are consistently served with soggy crusts.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A marvelous lunch
    Live2eatVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Lunch was perfect. Excellent food, outstanding service from Paul . A perfect afternoon spent with my Mom and husband.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Opera night dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We were going to our first opera so needed to have an early dinner ( a very rare event for us). Dinner at 4:30 service was outstanding (we were the only ones there). The food was wonderful. I hope we can have the same level of service and food quality at a more civilized dinner hour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Excellent as always. This has become one of our favorite Italian restaurants.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not the fancy place you'd hope for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I wanted to take my wife on a nice date. I looked at Yelp to find the nicest restaurant (by price) in downtown Redwood City, since we were going to see a performance at the Fox afterwards. I was hoping for something romantic -- perhaps with candles and a pristine tablecloth. We dressed up. The ambiance, in contrast with my hopes, was a bit cramped, and there was a moderate amount of conversational noise. Some other patrons were wearing tee shirts or tennis shoes, which cheapened the experience. The food was good, but nothing spectacular. The portions were on the smaller side., and were less adorned than one might find at other nice restaurants. I got the sea bass, and it was essentially a filleted fish and little else.
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  • Tasty food, nice space
    rossk
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    This restaurant has an Italian look and feel, and we're happy each time we go. For a light dinner, the two appetizers we ordered were really tasty: cod fritters with arabiata sauce, and clams and mussels with wine sauce.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Italian in RWC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We came sunday early evening - restaurant was moderately busy. We were seated in mid section near window. The blind was lowered but dirty. My husband promptly rolled it up. Table was set but the bill was still there from the previous occupants? Waited 10 mins before our apologetic server came and took our order. Starters: caponata e bufala and bruschetta di cinghiale - both were excellent. Entrees: Spaghetti al nero di seppia e bootarga was a B - I knocked off a grade as they must have put in one real small squid for the whole pasta. Bigoli with oxtail & asparagus was OK - a bit salty. Dessert - a melted gelato when arrived. All in all - good but like the restaurant put some attention to detail in areas mentioned.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Donato Enoteca
    yvonnecapVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    I went her for with friend for lunch and was very pleasantly surprised. The menu has plenty of classic italian options, all with a fine food twist. I had the risotto with pork belly, and was very surprised how tender hte prok belly was, and how fluffy the risotto was. By far, one of the best lunch dishes that I have had a while. Located in downtown Redwood City, Donoto Enoteca has great food, wonderful service, and fine dining for a reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always the Right Choice
    GreenSmoothie
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Absolutely love this place! The “Farm-to-table" sourced ingredients are simply delicious. The fixed price menu is never disappointing - fresh and seasonal. The wine list is extensive. Superb.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Best
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Quite possibly the best real North Italian Restaurant in Bay Area. Nothing on menu not "great".....Simple dishes like Spaghetti Nero - outstanding with the baby squid included.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Excellent
    Charlie
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    I have eaten at Donato's for several years and it is one of my favorite restaurants. Almost everything I have tried has been excellent. The wine list is excellent. The desserts are fantastic.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DE Rocks
    FoodcrunchVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    It is amazing what is happening in RWC. Fantastic development with excellent restaurants cropping up. The food at Donato Enoteca was very good--not quite as good as what I cook at home, but definitely superior to most of what I taste outside. The Highlights: lamb shank that was butttery and flakey, terrific chopped salad, fine pizza--not the best--but definitely in the hunt. The service was spotty, but the wine by the glass (valpolicella) was fabulous. The grilled asparagus was perfect. Max's meat ravioli was juicy and meaty. Desserts were an afterthout. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday the 8th lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We enjoyed our Sunday lunch very much. I always like to have a wine suggested for me and it has worked well. We were happy to be inside as the temperature reached 99° that day. Food and service was excellent. I am looking forward to a party of 10 scheduled for 8/8, my birthday.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nadine
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I grew up on Northern Italian food (my mother was born in the Dolomites) and have just returned from three months in Sicily, Magna Graecia (Puglia and Basilicata) and Sardegna. I've now been to Donatao Enoteca for lunch (inside) and dinner (outside). Both times the food, service, wine and ambiance were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go for the carbonara.
    DaFoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The carbonara is the closest that I've found to the ones I've eaten while in Rome. They don't use milk or cream, using egg to give you that creamy sauce. Only offered during lunch time, just a few ingredients and it seems simple, they excel at the preparation and execution.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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  • Great service, great food.
    greenmr
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I took my wife here for dinner on her birthday and she loved it. We were particularly impressed with the waiters, who were friendly and recommended great wine and food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • food you wish you could cook
    johnbizprofVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I love this restaurant, especially for lunch as it gets pretty busy at night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfection.
    Nelliott
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    My boyfriend and I tried Donato per the recommendation of a friend who is from Italy and who raved about the food. This truly was a dining experience, we absolutely loved it and will definitely return! The food was authentic and delicious, our server offered great recommendations for wine and each course. I am particular about wine but our server, Tommy, encouraged I try something different as to enhance the flavors of each dish and to broaden my taste for different grapes, I am so glad I did. I can't say enough about how incredible our dinner was, and to make the evening all the more perfect we were able to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful weather and leisurely sunset. I recommend Donato to all! Do not leave without trying the tiramisu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Donato Enoteca
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We've eaten here many times so we were disappointed that our last visit was sub-par. Our waiter was friendly and informative, but took ages to take our order. Food and coffee for four arrived at different times. Our table was crowded next to a heavy curtain. I regret not asking to be reseated. I will return because this felt like a one-off. I prefer eating at the bar where we can watch the kitchen action. My favorite dish is buckwheat pasta with mushrooms. I decided to try something new this time and had pasta with artichokes and asparagus. It was tasty but needed more sauce and seasoning. The other people in my party were happy, though not ecstatic, with their meals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The food was excellent. Good wine list, with some excellent italian wines. Great ambience. Friendly hostess and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Italian
    rokn1500VIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    We had the daily special - crab cake / arugala salad and taglietelle. there was a great desert too. it was very good, although somehow the tagleielle was a little sticky. But overall it was very good. The place is pretty noisy, there were several large groups that were quite loud and it was hard to find a quiet table for two. The chairs are not very comfortable, the seats are saggy and need to be redone.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic