El Paseo
El Paseo

El Paseo

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.elpaseomillvalley.com/
  • Phone: (415) 388-0741
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Daily:
    Sunday-Thursday 5:30pm - 9:00pm
    Friday 5:30pm-10:00pm
    Saturday 5:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Preston Clark
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Inquire for more information.

    adel@elpaseomillvalley.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Blithedale
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking is located on the street as well as a pay lot at the corner of Sunnyside and Miller.
A word from El Paseo
In 2009 local Mill Valley residents Tyler Florence and Sammy Hagar partnered to take over the restaurant. Seeking to maintain the historic charm and integrity of the building and gardens, they planned and designed a complete restoration of the storied interior and exterior spaces.
We are very excited to bring a local institution back to its former glory.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
El Paseo reviews from OpenTable diners
152 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (107)special occasion (105)fit for foodies (94)neighborhood gem (79)great for outdoor dining (64)notable wine list (59)good for groups (31)hot spot (17)vibrant bar scene (16)late-night find (7)scenic view (5)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Okay food. Great Atmosphere.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    El Paseo is a gem. It's a beautiful, all brick, romantic restaurant tucked away in a winding old alley in Mill Valley. Wonderful ambiance, but the food is marginal and pricey. If I'm paying that much for a steak it better melt like butter. Speaking of butter, the mashed potatoes were out of this world. Wine list is good. Chef made us caramel sauce as a special request and that was a nice touch, but still, overall, too much money for too little food wow factor. Service was very good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was outstanding! Lovely experience.
    Meandmydogs
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The restaurant is beautiful and feels very cozy. We ordered several small plates to share, which was a great way to taste several dishes. One of my favorites was the Morrocon lamb, with the perfect combination of tangy, sweet and savory. Also the red snapper with the chorizo paella was terrific. Definitely the place to go for a special occasion. Their version of bread pudding was unique and very good, with a perfect balance of sweet and tangy. Yogurt ice cream was a nice touch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night night out
    AndyP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    My wife and I would like to thank your establishment and the staff for a wonderful night. Service was wonderful and very helpful. Meal came at a leisurely pace but, appropriate. The filet was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Normally an amazing place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I will always love this Restaraunt, but sadly they missed the mark this last visit. We waited longer than usual for our food and wine order, and felt the waiter didn't have an interest giving great service just good. Food was good, but a couple of items were served cold. We will be back but left feeling frustrated this time vs other amazing dining experiences at El Paseo.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were disappointed in the food and service.
    KukanaVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Very spendy for poor quality of food. I doubt we will return in the future.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dick
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Consistently excellent. What's often overlooked is the lovely opportunity for outdoor dining. On a mild to warm night, the backline courtyards are splendid.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Was rather surprised and disappointed that they were out of three entrees by the 2nd seating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing atmosphere, good food
    Live2Eat
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I'm a big Tyler Florence fan, so I had high hopes for El Paseo. The overall "vibe" of the restaurant did not disappoint! Such a charming atmosphere - cozy and so romantic. Lots of exposed brick, gas lanterns - such a lovely feel. The food was delicious! The menu definitely matches the warmth and charm of the restaurant itself. The maitre d was incredibly gracious and accommodating when we asked to be moved to a different table further away from the bar. Unfortunately our waiter was not engaging or informative. He seemed rushed and uninterested which is probably the main reason I wasn't truly "wowed" by the dining experience. If we lived in the area, we'd give this beautiful restaurant another try.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • camilleVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Restaurant is lovely, but we had a hiccup when we showed up 15 minutes early for a 6:15pm reservation. We were directed to the bar where there was no seating available, even though the restaurant was mostly empty. There were enough open tables which could accommodate the 6pm reservations and the 6:15 reservations, which they did after we hovered around pleading for a table. Why not just seat us? It was a negative way to start the evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    marindiner
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Love, Love, Love this restaurant. Chef Mike Ward hits every dish out of the park. My only regret is that my appetite isn't large enough to try everything on the menu. Everything I've tried has been fantastic. This is my absolute favorite restaurant in the bay area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The food, atmosphere and ambience were fantastic. I had a great experience here and would love to come back again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The steak and frites was delicious and squash soup was amazing and wine suggestion for our dinner paired well with our entree. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable." Will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love el paseo- but don't eat in bar
    Katat49
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We have been here several times and love it- on 10-25 we were early for our reservation and ready to wait; the host offered a table which turned out to be next to the bar.. Bad idea. The waitress hurried us ridiculously til we called her on it, then acted shocked ; took wine away before empty and really destroyed this celebratory birthday dinner . The noise from the bar got worse thru out dinner -we should have turned down the early table. Very disappointing. The food was great as always but the service and atmosphere was inferior- for the first time in our experiences there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Radha
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    This is a lovely place to have excellent food and feel incredibly well taken care of. It is a family favorite for our huge extended family. We had our daughters wedding here and it was amazing. All the details are/were perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Carole
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Our waiter struggled to handle all his tables (too many assigned to him?) but was pleasant and recommended very nice wine.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sensitive and attentive staff
    Mike
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The manager and our waiter were very helpful and patient, and charming, with our large group. And the food was delicious. My out of town guests were impressed by the various aspects of the several dining areas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Celebration
    AmbianceHunterSFVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our one-year wedding anniversary here last Saturday and I couldn't have asked for a better spot. From the exposed brick and warm candlelight, to the absolutely delicious food and friendly service, it was truly a perfect evening. Highly recommend for a special romantic occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    A true gem in Mill Valley, from the food to the ambiance. Wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food - Service = Meh
    TamalGuy
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We chose to come here for my wifes birthday, having just moved into MV last year. Everything seemed fine until the waitress asked if she could bring our main course even though we hadnt finished our salads yet because we were talking. When I asked the manager to slow it down, the service from the waitress became less than acceptaple for a nice restaurant and we had to ask for every thing, including water after that. With a toddler at home and few opportunities to go out, I would not want to waste my time or money going here again despite the food being amazing. For the money, I would like the opportunity and time to enjoy our meal, without being rushed. We passed on drinks in the bar because of this.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Intimate but pricey
    Mrli1
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great spot, great food, great service but be prepared to spend some money.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • El Paseo
    Hungry
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Very intimate romantic dining. Our dinner was outstanding. The risotto was outrageous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service terrible, food mediocre
    MvleslieannVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We went to El Paseo for our 31'st wedding anniversary and considering the service we were lucky to get out before our 32d. While the pastrami bone marrow and duck wings appetizers and lemon cream puffs desert were excellent the main course $80 cowboy rib eye was bland and flavorless. And we had to wait about 45 minutes to get the appetizers, 30 minutes to get the main course and probably another 60 minutes to get desert. And the waiter never apologized for the delays, he simply gave a shrug as thought "this is how things are." All in all dinner took about 3 hours when half that time would have been OK. And with a $70 bottle of wine this marathon dining experience cost about $250 for 2.
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  • Memorable
    Jane
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I took my special someone for their birthday to El Paseo as a surprise because he was a big fan of Sammy Hagar & the restaurant is part owned by him, along with Chef Tyler Florence. I mentioned this when I confirmed our reservations & when we got there, they gave us both a big surprise by seating us at the owner's table! Right where Sammy sits when he eats there. Needless to say, we were stoked about it & the whole dining experience was just fantastic. From the food, the wine & the ambiance. We couldn't ask for a more romantic & special dinner. An experience we will never forget. Thank you El Paseo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great date night spot!
    DeliKing
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    My wife and I shared the NY Strip, pumpkin soup, and Mac&Cheese. Each item was sooooo good! The buser's were great and refilled my water glass at least 10 times. The ambience was excellent and super romantic. I enjoyed the music in the background as well as the New Orleans style brick work/lighting. Only downfall of the whole evening was, nobody said happy birthday to my wife and there was no free dessert or drink. I specifically stated it was her b day in my reservation, but oh well... Lastly, wine list was great and beer list was okay. I really feel a fancy place like this needs to sell hard liqour though. All n all, great meal and great time and I'll definitely be coming back!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not accommodating.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    When I tried to change the reservation from 6:30 to 7. The restaurant said that because they were busy only 6:45 worked. When we got there the place was empty and was only half full through our entire dinner. We thought they could have been more accommodating.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A French Fairytale
    kyylllaaaa
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We went here for our one year anniversary and had a magical time. Everyone from the hostess to the person clearing our plates made us feel so welcomed and special! And the food was delicious! Hands down best chops we've ever had, the chef was even kind enough to send us some soup on the house as we waited for our steaks! We will be sure to be back for every anniversary here on out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kimk
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    the service was impeccable. the kitchen accommodated our special needs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful birthday celebration
    Barb
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Mill Valley was happening on the night I celebrated a big birthday at El Paseo. The film festival was in full swing, and the town was packed. But all that did not affect the excellent service, food, and ambiance our party of seven experienced. All of us rated the dinner a five-star event.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always flawed…disappointing...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    IF you are going JUST for drinks and snacks, this is a cozy and charming place though considered overpriced even in the local community.. Unfortunately this will be the last time we go back (after 3-4 visits since opening.) Somehow even the simplest things are missed, just not done "right." Salad gritty and under-dressed, as well as quite small. (Pet peeve: why do so many restaurants skimp on a few lettuce leaves?) And why did the waitress never ask how it was but two different bussers asked if I was done with the salad even though I clearly hadn't finished. Wine pour seems minimal for the price. Perfect crispy frites with steak were swimming on top of a large amount of (tasty) sauce, but made the fries instantly soggy. Too bad. Oh well.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Praise the lard
    praisethellard
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Dining at El Paseo last night was a real treat. I figure when a fine dining restaurant leads off it's entrées with a hamburger, one has to try it. I am so glad I did! The combination of meats was so juicy and flavorful & the additional blue cheese, aioli, artisan bacon, and amazing pickles made it a perfect hamburger. We opened with the deviled eggs… outstanding. My wife had the walnut, mushroom and truffle risotto...she was in heaven. Our party had a limited time to eat and they actually opened up the restaurant 15 minutes early to accommodate our needs and we had never dined there before. Kudos to El Paseo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • VFL1985
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    It has to be special to leave the multitudes of great restaurants in San Fran and it delivers. Love Mill Valley as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place
    elsalilliVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    how can you go wrong if you love steak! Its fabulous. I've been there several times and have sat at tables in the dining room, at the bar as well as outside. All three provide a different dining experience and all are fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Don't miss an opportunity to visit El Paseo - it's always a hit and fun experience!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Solid Food & Spotty Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    From this Mill Valley standard, surprised with inconsistent table service. Food was solid although pork belly over prepared/ cooked. A lighter touch with salt would have been nice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very tasty but expensive
    Fizzle
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food is great. But it is pricey. $19 hamburger, for example, was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good not great
    sfosparky
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    kale salad with tomato was yummi and I had no real issues however, we had said we would have another glass of wine with our entree and even though the restaurant was not crowded we were nearly done with the entree. I ordered the Pork chop which obviously was good (not great) but maybe I am a bigger fan of cutting my own porkchop instead of having it sliced. My other guest enjoyed the red snapper. That said, its worth another try for me
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • El Paseo Review
    Simone
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Normally, the fact that it took 45 minutes for the waiter to take our order would have annoyed us greatly. but we were there early and were celebrating a friend's birthday so we didn't mind. The food was excellent. The four of us shared two butter lettuce salads and the beet and fig salad -- all good. I had the scallops -- it was the perfect sized portion for me but I think anyone else would think it would have been too small. The other 3 had the lamb shanks and while they all really liked the flavor, the dish looked on the small side to me, especially considering the price ($32). Overall, pricey, and I'm not sure it was worth it. I wouldn't make a special trip to go there again but would if I happened to be in Mill Valley.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Inconsiderate staff
    Underwhelming
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    El Paseo used to be one of the places we considered "special." We were seated in the bar, which was fine. We waited for our table for 20 minutes past our reservation time, and bought ourselves a glass of sparkling wine, with no contrition from the staff for our inconvenience. We brought with us a nice bottle of vintage cab, which the bartender complimented. After decanting, I asked the waiter to send a taste of my wine to the bartender, in what I thought was a nice gesture. We enjoyed the rest of our meal, paid our bill (including the sparkling wine), and left, without ever receiving a simple "thank you" from the bartender for the gesture. Life is too short and the food at El Paseo isn't special. Try someplace else.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous & Accommodating
    SaltingtheTofu
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I've dined at El Paseo a number of times, and I've never been disappointed. This time was no exception, however challenging it may have been for the wait staff. I can explain. I would consider myself a "foodie." I prefer to take recommendations based on what the staff thinks is special on the menu or wine list that day. My Aunt, who was my guest, is not. She's very particular, even carrying with her a laminated photo of a steak she cut out of a magazine a decade ago and had laminated. Not even joking. Not only did the staff take the request in stride, but they exceeded her (I'll call them ridiculous) expectations. Great food, but an even better sense of humor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Special and Consistent
    SoupLoverVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    A very special and romantic restaurant whose menu is imaginative, and whose preparations are superb! We have had the Cowboy steak on a number of occasions, each time cooked perfectly as ordered, serviced beautifully, with attentive wait service. The ambience cannot be beat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.