Espetus Churrascaria - San Mateo
Espetus Churrascaria - San Mateo

Espetus Churrascaria - San Mateo

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.espetus.com/
  • Phone: 6503428700
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Brazilian Steakhouse, Brazilian
  • Executive Chef: Robson Barreto
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: There is plenty of street parking around the restaurant. If you prefer a private parking garage, the closest one is located on B Street/4th Ave.
  • Private Party Facilities: Book your next event at Espetus Churrascaria. Our professional staff will make your private event one to be remembered. For more information or to plan your next successful meeting or event, contact our Event's Coordinator at 415-552-8792.
  • Private Party Contact: Amanda Figueiredo 4155528792
  • Entertainment: Espetus Churrascaria in San Mateo hosts Caipi-hour every Wednesday and Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. In the restaurant’s lounge, guests can enjoy, with the purchase of a cocktail, a complimentary sampling of hors d' oeuvres. Bar specials priced at just $6.00 include such cocktails as a Caipirinha and a Brazilian Mojito. In addition, there is live musical entertainment without a cover charge.
  • Special Events: Please contact Amanda Key, events manager, to inquiry about banquets and special events at 415-552-8792 or amanda@espetus.com.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 7th and 8th
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Espetus Churrascaria - San Mateo
"Welcome to Espetus Churrascaria!" The flavors of Brazil come alive at Espetus with the Bay Area's very first Rodizio Style restaurant. The concept is simple; serve the meat straight from the fire on which it was cooked so that the flavor, temperature, & texture are perfect. In the Brazilian Language, Portuguese, Espetus means skewer. In traditional churrascaria (shoo-ras-ka-ria) meat is cooked on skewers over an open fire, brought straight to the table where it is carved directly on to your plate. For one set price, you will experience one or all of our succulent cuts of meat, continuously served until you are satisfied. Espetus also has a full salad bar overflowing with the exotic salads & side dishes of the Brazilian Cuisine.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Espetus Churrascaria - San Mateo reviews from OpenTable diners
179 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (138)good for groups (103)fit for foodies (80)great for lunch (42)romantic (37)hot spot (33)kid-friendly (29)neighborhood gem (28)notable wine list (21)great for brunch (20)late-night find (12)vibrant bar scene (12)great for outdoor dining (5)Show More
  • One of a kind experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Went here to celebrate my g/friends bday. I was concerned about the price since I had gone online---however you get your money's worth. I think the green/red idea is great. I know the main course was the variety/different types of meat but the rice and lasagna available as part of the buffet was delicious. We left beyond stuffed but fulfilled. The different types of meat available was amazing to say the least. All the waiters/servers were friendly and helpful. At the end, they gave my gfriend a nice candle light ice cream gift. Overall, great experience. We'll be back for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service
    Foodlover123
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Friendly and warm welcome when entering this restaurant. Good for group gathering. Nice meat and salad bar. Great services too...
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    All Meats seem very rare. Even chicken didn't look all the way done. Did not have heart of palm which is one of the dishes we were looking forward to. It was super noisy too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The only part that I didn't like was that we had reservations and we still had to wait a pretty long time other than that everything was good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sweet and salty
    thevivster
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Came here on a Saturday night to celebrate my dad's birthday. Turns out everyone was celebrating their birthdays too. Parking is limited, so come earlier to grab street spots. Seating was quick, almost seconds after our reservation. Seating arrangements were a bit tight, but would have felt more comfortable with more room and less noise. Food-wise, the appetizers and side dishes were great and delicious. Good variety of vegetables and grains, and even some special chef's dishes. I'm glad I was able to try almost every type of meat they offered. Waiters are polite and patient. The only downside is that the meats were a tad too salty for me, which led to a headache after. Overall, ended with a big check, but was a good first experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • steak4me
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I have been here for lunch and dinner, and I do not find much of a difference in the food though there is a higher price for dinner. For the same amount of money, I'd rather go to Ruth's Chris Steakhouse frankly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    Ladyblueyez26
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    If you love meat, different varieties you will love this place, so much to choose from. Salad bar had a variety to choose from hot bar had white rice and their version of rice, vegetables.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • etknoxVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The coconut sorbet was a great way to end the delicious meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sweet Anniversary
    joeMir
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We are busy business owners, it was our anniversary and we didn't want to skip it because of the heavy week we were having. We decided on Espetus and it was perfect. We beat the crowds by dining early 5:30ish and the food was fantastic, ambiance was great. Every person that came to our table was very pleasant. I'm not much of a carnivore but you won me over with your Top Sirloin :) We were able to forget about work and enjoy our food and conversation. It was pretty much a perfect anniversary dinner for us. Thank you so much.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fun Atmosphere
    LucyLu
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Outstanding service, good food and a great atmosphere to celebrate s special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special
    EatNEnjoy
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Friendly welcome, precise rotation of skewers, carvers accommodating, tantalizing buffet bar, experience was extraordinary and remarkable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience
    RDC1
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Very high quality salad bar and meats. The only thing to note is to be ready to turn off the service to allow yourself to get caught up. Once you turn the nob to green, the meat starts coming out at a steady pace. And then you start eating too fast to keep up when what you should do is turn the nob to red to stop the delicious onslaught.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Rivaled the more known Fugo de Chao for Brazilian churrasaria. Staff and gauchos were extremely attentive and flowed well with high demand meats. More selection and quality salad and side dishes - Brazilian potato salad, artichoke, taboullah, couscous, prosciutto, stew. All sides complimented the delicious, succulent, moist meats. Best was the lamb and second was anything with bacon. Highly recommend for special occasion and extremely convenient for Sun brunch
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mom's bday lunch
    kweenpin
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I went here cuz I knew my mom was a meat eater. The ambiance I thought would be great for her. She just loved the place. I thought for the price, we could've gotten more. Lunch plus three drinks for 3 people was $175. It's not bad, but I wanted more.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for special occassions
    TinTin
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Came here for a birthday dinner for the boyfriend on a Thursday night. Overall good experience. Meat was always coming to our table and the manager was very attentive. I noted in my reservation that it would be a "birthday dinner," and they "surprised" us with a birthday ice cream and song at the end of our meal, which made our dinner even better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great staff, dry meat, overpriced.
    CarnivoreLeo
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I've been to Churrascaria's in Las Vegas, and Southern California. I've not been to the Pampas in Palo Alto yet, but I will try it. With tax, it's 60$ a person if you don't order anything else. A little higher then others. But the worst part was trying to find meat that wasn't burned or dried out. The chicken and pork in particular was very dried. The larger cuts, you could have them cut the dried piece off, to get to something a little tastier. The seasoning was good. But all the smaller cuts, and the lamb were dry. Staff was mostly attentive, and pleasant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Must Try
    HappyVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Fantastic! Really good fresh, nicely seasoned food. I do not eat meat, but found the salad bar to be outstanding. My family does eat meat and was celebrating my Mother's 80th Birthday. Espetus is now crossed off her bucket list of must enjoys even though she didn't know it existed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We happily waddled out after having a huge lunch selection! Yes we will return soon!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could have been the best
    Susan
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    1st time at Espetus. From Southern California where we have several of these. Overall the ambiance and setting was great. Clean, organized, and well presented. I love that the staff is well dressed in restaurant uniforms. Food was well prepared and flavorful. Our waitress who initially greeted us was helpful but she never checked on us again since the initial visit the entire evening and we were there until closing. We had to flagged down other staff walking by in order to get refills on our appetizers (Polenta, fried bananas, and cheese bread). Was a bit ridiculous as it wasn't as packed to have that kind of lacking service. Would be better if some staff were more proactive and attentive. I would return. Hope this visit was just a one off!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Below Average
    kreayshunistVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    It sounds very promising, but the food is just not particularly good. The sides table has a surprising amount of Arabic selections, but hardly anything fitting for a Brazilian steakhouse. Service also isn't particularly good. When the wrong beer was delivered to the table and I pointed it out the waitress' reaction stopped just short of accusing me of lying. When she brought the correct bottle of beer and proceeded to pour it at the table the difference in color was obvious. Instead of saying anything at all she just left in a huff. This restaurant has potential, but not with the current staff.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun and different
    AtoZVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We went for a birthday dinner. Food and service was great! Only one bad thing, they show having shrimp on the website but they no longer serve shrimp, I love it and was excited for it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A MUST EXPERIENCE!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    This was the 2nd time my family ate at Espetus Churrascaria for lunch! A MUST EXPERIENCE to be put on anybody's bucket list to try in the SF Bay Area! Great Food! Great Staff! and Beautiful Decor for your enjoyment!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Live2EatVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We have been to the SF location as well as this one. This one was comparable to the SF location in terms of food and service. The sides bar was quite good and we didn't find any items we didn't like. It is very hard to not fill up on these alone. The different meats were pretty good. The chicken was a bit dry and parts of my filet were a bit tough but otherwise it was fantastic. My wife usually does get dessert but did not on this occasion so i cannot comment on the desserts. The grilled pineapple was plenty for me for dessert
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food
    Amberdhd
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Wonderful experience at this establishment. Service was excellent and food was out of this world
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You get what you pay for.
    FoodForBelly
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The hostess was kind. although my fiancé and i were 30 minutes early of our reservations, the hostess was gracious enough to seat us immediately. We did get seated next to a group of atleast 6 people. One of those 6 was a little too loud. It may have been the alcohol that induced her long lasting laughs that seemed more annoying than enjoyable. But, about the restaurant and the service, It was excellent. The meats were fantastic. The foods at the salad bar were good, especially the Brazilian chicken pot pie. Because i told espetus it was a celebration of my fiances birthday, complimentary dessert wine and ice cream was served. Definately go there for phenomenal food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish!
    poizun
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Everything was so delicious! We tried not to eat too much of the hot dishes near the salad bar but they were all too good to pass up. Service was very good from beginning to end. We'll be coming back again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food.... Good service!!!
    Bdaytreat
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We went there to celebrate my friends birthday and I'm so happy that I chose this place.... we are all very satisfied with the food and the service staff. We left the place with a big smile on our face and a very full tummy!!!!!! 😄😃😀😊☺️
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice splurge.
    Claradise
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I like this place. Saturday being the best night to go I think. More variety of meat I think. It's fun and the buffet section is nice too. I wish they would include some dessert with your dinner. A tiny one would be okay but it's not that big of a deal. Pace yourselves and just enjoy the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tgtg
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    very expensive for lunch...................................................................................................................
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Went for a bachelorette dinner. Food was amazing and the employees were on top of it! They came around a lot! My plate was full of meat within 5 minutes! Great service! Would definitely go back again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Come hungry
    lareed
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Very good food, lots of selection. I was stuffed. My only little nit picky complaint is that the cheese bread which is one of my favorites isn't the best I've ever had. But the staff is very friendly staff and they did a special dessert for our friends anniversary without us even asking.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service by staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Everyone was nice especially the manager King (I think that's how you say his name?). He made sure our experience was great and made suggestions of wine depending on our preference.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummmmm
    tn650
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Our company brought clients from Germany and Switzerland here for farewell dinner and they loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Skewered meats were seasoned perfectly. Servers very attentive and quick to bring next skewer.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An Excellent Indulgence
    JonTheFoodie
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The best place around to feast on delicious meats of all varieties. The waitstaff are attentive and polite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Churrasco Resturaunt
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The service was excellent, the food was delicious, the nice touch of a live piano and sax tandem was great. All around a nice time out for great food, more than enough varieties of meats in abundance to choose from.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    NicefindVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    This was not our first time here, we took my husbands brother and his girlfriend who have never been to a Brazilian Steak house. We all have a great time and as always the food was outstanding. Love that you are not rushed through. If you have not been here before you should really go.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • some thing different to try
    live2eat
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Place wasn't that busy for a Thursday evening. My family and I have never had this type of cuisine. Concept was interesting and different, but honestly the meats lacked flavor and was on the dry side. For $55 I would have preferred a steak house. The sangria was very good, probably best thing they had. Overall food was less than ok, sevice good but place is pricey. Trying it once in my life is good enough for me....don't think I'd be back.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pricey but amazing!
    Makellan
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Delicious meat comes to you so quickly and often that there's a signal on the table to let servers know to pass you by when you're getting overwhelmed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The REAL thing!
    HonestEval
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Been to several churrascarias in Brazil - this is just like them - even down to the same knives! Great food, friendly wait staff - and honest, too.. left purse on chair & all was returned.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate