Evvia
Evvia

Evvia

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.evvia.net/
  • Phone: 6503260983
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Greek
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The restaurant can accommodate large parties. Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Panos Gogonas 6503260983

Getting there

  • Cross Street: University
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: valet available
A word from Evvia
Sister restaurant of Kokkari, Evvia has been serving beautiful and elegant Greek cuisine since 1995. Fabulous fish, savory roasted meats, and sun-soaked vegetables are jazzed up with a spritz of lemon, a little olive oil, and herbs. There is perfection in simplicity.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Evvia reviews from OpenTable diners
274 reviews since April 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (184)special occasion (169)neighborhood gem (111)romantic (86)notable wine list (85)great for lunch (82)hot spot (71)good for groups (61)late-night find (17)great for brunch (13)kid-friendly (11)vibrant bar scene (11)great for outdoor dining (6)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Lamb
    Port63VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Please go back to Calif Lamb, I don't like the gamy taste of Australian Lamb, I know it's cheaper .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • phcesq
    phcesq
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    One of our favorite restaurants. Great food and service. (Wine a tad pricey but what else is new.)
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • tlachi47
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The dessert's were divine, plum tart & ice cream was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad we went!
    chig
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Love the décor. Good food. Friendly environment. A little noisy sitting near the kitchen area.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Little Disappointed
    Shadroe
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The staff and waiter were great. I had the lamb shank and while it fell off the bone the taste was a little bland. My wife had the Bronzino and again nothing special. Maybe our taste buds were off that night. Loved the feel of the place and the staff was great. I wanted to love the food but didn't really get there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    hubby4baba
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Ok, every husband knows the feeling. It's you are and your wife's special day and you've been so busy that there's no plans on the docket. So what's a guy to do? First, you figure out where's there's somewhere good enough to take her for dinner. It can't be anywhere, however. It's got to be some place really good. No, strike that -- some place great. Well, after searching for the best spots, this restaurant's name appeared. I thought, 'this could work out well.' Sure enough, it did. I booked the reservation for 9:30 pm. It was a Friday night so downtown was crawling with people, mostly younger. We parked, walked to the restaurant and arrived on time. We checked in and were seated in a semi-intimate table at the back. My wife loved it!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EDWARDVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Evvia is perhaps Palo Alto's best restaurant for lunch, as the food and service are both very very good. My party enjoyed the Spanakopitropita, lamb meatball, Evvia salad, and chicken Souvlaki. Our waitress and busboy were most attentive and went to great efforts to make sure that we were never without water, ice tea, or bread. It is essential to make reservations at Evvia well in advance, as the wait for walk-ins can be long. Evvia is an excellent choice for lunch or dinner when in downtown Palo Alto.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A meal fit for a queen
    PrincessVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The three of us had their outstanding lamb sandwich on delicious homemade pita bread. I can still taste the fabulous flavors of this meal. The plating was beautiful, and the service perfect. I'll be back again for lunch and of course for dinner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    As usual, food was very good, waiter exceptional. However, they removed one of my favorite items on the menu and it's replacement was not up to par: the lamb/beef burger, which used to be exceptionally tasty, had been transformed into something barely edible, with a "harracha" sauce and some kind of Greek cheese (begins with a "k") - not at all tasty. Plus it used to be served with their fantastic house-made thick sliced pita, which along with the (old) lamb burger and tzatski sauce, was "to-die-for". They replaced the pita with a flat bread - very ordinary and did nothing to add to the dish. In addition, I don't know that much about Mediterranean food, but this dish was served with very thinly sliced onion rings (?!)
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place for a nice dinner
    foodmvrik
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    First things first we are vegetarians, though the there was only one Veg entree on the menu the appetizers did the trick. They have a nice starter collection and it was delicious. Heirloom tomato soup was awesome and so was the Argula salad, Dolmas & Pita. Service was excellent, warm and professional staff. Though tables were close we had our privacy. Everybody at the restaurant was celebrating some event..Looks like a winner for that.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently great!
    Wwadlow
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Having dined at Evvia half a dozen times, I have only plaudits for the consistently good food and service!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for reunion
    Food4Thoughts
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We booked a table for 6 to entertain friends from other countries. The dishes we ordered were octopus, lamb riblet and beets for starters and 5 mains to share. Wonderful tasting experience. Needless to say, our friends were impressed. Considering its 28 points from Zagat, the meal certainly is worthy of every dollar we paid.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place for Group Lunch
    Anonymous
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We were a group of 7 for lunch and had an awesome experience at Evvia.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eating experience
    Happy2
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The restaurant was busy but still had plenty of attention from the staff. The waiter explained the choices of food well, was good humoured and did not rush us throughout the evening. Have already recommended the restaurant to others and will return soon for another enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • oldfaart
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Wow, was the food good. I need to return. The note obviously taken from the reservation-confirmation call were actually read by the waiter and personalized directly. That's what I'm talking about.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good!
    firstimehere
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Good service, first time trying Greek food and although our total bill added up to a pretty expensive amount, the food was top quality. Lamb shank was perfect and tender, dessert was delicious, wine was good. Very nice ambiance for a romantic dinner and I appreciated that our waiter was polite and made great food recommendations, yet still gave us space to talk and eat without being intrusive. Overall great place, would definitely good again and have already recommended to friends!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed...average Greek food
    luv2travel
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Perhaps, as former Chicagoans used to amazing Greek food, we have different standards. Or expected too much from #1 rated and quite pricey Palo Alto restaurant, but disappointed on our first visit. Pros: Free parking across street. Wonderful atmosphere. Attentive service. Cons: Appetizer portions small. Entrees disappointing. Should have paid greater heed to our waiter who said 'Some customers don't like lamb because it's gamey.' We love lamb and assumed it was 'non-lamb lovers' who felt this way. But, the lamb was indeed gamey and the orzo bland. Goat stew was a bad choice all-together, with a peculiar flavor. As a menu special it should have been much better. Not sure if we would return. If so, would definitely order differently.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pricey and worth every penny
    mikey
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Food and service was outstanding. I was in Palo Alto for a matinee concert and heard this place was good. There was a spot open early at 5:30 so I booked it. Reserve early because the place was packed. There was a large and very friendly staff who constantly circulated so every need was filled quickly. Special requests were granted no problem. I had some wonderfully moist rotisserie chicken while visiting Greece several years ago. Evvia's brought back those good memories! Try the octopus appetizer. The lamb chops were yummy! I live in San Francisco, so Palo Alto is quite a drive. Lucky for me, there's a sister restaurant right here, which I plan on visiting often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yurikane
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    It's a great restaurant. I have been to Kokkari SF as well. This is as good as Kokkari.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We have dined here often and it is always a treat. The staff are accommodating and the food is consistent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The octopus appetizer was quite pricey for the quantity and the quality (kind of mushy around the edges). But the Branzino was delicious! The moussaka was also very good. Our waiter was quite nice and informative, but the service was VERY slow. Even though we told him that we had a play to attend and what time we needed to leave, there was no time for dessert. And it was very hard to hear our dinner companions over the ambient noise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too expensive, not good VFM
    EntrepreneurEmeritus
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The lamb souvlaki at $27 and 'special' tomato salad at $12 weren't good value. I guess the location in Palo Alto is equivalent to Fifth Avenue @ Central Park South, but one has more choices in Palo Alto.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Greek Food!
    Hoopster95VIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    The food was very delicious--Greek but with a modern touch! Great location in the heart of downtown Palo Alto next to the Aquarius Theater on Emerson between University and Lytton. Hostess was friendly but service was slow in taking order and then later waiter finally asked if we had received second appetizer which we had been waiting for. For an experienced waiter he seemed to be having an off night. We sat next to the large open sliding french doors which offered a nice indoor/outdoor feel. For a Monday night after 9pm, it was busy and a bit noisy. Make reservations it is a popular place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pamper Day Dinner
    MamaDiva1
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I recently had dinner @ Evvia as part of a mom's spa pamper day. It was a wonderful way to wrap-up an awesome day with my BFFs! We want to bring our husbands back next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still great after all these years..
    FridaynitefoodiesVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We had dinner at Evvia for the first time in about 10 years. Wish it hadn't been so long because everything was superb! We had been reminded of what wonderful food was there by watching an episode of "the best thing I ever ate" on the Food Network. Someone was raving about the lamb meatball appetizer. It did not disappoint. Delicious. Our server Robi was fabulous, friendly and made us feel so welcome. Everyone from the bus boys to the servers who passed by our table were so friendly, courteous and seemed to love being there. We look forward to going back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kindness
    Drceats
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I never eat lamb. But I decided if anyone could do it well, Evvia might. It was delicious. I will definitely get back here or to Kokkari. More than the food, however, was the kindness the host showed me. I had some major skin damage and it was burning and so uncomfortable. If it weren't for the fact my friends and I had arranged this day awhile ago, I would have stayed home due to pain and general ugliness. My friend asked for some ice for me and the host was so good about getting me a cold pack and then later a big bag of ice. We even had a super nice table. Luckily, there was a way I could angle away from the majority of the crowd there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still the best in PA
    HomieVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Regrettably, the pita wrapped ahi with caramelized onions was no longer on the lunch menu. I spoke with the owner and he kindly agreed to talk to the chef about bringing it back, saying it was one of his favorites too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a great monday night celebration
    luv2eatout
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    we had a superb evening at Evvia last monday. We decide to sample multiple appetizers instead of ordering an entree and all of them (we had 6) were excellent. Our waiter recommended a very good greek white wine to go along with our meal and we topped everything off with a fantastic dessert, the phyllo wrapped vanilla bean custard with a pistachio ice cream scoop.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch in a class setting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I've eaten at Kokkari in San Francisco, a sister restaurant, and Evvia measures up. Attentive waiters, open ambiance, sunny, great food, and as it was a client lunch, I was delighted to be able to talk quietly and comfortably. Would go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just awesome!
    peninsulite
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My first time there after friends mentioned how great it was. It was everything they described and more! Lamb chops were out of this world tasty! wood oven branzino was also perfectly cooked. Server was very attentive, prompt and courteous. Desserts were great.. Overall a great dinner and looking forward to coming back..
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Wonderful and attentive wait staff. Kind and helpful waiter for avoiding food allergies and ordering dinner for a child. Very relaxed experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will be back!
    SantaCruzin
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We got an early dinner reservation as others suggested and were glad we did since the place filled up quickly, even mid-week! Service was attentive, good recommendations on menu items, filled our glasses promptly, food was hot. Delicious food: we tried wild mushroom special and riblets for appetizers, wild salmon and whole baked sea bass for entrees. Will definitely need to come back and try their desserts!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lamblover
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Outstanding food and service as usual. Without a doubt, one of the best, if not THE best restaurants and menus on the SF Peninsula. Noise level can be high, but it is a vibrant and warm vibe, so somehow it feels lively and adds to the atmosphere. I love how their front window panels slide open for al fresco dining on warm days/ evenings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great service, delicious food
    johnw
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    At the suggestion of our server, who was friendly, helpful and prompt without hovering, we decided to select several starters: fried zucchini balls with a yoghurt mint sauce, roasted asparagus, red and orange beet salad and pita bread with eggplant dip. They were all nicely presented and delicious. We split a main course: the rotisserie of the day, which was lamb, served with lemon. It was succulent and tasty. We had been offered water when we were seated, but needed help with choosing wine. We asked our server to select 2 different glasses of white, which were quite drinkable, and took his recommendation for a bottle of very nice red. Our only regret? No room for dessert.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Average food and service for what I thought was high end prices. The lamb was dry and it took asking a server if someone was going to bring utensils for our salads
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Lunch!
    SVDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    It was a beautiful afternoon and Evvia let the fresh air in by leaving their large front window open. It made it a special afternoon. Their hostess greeted us right on schedule and we had a outstanding pita bread and their wonderful dips. It was amazing. I had their wild salmon that was probably the best I ever had. My wife had a delicious chicken Skewers. I would recommend Evvia to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth trying
    Noisy
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Lived up to reviews. Excellent food. Had lunch lamb pita sandwich and lamb burger. Pricey if you are not on expense account. Save this place for special occasions or go during lunch with lower priced choices. Nice ambience, upscale feel.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best all around restaurant
    Greatmadden
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    There isn't one thing to complain about. This place has amazing service, our waiter has worked there for 17 years which really says something. The food is incredible and I suggest ordering family style so you can try more things. Get the branzino fish and lamb meatballs!! I will definitely be returning !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner was an amazing experience
    GilroyGirl
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The food was sooooo good that even as we were eating dessert we wished we could go back and start all over again. The Lamb here is the best anywhere...we shared (family style is great here) and had Lamb Chops, Lamb Shank and Moussaka...all of which were to die for! We also did a trio of desserts and appetizers and everything was absolutely delicious. But we could not have enjoyed it as much without the great service from Robi! She did a great job making us feel welcome and well taken care of the whole meal! Thanks Robi for making a special night even better than we ever expected.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great
    NickVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I love Evvia. It's easily my favorite restaurant in Palo Alto. The appetizers are so good, we just ordered a bunch of those and split them. Spanakopita and tzatziki were the highlights. Greek salad and lamb meatballs also tremendous. Grilled octopus was a little chewy and not quite as crisp as I would've liked. Only true downside this time, though, was our table was located right next to the computer all the servers use to input orders so there was a fair amount of foot traffic near us. Nonetheless, Evvia never fails to deliver.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.