Fore Street
Fore Street

Fore Street

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.forestreet.biz/
  • Phone: 2077752717
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Bar opens daily at 5:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Sam Hayward
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Franklin and Pearl
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Fore Street has free parking from 5pm to 12am in the parking lot behind the building, depending on availability. Street parking is available as well as customer paid parking in 2 parking garages within 1 block.
A word from Fore Street
Located in Portland's Old Port District, Fore Street opened in June, 1996. The interior surrounds a unique brick and soapstone hearth with a wood-burning oven, grill and turnspit; visible from most tables. We believe that good food travels the shortest possible distance between the farm and the table. Our menu changes every day and is founded upon the very best raw materials from a community of Maine farmers, fisherman, foragers and cheese makers. Most of the Maine foods are organically grown or harvested wild, each brought to us at the peak of its season. In 2002 and again in 2007, Fore Street was named by Gourmet Magazine as one of the Top Fifty Restaurants in the United States. In 2004, Chef-Partner Sam Hayward was named Best Chef: Northeast by the James Beard Foundation.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Fore Street reviews from OpenTable diners
108 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (81)special occasion (72)romantic (37)notable wine list (35)neighborhood gem (31)hot spot (29)good for groups (15)vibrant bar scene (10)scenic view (9)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Excellent restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Fantastic dining experience. Food was exceptional, service was great and the open kitchen provided an amazing show. Would highly recommend
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Demogenes
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    As a chef I tend not to over-analyze my dining experience. Chef's are traditionally overly critically for the sake of their own ego. So I make it a point to brag about everyone else's cooking. I can't do that here. I must have gone on an off night, because the food was bland, dry and the selections were completely uninspired (as in they seemed designed to be completely bland and dry). Perhaps they're resting on their laurels and just writing their menu ideas kind of slap dash? Or perhaps I went on a bad night for me to go. Hopefully the latter.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing dining experience
    Foodiejules27
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The restaurant was gorgeous and we enjoyed watching the kitchen in the middle of the restaurant. The bar was exquisite, the plush chairs were inviting for you to relax before you dine and the overall design and layout was divine, food included. Would recommend making this a destination while visiting Portland. Gourmet magazine was on point.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fore sure!
    Charslink
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We had an amazing experience here. The waiter was friendly and helpful. The food was phenomenal. Worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fore St exceeds expectations!
    RDrides
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Both my wife and I are pretty accomplished chefs and are often disappointed when dining out and the meal is not as well prepared as we felt it would have been if we had cooked at home. At Fore St last Monday that was certainly not the case. We had guests in from London and all 4 of us were extremely pleased with our meals. I sampled all 4 of the fish dishes and found them very remarkable. The Bluefish special is the reason for writing this review. It was incredible! Not only cooked delicately and presented beautifully, the balance of flavors complimented what can be a difficult fish to prepare. My sincere compliments to the chef!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over the Top
    Sandy
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Have eaten in numerous excellent restaurants but this was over the top. This was a recommendation so we expected a good meal but that does not begin to describe it. From the hostess who seats you and remembers your name from check in, to the well informed waitress who was so very into every part of our meal, to the chefs you observe preparing the entrees as you waited for your meal, to one of the best meals we have ever had. Main courses of swordfish and hanger steak with indescribable sides. We shared two mini desserts, carrot cake and chocolate brownie which was served with a dollop of caramel, two raspberries, fresh whip cream and taste size special pop corn, oooh so delicious. Cannot say enough about this unassuming Portland gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still good, but not great.
    CTFrequentDiners
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    First time we went there, everything was great. This time, a year later, everything was good, but not great. And at this price point, they should be focused on being great. Getting a reservation is still difficult, so we settled for a very early dinner time. That was a mistake. From the moment we sat down, although the waiter was professional, it was structured that we would eat on their schedule and get out so that they could turn the table. I don't like being rushed through dinner, and no sooner did we finish the apps, the main arrived, just as we finished the mains, the dessert menu arrived. If the food were better, I would have been very upset. We'll no doubt try it again, but only if it's a late res for the last seating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just a Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    It was good but it was "just a restaurant". We can't figure out the hype. Food was ok but we have had better at a lower price. Hangar steak was ordered medium but was served red! Sardine appetizer was about 5 inches long with large bones. Fish entrees were nothing to rave about. Waitress was pleasant but seemed hurried. The noise level was high. The seats were uncomfortable for short people, our feet did not touch the floor, this was especially bad for my pregnant friend (5'2"). Do not think we will return, it is not worth dhowing up on time for your reservation and not being seated because 2 members of your party were not there yet. And then being told that if they were much later our table might be given away! That's rude!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Disappointing
    PandaFood
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We wanted to love Fore Street. We are major foodies and were in Portland on basically a self guided beer and food tour of the city. Fore Street was our only disappointment. The food was under seasoned and lack luster. The ethos and presentation are spectacular (fresh and local ingredients) but execution was a miss. Foie gras was boring - how do you mess up foie gras? :(
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Incredible!
    Juneau
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Best chicken we ever had (spit roasted). We visit Portland every year and so look forward to dining at Fore
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant!
    ShellyVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I have wanted to dine at the restaurant for a long time, and I finally got the opportunity. The food was excellent, especially the foie gras, something we can no longer get in California. We were seated in a room off the main dining room at a table for two by the window. We both thought that was nice and that it would be quieter. Not so, across the room there was a table of 10 people, 3 women and 7 men who were enjoying their evening, but were VERY loud. A very unpleasant distraction to our dining experience. Not sure if the restaurant has the space for a separate room for large groups, but should consider that option. I would definitely dine at the restaurant again, but would make sure I was not seated near a large group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expectations
    TastyVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    As good as it gets. Wondrous, savory food, perfectly paced, and excellently described.The best duck I ever had. A must visit in Portland.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Underwhelming
    SoPoFoodExplorerVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Over the past 18 months, our visits to Fore Street have steadily declined from knock your socks off delicious to good, but not spectacular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friday Night
    TAC49VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    What an absolutely incredible dining experience. The SERVICE was probably the best I've experienced. We enjoyed Mussels, Chicken Livers, Squid as starters and then Venison, Hake and Flounder entrees and all three were wonderful. The chocolate souffle with caramels was unbelievable !!! The portions are large...so if I was to do this again, I'd cut way back. As an example, the mussels starter is more than enough as an entrée. The entire menu also a little pricey...so be forewarned.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Very unique menu - fresh daily. Waiter was very patient with questions - delicious recommendations
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but over rated.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Food was good, fresh and large portions. It's trendy right now. I have eaten at better restaurants not in Portland though.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • One of the Best
    luvfood
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    One of the best restaurants ever! Hard to get reservation, but well worth trying!! Food is superb, service is great. Lives up to its reviews. Came from RI to try restaurant, will be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful food, big excellent menu
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Outstanding food in an exciting, energenic setting, served by friednly, attentive wait staff. Always very satisfying to dine here.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pepper8
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Waiter's recommendations were spot on, food was delicious, hostess was very accommodating.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice
    Denis
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    This restaurant came with high reviews, and it performed accordingly. The food was excellent, the service sharp and professional. As it was our anniversary I was especially pleased at finding this place for this particular occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still amazing
    Travel2eat
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Go here every time I'm in Portland...so happy to see it hasn't lost anything over the years. Outstanding service, food is just so tasty and well prepared. Loved the pork belly, hangar steak and monkfish...excellent wines and couldn't even eat dessert...we took home a little box of the chocolates - WOW!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DianeM
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    First time..the mussels were outstanding I would recommend and would go back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SLIPPED A BIT
    palu22
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Did not get blown away as usual. Even the mussels, which we looked forward to were off the mark compsred to previous times. And the cheese on the salad was like rubber, tasteless and chewy.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still wonderful in a repeat dinner.
    Touring
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We had been to Fore Street two years ago while visiting Portland and found it be be very good. We returned, knowing that it's difficult to repeat magic, and found it to be just as wonderful as the first time. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Adam our server knew how picky we were (coming from NYC) he gave us the best recommendations and we enjoyed everything! Such a great place!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Susan
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Our waitress was very attentive but not intrusive. Food was excellent. We had a nice table on the upper level overlooking the kitchen which was fun to watch the chefs. Our first time to Portland and would return to Fore Street. We had a reservation and would recommend making one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What's the Fuss?
    Sally
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    It was very convenient to our hotel, actually right behind the Hilton. It was booked every night. The food was creative and good. The chef used the best quality of foods. However, the portions could have been a little more. I was glad I went, but wouldn't go back. The food for the price just wasn't there. I really don't know what all the fuss is about this place. If it's your first time in Maine, just go get some lobster at a reasonable price.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One the best restaurants anywhere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Every summer we stop at Fore Street on out way to and from a location much farther in Maine, and while there are other great restaurants in Portland we just can't imagine missing a dinner we could have had at Fore Street. The best ingredients impeccably and creatively prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reputation upheld
    david
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We have eaten many times at Fore St. over the years -- often, as this time, with visiting friends and relatives. The menu is unfailingly creative and the food excellent. On a busy late summer evening, the place was crowded, the noise level high, and the service a bit slow -- all of which we anticipated: it's the price of excellence.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Find
    MissDeeGeeVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Great food, nice ambiance and exceptional service.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding meal
    RegulardinerVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    This was one of our vacation highlights. We had been in Acadia for a week, and relived all the sound and smell memories with the seafood here. Great casual vibe, but excellent service, and food is just suberb. We also succombed to the deserts, even though we were all full. Fabulous. A fine food experience that was as relaxed as a back yard barbecue. Did not want to leave.
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  • Overpriced/Small Portions
    overpriced
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Noise level was very high. Service was slow but polite. Everything had a smoke flavor due to the wood ovens. OK for meats, not for cauliflower. Wine by the glass, high price not all that good. Would not return.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    Cookiemonster
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I know the gourmet mag top 50 list is old, but I have yet to go to a restaurant on it that isn't out of this world. Fore street is more a more casual variant of the nations' top dining spots - consistent with Maines laid back feel. It is similar to chez panise w/ menu changes daily based on the market & the different station chefs then create options based on what's available. A few standards stay on the menu year round - one of these was the wood fired mussels which we tried & was great. The front page of the menu were small plates I ordered quail which was a full bird & could have been a meal to itself. The wine list was approachable for any budget which was nice. My wife enjoyed watching the food being prepared in the open kitchen
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RiverheadDestinationVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    To be the best in Portland - the foodie town of the northeast - is really saying something. Year in, year out, Fore Street continues to stand as the best of the best in Portland's fine dining landscape. Recommended without reservation.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Almost perfect
    PoppyVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We have dined here whenever in Portland. Their reputation is exceptional, as has been our experience during previous visits. This time, while everything was wonderful, our main coarse was off the mark. We had the Lobster with Garlic Scapes and Corn Pudding; it was disappointing. The Lobster was tough, the Garlic Scapes were overdone, but the Corn Pudding was to die for! Our appetizer was fabulous, as was the dessert. Do visit them!!
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fore Street Portland Maine
    ScottG
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We recently celebrated both our and my parents anniversaries with dinner at Fore Street. Every aspect met our expectation of one of the highest rated restaurants in the country. The food was spectacular with mixes of ingredients that just work together perfectly. The atmosphere is friendly and not pretentious. Dinner was on the high side cost wise but the value for the money is unquestioned. We will be back.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh delicious food
    foodie2
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I took my Mom to Fore Street for her birthday. The staff welcomed her with birthday wishes and left a birthday card on the table. Our waitperson was knowledgeable and friendly. We started off with a caprese salad with heirloom tomatoes of varying colors and sizes topped with a soft ricotta cheese, homemade, I believe. For the main course I had the mussel appetizer which was very good and very large. My Mom had the scallops which were delicious. We finished with a blueberry crisp served in a canning jar-fun. The only negative was the view out the window which overlooked garbage dumpsters.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfection
    AliGVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Fore Street is top notch. My husband and I try to get to this restaurant every time we visit Portland. Food is out of this world and service is excellent. We come from Boston and can honestly say this is one of the best restaurants we've ever eaten at. Celebrated multiple occasions here.
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    special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flawless food
    diner88
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Our food was delicious, creative, and perfectly portioned. Highlights were the chilled and smoked seafood platter, pork belly with beets and rhubarb jam, and chocolate torte with chocolate pecan ice cream. Service was polite and knowledgable but felt rushed.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yum
    FitzVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Loved every bit of our dining experience here. Loved the decor, the service was wonderful, and the food was absolutely delish!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate