Forepaugh's
Forepaugh's

Forepaugh's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.forepaughs.com/
  • Phone: 6512245606
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 5pm-9pm, Friday and Saturday 5pm-10pm. Sunday brunch 11am-2pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Donald Gonzalez
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Party Options Available. Please contact the restaurant.
  • Private Party Contact: Joan Frantz 6512245606

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Walnut
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Forepaugh's
Forepaugh’s Restaurant is located in a beautiful Victorian mansion in the lovely Irvine Park area of Downtown St. Paul; a stones throw from Excel Energy Center and the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. The building itself is a gorgeous, multi-functional (read: wifi), state of the art venue disguised as a charming, quaint and thoroughly authentic Victorian mansion. The seven intimate and artfully decorated dining rooms straddle the past and future gracefully, featuring both period décor and brilliantly conceived, cutting edge New American Cuisine. The wine list is expansive and supported by a wine cellar/chef tasting room that is available for small, intimate gatherings. The bar, comfortable and cozy, --featuring the finest in distinctive liquors and specialty drinks. And the service is excellent. Join us for a big night or a cozy romantic dinner. Business groups, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions and parties of any shape or size are encouraged.
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Forepaugh's reviews from OpenTable diners
118 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelQuiet
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (103)romantic (93)fit for foodies (58)neighborhood gem (56)great for outdoor dining (46)scenic view (24)good for groups (22)notable wine list (21)great for brunch (16)late-night find (7)great for lunch (5)hot spot (4)vibrant bar scene (4)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Enjoyed the Sunday brunch - food was good although one of our dinners can't have poultry but oatmeal was requested and you were able to accommodate. Will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Once Again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    My wife and I have been here a few times to eat, and loved the feel of it so much we had our wedding at Forepaugh's. This was our anniversary dinner and the food, drink and service were wonderful. This ranks up in our top 5 for best meals. We had Beef Wellington and Scallops, both tender and delicious. We are both very picky on red meat and highly recommend the Beef Wellington. All told this is a great place for a night out, especially if you want a place with character.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening!
    Heather
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I received repeated recommendations from a friend to try Forepaugh's and it didn't disappoint. Innovative, delicious food and a lovely setting. It is an exceptional place. My only critique would be service. While our server was very nice and well-intended, details like replacing missing flatware before the next course were lacking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • angela379
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We went to Forepaugh's for a special birthday and were very dissappointed. We ordered the Beef Wellington and although it was a bigger portion it was a tough piece of flavorless meat and at 45.00 a plate it should have cut like butter and tasted exquisite. One of us ordered the Walleye and the portion to be extremely small, the joke at the table was " I didn't know it was possible to only catch 1/2 a fish". We also ordered a side of mashed potatoes but the waitress forgot to bring them to the table. The Beef Wellington did come with fingerling potatoes, however, you got about 6 pieces of potato the size of a nickel. For $ 200.00 for 3 people, with no alcohol include we were not impressed at all and will not return.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience, will be back
    612Guy
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We had a great night, we will be back many times. Beautiful building. Great service. Excellent food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food and service
    Russ
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    One of the best meals we've had in a long time and with wonderful service and atmosphere. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Historical
    pb222VIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    6 of us (including 2 10 year olds) ate on second floor, near the window for a birthday celebration. They served us at the table: eggs, eggs benedict, sausage, bacon, wonderful coffee cake, mimosas, coffee, milk, crisp fried potatoes, and fruit with yogurt. The meal was wonderful. Only problem was getting the bill when we were done....took an hour. Will ask for the bill right away next time;).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Forepaugh's in St Paul
    lovesgoodfood
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Forepaugh's maintains its reputation for being a special occasion fine dining restaurant. The menu was extraordinary, the food perfectly prepared. the presenteation and service outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great host
    bilyou
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Our waiter was terrible, but the food, bartender and host made our night... Your host (African american man in his 40's with glasses) told us many histories and ghost stories that we loved and really made our experience for coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great ambiance and service
    Okay
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This is a wonderful place for a romantic dinner and conversation -- the ambiance is great, and the service is superb. Stellar. However, the food needs to come up quite a bit. This is our first time back to Forepaugh's since the menu was revamped. While the menu selections look good in the descriptions, they leave something to be desired, taste-wise and presentation-wise. For example -- the scallop and pork belly dish I had did not have anything acidic to balance out the richness of the pork and the scallop. The chile flower and chorizo appetizer WAS fantastic, though. More like that! With the plethora of exciting and romantic spots in the Twin Cities today, it's doubtful we'll be back anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it…
    Anivfeast
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Arrived an hour early and they slid us in. We were there celebrating our anniversary and they gave us a complimentary champagne glass for each of us. Each course was delicious and dessert was phenomenal. I don't have anything bad to say everything was clean, cocktails were good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and atmosphere
    Edina
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We went there for our anniversary and it didn't disappoint in the least. Great food, service, and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long time favorite
    JAKEMS92913a
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Started with happy hour. Great happy hour food and coctails. Had wedding reception there and celebrated anniversary. Love the place!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Sunday Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We celebrated my mother in law's 90th birthday, and took her to brunch here. The staff was wonderful and attentive. The food was delicious....loved hat it was an all inclusive menu served family style. We also enjoyed a glass of mimosa that was included. That also brought her a complimentary dessert with a candle in it which she loved. A great dining experience.....the best place we've been for Sunday brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun Brunch
    HappyDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Great find for a girls brunch spot. Family style brunch, great atmosphere- made for a lovely start to our day!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 15 year anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great evening with wife and daughter to celebrate 15 year wedding anniversary. The wine tablet is awesome. so many great choices. I enjoyed the chef's evening special.
    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.
  • "Most romantic dinner I ever had"
    epete
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    That's the comment I received from the woman I took there for dinner. My steak was done perfectly. It is a bit on the high priced side, but I've always said if I pay a lot for a meal, and it turns out great, I'm ok with that. It was a special night and Forepaugh's delivered.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good food, but too fast
    RandT
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We dined at Forepaugh's for our anniversary. The food was scrumptious. We especially enjoyed the charcuterie plate and the samosas. The walleye was excellent and the NY strip like butter. The biggest negative was that we felt rushed by our waiter (65 minutes for drinks, appetizers, entrees, and dessert) and weren't offered coffee with dessert (though we each had a cup). Also, the deconstructed banana cream pie was an "almost" - if the banana had been sliced thinner, it would have been much better, and easier to eat.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An off night
    26pt2runnerVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We've dined at Forpaugh's a number of times and although often slowly paced - think European pacing, we felt the experience was gentile and relaxed. On this particular night however, it was annoying. Our bread arrived after our salads which took almost 40 minutes. Shortly thereafter our server announced that they had run out of the Salmon I had ordered. Which meant another 40 minute wait and a mismatched bottle of wine which we had ordered with the original entree in mind. We were offered desert on the house, which we accepted if only because the portions were so small we were still hungry. We departed after 2-1/2 hours, which left no time for other activities we had planned for the evening. It may be a while before we return.
    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.
  • Unexpected AWESOME!
    FarEastsideFoodie
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I chose the restaurant because I thought it would be a beautiful location for my wife and I's anniversary dinner. To our great surprise, my wife and I was greeted by the friendliest and most welcoming host I have ever met in all my years of dining. We felt welcomed immediately and was quickly lead to our table in a gorgeous room with a chandelier and comfortable chairs. The wait staff was very accommodating and the service was friendly, courteous, and very very efficient. The food was surprisingly plentiful (we were expecting tiny portions with a lot of decorations and fluff) but we were absolutely stuffed by the end. The food... What can I say? DELICIOUS, FRESH, FLAVORFUL, EXQUISITE! Definitely going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RogerGVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We went here for our 43rd anniversary. The food, service, and ambiance were all outstanding. We hadn't been here in many years and it was as good as we remembered. We definitely will come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Forepaughs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Amazing food, ambiance, etc. On top of this, the employees (especially the manager) are the best in town. Incredibly friendly. I love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Your staff was outstanding.
    Satisfaction
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our anniversary and it great. John and your staff was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect for an Intimate Celebration
    BigRed
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our first anniversary here. The food was delicious, the drinks were even better, and the history of the building is outstanding. Afterwards, go take a look at the wine cellar if it's not being used.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sharing Appetizers
    EclecticEater
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    My girlfriend and I went to Forepaugh with my sister and her husband. The ambiance was very elegant and quiet - great for a romantic dinner or celebrating a special occasion. We decided to share Appetizers after salads and I highly recommend it. It was a great experience and something different the staff was impressed with as well. The staff were very knowledgeable, friendly, yet courteous. Definitely pricey and probably won't go there all the time, but certainly a place to go again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for Anniversary Dinner
    krispy
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    This was our first time visiting Forepaugh's. We went for our anniversary. Highly recommend this restaurant for special occasions. The food was delicious. My husband loved his angus filet which was cooked perfectly. My favorite was their deconstructed banana cream pie. I also enjoyed the waldorf salad and asparagus. The staff was friendly, well trained and not one bit intrusive. It was quiet in the restaurant and really allowed us to have a enjoyable time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Celebrating
    Bucks250
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We celebrated my wife's birthday and a return to the restaurant where we had our first date 26 years ago. We had a very nice meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch
    MzJake
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Food was good - not great. Portions were very small. We definitely left hungry, and we're small people. Had to ask repeatedly for coffee & water refills. Is NOT handicap friendly! Not an experience we would care to repeat. Would not recommend.
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  • Forepaughs visit
    PatC
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We went to Forepaughs after last being there in 2005 and while the menu is new and we both enjoyed our appetizer courses. We had the chicke samosas which I could have happily eaten all night and we also had the flatbread which was fresh and had a wonderful tartness from the goat cheese. The main course unfortunately did not measure up quite as well. My plate was cold as it had been waiting for my husbands plate. He had the beef wellington which was was quite dry. My scallop dish was ok but it was almost like they were trying to hard. Not sure I would go back for the cost
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Visit
    JackieVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My husband and I were in St Paul for a weekend getaway. Forepaugh's was an easy walk from the St Paul Hotel. We were greeted warmly and taken to a table on the upstairs terrace that we had requested. Service staff were knowledgeable and friendly. The food was lovely. Highly recommend the corn soup, Caesar/wedge collision salad and the Walleye.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner for two
    Lolo
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I took my husband here for our anniversary. We were let down by the quality of food. The Beef Wellington was tasteless. The steak itself was quite cool in the center. Halibut was average. Dessert menu was sparse and, to us, lacked "comfort desserts". Needless to say, we didn't have dessert. It would take a lot for me to consider dining here again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All very good
    Allin
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Brought new girlfriend on her birthday. She was very impressed. Points for me. :-)
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ambiance
    SaintPaulGirl
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    No place lovelier... The house itself is a gem with all the original fixtures, etc. The lighting, views, even the little gem-of-a-neighborhood. The Ceaser Salad was the best.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Flavor Explosion
    BoPeep
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The salad, the BLT Collision, was one of the best I've ever had. Everything was bite size & the flavor delicious. The blue cheese vinaigarette dressing left you wanting to eat another salad. I had the 8 Oz. Beef Wellington wrapped in a puff pastry that was succulent! The filet melted in your mouth. The Deconstructed Banana Cream Pie was delicious but share it. The praline, custard, banana, etc. was a bit too sweet for me only because the portion was large. Once seated, the service was slow. Slow to get our drinks, get our food & get dessert. We could see our waiter was busy so maybe they were understaffed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • For a quiet and memorable evening ~
    Michelle
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    For a quiet, lengthy and memorable evening alone with your spouse...This is the place to go! The food is fresh and flavorful with an elegant setting. Our wait staff was amazing, knowledgeable and attentive. This place will be a new tradition for our wedding anniversary celebration for year to come!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great local option
    bpjd
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Excellent food and service This is our second trip it will not be the last! Loved the wine choices and the dining experience was fantastic. I have the opportunity to travel and experience many fine restaurants, nice to have a great local option! We dined here again to finalize the wedding rehearsal dinner choices, we loved everything we tried. We sampled several items on the menu from appetizers to dessert. The attention we received was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect Evemomg
    4wewilleatagain
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We ate on the upstairs deck with two dear friends. There was a breezy that made the temperature perfect, the view was spectacular and the food was perfect for each of us. Our friends shared a salad and several appetizers. I had the walleye and it was the best I have ever eaten. It was easy to hear each other which was great because one of us is hard of hearing and a noisy restaurant is exhausting for him. We are going back in the fall when the leaves are turning to sit on the deck and eat their Beef Wellington.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good but loud
    frenchie
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The walleye was great tasting. The chicken was surprisingly more on the deep fried genre. The biggest disappointment was a noisy loud table. I wish I asked to be moved.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    Marshal
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We had the cheese platter which was very good. I had the beef wellington and my wife had the pork chop both were cooked perfectly and tasted great! Evidently our food took longer than normal (we didn't notice) because the chef sent us a free dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magical Date Night
    Cyprus
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Outstanding service and food, very friendly staff we will be there again for sure
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.