Fried Green Tomatoes
Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.friedgreen.com/
  • Phone: (815) 777-3938
  • Hours of Operation:
    Wednesday-Sunday Dinner Served 5:00 - Close
    Friday & Saturday Dinner Served 4:30 - Close
    Closed Mondays & Tuesday

    Wino Wednesday - $3 Glasses of House Wine
    50% Friday - 50% off wine by the bottle
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Steve Roussel
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Fried Green Tomatoes offers a wide range of customized catering services. From full-service to dinner to go, please visit friedgreen.com for complete information.
  • Private Party Facilities: Fried Green Tomatoes offers several semi-private areas seating from 6 to 10 guests. Please call us to book your group dinner of 10 or more people at 815-777-3938.
  • Private Party Contact: Katie Wienen 8157773938x
  • Special Events: We offer private rooms to accommodate your large group - please call us at 815-777-3938 and we can create a customized menu for your group. Fried Green Tomatoes offers worry free transportation to and from the restaurant for your group; inquire about our executive shuttle for your group by phoning us at 815-777-3938. Have your party at Fried Green Tomatoes and create an event they will be talking about for weeks!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Diagonal
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Fried Green Tomatoes
Fried Green Tomatoes proudly serves Prime Steaks and boasts a Wine Spectator Award winning wine menu. Outstanding service and an inviting atmosphere make Fried Green a must stop while in downtown historic Galena, Illinois. Fried Green Tomatoes is the place for steak, fresh scallops, and homemade lasagna. Reservations accepted.

PLEASE NOTE: We DO NOT have booster seats or high chairs. Corkage fee $10.00 per bottle. We are a multi-level dining facility, please e-mail us at dinner@friedgreen.com to request first floor dining.
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Fried Green Tomatoes reviews from OpenTable diners
189 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (105)neighborhood gem (86)romantic (84)fit for foodies (71)notable wine list (61)good for groups (56)hot spot (38)kid-friendly (12)vibrant bar scene (12)scenic view (11)great for lunch (10)late-night find (5)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Never lets us down.
    Marko
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We've been to Fried Green Tomatoes a number of times and the food and service is always excellent. Plan for a wonderful meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • horrible service
    andee
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    I was really hoping for the big salads u used to carry....hard to find vegetarian meal...service was horrible took waitress 15 min to notice us..another 10 min for drinks never checked on us took our oil and gave to other table when we were still using...me and my friend have came every year for the last 5 years and because of this experience we will be going elsewhere....
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  • JaninElmhurstVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We go here whenever in Galena. Great food and environment.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Wise Choice
    Iowa2
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    After reading many reviews and ratings, we decided to dine at The Fried Green Tomato for our last night in Galena....it was a wise choice. As we walked in we were greeted with a friendly welcome from the staff and shown immediately to our table located in a prime spot in front of the large windows. Our waitress was exceptional! She "read us" correctly and treated us to a leisurely experience, never rushing us. Everyone seemed to order the Fried Green Tomatoes for their starter. They were prepared differently than I've ever seen them: crunchy slices covered with marinara sauce and smothered in melted mozzarella cheese. They were scrumptious! The house salad was crisp and fresh. I ordered the "homemade, hand-turned" lasagne and was quite satisfied, altho I did add salt to it. My friend had the special of the evening, a bone-in prime rib cut that was tasty and prepared to her liking. Both of our servings were huge and we left with doggy bags. For dessert we shared a delightfully light French Silk ice cream. The only (and very minor) negative thing about the whole evening was the awkward silence when we arrived for our early dinner.....one could faintly hear music but it needed to be a bit louder so that we didn't feel like we were in a church. Once more people arrived, their voices filled the void. All in all, this was a thoroughly delightful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over priced for mediocre food
    Diver
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    This is a quaint place in old Galena. Ambiance is in keeping with the old town with the old stone walls exposed. Our server was new and had to go back to the kitchen to get answers to questions but was very nice. The dipping bread was good as well as the raspberry vinaigrette dressing on the salad. My wife ordered the surf and turf which she enjoyed. I ordered the ribeye steak which was tough, cut very thin and after the bone, gristle and fat was removed there wasn't much left. The menu said it was USDA choice, for $32 I think it should have been a Prime cut. The roasted corn side was not very good either. For about $100, I was disappointed.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good, tasty, and quiet
    Dennydraco
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Restaurant was very nice and quiet. Service was excellent. Waitress was very attentive and took take of what ever we needed. Just be aware that you may spend some money based on what you order. I ordered the special which was a steak with the bone attached. Very tasty. Was $32.00 which included potatoes and salad. They also brought some good Italian bread with Parmesan on top. The wife ordered the Mile high meat loaf. It was mile high. Very good taste. She enjoyed it. Meatloaf also came with potatoes and salad. One bonus of the event was that because I made reservations online ahead of time they knew it was our anniversary. The restaurant brought us a nice desert for two that was very attractive and delicious on the house. Very nice touch.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 19th anniversary
    anniversary
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    We celebrated our 19th anniversary and was very pleased with everything. Will recommend them and will be returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Loved the lobster! We always try to make this special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good. Enjoyable
    VinnieVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    The Lobster and Clams were very good. They were abit on the cold side
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We were very happy with the service, food & over all with everything. We've all been there for their Lobster Fest every time they have it and have always been very happy. We will continue to go back as Fried Green Tomatoes is a favorite of ours! This was the 1st time I used the "Open Table Restaurant reservation" * I was happy with it and will use it again. Sharon L. Brandt Freeport, IL 51032
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fried Green Tomatoes lacking
    Sadbouttomatoes
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The Fried Green Tomatoes at Fried Green Tomatoes were disappointing. Went there a few years ago and they were wonderful. Now I think they were kept under a warming light for a couple of hours before being served - tough and kindof warm. Rest of dinner was ok - nothing special. Service was very good and server was very pleasant.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming & well rounded restaurant
    Tappasoraus
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The food was great, perfectly cooked and nicely presented (we both had a steak, I had the bone in ribeye on special, she had the crab cake and filet special). Our service was great, except that we sat down about 5 mins before 1 table and a little longer before another (and yes, we had ordered already) we saw those 2 tables get their appetizers before we even got our bread. Also, they do have pepper grinders strategically placed around the room for the wait staff to offer, but we weren't offered it, I had to ask, and it was right next to our table. Other than those miner nuances, everything else was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Galena best restaurant
    SubmarineCaptain
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Food was good, the young waitress was very good. I had pork osso buco and it was very good but a little dry. Lasagne was large. Pumpkin ravioli was very good and the filet was cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent choice for a large group.
    executiveplanner
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Excellent menu and delicious food. The service was very efficient and friendly to our large group. The only issue I had was there was no room left for dessert (which was fantastic). The fried green tomatoes are a must - a wonderful treasure!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ..everything was perfect!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Absolutely perfect for our 18 anniversary dinner we try to dine there every year to celebrate!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fried Green Tomatoes Galena, IL
    LuvToEat
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My wife and I had not been to Fried Green Tomatoes since it moved from its location south of Galena. We had looked into the windows on our past visits to Galena and the restaurants decor looked very nice with the old buildings brick walls exposed. I made a reservation two months in advance asking for a window table. When we got there a half an hour early, table was available right away. However we were disappointed that it was on the second floor which is a very different decor from the lower level with painted walls and no brick decor. We were also placed at a table between two windows which offered us no view. I assumed a reservation two months in advance would provide a table in the main dining area. The food, wine, and service was great
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • yum!
    Sara
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I have been coming to Galena for years and this is a great restaurant! Delicious dinners for everyone in our group!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fried Green Goodness
    Dinahsdines
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We chose a busy night to dine in Galena because it was the night of the annual Halloween parade. We were seated right on time on the 3rd floor near a window where we could watch the parade as we dined. Our server was friendly and most accommodating. We started with the signature fried green tomatoes which were more breaded than I've had in the past but very good. The walleye prepared and served on a plank was cooked just right. My husband enjoyed his steak and shrimp and even commented on how good the red potatoes tasted. The meal was topped off with a complimentary birthday french silk ice cream scoop. Overall, we really enjoyed our total experience at this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Green Tomatoes out of season?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Took my mom and grandma here for out trip to Galena. Of course we got the Fried Green Tomatoes appetizer- but they weren't nearly as good as when my mom and I had had them before in late summer a few years ago. I actually had a few very hard bites. For $10 it was very disappointing. But the entrees were great. I had the Tuscan Mac n Cheese, my grandma had Chicken Marsala and my mom and the special- bone in Ribeye. We also shared Tiramisu. Delish! We had a waitress that seemed a little lacking in the customer service dept. Wish she could have been kinder. Overall another good dining experience and we will go back again I'm sure- just disappointed on the signature appetizer and waitress' attitude.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steve
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Excellent evening. Great food and service. We had reservation for Saturday Oct. 25, 2014 the busiest night of the year. We arrived at 5:25, our table was ready. Service was prompt and helpful. We had a great meal and out on the street at 6:30 for start of parade.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food in Galena
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We enjoyed out visit to this restaurant. Service was excellent. Our group had filets, shrimp, and scallops. All were very good. The bread was fantastic, warm with fresh cheese on top. Salad that came with entrée excellent. Would definitely come back next time we are in Galena.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Third time not the charm.
    cr2ic
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This was my third time at Fried Green Tomatoes, and I have to be honest in saying that the first two were so much better. I like the first floor so much more and was disappointed not to get a window seat as requested with our reservation. The window seat was available when we were being seated, I asked for it again, but we were not given that table for some reason. Instead, another couple was seated there right after we were seated across the room. Oh well. The food was excellent. The ambience, on the second floor, is so different than the first floor. Even though the waitress was fine, the waitress I had the first two times was perhaps one of the best I've ever had. So, this third experience was fine, just not superb.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • upperbench
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    excellent as always! We live near this restaurant and always use it as local favorite ... especially when entertaining houseguests.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • upperbench
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We live in the neighborhood and always head to Fried Green Tomatoes for a perfect dining experience! Always consistently excellent!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • orchid413
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Friendly, vibrant restaurant with excellent service and easy location right on Main Street. Can be a bit noisy when crowded.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Highly Recommended
    JDST
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Excellent food & service. Will come back when in the area again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very very good!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    If traveling to Galena this is a must for lunch or dinner. We started with mussels and warm bread. Then salad with their homemade dressing. The main entree was some of the best we've had. Help was very friendly, service was exellcent. Our waitress was very helpful with the menu. I would highly recommend this place for any lunch or dinner. And the hostess treated us like family. We will be back next time were in town!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Manley
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    It was great and wonderful service. Just a super We WILL go there again. Keep the Escargo & carpaccio on your menu and if you really want to wow me add oysters rockafeller on the menu.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Best in the Tri-State Area!
    Tom1971
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Fried Green Tomatoes has everything that your looking for in a great restaurant. From the great food to the exceptional service, no one comes close to Fried Green Tomatoes. I highly recommend to everyone to visit and see for yourself that this is the best dining experience you will ever find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Our food was wonderful!! The wait staff was very good, courteous, and friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable dining experience
    Galenabound2
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food and ambience of this restaurant is remarkable. We have eaten here many times and always leave wanting to come back. They have an excellent wait staff that will fill every need.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovegalena
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We love this restaurant whenever we come to Galena always come to Vinny's as they have great Italian food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service
    Dorie
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    The food was good but our server was not interested in serving us.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary Dinner
    AnniversaryGetaway
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Excellent on-line reservation set-up. Food was excellent. Server was attentive. I had the Jack Daniels Porterhouse. It was more than enough and was prepared just right. My wife had the bone-in Rib-eye. It was also very good. Nice beer and wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • luvitorleaveit
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Reservations were for 7:30 pm . Our table wasn't ready. We sat at the bar for 40min. The man at the front gave the three of us a free drink, that was thoughtful. Long wait.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Everyone was very personable . Love going here for dinner! Scallops were outstanding. Steak not to good:(
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful place
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Whenever I am in Galena, I have to have at least one meal at Fried Green Tomatoes. I have been dining with them 10 years and will continue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVED It! Great Place! Great Food!!
    Rina
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Beautiful place, friendly staff, very relaxing and the food was excellent...will visit again...next time we visit. Loved It.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Visit To GFT
    GreenFriedTomatoVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Last night we ate at GFT due to an overwhelming number of friends who recommended it to us. It was our anniversary weekend. Very busy, but we got sat right away with our reservation. We were greeted kindly, sad right way and then blown away by Stacey our server. She was kind, sweet, and prompt. Everything she recommended was amazing. We had the Sweet Chili Shrimp Appetizer, the featured wine, Lobster Raviolis (to die for), had the special 18oz Ribeye (cooked to perfection) and finished the night with 2-Capachinno's and the Apple Cobbler Dessert. As we left, I spoke to the man at the door and told him about our wonderful experience. He happen to be the owner who beamed with pride and shook our hands. GO to GFT! You will love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum! Excellent all the way!
    DEB2171VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My husband and I were in Galena for our anniversary and tried Fried Green Tomatoes based on the recommendations on TripAdvisor. We weren't disappointed! We started with the fried green tomatoes, which are lightly breaded and baked with mozzarella cheese and a small amount of red sauce - very good. I had Osso Bucco, which was fabulous. My husband had an excellent fish. Service was very good and the atmosphere was friendly and warm. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.