Gabbi's Mexican Kitchen
Gabbi's Mexican Kitchen

Gabbi's Mexican Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.gabbipatrick.com/gabbis-mexican-kitchen/
  • Phone: 7146333038
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pmg - 11:00pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Mexican, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Gabbi Patrick
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: S Glassell St
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Gabbi's Mexican Kitchen
Gabbi Patrick is dedicated to integrating modern gastronomy with the indigenous and traditional recipes of Mexican cuisine. In her pursuit of preserving the rich culinary heritage of Mexico, Gabbi has adopted an eco-gastronomic approach in her interpretation of “Old World” recipes. Her passion and vision are reflected in every detail of her craft, from supporting local farms to her extensive travels throughout Mexico.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Gabbi's Mexican Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
43 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (33)neighborhood gem (29)great for lunch (26)special occasion (13)great for outdoor dining (12)romantic (9)great for brunch (8)good for groups (8)hot spot (7)notable wine list (3)late-night find (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Best Resto in Old Towne Orange
    bjorbase
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Amazing, soulful Mexican food. Cocktails were creative and well done. The place has a lovely atmosphere to it, rustic but not dated, warm and comfortable. Great service. One of our new favorites!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OCnotacrit
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I have been to this restaurant 3 times in the last year. Each time has been a good experience. Food and service are very good, small menu helps keep the quality high, but would like to see some new Offerings. The deserts are good but limited selection. If you like food Mexican with a twist, you will like The place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Mexican In OC!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I don't often get an opportunity to be in Orange but when I do I always head to Gabbi's and bring friends, family and colleagues. The food is consistently good and the servers are always knowledgable and friendly. I leave the restaurant always thinking about when I can come back next!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but not great
    LindaT
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    After hearing (and reading) such great things about Gabbi's, I expected more. The food was good, but not great. The house margaritas were good, but not great. And the portions were on the small side (though I expect this at a great restaurant) because the food and the experience is so satisfying. We left saying: that was good, but don't think we need to come back again. Sorry, Gabbi.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No idea why this is so popular
    freddylovesfoodVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We did not have a pleasant experience which was so dissappointing after all of the hype from so many people and magazines. Food was super ordinary and most of us did not even like it enough to finish our meal. Too dark to read the menu and the furniture was so stiff and heavy to move to even get seated! Terrible choice.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tiffb
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We arrived a few minutes before our reservation. There had to be 10 unoccupied tables, minimum. It took 15 min for the hostess to meander her way back to retreave water glasses prior to seating us. Aren't reserved tables usually ready if the it's not crowded? It was 95 degrees outside and she sat us in the direct sunlight on the patio, and not under the awning with the air conditioning. The waitress asked multiple times if we wanted chips and salsa, to which we replied yes please. We never got the chips and salsa. At times it felt like she forgot we were even there, because all other tables in service were in away from the sun. The food was delicious! I may return simply for the food, that is the only reason I'd recommend Gabbis
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will definitely try again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Lunch service was completely underwhelming, it felt as though the restaurant could have used another 2-3 wait staff and another 2-3 people for clearing tables / pouring water / etc. Very busy even at lunch, walk-ups were being told that the waits were up to an hour or more. Food was excellent - great flavors and beautiful plating. We will definitely try Gabbi's again, hopefully the lackluster service was just due to some sort of a temporary short-staffing issue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • To Die For!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The shrimp enchiladas...to die for, they were the best enchiladas I have ever had! My friend had the enchiladas Sousa and he said those were the best he has had as well. The guacamole was awesome as well. Highly recommend Gabbi's. Make a reservation, even for lunch, this place is VERY popular, for good reason!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent gourmet mexican food
    Grubalicious
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This is no typical greesy mexican food, this place is gourmet mexican food, delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday with friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Good service, delicious food. The waiter brought a special dessert for the birthday girl and the drinks were icy cold.
    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.
  • noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    A very noisy restuarant for an upscale spot. Food attractively served, but not value oriented-- pretty pricey for the lack of ability to have a conversation. It's an "open air" (front) place, but that did not dissipate the sound level.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy and transportive
    Eva0801VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The flavors and décor transport you out of Orange County for a little while. The sangria served at lunch was thankfully not over powering, and still very delicious. Thank you for an enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good
    Lisab
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Made reservations in advance to celebrate birthdays. Food was fantastic! Drinks were great! Dessert fantastic! Service was friendly and helpful! Would definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just Okay
    DiscerningDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    First time here and was expecting a lot more from all the reviews I'd read. It was just okay, food was very average compared to all the mexican restaurants I've been to. The salsa was bland with no spice whatsoever. The enchiladas suizas was also bland and the mole sauce? was too sweet. The place was very busy so I know they are popular but for me the food just didn't meet my expectations.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food and decor!
    eener4444
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Unfortunately my friend and I felt the waiter wanted to turn the table quickly. We wanted to linger. We felt rushed and didn't get to enjoy ourselves like we e couldn't enjoy ourselves like we planned.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A must eat restaurant in Orange
    JoannajVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Gabbi's is one of the freshest and most interesting mexican food menu out there. The service is top notch. Their chips and salsas are amazing. Their queso is some of the best we've ever tasted. The homemade corn and flour tortillas are amazing. The steak salad is also really fresh and good. Whenever we are in central Orange County we try and make a stop at Gabbi's. If you have never tried chocolate churros this is the place to have them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dining Experience
    hondaguy
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Great food, great service everything prepared fresh with the freshest local ingredients. Hand made tortillas! Need I say more. Come to Gabbi's for a wonderful dining experience......
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never a disappointment!
    OutstandingVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    My friends and I routinely eat here because of the attentive service and tasty food. The chicken quesadilla, while not typical of what one would find in a conventional mexican eatery, is absolutely delicious and filling.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 109 reviews are from the Gabbi's Mexican Kitchen reviews archive.
  • Gabbi's Mexican Kitchen..Excellent
    YaYa68
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We were seated towards the front entrance which was great because it was partially outside. We were able to get fresh air and could hear better. It was at 6:00pm on a Wednesday and every table was packed. The majority of patron looked like they were mostly college age and enjoying the evening. The food was delious, it was traditional Mexican food with a gourmet touch. Very good..!!! Lively atmoshere..!!! Would recommend reservations..use "Open Table" online they are great..!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dining experience always!
    Ross
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Gabbis never disappoints. The ambiance is great, the food is amazing and the service staff are friendly and efficient! This place is always great for lunch or a nice romantic evening with my lady. Thank you for a consistently wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Little Gem
    GourmandeVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Gabbies is really a unique Place, Starting with the Hostess to the beautiful Chihuly style art work on the Brick walls! They have absolutely wonderful food with a assortment of Mexican and Yucatan Spices in most of there dishes. Service is always been top notch! Aaron our server was very knowledgeable and personal. You must experience this place for yourself!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Do eat at this restaurant
    Hope
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The food is a perfect example of real Mexican cooking with extra fine quality ingredients. The ambiance takes you out of downtown Orange to an upscale appearing café somewhere in Mexico City. I would eat here weekly if it were closer to me. Don't miss the opportunity to dine here.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gabbi's once again delights !
    RosieCVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We had to travel to Orange from San Fernando valley. This is only our second time in Orange and we would not even think about going and not eating at Gabbi's - as we did the first time due to friends' recommendations. It is such good food and so great a place- every dish is excellent, the service superb, the vibe so easy and friendly and happy and relaxed. We look forward to having to travel that far again!! This time we both ordered tacos and they were delicious... even the homemade tortillas had varying flavors. The best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but slipping!
    Fujifolk
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Our first two dining experiences were really good. But this our third experience was a bit disappointing. My dish was Carne asada tacos and they were cold upon arrival and alll I could taste were the overwhelming taste of just cold mushrooms instead of a nice balance of meat and mushrooms. My wife's selection of shrimp enchiladas were good but the rice was pasty and the beans were flavorless. Our secret "go-to-place" is no more!(Secret because the restaurant has no signage of the name, Gabbi's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Lunch
    keg13
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    A good spot for more relaxed business lunch without breaking the bank.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lilred
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    This was my first time at Gabbi's. The food was delicious and reminded us of some really great restaurants on mainland mexico. Unfortunately the service wasn't that of mainland mexico. Our waiter wasn't very attentive and we would have to ask a couple of times for things and it would come to us only after asking the busboy. It seemed like we were being rushed through so our table could be turned. Aside from those things the food was really good and I would go back hoping our experience wasn't the norm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gabbi's Kitchen a Gem
    StGvisitor
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    We are out-of-staters who frequently visit Southern California. A friend of ours from home had raved about the great food at Gabbi's, so while we were visiting in the Irvine area, we went there for late Lunch in Orange. Easy to find. Easy to park. Waiter was very helpful. We tried several different types of offerings and found each one to be a special treat -- appetizers, entrees, and dessert. What a delight! It was the meal of the day! Better than any place we've been in Corona del Mar or Laguna.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Want to go back!
    Goodfoodlvr
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Sevice was a bit slow but the waitress was attentive. It just seemed to take somewhat longer to get our food, but we weren't in a rush. Food was very good and portion size was just right. No leftovers for anyone. I would like to return for dinner sometime but lunch was busy not too noisey and had a good vibe.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed
    OutstandingVIP
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Another delicious and enjoyable dining experience with friends at Gabbis. Their chicken quesadilla is unique in its seasonings as well as “tortilla”...certainly not your typical quesadilla.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced "gourmet" Mexican food
    Marci
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The actual restaurant is very nice. Food was mediocre as well as service. You pay for presentation not taste. $9 for 2/3 cup of guacamole
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gabbilicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I love this place, the service the food, the location great. The only thing I don't like is the sun is always going to be in one party's eyes while dining and annoying as it is, it isn't a deal breaker. I would recommend when calling people to confirm the reservation that you warn them about the construction and parking situation. It can add an extra 10 minutes to your arrival.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food
    NewbieVIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    If you are interested in great margaritas/sangrias to go with your amazing Mexican meal, Gabbi's will definitely be the place! The price is fair for what you get. Mix in the vibrant ambiance and you have yourself a great outting fit for lunch or dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • culturally competant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Loved our server. He made us feel right at home with his "Latin-self". Grest service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere, Fantastic food
    robinEVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Although its much smaller than I expected, we were wowed by the food.I've wanted to eat here since a chef friend recommended it as his favorite restaurant in O.C. Dragged my husband along and he is STILL raving about it. Wonderful menu. The chicken mole was delish, as were the guacamole, and some of the tacos. The house margarita is perfect. It can be noisy but we were still able to talk very easily. The decor is rustic brick walls with Chiluly-style glass sculptures. Very cool.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch for four
    Kaiser
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    My out of state parents came for a visit and where interested in a Mexican meal. On Thursday afternoon Open Table could not get us a dinner reservation for four on Friday or Saturday so we opted for lunch on Saturday. The food was excellent! Unfortunately the server disappeared after taking our order and I had to inquire with another server about our drink order. By the time we finished our appetizers the drinks finally showed up. I expected the manager to come by at some point to apologize but it never happened. When it came to dessert the server was unaware of the kitchen being out of our selected item. At least she got the food orders right. I give the kitchen an A+ and the server a C-.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful food
    lam722
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We dined at Gabbi's after it was recommended to us. We were very pleased with what we found. The service and the food were outstanding. I would definitely go there again to try another entree.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mexican with a twist
    kmahon
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Really cute restaurant with an interesting menu. Food was good, not great, but still a place I would go again. The main draw, I think, is the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining in the dark
    Lulu
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    The food is great, the service very good. But it's so dark we had to use our cell phones to read the menu and you can barely see the food. Ambience is a good thing, but this is too much. If the food wasn't so good we would hesitate to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    The first positive was that when we called to say we were stuck in heavy traffic, the host was very accommodating. The location is in a charming old towne section of Orange amid antique shops and near a lovely town square -- great after dinner strolling area. Parking was plentiful just across the street in a public lot (free). Inside, my only complaint is that it was quite dark and a little hard to see the menu. The waiter was superb, helpful, and knowledgeable. Carne asada tacos with bacon smoky beans, braised pork gorditas, tortilla soup, and dessert for two was under $60 with tip. Very reasonable for the excellent, fresh, perfectly seasoned fare. Of particular note: the homemade tortillas -- makes my mouth water remembering them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tasty
    posoulie
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Loved the posole--so innovative! Terrific handmade tortillas and sweet plantains. Artistic ambiance, and friendly, efficient service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.