Garcon
Garcon

Garcon

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.garconsf.com/
  • Phone: 4154018959
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: tuesday to thursday / Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm friday saturday 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Arthur Wall
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: If you would like to make a reservation for 5 or more guests, please call the restaurant. Lounge and/or main dining room available for private parties.
  • Private Party Contact: Jerome 4154018959

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 22nd Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: In addition to street parking, there is also a parking garage on 21st Street (at Bartlett between Mission & Valencia).
A word from Garcon
Welcome to Garcon! Garcon encapsulates an old-world French bistro with a casual and friendly atmosphere like one would find in France. Chef Arthur Wall delivers a stylish interpretation of French classics like coq au vin, mussels, duck confit and French onion soup. A New Orleans native, classically trained at the Winsdor Court Hotel, Chef Wall has always loved French cooking but with the resources and setting of the west coast. He sources the freshest ingredients, cooking in the seasons and changing the menu daily. Garcon offers a diverse selection of local and old world wines, local oysters and cheeses as well as daily prix fixe and holiday tasting menus. Access to private lounge offset from main dining allows people to engage in intimate conversation and parties as well.
Garcon also offers a 3 course Chef's menu all week. BON APPETIT!
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Garcon reviews from OpenTable diners
118 reviews since April 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (70)fit for foodies (64)special occasion (43)romantic (33)notable wine list (27)vibrant bar scene (18)good for groups (15)hot spot (13)late-night find (9)great for brunch (4)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (2)great for lunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Great, but some bumps lately
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Garcon is one of our favorite French restaurants and the food and flavors are very good. We've eaten there many, many times and enjoyed it. Lately, it seems a bit frenzied, though. Recently when we dined there our server forgot to put in our order, so we sat for over an hour with no food and then waited for our order to be put through. The owner felt bad and tried to make up for it, which we appreciated. Last time we waited 45 minutes past our reservation time and got seated by the waiters' station- we spent the meal looking at computer screens and trash bins. It was a bit difficult to enjoy our expensive bottle of wine and nice food. Meanwhile I heard a patron thank the hostess for squeezing them in and giving them a nice table. Hmm.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Cramped
    KASSanFran
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Very Cramped quarters with all the tables super close so you can easily join other conversations. I ordered the Pork Tenderloin; under cooked we had to send it back; the server was clearly annoyed but no one wants to eat bleeding pork. The servers refilling the water glasses, and taking away the used dishes needed a refresher in customer service 101. Also, you need to hurry its a small place and they need to turn over the tables quicky.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Newly underwhelming
    PurpleDaffodilVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I have dined at Garcon several times and have enjoyed a nice evening and meal. But last night... The Hostess: Delightful and very helpful. The Waiter: AWOL. He took our order, and that was it. The remaining scanty service we received was from a disengaged bus boy and the aforementioned lovely hostess. I resented leaving a tip. The Food: In PEAK tomato season, the heirlooms were hard and flavorless. They probably weren't even organic. There were like something you might pick up in the produce section of a discount supermarket. I'd have taken that dish off the menu if that's all I had to serve in it. Noise: Over the top! Could barely converse. Bottom Line: I may try Garcon again at some point but I'll be giving the place a good long rest.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quelle Surprise
    Dickinson
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We really enjoyed it here. I had requested a good and quiet table, as this was to be a birthday dinner. They gave us the best in the house, in the corner of the back room. Very nice, thanks! The food was great. Do not miss the crab and avocado salad if it is on the menu. Don't make the mistake of planning to split it. You'll each wish you had your own (as we did). The rest of the meal was excellent, too. The service was very attentive, especially considering that it was peak time on Saturday night. The waiter brought us a little lagniappe at the end of our meal, too (I know that the chef/owner from New Orleans will know what I mean by that) of a taste of a Calvados, after I'd expressed a newly found passion for it. Thx, great meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food
    Patty
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Had dinner that was so delicious! Had the Coq au Vin and scallops. shared a lobster salad and desert. All very good. Also, great service. And their drinks were yummy too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love it,,,again!
    GarretVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This place is one of my favorites! The French food is great, casual style, amazing and affordable wine list. Most of all , the entire staff (especially Pierre) are amazing!!!! This is a place I always bring friends!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sweet, sweet bread
    utingme
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The Mission offers such eclectic and fine dining experiences and Garcon is my new go-to in the area for their wine and spirits selection paired with very tasty French dishes. My dishes: bone marrow, corn soup, veal sweet bread. My goodness, everything was wonderfully balanced and enjoyable. The staff was attentive, friendly, and respectful. Will definitely be back to try the rest of the menu :D
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure
    ADinerVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The best steak frites ever! Nice, casual ambiance and service. You can just sit back and relax.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Food was pretty good. Pasta a little overlooked and warm not hot...try the French dishes and stay away from any pasta dishes
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hungrycouple
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    food excellent, and healthy. service great. mix up in kitchen resulted in long wait for dinner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty at a cost
    Willyum
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food was somewhat unique and very tasty. Service far better than most places. Cost of main courses seemed high but reasonable. Appetizers, sides,drinks and deserts unjustifiably expensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good French Cuisine
    Yossie
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We had a Duck Liver Pate that was excellent. A fair Gazpacho. A very good Coq au Vin (smallish portion) Excellent Duck Breast (subbing for Confit) Deserts included an excellent Creme Brule, a good Profiterole and a very good chocolate dipped mini-sorbet selection. Wine list was certainly fine. Noise level was a bit high and our table was somewhat uncomfortable sitting for three. I would and will go back..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Parisian Bistro
    GJSFVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Best vibe on the Valencia corridor! Great food and drink...authentic staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magnifique!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Whenever sweetbreads are on a menu we try them and these were superb with the whole grain mustard tang of the sauce and the maitake mushroom smokiness. Also side of shaved brussel sprouts went perfectly with the pork tenderloin in an amazing molasses sauce. Waiter was french, which added to the ambience. His suggestions were excellent. Fun and lively with serious bistro food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not for "old folks!"
    idella
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Not that Garcon needs business, as obviously popular as it is BUT as much as we enjoyed the service and our meals, the noise was 6 bells at least - intolerable for us over sixty....the convenience to The Marsh is great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • birthday celebration
    cc15
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We dined on a Tuesday night. At 6:00 it was quiet and our table was nice. The service was wonderful, didn't feel rushed. On Tuesday nights you can bring your own wine without a corkage fee. The wait staff was happy to open it for us. We brought two bottles of french wine. We shared a taste with our waiter who was impressed my husband knew something about french wines. We had our 12 year old daughter with us which was wonderful and she was treated like she was part of the group. The whole staff was friendly, smiling and fun. I had the steak and truffle fries and it was out of this world good. Located in the Mission and thriving with people strolling Valencia street. Street parking was easy. Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not as good as it use to be...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Forgot my frits with the "steak frites!" Timing was way off, from the 40 min wait for a reserved table, to getting our salad before our cocktail was finished, the delay with the entre and then the long wait for the bill. Didn't like our seats back in corner near kitchen. Would have rather sit in front, however people with no reservations were given these (better) seats while we were given these seats (with reservation). Chef should spend less time talking to customers and more time in kitchen. So many better places to go.
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  • Great Food! Great Service!
    WineEm
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    This was our fourth time eating here. We really enjoy ourselves and the food each time we go. This time was no different. The staff was very friendly and because it was 1) a Sunday and 2) a holiday weekend it was quieter than normal. What made our time there especially nice was the fact that we were celebrating our 1 year anniversary and we had the whole back room to ourselves. We stared with the truffled fromage blanc and oysters on the half shell with pink peppercorn mignonette (delicious) and for dinner we had duck confit and the fish! Both plates were completely bare! Dessert was Delightful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always exceeds our expectations!
    Daniel
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The cocktails, food and service keep us coming back to this neighborhood gem. Great oysters, escargot and mussels. Great staff and fun customers!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Third Time Charming
    johnnydajeweler
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    This is our third time at Garcon and it gets better every time. Charming French bistro atmosphere, wonderful service, and food cooked and presented to perfection. And no, I am not related to the owner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious as Always
    PaulK
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Garcon is always a treat. Brought my Dad, who always seems to want French food and he wasn't disappointed. The chef pays great attention to detail, particularly making sure the meat or fish is cooked to perfect tenderness. We all ended up selecting a couple appetizers rather than an entree, mostly because we couldn't limit ourselves to just one dish. The desserts were really fun and inventive, as well. It's not inexpensive, but I consider Garcon a bargain considering the quality of food and wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    Holidaytrip
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Nice restaurant but very poor quality food. The duck liver pate did not appear to be home made and very similar to the kind you can buy in a supermarket. The waiter got the order wrong so one member of the group got his main course when the rest were half finished. when it did arrive it was not cooked correctly, so he ended up having no main course. the french fries were very poor and appeared to be reheated. The menu may have had a french flavour pot the food didn't. We would not return to this restaurant
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My dinning room
    323ronperell
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    It's like my own dinning room and chef. I don't need a kitchen in my house
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too loud and $$4
    lmilvy
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    It was great when I got there (6pm Friday) but by the time I left ( (8pm Friday) way too noisy. I was irritated while waiting for my friend, I was asked 3 x whether I would like something to drink, once should have been enough and had I wanted something after that, I could have flagged down a server. Mushroom soup was excellent, mussels where not. My companion seemed to really enjoy the place but then she lives in Idaho and I am a discrimintating New Yorker.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oui oui oui
    EasternFoodie
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Friendly engaging and pleasant The marrow special was exceptional as well as all the food we sampled Very good wine selection and some really good finds A must experience yet casual gem
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine French Food
    1SFGUY
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    The food and the service was excellent. I also like the location. I hadn't ben there before and I was with a couple and we all were very pleased and each of us had ordered different dishes. The staff was also very friendly and accommodatin
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A new favorite
    fussydiner
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We returned to Garcon after a long gap since our last visit. We were very pleased with our experience. If not for Open Table, we probably would not have gotten a table on such short notice. The menu was very extensive, and we had no trouble finding good things to eat. Everything that we ordered was well prepared and delicious: Duck Liver Pate, Crab Salad, Sweetbreads and Petrale Sole. I was impressed with the presentation of the Duck Liver Plate with cheeries, pistachio and white wine gelee. However, the Cherry Beer Malt and Cherry Pie, was unbelievably unique and delicious. We will return soon
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French Bistro Fare
    Lavender
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Coq Au Vin was really good and plentiful. Creme Brulee was Excellent! The asparagus salad was a disaster, the prosciutto was stringy and cooked, there was not more than 2 pieces of wilted arugula for $12.00. Cute atmosphere of a real French Bistro, The wine list was good. Food is 2 and a half stars at most, due to the appetizer.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    YoliVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We were a party of three. There is a full bar. The drinks and food were good. It is a convenient location in the Mission. The seating was fine and we had an early dinner while it was still relatively quiet. We will return.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good French restaurant
    apassemard
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Every entree is different but they all looked delicious and the one we had were great as well. Definitely a good cuisine. Service was good and slow enough so that you can enjoy your dinner without being rushed. Great for a couple diner. The desserts are also excellent. It is on the pricey side though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, decent service
    Bruce
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The overall dinner was very good. The service was slow overall. Food and service took an extra 10-15 mins more than one would expect when paying the prices for the meal. Food overall was very good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will be back again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Excellent menu & have enjoyed entrees in the past but we don't recommend the flank steak. Other items - very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service
    Jemima
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Our service was terribly slow and our table was unkept. We were overcharged on our bill. Our seating was noisy even tho we asked to be seated in a quiet area. Turns out there is another room. More romantic and quiet and even tho we were seated when they opened, they sat us where it was noisy and no one came by to help us or clean our table. Disappointed for my friend's first experience and impression.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oooh la la
    CupcakecrazyVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Everything about our dinner was fabulous. The coq au vin was tasty and flavorful. The potato leek soup with black garlic was delicious. The waiter who I assume was the owner was very attentive and very friendly and knew his food and drink very well. We will go back to try the other menu items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best value in town
    Zack
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    A true French restaurant where we had an awesome meal and a chance to talk and enjoy conversation with out of town guests. We never felt rushed like we have been at other "hot spots". The food was truly outstanding and the waiter gave us great suggestions and provided outstanding service. The Rib-Eye Special was a great suggestion, beautiful prepared and presented. Garcon provides value for the $$$$ with the feeling of a Paris café!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    luv2dineoutVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Some of the restaurants in San Francisco have strange menus but not Garçon. I had the com au vin and it was exceptional! The bartender made a special martini for me with pear vodka that most bar don't carry. The service was also good. I would definitely remember this restaurant and return in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PrinceOrloffVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    If you make an effort to cultivate this place, it will cultivate you. Is the food always superb? Of course not! But it's always interesting and satisfying. How long did it take people to appreciate what Judy Rodgers was doing at Zuni? Food-wise, Garcon is about exploring a cooking style that's unique. There are hits and misses as with any artistic endeavor. Kt's what the Paris bistros of yesteryear were all about. It's a gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    liammm
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    An excellent dining experience! Excellent food, excellent service. Really the finest.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous restaurant not to b missed
    Southerncook
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We met some friends from SF there for dinner on a trip to SF. The food was outstanding. The chef came to our table several times and could not have been more charming. We lingered at the table for several hours. Warm, casual but elegant place with great food and service. A true find in the Mission District.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dinner
    moopzobieVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We reserved for dinner for 2, but were able to add a third person at the last minute, even though the restaurant was full. The food was wonderful - we had the grilled octopus appetizer, a steak, and Coq au Vin. I even sopped up my Coq au Vin sauce with some bread, which is unusual for me. The service was friendly and efficient - we had a great time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate