Gertrude's
Gertrude's

Gertrude's

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.gertrudesrestaurant.net/
  • Phone: 4807198600x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: 7:00am - 10:30am
    Sunday Brunch: 7:00am - 9:00pm
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Vegetarian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Stephen K. Eldridge
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Chef's Table is right next to the kitchen line and seats up to 12 People
  • Private Party Contact: John T. Windels 6024814669x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Desert Botanical Garden
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Our guests may park anywhere in the Desert Botanical Garden public lot. We recommend you park near the entrance, the center parking lot sidewalk is a good landmark.
A word from Gertrude's
Gertrude’s, the much-anticipated restaurant at the Desert Botanical Garden, offers a fresh new food experience focusing on ingredients directly from the farm and pasture to the plate.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Gertrude's reviews from OpenTable diners
238 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (171)scenic view (118)great for lunch (108)fit for foodies (90)special occasion (82)great for brunch (79)neighborhood gem (48)romantic (38)good for groups (36)notable wine list (22)late-night find (20)kid-friendly (20)hot spot (12)vibrant bar scene (8)Show More
  • Delicious yet again!
    Khaj
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We went for a late lunch and loved it! The food was delicious, service was excellent and being in the middle of the Botanical Garden makes for a beautiful view. We didn't want to leave!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Ambience
    nu2phoenix
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I took my wife there for dinnee on our anniversary. The service was outstanding with very personable wait and kitchen staff. I found the food to be very tasty (I had venison sausage). My wife had the burger (she is not a foodie) and she said it was really good. We sat outside on the patio. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who is a foodie and wants a great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gertrude's was a disappointment
    liketoeat
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    THE WAIT STAFF AND THE MANAGER TRIED TO MAKE THE MEAL AS BEST THEY COULD...THOUGH THE WEBSITE SAYS THAT THEY SERVE BRUNCH THROUGHOUT THE DAY....IT DID NOT SAY THAT THEREFORE THE REGULAR DINNER MENU WAS NOT IN EFFECT...THE MANAGER MADE SURE THAT ANYTHING WE WANTED OFF THE MENU WOULD BE OKAY...EXCEPT THAT WHATEVER WE ORDERED DID NOT TASTE ANY WHERE AS GOOD AS IT SHUOLD HAVE...MY HUMUS HAD SEEN BETTER DAYS...NO CUCCUMBER THOUGH IT WAS CLEARLY STATED ON THE MENU...MY WIFE AHD ORDERED THE FISH WHICH WAS ABSOLUTELY TASTELESS...NO FLAVOR WHATSOEVER...OUR GUEST WHO WAS THE REASON WE HAD COME TO GERTRUDE'S ORDERED A DISH OF MIXED GREENS AND GRAINS WHICH SHE SEEMED TO ENJOY...I WOULD DEFINITELY NOT RECOMMEND GERTRUDE'S
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • a lovely lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food was delicious and service by Katrina was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Culinary Delight!
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    From the moment we entered Gertrude's and until we left, we experienced top notch customer service from everyone we encountered. The food was beyond our expectations and we will definitely be returning on a regular basis! We were also delighted we happened in on a night they had live entertainment in the form of "Dueling Pianos" which made for a fun time as well. Nothing better than great food, great customer service, and fantastic music on a Wednesday night!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food...
    GreatChoise
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We ordered from the appetizers so that we would not miss the concert and found the found good. However, the sausage dish was a bit dry with not enough of the wonderful apple chutney. Would I order it again? Yes and just request additional sauce. The shredded pork was also a bit dry; however, given the time of day, it was understandable. This was my first visit and I truly see and taste its potential.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for any occassion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    A group of friends met for evening dinner and thoroughly enjoyed this hidden gem in the gardens. The service was excellent, food timely and delicious. I highly recommend Gertrude's for any occasion and local flavor!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely experience
    050214
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    First time at Gertrude's, but not the last. Food was excellent, And ambience very enjoyable. The room was only partially occupied (brunch in Summer), so it was not noisy at all.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Service was poor, food ok
    Chris
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The setting is really attractive. The food is expensive and just okay. Our server was a nice person, but a terrible waiter. This is not the first time we have had poor service at this restaurant. Everyone is friendly but they do not know how to offer decent service. Sad. I don't know if we will return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Father's Day brunch
    Nvrdoreviews
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I made reservations for 5 at 9:30am for brunch. We started out the morning early with a stroll through the botanical gardens. We arrived at Gertrude's, were seated and orders were taken within 10 minutes. An hour later our meal still wasn't served, so we left. I will not recommend Gertrude's to anyone.
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  • Recent Botanical Garden Concert
    2ChandlerTravelers
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I thought it would be nice to have dinner @ Gertrude's prior to the concert & because I've never eaten there before. I was less than impressed with the menu & wonder about the chef's taste for these lunch and dinner items. Maybe it's just me but I think food items are quite pricey
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 1HikerfellaDines
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Enjoyed the Quinoa Salad that a piece of Grilled Salmon was "ADDED" to. Was a Great dish and would go there to order again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Much improved
    desertratnana
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    This was our third visit to Gertrude's & we were pleasantly surprised. Our other visits were during the insanely busy Chihuly exhibit, but we decided to give G one last opportunity to win us over. The new menu, although not extensive by any means, had some delicious-sounding new choices. I chose the happy hour small bites Street Tacos & they were very good, as was the Gazpacho, My husband had the Country Ham sandwich & said it was very good as well. Our server was attentive & knowledgeable. Prices are still a little high for what you get, but everything is fresh & we will come back again. Kudos to the new chef for changing things up a bit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Linda Hrach
    Camo
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Very pleasant dinning experience. Gertrude's is perfectly located for those who participate in the concerts performed at the Desert Botanical Gardens.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive food at DBG
    BillH
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We took two friends to Gertrudes prior to attending a Music In The Garden concert. First, the menu is relatively sparse and exotic. The main part of what we each had (chicken,salmon) was excellent. The accompanying side were a bit strange. Dessert was superb. I was somewhat put off by the prices. With no alcoholic beverages, the bill for four with tip was about $150. We chose Gertrudes because the meal on the Terrace was too spicy. Would we go back? Somewhat iffy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We heard they lost their Chef who basically put this place on the map! Didn't excpect this fast of a fall from grace. Though menu items are the same; presentation and quality have slipped from a 10 to a 4. Service timing was insane...waiter rushed us to order claiming food would take 40 MINUTES and everything arrived in 4!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    2nd time coming. Setup reservation on Thursday for Sat at 645pm for 4. Arrived gave my name and the hostess said we had already checked in. Well how can that be if we just got there. She had looked at our name for someone else. So our table was gone. We had to wait 45 mins for another table. They apologized but didn't help. Spoiled the evening. The manager didn't even offer to comp anything. This should be a lesson to the hostess to check the names very carefully. I;m not sure if I will come back or recommend this place to anyone else.That was very poor on there part. The server was rushing us it seemed like too. The food is very good. Just put yourself in this situation. .
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful Environment, Convenient
    natureandtheatrelover22
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Gertrude's is conveniently located on the beautiful grounds of the Botanical Gardens. For anyone taking a trip to the Gardens or Zoo, this is a lovely dining experience to choose - parking is very abundant and provides a moderate walk before dining. Indoor and outdoor seating is available. We sat outdoors and enjoyed the Palo Verde trees overhead and the rocks in the distance. Our server was friendly, attentive, and available. We were only moderately impressed with our food - a salad with chicken and some hummus. I would definitely return to Gertrude's and try something else on the menu especially if I were returning for an event - such as the "Midsummer's Night Dream" performance we attended in the Gardens.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • choppers
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Overall the food was excellent but the beans with the Tacos were tasteless. Get another side if ordering the Tacos. The beet salad with Salmon was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dm13
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Good food and great service. Server knew the menu and made great recommendations. Fish tacos were great as was the hummus appetizer.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Midsummer. Night's Foodie Dreame
    DoctorK
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyed our pre Shakespeare evening at the Garden. The food was excellent as was the atmosphere and service.A lovely oasis .
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Again Gertrude's is good....
    dbeagar
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Not great, but good. The food was fine and the service was very good. Combined, the experience this time at Gertrude's was as expected...which will keep me coming back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner
    gertb
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The food was very good but not excellent. I was surprised by how casual the menu was. I expected more dinner options.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing really positive
    Dinerdan
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Made a reservation at 10:00am on 05/30/14 for indoors. Reservation was confirmed. When my date and I arrived we were told they only had outdoor availability. After a short discussion and while be escorted to the patio we past 4 empty tables inside on the way. After being seated and my making another comment the hostess told me she would look into the situation. Never heard another thing. After sitting for over 5min. in the heat and asking for water the server who was bringing it after another lengthy period chatted with the next table for 3-4 more minute. Food was average. Decided to try this as we were attending a concert in the garden. Next time I will just plan differently. Oh and BTW...walked past 4 empty tables inside on the way out.
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  • Great for pre-events
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Gertrude's serves amazing, healthy food that is perfect for pre-events at the Desert Botanical Garden. Perfect for out-of-town guests. Sure to wow them!!! Delicious with great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommended
    DietitianFoodie
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    This is a lovely restaurant for a special occasion. The service was outstanding. The food was very good-- except for the calimari which was rubbery and not cooked quite right. The inside of the restaurant is a little bit tired looking. I suggest touch up on the paint on the walls. It looks dinged up here and there. The location is an absolutely beautiful garden location. It is easy to overlook minor flaws when the environment is magnificent. Overall this is highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Predictably excellent
    SMunroe
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    We've dined here 10 or so times in the past year. This time we were meeting old friends for breakfast. Gertrude's is great for special occasions and is great for out of town guests. The DBG is a scenic backdrop, the food and service is always excellent and its always nice to stay and linger around the gardens. We'll be back
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and setting.
    Marymath
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Unexpected find! Not a thing we did not like. Menu was restaurant week and choices were excellent. Wish we lived closer so we could visit more often. We visited the garden in late afternoon (not too many people) and being able to stay in the same area for dinner was an unexpected bonus.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic foods
    PJSPA
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Really great use of vegetables! I had the egg white fritita and it was delicious
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    Pearlhd
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Everything was perfect. The food, the seasoning, atmosphere, service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Summer is quiet
    lola
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    rare temperate early summer evening made Gertrude's an anniversary treat. Food is interesting, good wine list, friendly, attentive wait staff, leisurely service pace was appreciated. Quiet on patio. Lovely evening. We wished the Garden had been open till 9 (instead of 8pm) for a post-dinner stroll.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    cidergirl
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I looked forward to my first time at Gertrude's. We arrived early, but were seated immediately as there were only a few other diners. The waitress quickly explained the specials and took our drink order. The drinks arrived and our food order taken within 10 minutes of arrival. It then took more than 25 minutes to get our food. I ordered the chicken. The meat was hot and very tasty. Unfortunately, the mashed potatoes and asparagus were nearly cold and bland. My companion's salmon was warm enough, but there was very little taste to the broth or mussels and she had to ask for bread to go with it (the waitress brought one small piece). The menu was also difficult to understand and quite limited. A disappointing experience.
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  • Very romantic
    Michelle
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Great choice for a romantic evening with your sweetheart. Our meal was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    It was so empty , part of its charm is the ambiance and excitement that a full house presents. But it was our choice to grab something small, fast while peaking in on a few plants.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gourmet in the Garden
    tomtravel2
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    I have visited the Desert Botanic Garden of Phoenix many times, but had not eaten at Gertrude's. It lived up to the positive reviews my friends had passed along. We tried the fish tacos, chile rubbed ribs and the "chocolate" mouse dish. We both thought all were very tasty. Despite a full house, the service was great. We were promptly seated at our reservation time plus about 10 minutes due to the traffic coming in. It was the last night of the Chihuly in the Garden event. The setting is lovely with desert folliage visible through windows and the open doors of the al fresco seating area. All of the entres were well prepared and artfully presented despite the capacity crowd. Well done, and we will dine there again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • birthday dinner
    hbmomo
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    My family and I went to the Chihuly exhibit to celebrate my 24th birthday. We did the 4-8 pm slot and walked around a few hours before having dinner at 6. After dinner we continued to walk around and with the lights on the beautiful glasswork in the nighttime it was as if we were at a different exhibit. Such a cool experience and I would recomend it to everyone!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kind of Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    I was really looking forward to dining here because i had heard so many great things. We went for a brunch (Sunday) and we were nicely greated by 'we have been waiting for you" which made you feel really good. The waitress was very nice. The server was short didn't place the plate in front of you but just radomly sat the plates down. My Husband and I split Farmers sandwich and a beet salad which was very good. Our guests had the American breakfast which was nothing special, no better than what you could fix at home. No garnish, not even a piece of parsley..nothing to make it special in anyway. I was very disappointed and I'm sorry to say we probably won't go back again. Way too many excellent restaurants to settle.
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  • Disappointing
    swts
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    food was average. service was slow. disappointing.
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  • Great as always
    Khaj
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The cocktails are great, food is delicious and unique, the staff is friendly and helpful-I really enjoy Gertrude's! The service can be slower but that gives you more time to enjoy the setting. The outdoor patio is beautiful so eat there if you can. I highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food within a garden
    jack64
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Although Phoenix high temperature was 105 the day we were there, we were seated outside at 6:15, and we're quite comfortable. The selections were familiar but with twists. Food was beautifully presented and delious. I especially enjoyed the mint lime cooler and the salmon salad. Friendly and fun servers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet