Gertrude's
Gertrude's

Gertrude's

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.gertrudesrestaurant.net/
  • Phone: (480) 719-8600
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Gertrude's reviews from OpenTable diners
103 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (85)fit for foodies (56)scenic view (53)great for lunch (42)special occasion (35)good for groups (29)romantic (25)great for brunch (21)neighborhood gem (20)notable wine list (8)kid-friendly (8)late-night find (7)hot spot (6)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Garden dining well done
    BurntKandle
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Imaginative food and cocktails well prepared served outside on a terrace in one of the most beautiful places the Valley of the Sun has to offer, the Desert Botanical Garden, what could be better. I very much enjoyed the eggs Benedict as well as the breakfast bowl. Tha gardenrita was a nice twist on a favorite cocktail with just enough heat. The service was friendly and very helpful and the live guitar music was a nice touch for a Sunday morning in the garden. I will definatey return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great place to dine.
    AZFoodie
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Have introduced Gertrude's to many friends and strangers and all have enjoyed the atmosphere, service, and food. One of my favorite restaurants in Phoenix.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mostly fab!
    Gbowen
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I had the beef brisket and it was quite fatty but everything else was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening
    desertratnana
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Once again Gertrude's proved to be a wonderful dining experience. Our server was exeptional- attentive, very knowledgeable about the menu choices & extremely personable. The food was quite good. We started with non-alcoholic selzers which were refreshing & flavorful from what I assume were garden-grown herbs. We had the pepper spaghetti (with a kick) & the brick chicken (tender, juicy & presented very well). Desert (donuts & cheescake) were delicious. Kudis Gertrudes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ch...ch...changes...
    EuropeanTaste
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    First thing that we were told by the host was that they have a new Chef. That's ok. Chefs come and go. We've been occasional guests (business and with spouse) since they open up a couples years ago. Loved everything about the place. This time it was different. Food had an "experimental" character to me and my wife. Was not as satisfying or palate pleasing as in the past. This may be a transitional phase until the new Chef finds his footing. I would still go there for the ambiance, but not for the food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    GreatOutdoorDining
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We had a great time and enjoyed the experience. Staff was wonderful. Menu was a bit limited. It was difficult to avoid certain ingredients that I don't care for.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • delightful evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Arrived early; able to be seated on the patio. Quiet, service delightful. Pork Shank was out standing. Enjoyed the Kale Kim Chee, and veg.soup. Rice puddling for desert was a disappointment. Loved the patio, and PBG. Delightful place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    Patsy
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Our seafood lunches were excellent and the seasonal fall desserts were delicious. Service was attentive and friendly. Appreciated the quiet atmosphere. Will be exciting when the new art gallery opens in November.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Creative menu with fresh choices
    Dbittles
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    I enjoyed our lunch very much. Quinoa salad was very nice. The dining room was pleasant? Great service too. A nice choice for lunch with a friend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We were there for my birthday brunch. The iced coffee was good; I would have liked real sugar. I had the BLT; the bread was completely unmanageable. There was not enough bacon to really enjoy it. The tomatoes were good. I found the menu uninspiring. There were very few vegetarian options; the sauce for the eggs Benedict was weird.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • avaschoice
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Delicious, healthy, satisfying meals. I will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful and Peaceful
    DBGluv
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Love the wonderful views and ambiance at Gertrude's and the DBG. The only downside to this restaurant is that they could benefit by having more variety on the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    The tomato gespacho soup was the best I have ever tasted. I have to come back to try the potato salad with horseradish. Very pleasant atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Desert Bliss
    Travelingtaurus
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Gertrude's is a lovely place for breakfast or lunch, especially when combined with a visit to the Desert Botanical Garden. There are unusual offerings like bison and dishes with Southwestern as well as soups and salads. Has gluten free and vegetarian offerings. I had their kale salad and added a flat iron steak...wonderful. My friend had the veggie wrap...also very good. The watermelon green tea ice tea was very refreshing. Also has a full bar. Very cheerful, polite and attentive wait staff. We ate outside in the shade with views of the gardens...a great venue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great as always!
    Sandy
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Brought a friend from the East Coast and he loved it! Food was excellent, service was good and the outside patio was unbelievably beautiful! Always a hit with someone visiting AZ.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice place
    MH59
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    This time it was nice and quiet but when it's busy you can't hear yourself think inside. There was only one fairly tasteless vegetarian option.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyable Evening!
    L2Travel
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Flying in to Phoenix for the first time from the East Coast, the person I sat beside on the plane lives here, and recommended Gertrude's. I spent the day at the Botanical Gardens while my husband was attending a conference and made reservations for us to go back for dinner that evening, since it was quite crowded at noon. We strolled the lighted pathways and then had a WONDERFUL dinner in the garden outside! Fewer people than at noon time and DELICIOUS food! Our waitress seated us by the fountain, low light ambience, very relaxing. Waitress was wonderful and we enjoyed our evening together! Thank you. We have already told friends if they are in Phoenix, definitely go to Gertrude's and the beautiful gardens.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu now ordinary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Was very pleased with original menu when Gertrude's first opened. Menu was inventive, flavorful and worth the price. Current menu is bland and ordinary. Ordered vegetarian wrap. Was lacking in flavor and french fries were cold. Have experienced a continuing slide in offerings.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bruce
    Bruce
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I ate Sunday brunch on the patio. The service started a little slow but through most of the meal was very attentive. I had the breakfast bowl, which is pork and a corn muffin with two eggs any style. I had mine poached and they got them just right (I asked for medium hard and usually I get runny, but not this time). I thought the food was excellent. The portions are not huge but I prefer quality to quantity. For the quality of food, and the ambiance of being at the DBG, I received value for the money paid.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • However, a bit disappointing
    DairyFreeCat
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I love the spot and the mission, but not well executed. I went with 3 other female friends. We are not big eaters, but way too little food for the price. I think my meal was about 300 calories and before tax was about $24, and was one of the cheaper options. Just not enough. Dairy free options very limited; menu overall quite limited. Wine was very expensive, but I am actually ok with that. I know restaurants make money on the liquor, but it was a bit over the top because everything just seemed overpriced. Just too little for too much, which is too bad. Also, mosquitos were out with no citronella candles (I know mosquitos are odd, but they are here this year.) Staff was welcoming, but will think twice before returning.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant
    dinedalone
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Too pricey for me but great if you can afford it. The outdoor area is very nice at sunset. I went October 25th and the temps were perfect. The service was great. I had mussels but would not recommend them. They were very tiny.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a gem !!!!
    Francy917
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    This is the second time dining at Gertrude's and it was just as wonderful as the first. The food is different and delicious. You can find something for everyone's taste on the menu. The wait staff is knowledgeable and courteous and makes your dining experience a joy. Thank you for such a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous Food and Ambiance
    jamie
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We had a great meal from the widely varied menu and a lovely time dining outside on a cool desert evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner Review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We have eaten at Gertrude's 3 or 4 times now; the last meal before last night was Easter Sunday brunch. I have been disappointed with each meal that we have had. Last night we had the tuna with osa? The tuna was cool to taste. My husband ate a very small amount, so I finished his portion. I think that the waiter said that the tuna was only lukewarm, but we ordered it anyway. The waiter was excellent and the outside dining is in a beautiful setting. But, please change your menus.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic dinner
    halatious
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Attended a lecture on gyotaku at DBG and enjoyed a quiet meal on the patio. Excellent service throughout. Appetizer and entree choices are all a challenge to select from since they appear so tasty. Great choice of local microbrews. A little spendy, but well worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Perfect Dinner!
    nJOYed
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We were returning to Gertrudes to take a couple out to dinner, who was visiting from out of town. We were pleasantly surprised to find out we were upgraded for free to the restaurant's private dining room! It was quiet and produced the best environment to catch up with our dear friends! Our personal waitress was delightful and very helpful in assisting us with selections. Food was over-the-top good. We plan to return for brunch soon and try the out-door seating!!! Thank you for making it a memorable experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We have dined here many times and have obviously enjoyed our lunch since we keep coming back. The disappointment this time was that they changed the ingredients in my favorite entree, the quinoa dish, and I did not like it at all. A famous expression says it best: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    Desertdiner
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Our server was very friendly and attentive. Our drinks and food were brought out in the appropriate intervals and all and all a good experience. The menu was a little foodie friendly for my taste but I knew that before we arrived and decided to try it anyway.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Excellent food, great service. Always a dining pleasure when visiting the Desert Botanical Gardens.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still Hit and Miss
    13platesVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Gertrude's could be one of our favorites. There is still inconsistency on service and food. The patio is lovely this time of year as we came over from the Fall Garden Sale. Rob, our server was friendly, at slow speed (not a problem for us), gave good advice on beer and menu items. The Brisket & Gravy was great with perfectly poached (as requested) eggs and tender meat. Gertie's Benedict had a yummy peppery sauce though my eggs were almost hard boiled, not poached. I was looking for that oozy egg. Rob did not offer a redo when I gently mentioned it. His not caring changed the experience. We will continue hoping all the changes within the restaurant will settle in, making for a consistently wonderful experience for all.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful Environment
    Freshfoodie
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The Desert Botanical Garden is absolutely beautiful and Gertrude's is a perfect way to relax while there. Food was very good, a unique menu, our server was stellar, he described the dish we ordered "to a tee". Inside can be a bit noisy, but had a nice lively feeling. Would sit outside next time, weather permitting. We will be returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another great experience
    ScottFree173
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Wonderful spot for lunch and a glass of wine after a morning enjoying the Desert Botanical Garden. Large patio with refreshing fountain in the center. Lunch a little pricey and no discounts for Garden members, but the meal was excellent and nicely presented. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too Pricey
    2ChandlerTravelers
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    My husband and I recently had dinner at Gertrude's. He had the beef brisket that came with barbequed garbanzo beans. While the meat was tender and flavorful there was more fat than meat. I had a chicken salad sandwich that came with fries. Even though we enjoyed our meals we both agreed $57 dollars was pricey especially since they offered no complimentary breads, chips, or the like.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    One problem was mosquitoes but otherwise it was very lovely The bathrooms at night are quite far from the restaurant and in an unlit area
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely Sunday Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I was very happy to discover and experience this hidden gem before attending a course at DBG on Sunday. My friend and I definitely plan to return even when there is no reason to be at DBG. Great service and great food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience!
    eatout
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had a wonderful evening at Gertrude's! It was a bit noisy inside but the weather was too warm to sit outside yet. I'm sure the patio dining would be absolutely delightful when the temperatures are a bit cooler. The service was outstanding! The food was delicious although I would mention that the pork gumbo was overpowering in it's spiciness. The peppery heat covered the subtle flavors of the other ingredients in the dish. The donuts with sauces was a superb way to end the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AZ Restaurant Week
    iwant2blv
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Gertrude's had a some great Restaurant Week offerings. Had the gumbo to start then the seared ahi as the entree. The tuna was great. The patio offers a fun dining environment; you're in the middle of a desert garden, how could it not. It looks like they have a happy hour, which I will try to check out on another visit. Good service, too.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Something local and different!
    LLArizona
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We really enjoyed the patio seating amoung the garden scenery. The food had a local flare and the guitarist added another element is enjoyment. The service was a little slow but when the server or hostess talked to us or served, they were all attentive and fun. I would defiantly go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant Week Experience
    Heather
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We went to Gertrude's for Restaurant Week. They had a nice menu - good variety of interesting options. Everything we had was good. I was surprised that it was not very busy there. There is a nice atmosphere in the restaurant. We had great service. Our waiter seemed really knowledgeable about the dishes on the menu.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I love Gertrudes
    Jeri
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Awesome food, service & setting. I have not found food like this anywhere. The tastes flirt with my senses and I feel a lot of the food came from a garden that day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet