Harvest Moon Cafe
Harvest Moon Cafe

Harvest Moon Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://harvestmooncafesonoma.com/
  • Phone: 707-933-8160
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm; Dinner: Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Nick Demarest
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Cafe, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch
  • Catering: Harvest Moon Cafe is available for private events to accommodate your next breakfast, lunch, or dinner party. We create custom seasonal menus, wine selection, and flower arrangements for your next event.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our dining room is available for private parties and events for groups up to 45 people. Our seasonal patio accommodates special events up to 75 people. We create custom seasonal menus, wine selections, and flower arrangements for your special event.
  • Private Party Contact: Jen Demarest 7079338160

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Napa Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is available street parking on Sonoma's square.
A word from Harvest Moon Cafe
We are a small family run cafe in the heart of Sonoma's square and the beautiful wine country. We change our menu daily to utilize what is available and at it's best. We love to support our local farmers and winemakers. All of our produce, meat, poultry and fish come from farms, fisheries, and ranches guided by principals of sustainability.
If you do not see what you are looking for or need a table for 8 or more give us a call at 707-933-8160.
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Harvest Moon Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
151 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (116)fit for foodies (105)neighborhood gem (82)special occasion (59)romantic (55)notable wine list (45)good for groups (35)hot spot (14)great for lunch (7)kid-friendly (7)great for brunch (6)late-night find (4)scenic view (3)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The first time we went to this restaurant was memorable. It was New Years Eve. From the appetizers toDessert, Delicious. We went back again and it was good,not great. The third time was very disappointing for myself and my husband. From salad, dinner and to top it all off Biscotti, that were stale. If it was possible to view the menu ahead of time, I would not have gone. The menu for the day is posted much too late. Unfortunately for me, I do not like Rib Eye Steak which they always have. It's too fatty. RECOMMEND POSTING THE MENU online earlier. Since we live in Sonoma, I would consider returning if I could see the menu first. Otherwise, NO.
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  • Great food, weird staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I definitely recommend checking this place out, but be warned the staff is quite diverse and strange. Really fresh and flavorful food combinations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Wonderful meal
    Dianey
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great meal on the lovely outdoor patio. Food was wonderful service was great
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • wonderful food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    we hadn't been here in ages and looked forward to trying out the dinner. great outdoor seating under the covered area. the bruschetta with anchovy, avocado, cilantro and luscious tomatoes was a stand out! my date had tasty green salad with hazelnuts and goat cheese. the pheasant was wonderful as was the pork shoulder - outstanding veggies and flavors throughout - great sausage combinations with the main dishes...tasty, tasty, tasty! plum & blackberry crisp with earl grey ice cream made it a perfect night! by the time we were leaving, the place was packed and the outdoor area looked so festive with the lights.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • open2dining
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Wonderful. Food, service, ambience. Lovely outdoor garden. Two large groups, but caused no problem. One with local winery owners was quiet anyway, and the other a bachelorette party. Could have been loud with the bachelorettes, but the venue somehow handled it beautifully.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Come for the food
    JoshuaVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We had a lovely dinner at Harvest Moon. Sat outside in the yard (much preferable to the dark interior seating area) and all of our dishes were tasty and beautifully prepared. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dwflyman
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We found this amazing restaurant on the Plaza a couple of years ago while on vacation. Since then we have returned many times, and every time the service, food and atmosphere have remained consistently terrific. There seems to be a nice blend of locals and tourists. The back patio is a great space that is very welcoming. The staff is amazing, personable, engaging, very knowledgable of the often changing menu as well as the wine menu. We love this place and will keep coming back. Ill never forget the first course, the first meal we had there. It was, of all things, fava beans with mint sauce and orange slices. DIVINE!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Good not great
    carmenreyVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Enjoyed our group dinner here - lovely sitting outside in the back garden. Food was good, did not knock my socks off but it was solid. Service was just fair - not as professional as expected based on price point; apps came out for all but one and then the missing salad took 20 min to arrive. This may have been due to a huge (20+ person) party going on, so I recognize that. Overall, try this place but if you are only there for 1 or 2 nights, this may not make my personal list.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    After reading good reviews we dined here on a 3 night stay in Sonoma. The squash soup was good, after that it was terrible. My wife had a rib eye which she did not enjoy, if you start with poor quality steak you end up with a poor meal. My lamb chops were terrible. Wait staff had all disappeared to kitchen to serve a huge party. By the time someone came back my wife had finished her meal and I had lost interest in changing my raw lamb and eating alone as well.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Excellent food! Lovely atmosphere! Wednesday night movie was very cool!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous farm to table dining
    GailC
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    My niece and I ate here after a nice afternoon in Sonoma tasting wine. It was referred to us by a local as a restaurant with farm to table fresh food. He was absolutely right, we had stuffed rigatoni and rabbit, with a bread salad appetizer. All the food was superbly prepared and delicious. Don't miss this gem, and choose the patio for seating you won't regret it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Made Birthday Special
    Todd
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We took a friend for her birthday, and we really had a great time and a great meal. The food is generally very good there, and the back patio makes outdoor dining the way it should be. Enclosed, so the breezes are minimized, but just enough to keep it from getting too hot.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing Pithy to say, but good
    smoon
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    One of the greatest salads I've ever had--perhaps the greatest. It was a tomato & bread salad, and it was thing of beauty. The rest of our food was good, definitely a quality restaurant--but the salad was truly notable...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great downtown location-big flavors
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Farm to table approach so menu changes often. While we were there we had a fantastic rigatoni with bolognese sauce and a lamb dish. Both were absolutely fantastic and full of flavor. Wine list consists of local vineyards that don't mass produce, so many labels unknown, but fabulous. Located right on the square with a beautiful back patio that is more than double the size of the inside. Perfect setting with great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Harvest Moon
    Estic
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    This restaurant is located in Sonoma Square and surrounded by lots of shops and other restaurants. The outside space was beautiful and the food delicious. We ordered the mixed lettuce salad with heirloom tomatoes goat cheese to start. For main entree we had venison with corn and pepper hash, and rib eye steak with blue cheese butter and mashed potatoes. The star of the show was definitely the corn hash, we asked for the ingredients to replicate at home. So delicious!! The service had a great pace and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food solid, service a big miss
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Have been to harvest moon 4 times now. Twice, this time included, service was mediocre to poor. Once it was spectacular. With food this good, service that misses the mark becomes very evident and this time almost ruined the evening. To be honest, the only statements uttered by our server were "what can I bring you" (for dinner) and "there is some seapage in your cork (wine we brought)". Zero attempts to liven our experience with a recommendation on drinks, food or dessert, and not one simple check in to see if we enjoyed any of our apps, entrees, Albariño we ordered, or even desserts. For a restaurant family with 45 years of combined experience it had to be one or the largest spans of great food to just plain uninterested service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet, slow, casual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Sat in outdoor seating area. Very casual, like someone's backyard. The food was very good, but service slow. In fact, we waited so long for our entree that the server mistakenly brought us a dessert menu before our food arrived.
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    fit for foodies
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We ate outside in the courtyard for a beautiful evening dinner while visiting Sonoma and the food was delicious. We highly recommend, and save room for desert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good but service wAsnt best
    AustinVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    They ran out of a dish and offered a free dessert to make up for it. They didn't offer the free dessert when it was all said and done.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JPSS
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Wonderful place for dinner. Make sure to eat out on the patio if a table is open.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing food!
    Foodluver
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great small menu that changes daily I believe. We went to celebrate a birthday and was very surprised at how good the food quality was. She had the mahi mahi and couldn't stop smiling with every bite. I had the ribeye which was seasoned perfectly. The scalloped potatoes were the best I've ever had. Overall great experience!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as always
    Peony
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Food and service were excellent as usual on our most recent visit to Harvest Moon. I especially love the unique and delicious salads. My only complaint is that outdoor tables cannot be specifically reserved but rather are given on a first come basis -- even as in my case, I reserved months in advance for a weekday night. We got an outdoor table but only after waiting for 15 minutes. Because of this I'll hesitate next time when reserving for a special occasion (as the last visit was).
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect!
    JJP65
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Appetizers, entrees, and dessert were delicious. The outdoor dining was a wonderful surprise! Well managed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Harvest Moon never disappoints!
    Sonomawantotobe
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Just celebrated my mom's birthday there. Food, service and obiance, always perfect. (This was my 5th visit) I love that their menu changes daily so that you get the freshest quality food. Menu is very creative. Such a hidden find. Even though it's on the plaza, it's easy to pass on the street. Patio is lovely. So romantic on a warm Sonoma night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    AnnieT
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I selected this restaurant based on reviews which sang praises of the food, wine & location and my high expectations were met. My husband and I started with glasses of Sonoma white wines with slices of fresh baked bread. The large number of European wines on the list given the location in California wine country was strange, though. Our salads - romaine and pickled beet salad for me, fresh greens, pecans and peach salad for him - were perfectly dressed. I had the rib-eye entree and must say it was one of the most flavorful rib-eyes I have ever eaten and was perfectly cooked. My husband's penne with rock shrimp also hit the mark. The blueberry trifle dessert was good but not memorable. Would seek it out if in Sonoma again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Outdoor Eating
    GregD
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Walking in to Harvest Moon I wondered what I got myself into, but once we walked through the restaurant and were seated in the outdoor courtyard, I breathed a sigh of relief. The dinner special the night we dined was squab and it was the most well-prepared little bird I've ever had. All the meals were great, and served at a leisurely pace by an attentive waitstaff. Don't skip dessert.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect evening For two
    FinallyVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This is just a great place for dinner. Fresh veggies excellent prepared dinner at excellent price. Best ribeye in Sonoma at reasonable price. It's just a nice place to have a conversation over wine and a very tasty dinner.
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    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • Loved it!
    Heatherdj22
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Great dining experience in every way. Shrimp and grits, I was in heaven! You won't be disappointed here. There is something for everyone on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Three Restaurants in Sonoma
    1NewMan
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Living in Sonoma, I sense there are three top restaurants, and this is one. Why? The chef set's solid pace, day after day, the menu changes. He has salads especially that are redundant, but the entrée is always changing. Did I mention there is the same consistent high taste quality. Often, the dishes are seasoned so perfectly you don't need the salt and peper. The wine menu is solid, too, hand picked by knowledgable chef or staff who is something of a wine professional. Did I mention the table servers are friendly, it's true enough. Finally, it's just idiosyncratic enough to have character. As far as I can tell the kitchen could be hell, but the front of the house makes it invisible.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Moon Glow
    Gasman
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Our third visit to Harvest Moon, a must eatery while in the wine country. Everything is fresh from local markets, the preparation is superb, and the wait staff is exceptional. Patio dining is our favorite, but inside dining is warm and cozy. A great wine selection is available or bring your own for a corkage fee. Enjoy this gem in Sonoma!!
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • M&M
    mandm
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We eat at Harvest Moon quite often and are never disappointed. This evening I was particularly impressed with the panzanella (likely not spelled correctly). Our guest from out of town said that his lamb was one of the best meals he ever had, and he travels world wide. Be sure and try it!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We really enjoyed this restaurant. Great food. Great wine. Only drawback is the building ventilation is less than desirable. It was really warm in the building. Other than that, we loved the experience and would definitely recommend it.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Harvest Moon misses the mark
    tominvineyard
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The ambience is good with attentive service. The food however is not well prepared and over-priced. The yellowtail tuna was dry with little flavor and a lamb dish tasked like a cheap steak.
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  • Vivelle
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We sat in the outdoor patio and truly enjoyed our experience. Very casual atmosphere with a great menu selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Night
    jagle
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    A client in Sonoma suggested the Harvest Moon Cafe for a dinner meeting. The food was beautifully prepared, and just as tasteful. Service was just right. Pleasant, attentive, but not fawning. HIGHLY recommended.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Fantastic restaurant: delicious food, excellent and very kind service and a romantik and cozy, down-to-earth ambience! We are from Denmark and enjoyed having dinner among local people and no tourists (at least very few)! A great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Harvest Moon Cafe
    sfla
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We enjoyed this restaurant. The food was good the environment was good. Overall it was nice.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great local gem
    areatsVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    This place got recommended to us by a local winery. I swear you'd miss it when walking the Sonoma square if you weren't looking for it. It almost looked closed. But packed inside! Obviously a local hotspot. Super fresh, delicious food, seasonal and local menu, good service. We didn't sit back there, but the outdoor space in back seems like the place to be.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We loved eating outside. Really nice setting with GREAT food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • dependable and ever-changing
    Local
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Beautiful crusted Ono dish and duck ravioli to die for, herbs used liberally and generous portions. Dined here many times, always some new menu items, fresh ingredients, tastefully prepared and served. Limited but adequate wine list, reasonable prices. Seating inside is very limited and close, not conducive to private conversations but comfortable. Our local favorite.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate