Jack Dusty Coastal Cuisine and Crafted Cocktails
Jack Dusty Coastal Cuisine and Crafted Cocktails

Jack Dusty Coastal Cuisine and Crafted Cocktails

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.jackdusty.com/
  • Phone: 9413092266
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast Daily: 7:00am - 11:00pm; Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Dwayne Edwards
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: US-41 and Gulfstream
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is complimentary for guests of Jack Dusty.
A word from Jack Dusty Coastal Cuisine and Crafted Cocktails
Who is Jack Dusty? Jack Dusty, so named for the 18th century short-hand term for the naval store clerk whose responsibility included doling out the daily lot of rum to sailors and maintaining the ship’s inventory of food supplies, offers guests a bevy of dining and drinking options with indoor/outdoor seating and views of sparkling Sarasota Bay and beyond. Jack Dusty features modern classic seafood, offers a lively bar and presents a prominent cocktail program.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Jack Dusty Coastal Cuisine and Crafted Cocktails reviews from OpenTable diners
65 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (39)special occasion (39)scenic view (37)fit for foodies (25)vibrant bar scene (20)romantic (16)hot spot (11)notable wine list (11)late-night find (10)neighborhood gem (9)good for groups (8)great for brunch (7)great for lunch (6)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Very, very good!
    BigG
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had heard mostly negative reviews about this place. Noise seems to be the big issue. Excellent seafood and a great waiter (Lyle)..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience
    Levonti
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Hotel restaurants are hit and miss, but at Ritz Carlton you would expect to find an excellent restaurant and you would not be disappointed with Jack Dusty. The restaurant has a very pleasant atmosphere with outdoor dining overlooking the bay. We stayed at the hotel and dined at the restaurant twice. The second time we tried their oysters. Everything was high class and the service is what you'd expect for a restaurant of this caliber.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food and local craft beer
    Just1
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food was fantastic and the atmosphere was great. Drink menu is creative with a great spin on a mojito. Local and fresh craft beer on draft makes going there even better. Totally love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish Food
    LuvwineVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I don't eat a lot of fried food, but my dad ordered the fried calamari and it was probably the best I've ever had. Extremely tender. The bread that comes out of the can was very good too. I ordered the crab cake sandwich without the bread and with a side salad and it was very good. Not a huge portion of crab cake, but what was there was excellent (no fillers).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect
    jumpers406
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The food was perfect. The drinks were perfect. Our waitress was Lori and she was knowledgeable, personable, and provided great service. Overall all I give JD a 10/10!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Floridafoodie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    As usual the service was outstanding and the fish extremely fresh.we had both special for entrees--the swordfish and corvinia and each of our party of four raved about their dishes. For starters we shared the Jack's oysters and the "pepper" appetizer which was a real pleasant surprise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They accomodate food limitations
    HappyinSarasotaVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I have some food limitations and JD's team is super acccomodating as they try to make delicious food that fits my needs. One of my local favorites and I go there often. Their evening seasonal vegetable plate is the best anywhere of its' type. Oh, yes--and they make great fish, crabcakes etc per my dining companions:)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Welcoming
    KrazyMare
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Had our annual anniversary meal here & as always, the food & staff were both excellent. On arrival, we were greeted by our names & shown to our table. The staff knew the menu well & explained certain dishes to us. Our 12 year old son liked that the staff treated him as a young adult & not as a young child. Bread was delicious that I ended up purchasing the board to bring back home to the UK with me, which came with the ingredients in order to make the bread. We shared the calamari starter. All our mains, beef, lobster & the chicken was delicious and perfectly cooked which you would expect from The Ritz. Jack Dusty is a lovely & relaxing restaurant, the staff are very welcoming. We look forward to returning next summer.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasteless Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was tasteless. $12 lobster bisque with no taste or flavor at all. Bread was tasteless. Ambiance is wonderful so go for a drink but the food isn't worth the price or the time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Needs some refinements...
    DiscerningdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Have eaten here multiple times since their opening and given great reviews in the past but a recent visit for my wife's birthday was a little disappointing. Sat outside on the patio where a Jazz Guitarist/entertainer was playing but was it so loud over the speakers we couldn't talk and ended up giving my wife a headache. Typically have had good luck with their wine list but this time was peeved to find too few interesting and affordable bottles. Ended up paying $140 for a mediocre bottle of Stag's Leap. Food seemed much too salty than it really needed to be. Will try again later but SRQ has too many great restaurants in walking distance to stumble too often.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot
    FamilyMan1
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Jack Dusty did not disappoint. Perfectly fresh wahoo, grilled, delicious, the potatoes were good. My wife's crab cake was made with big chunks of crab, tasty. Our out of town guest was very pleased. Our server was very pleasant and relaxed. The view is great. The location is ideal. It's one of my favorite Sarasota restaurants.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • enigma
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This is a remarkable location, Ritz ambience. Extraordinary vistas seated inside or out. The food is very good with unique presentation. Every Ritz representative is forthcoming and prepared to serve you from parking to reception to management. When you enter the restaurant something changes. The restaurant service is adequate! Something is missing in the interaction with customers at bar and tableside. Nevertheless , I love it!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanks to Karl and Andrew
    MeeeVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    My wife and had dinner, served by Karl, and breakfast, served by Andrew. Both experiences were simply first class! Karl and Andrew continued to provide that pampered, attentive service that we felt throughout our stay at the Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota. We'll certainly remember the meals and will definitely come back. Thanks again to Karl and Andrew!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • it was our 21st month anniversary
    cavcando
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    And ad usual Lyle treated us wonderfully! Even brought us a dessert plate with H A written on it. He is a gem!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cindiVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I can't say enough good things about Jack Dusty. The food and service were beyond excellent with attention to every detail. Our server, Liddy, went way beyond superlative and made our experience perfect in everyway.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Impressed
    RingRing
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    All the staff very up-beat smiling and complimentary. Our service pet was welcomed and complimented on her well behavior. Our service dog was very relaxed which speaks very highly for the environment and the staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect Night
    4thYes
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We were staying at the Ritz and had reservations off property as well, but decide to stay at the hotel and enjoy Jack Dusty's. It was a great decision, we had a wonderful table, outside with the sun setting behind the pool across the bay. We had made mention that it was our anniversary in the reservation, and the staff made a point to congratulate us a couple of times and I don't think it hurt in terms of the table we were given. We had a couple of expensive crafted cocktails, but not so expensive that we didn't order more of them. Our means were wonderful, and we would expect to go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The restaurant has a great look and feel. Friendly hostess. Great menue. Food average to a little above average. Service was friendly however poor. Drinks from the bar not re ordered, water empty not refilled, dishes not cleared from the table. We will try again, maybe just an off night.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service, lousy reception
    TMKPVBVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Once again great table service but hostess/reception needs better training..food is tasty and well presented....
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • breakfast
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Service and food was outstanding. Eggs Benedict are a must!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    FoodieExtraordinaire
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    this was such a great find....great NEW food choices, great service, great décor, great flavors.... we loved it and can't wait to bring our friends. The whole snapper and the grits and shrimp...OUTSTANDING!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Food and Service
    operanerd
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    During a four-day stay at the Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota, my wife and I ate dinner at Jack Dusty twice---and it was not simply because of the location. Neither of our meals could have been better; furthermore the servers were attentive, helpful, and polite. We recommend any of the crafted cocktails (especially the retooled old-fashioned) and the mussels.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just so-so
    BDinSRQ
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Went there for a birthday dinner. Had a lovely view and sat outside. Was quite noisy as there was a large party going on in an adjacent area. The server was very nice, but very slow. Took 20+ minutes to get us our drinks. Had the lobster bisque, was not worth the $12. Had the pear salad, which was good, but quite expensive for a salad at $18 (I think). Had the grouper etouffee, nothing like I've had in New Orleans, the red beans weren't cooked, the greens were very salty, and the grouper was tasty but overcooked. The cioppino was good. I know they have revamped the restaurant to be more casual, but I expected more from a Ritz. wait-staff in sneakers, servers in denim aprons, paper placemats, etc. Not worth $200 for dinner.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jack Dusty - A Jacked-Up Experience
    TheSeriousFoodieDotNetVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The Serious Foodie & Company (www.thesesriousfoodie.net) paid our first visit to Jack Dusty last weekend - and it won't be our last. We decided on the Ritz Carlton venue because of the outstanding al fresco dining, and the reviews of the innovative cocktails. We certainly were delighted with both the drinks and the view, but we were more than pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food, and the service. They were close to getting 5 stars from us - probably more like 4.5 stars - but we loved the way everything was prepared, from their version of fried green tomatoes, to the fish special (a wonderful triple tail) and a comfortable version of New Orleans styled blackened grouper. The team of Lori and Carl was knowledgeable and fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lyle
    cavcando
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Our server is the best! You can tell he has years of experience and knows how to read and treat his guests! We won't have any other server....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    19yearsstrong
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We had late lunch which lasted for 2 hours and were never made to feel rushed. The food was wonderful in its presentation and taste, and the waiter and servers were attentive and not intrusive. I would return again for sure!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better for drinks
    Dineoutdiva
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Service was very poor and slow. We had to ask for everything. Noise level very high. Frustrating experience. Would not go again.
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  • mixed bag
    searching
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    I had grouper etoufee, smallish piece of grouper with large amount of crawfish, rice, beans, just not memorable. Husband very happy with his scallop special and crab cake appetizer. My mozzarella/tomato salad was not that well seasoned, needed some basil or balsamic or something? The key lime pie we shared was vey good. The bread they serve was an odd choice with the menu, a brown molasses bread, on the sweet side, baked in a can, reminded me of the seventies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place, food mixed
    wineguy
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Very nice modern ambiance, good service for Sarasota, good menu and OK wine list, but food preparat6ion is mixed. We love the variety of vegetables included, which were well-prepared and the crab cakes were good. But, for the second time in a row, the fish of the day was WAY overcooked. Part of it was burnt and inedible. The server and manager were understanding and removed the offending dish from the bill, but it ruined an otherwise enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dusty Lunch
    thisartofwine
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Pricey, pretty, adequate. Friendly but often absent server.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 35 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 147 reviews are from the Jack Dusty Coastal Cuisine and Crafted Cocktails reviews archive.
  • Not what we hoped it would be
    smay655
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Jack Dusty was our anniversary. We ate at the Ritz/Sarasota a few years ago at main dining room that has been replaced by JD. We were surprised by a more casual atmosphere than in the past. That's fine, though we had gotten dressed up for the occasion. Menu choices didn't impress. For the pricing we knew to expect we thought there would be more intriguing options. I get it that this is coastal cuisine ala New Orleans, or Charleston, SC low country. But.....serving dinner bread out of a tin can? Serving desserts out of Mason jars? Cute - but not what I expect from the Ritz Carlton. Can go elsewhere at a fraction of the cost for a more fitting ambiance for that type of cuisine.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expensive and lovely & disapponting
    Niteout
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    A sophisticated ambiance, tranquil views ,excellent service with an interesting menu that disappoints
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good, but not great
    DonC
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Our server was a little less than polished and not at the typical Ritz level of professionalism. My seafood dish was excellent, but my wife's filet was overcooked and the replacement filet took some 20 minutes to arrive....while my dish got cold. The experience was a bit of a letdown as we expected more from the Ritz and the rather high price for the experience.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Great food. Had the cobia, one of the best tasting fish I have had in my life.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    Richard
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We took mother out for her day. Everything Was extraordinary. In addition, my wife was impressed with glassware, plates etc. Food delicious, service impeccable. Very Lovely waterfront view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative
    ChrissyVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The Ritz does not disappoint in creating in an interesting ambiance. Service was excellent. More choices for non-seafood eaters would be helpful. The brown bread was so good!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Elegant but not Snooty
    lldinc
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Excellent food and service. Unparalled view of Sarasota Bay. Make reservations well in advance and ask for table near windows or outside.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Encore performance
    zgalVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    We dined twice here during our stay at the Ritz because we enjoyed it so much the first time. This time we enjoyed some oysters, a green salad and two fish specials, including a 3-tail. The Butter Chardonnay is a must, so hope that it stays on the menu. Our server, Jeremy, was knowledgeable and friendly. Can't wait to return to Sarasota and to Jack Dusty's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Perfect
    zgalVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Our evening started off with the Butter Chardonnay, which was exceptional. We ordered the Burrata salad, oysters and the fish special. All were outstanding, and our server, Jeff, couldn't have been more courteous and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ritz-Hosted event
    Latte2olive
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    -An astounding environment, chic and elegant place to have a glass of wine at sunset, enjoy the coastal view, and a hoppin' evening energy!
    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, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.