Japengo - Waikiki
Japengo - Waikiki

Japengo - Waikiki

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://waikiki.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/entertainment/restaurants/index.jsp#39731302
  • Phone: 8089231234x
  • Hours of Operation:
    6:00 pm - 10:00 pm Dining Room
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Jon Matsubara
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Dining rooms available for up to 12 guests. Semi Private seating for up to 20 guests. Large party menus available starting at $50 and up. Wine and Sake available to pair with your dinner.
    Enjoy the privacy of our Singapore room for your private event.
  • Private Party Contact: Michael Hutton 8089231234x
  • Entertainment: Please Join us next door at SWIM pool bar for nightly live entertainment.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Uluniu
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Free Valet for diners up to 4 hours of a $20 purchase or more. Self parking also available at an hourly rate.
A word from Japengo - Waikiki
Japengo – Located just steps from famed Waikiki Beach on the third floor of the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa. Authentic Hawaii Regional Cuisine. A variety of seating options will make Japengo perfect for any occasion. Private dining rooms or intimate tables-for-two. Japengo features innovative cocktails, sake, shochu and wine, Join us for what is sure to be a sophisticated culinary adventure.
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Japengo - Waikiki reviews from OpenTable diners
30 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (16)fit for foodies (14)romantic (13)good for groups (11)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (4)notable wine list (3)hot spot (3)neighborhood gem (2)scenic view (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Japengo
    swong007
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Japengo was definitely worth the trip into Waikiki. We were greeted by seemingly friendly hostesses. Our waiter Tomo was excellent! Well knowledged and very honest about helping us get the best value from the menu as possible. The scallop and soft shell crab appetizers were amazing, as well as everything else up until the main course on the sampler menu. It could have just been my taste preference, but the flavor of the fish just didn't sit right with me. Not to mention it was overcooked. We ended up canceling our second entree (we ordered both from the sampler menu) because we were full. Would definitely go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Asian Fusion Foods
    Tats25
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    I came here once before and fell in love with the ocean cappuccino!! It can be found only on the set menu, but you can order it as a side dish!! The name of the dish is misleading, because you'd think there is coffee in it.... Wrong!! There's no coffee in it, instead it just looks like a large cup of cappuccino! Lots of chunks of seafood in there! Of course for dessert we had the coconut creme brûlée in the half shell!! So very yummy!! It was creamy and not over the top coconut. What saddened me was the waiter let us know that there was going to be a menu overhaul in 4 days. He wasn't sure what would stay and what would go. I defiantly asked for my 3 favorites to stay. I'm hoping the new menu will be good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 5 STARS!
    foodie4
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    You did it! Japengo manged to please 4 foodies! It was a double birthday celebration and they outdid themselves. Great cocktails, wonderful ambiance, just the right amount of food which was perfectly prepared, and terrific service! We will definitely be back. We live in Honolulu and normally hate to dine in Waikiki but we will make Japengo the exception. Great for both kamaainas and tourists!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Top notch!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    My wife and i went to Japengo on our anniversary. We went in expecting the food to be good, but we were surprised to find that the food was downright amazing! i had the chef's tasting menu (which will change soon) but was incredible nonetheless. my wife had their four course dinner which was delicious too. Overall the dining experience was pleasant and well thought out. The lighting and setup was great. Our server was really knowledgeable and moved quickly. She made no mistakes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Distinct Asian cuisine
    Candlenut
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Seafood and beverage are very fresh and taste good. We had a very quiet dinner because no other guests were in the restaurant late at night. But I don't know how the ambiance will be when there are many people eating, drinking and chatting around you. The waiters and waitresses were very kind and often asked us whether the food is good and we were enjoying. The only disappointing thing is that the dessert cake was too sweet.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    dyuen34VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I have to say that Chef Jon is by far the best chef Hawaii has to offer. He creativity and mastery of food is represented by his playful and original dishes. Chef John creates multiple layers of flavors enhanced by different and unique textures that is pleasing to to all of the senses. This is by far our favorite restaurant in Hawaii. If anyone has the opportunity to go to Japengo, I would strongly suggest going soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We went for a birthday celebration! Nice cozy table in corner for the four of us. We had the scallops which just melted in our mouths, the honey macadamia nut prawns, awesome! My favorite was the Singapore chili crab. We got it spicy, it was to die for! Oh and the birthday cake-sticky datenut cake w marscapone cheese! Yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice quiet dinner
    jimb
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Good service with very good food. Even thought we had a set menu that came with the vacation package we purchased, they still presented the food very well and the service was very good. I will return to sample other entries from the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Last dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We took my daughter's best friend (who's leaving the island)and her parents. We were a party of 6, first time for all of us and had a great time. Food was good and table was conducive to conversation. Prices and selection of food were good. I would definitely come again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BEST SUSHI IN WAIKIKI!!!
    JeanneVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Japengo is a find....best sushi in Waikiki and the chefs are the nicest too....you won't be disappointed. Chef Johan is knowledgeable and a great chef as are Derek, Byron, Hill and Toru. And, ask for Arnold or Shirley if you opt to sit at a table - they are the best servers and many of the menu items are wonderful as well as the sushi.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ruggarooney
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Really good steak, big and nicely pink in the middle. Could have been rarer but flavour and texture were great. Lobster good too. Wine was lovely and great service, far too much food really and then a complimentary pudding at the end!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Worst service ever!
    7372jdjsjsk
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My spouse and I sat down for dinner and ordered appetizers and our entree at the same time. She ordered salmon and I had the steak. After waiting for 25 minutes our appetizer finally came. After 45 minutes my spouse's salmon dish made it to the table. After waiting for over an hour my steak dinner finally came to the table. A family of 4 sat down 10 minutes after us. They ordered, had eaten and left. As they were leaving my steak was placed in front of me. A family of 3 sat down on the table next to us and was not given any attention for over 20 minutes. The service was very POOR!! The manager kept saying to me, your steak will be out in 2 minutes every 10 minutes that went by. Japengo was not busy at all. That was the worst service ever!!
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not happy at all
    mogumogusan
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We try new or never been there kind place. But this is not good place to recommend.... Sorry, we don't like their food.... It was my first time I could not finish my dessert!!!! That bad.... The waitress was nice but she never asked how we like for our steak. So, we had red meat! And we thought that their fish was not fresh. Hamachi was not good... Soooo sad after dinner. (All of us tried their kamaaina course menu)
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Food was excellent,......however,the hostess gave us the worst table in the resturanr....the hallway leadind to the pool and bar,could hear the ruckus from the pool area and waiter traffic to and from the bar. I got the feeling they don't get too much local customers,the first thing our waiter asked was where were we from?
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • PinkPower
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Happy Hour was great and my four year old asks to go back on a daily basis. It was very family friendly and food was enjoyable. I espcially enjoyed the Sake selection.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious food; superb service
    Babydeer
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Food was delicious and service was friendly. The room's high ceilings and triple pane windows were lovely and brought in the light. The long cushion-covered benches along the walls were inviting and comfortable. Chef Matsubara's ability to pair local dishes with japanese cuisine is both comforting and exciting. Will definitely come again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 175 reviews are from the Japengo - Waikiki reviews archive.
  • Quiet Sushi Date Night
    gypsyfoodie411
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    The restaurant had been recommended by a friend so we thought we'd try it out. Well, we were not disappointed. Super fresh fish, delectable shrimp preparation and cocktails. It was quiet enough to have a conversation and close enough to the beach to take a stroll afterwards.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a pleasant experience
    air2dxs
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Considering the class of the restaurant, the food and service was poor. In fact, we ordered three steaks Medium and all of them were over-cooked. We returned only one steak, however, because the food took so long to come out in the first place. Our waitress was very friendly but not very good at keeping our water glasses full and checking back periodically once we got our food. And the restaurant was not very busy. Some of the other reviews I saw rated the restaurant highly but that was not my experience... definitely would not go back.
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  • Overpriced
    funfinedining
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Title says it all here. Wanted something light before the evening set in, food total for 1 app and 1 order of sushi was over $50. Ambiance was nice, service was good.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Danny
    mauiislanddream
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    One of the hottest restaurant hot spots in Waikiki! It's really a hidden secret in one of my old stomping grounds, across from "Canoes" Waikiki Beach Center in the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Japengo Experience
    KLovelyK
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Our experience at Japengo Restaurant was an amazing and unforgettable experience! Chef Jon Matsubara is a phenomenal Chef and the servers were very attentive and friendly. The food was exceptional and delicious and the service was very friendly and professional. The ambiance is fit for any ocassion and I highly recommend Japengo to anyone who wants to have a fun night out!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Birthdays!!
    Jolene
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Had my birthday there and Pam was our server! She is excellent and as well as the other staff. Friendly and fast!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Wait staff very personal and nice. Manager walks around loudly trying to sell you their fixed price options which is sort of annoying. Otherwise delicious and a nice restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JAPENGO
    morik
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This restaurant is huge. We were seated in a very comfortable spot against the windows. There were many tourist and I could tell even locals were there to celebrate their birthday. We decided on the set menu and were surprised that there was a Kamaaina discount. The reason we revisited this restaurant is because last year we went for restaurant week and totally enjoyed the food. It's too bad that they wouldn't substitute the dessert, but we still enjoyed ourselves and will be back. The waiter made our visit even more fun. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Japengo in Waikiki was OUTSTANDING
    Benny
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The atmosphere was very relaxing. The staff, especially our waitress (I think her name was Cora) was very friend and terrific. Her suggestions were fabulous. The food was delicious. We will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food!
    luv2workandplay
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    I went late on a week night and the food was spectacular. The staff was amazing...especially at the sushi bar. It's inside the Hyatt and can be a little tricky to find but worth it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kainakolohe
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Chef Jon out did himself! Our first time dining at Japengo's but definitely not our last! Thanks also to Robert who took such great care of us!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Mothers Day Dinner
    JaxRVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This is the third time we dined at Japengo. The first two times we were really impressed with the food and service so we decided to go again for Mothers Day. The last two times the restaurant was really busy and the service was exceptional. Although our servers were very friendly, this time they were not at all that busy(lots of empty tables), but service was mediocre. Some of our drinks sat empty for long periods. One thing for sure though...The food is consistently delicious. Kudos to the chef!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Service!
    LQA4
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Cora was very warm and inviting. She was very friendly and patient. Loved how she used my name frequently and made us feel welcomed. Everything we ordered was delicious! Butteryaki scallops, 50/50 sushi roll, Unagi roll, Kids chicken bento, fried rice, hamachi and of course, the coconut creme brulee.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We had read a positive review in the newspaper some time ago and thought we would try it. Not up to expectations. And high prices on drinks gave us pause (we forgot the Waikiki-factor).
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasting Menu was Terrific
    kaimukimomVIP
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    What a good deal for some tasty food! The service was attentive. We enjoyed the desserts especially!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We traded.
    genkinsVIP
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    Japango has some great food and great service. This was the first place we went to the night we landed after we got here form japan. The fish entres and apps were good. We also ordered the coconut creme brûlée was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Chef & Restaurant in Hawaii!
    dyuen34VIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Truly the best dinner you can get in Hawaii. The chef, Jon Matsubara refined his craft in New York under Jean George and it shows. His expertise in the kitchen shines through. We had a special chef's tasting menu made especially of us. The taste of all the dishes were sublime. The dishes were original and executed to perfection! I would recommend this restaurant for anyone who wants top quality dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Great food, service and ambiance. Don't forget to get the Scallop Butter Yaki. Melts in your mouth!!! Went with a group of 8. Perfect setting for a larger group. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AWESOME
    m9z1VIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    This place MADE SURE as a local couple we were treated as if we were 1st time diners. The ambiance was PERFECT & the service was EXQUISITE.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a terrific Sushi restaurant
    SFJoeVIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    This Sushi restaurant is upscale in both prices and quality of product served since it caters to Japanese guests staying at the Hyatt Honolulu. It has terrific food and good service. I always gravitate to the sushi bar where I often meet other single guests at the hotel and can engage in interesting conversations. The scorched Hamachi is one of my favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great scallops n filet mignon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Great scallops n filet mignon we also had the honalulu roll dr Delicious .. The waiter was a bit confused at times when we were asking about the menu. Otherwise overall great food n would eat there again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • $49 Tasting Menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed the $49 tasting menu and hope that you continue to serve this. We've been to others and yours is by far the best for taste and value. Even the complimentary glass of wine was good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They know how to treat a "local"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    My husband and I decided to go to Japengo, because first of all, it was our Anniversary, but mostly because we knew of chef Jon from two other outstanding restaurants. Well, we were treated like royalty the minute we got seated, and chef Jon did a "personalized" menu just for us with the best fresh sushi, and seafood that I have had in years, not to mention this yummy coconut dessert. From the bus help, server, manager to the kitchen, this was a fabulous dinner and we will go back again as soon as we can!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good value!
    LovesYummyVIP
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    We were celebrating Girls' Day, and decided to try Japengo. We generally avoid going into Waikiki because of the traffic, but since the newspaper write-up on the restaurant was enticing, we went there. A Kama'aina Tasting Menu was offered and it was very well put together. The hamachi appetizer was fresh and tasty, the seafood cioppino was excellent; but the filet mignon was a tad tough (which surprised me, since it was a filet), and I opted to take home the flourless chocolate bar since it looked heavy, although I did partake of the surrounding strawberries and cream and gelato----they were marvelous. The waiters were very attentive and non-intrusive. Noise level was moderate. All in all, it was a memorable dinner....5 stars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.