Katia's Russian Tea Room and Restaurant
Katia's Russian Tea Room and Restaurant

Katia's Russian Tea Room and Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.katias.com/
  • Phone: 4156689292
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Wednesday - Friday: 11:30AM - 2:30PM
    Sunday, Wednesday & Thursday: 5:00PM - 9:00PM
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Russian, Eastern European
  • Executive Chef: Katia Troosh
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, High Tea, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact us for further details.
  • Private Party Contact: Katia Troosh 4156689292
  • Entertainment: Alex Yaskin, our accordion player, has been with Katia's since we opened. He is a popular Saturday night fixture and adds a great dimension to your dining experience. Alex likes to announce to his audience: 'You will never hear this on an accordion anywhere else!' And, true to his promise, he plays from his repertoire of classic accordion pieces, Russian songs, show tunes, the Beatles and Stones, and some very current popular music. Make a request--or a 'wish' as Alex calls it--and prepare to be surprised! Alex is available for private parties at Katia's and for other private venues as well.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Balboa Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Balboa Street has parking meters operating from 9am to 6pm, Monday thru Saturday, so day time parking is very easy. In the evening, diners arriving before 6pm can usually snatch a parking place. After 6pm parking gets more difficult.

    We have attempted to join forces with our neighbor restaurants to arrange for valet parking but the City has not allowed it. For large private parties valet parking can be provided.
A word from Katia's Russian Tea Room and Restaurant
Katia's serves classical Russian cuisine with a light California touch. We use fresh local ingredients and allow them to shine in popular dishes such as Beef Stroganoff, Chicken Pozharski, Shashlik and Golubtsi. Our Blini with herring, caviar or smoked salmon, Pel'meni and Potato Vareniki will satisfy any 'flour' food lover! Start your meal with 'zakuski' (little bites) of appetizers like Olivier or Vinaigrette salads, eggplant caviar and our house made dill pickles and marinated mushrooms. Our beef-based Beet Borsch or tart Green Borsch, and the Vegetarian Mushroom Barley soup will warm you on a cold day and, served cold, will cool you on a hot day. Finish your meal with a glass of our brewed tea in a silver podstakannik with a piece of Napoleon (some say the best dessert in the City), the meringue torte, blinchiki or cherry or cheese vareniki. We serve California wines, award winning Georgian wines and a selection of Baltika beers from St. Petersburg that complement our menu.
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Katia's Russian Tea Room and Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
8 reviews since April 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food4
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (5)fit for foodies (2)romantic (1)good for groups (1)special occasion (1)Show More
  • Great borscht, blini and piroshki
    ladyinpurple
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Still the best borscht in San Francisco -- or perhaps anywhere!! And the blinis with salmon and salmon caviar are the very definition of delicious comfort food. The mushroom and cabbage piroshki were wonderful -- we took some home. Wish you were still open for lunch -- even just a couple of days during the week...we miss it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great experience
    Greg
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We really enjoyed ourselves at this venue. The food was excellent, service crisp and the accordion player kicked out tunes like "Smoke on the Water". This was a chance find for us. The only downside, and it has nothing to do with the restaurant, is parking around the neighborhood is a challenge. However it was well worth it. We will not hesitate to recommend this establishment to anyone.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A vegetarian feast
    VegDiner
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We had the hot Russian tea and shared a mushroom piroshki and a cabbage piroshki, the Vinaigrette salad, 2 orders of the Potato Vareniki, and the Napoleon for dessert. Everything was delicious and felt like cozy comfort food. The service was warm and friendly. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious
    LovetoeatVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    I had not had Russian food in years. This was a great find. Lovely service, good food. We shared a few piroshkis, had borscht and the stroganoff. Delicious. The highlight for me was the Napoleon, we split one but I could have eaten it all on my own. We will definitely be back!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Looked sweet but disappointed
    NewbieVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Neighborhood appeal but mediocre food They did not have lemons!!! Strange thing to run out of given tea and fish on menu
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • homesickruski
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    the chairs were a bit uncomfortable. They didn't have the sturgeon, which is why we went. They did, however, have an accordionist playing old world tunes while we were there and it was delightful. The Lamb Shaliski was excellent, the lamb very tender and aromatic served over kasha. We also had the Salade Olivier. My guest loved this version of the Russian potato salad. I would definitely dine here again. The prices are reasonable and parking is pretty good for this area
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious food nice entertainment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    A group of us came to dinner on a recent Saturday night. The meal was delicious. They even provided free accordian player. Fine Russian food. There seemed to be a problem with the service....seemed to take over half hour for dessert to be served. The owner came out and apologized and comped it. The restaurant was quite full. The waitperson was charming. We have dined there for lunches and dinners in the past with no problems.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 1 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating1
    • Food1
    • Ambiance2
    • Service2
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 82 reviews are from the Katia's Russian Tea Room and Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Comfort Food with A Flair
    Persnickety
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    While I love the foodie scene in SF, I always come back to Katia's for just plain good food. Borscht redolent of fresh beets and fresh dill -- shashlik you can cut with a fork -- pavlova with fresh berry compote ... it just tastes good. Quick, friendly service. Only suggestion? Chairs could use round pillows ... though I guess that keeps guests from lingering all night!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun and unique Saturday night
    rosina
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    There's live music, provided by Alex and his impressive accordion on Saturdays. We didn't know, so it was a great surprise. The food was great. Katia came out and chatted with the room a few times -- she is lovely, too! Between Alex, Katia, and the server (who I think is Katia's husband), the folks could not be better. Alex encourages conversations and it was a fun group of tables. Maybe we got lucky, but it was a really nice evening. Plus, they serve all numbers of Baltika! Fun!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I enjoyed my time here, especially
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I enjoyed my time here, especially the live music.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice family experience
    Langham
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    We had the Cutlets (Kotlety) Pozharski, Shashlik (lamb), and the Zakuski tasting platter. Very tasty, fresh, tender, and mouth watering. The atmosphere was nice and comfortable. The presentation of the food was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maybe We Were Too Late
    MemlouiseVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    I think we arrived to this cute neighborhood restaurant a bit too late for the waiter and cook. We did end up being the last table - and we should have taken a hint when the waiter said "We stop taking orders at 9" ... and it was only 8:30! We all ordered the lamb which had delicious flavors - but the portions were tiny and tasted like they had been cooking for hours. The bottom of the pot perhaps? I'd go back with someone who knows the place and knows how and when to order!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    Kceallai
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    After waiting 45 minutes to be served 5 of our party of 6 had meals but the 6th had to wait another 10 minutes. 2 diners were very disappointed with the beef stroganoff. Other diners were very happy with Pel'Meni, Salmon and Chicken dishes. The owner came out and graciously greeted us and the waiter apologized for the delays; however, the overall experience was very disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special spot for Saturday dinner
    T42queen
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    We had a lovely meal at Katia's and enjoyed the friendly attention of the staff. Easy yet elegant and a perfect spot for a romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • neighbor
    zman
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Nice spot. Hard to find parking. Nice food. Reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Russian Christmas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    I am married to a Russian and she approves of this place. Katia is a warm and welcoming woman who made sure we were well taken care of. The Borstch is spot-on. The pate has just the right amount of excessive butter -- Katia makes sure you don't leave with too few calories. We almost convinced her to take Bitcoin, and I'm almost sure she will next time. :) I love this place. Eat here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Dinner
    RPM510
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    My folks and I went here for my birthday dinner after watching the musical "Beauty & The Beast" in San Francisco. The restaurant is not on a super busy street, but is tucked away in a beautiful neighborhood close to Golden Gate park. The service was appropriately attentive and the food was superb. I ordered the Golubsi for my main entree. I was surprisingly impressed. This dish packed so much flavor that I wish I could have ordered another if I had room. I definitely wanted to leave room for dessert and I wasn't disappointed when I ordered the Baked Alaska. This is definitely in the top 5 best desserts I have ever had. I will for sure be back again and again to try every item on the menu.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique, authentic, home-style
    cameron
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    Unique, authentic, home-style Russian food. Everything was good. The beer exceptional. Pick the wine carefully. Saturday night accordion player adds great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Comfortable settings, friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    Comfortable settings, friendly service, fresh and delicious food. It's a small family restaurant, makes you feel at home. It was a little slow to start with because one person was late, then they said the cappuccino we ordered was on the house. When we ordered wine, they let us taste it first, and even filled up our glasses when our bottle was finished. We will go back when we are in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Who knew?
    DLauri
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    I really had not considered Russian food "gourmet" in the past but dining at Katia's was a delicious, palate expanding experience! The sturgeon was extraordinary, the blini wonderful...my husband loved the herring. We're already thinking about what to try next...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best borscht anywhere!
    ladyinpurple
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Katia's has the best borscht anywhere!! Other specialties, such as pelmeni and vareniki are the ultimate in Russian comfort food. Katia and her staff take wonderful care of you when you eat there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was ok but the prices
    Diner12
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    The food was ok but the prices were very inappropriate for what was served this is not a gourmet restaraunt.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food. Nice service.
    youraverageeuropean
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Great food. Nice service. Friendly atmosphere. No hype.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience!
    kg11VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    We were a party of eight and treated like family. Katia is a gracious host. If food can be fun!?! This was!!! Don't miss the homemade pickles and the homemade rye bread. Everyone loved their dishes. For dessert order the Napoleon. By the way...the accordion musician was a big enhancement to the experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    DenK
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Katia's is a very special Restaurant - Food has always been delicious and never had to wait for Service - staff very attentive. I always look forward to going there. I have recommended this Restaurant to Friends and have also enjoyed their experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice treat after a long day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    I took my parents here to try Russian food. My parents normally are not thrilled getting out of their comfort zone, but surprisingly, my mom was surprised and delighted with the food at Katia's. We were kind of confused with the tea service menu, which ended up not getting after all.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful place to celebrate
    foghornboy
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    We had a special family anniversary event and wanted good Russian food. Katia's was recommended and we enjoyed the visit: the ambience, the dishes and the hospitality!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed review
    LiveSushiBar
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    The food was fine but the waiter spilled an entire glass of wine on my dining companion! He acted kind of nonchalant about it. We had to move to another table and he brought us the wet menus after we had changed tables. He didn't charge for the wine he spilled but didn't comp my companion a dessert or at the very least another glass of wine. The place was almost empty on a Friday night. It had been many years since I had been there but I wouldn't go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Highly Recommend
    sancarlos
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    We had visited Fort Ross earlier that day and on the drive home decided it would be fun to go out for Russian food for dinner. We found Katia's on Open Table and decided to give it a try. Service was great. Food was delicious. Save room for the Napolean for dessert. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Russian Food Experience
    MOSF
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    Love Katia's. The food was tasty and well prepared. The Napolean dessert is to die for. Katia is so friendly. She makes it a point to talk to every table. Parking is a bear in the neighborhood. She knew one of our party was looking for parking. She asked one of the regular guests who had a spot in front to wait to leave until I could call and tell them. That is service above and beyond.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Katia’s Restaurant is a great find.
    Bill
    Dined on 7/11/2013
    The food is consistency good and you can’t ask for better service. It’s hard to recommend something of the Menu, when everything is excellent. The “POTATO VARENIKI” are a must get every time. For Fish lovers The “STURGEON” is one of my favorite, but they also have “SALMON”. More traditional Russian dish’s like “BEET BORSCH”,” PIROSHKI”, “BEEF STROGANOFF”, “SHASHLIK (lamb)”, “KOTLETY POZHARSK (chicken cutlets) are all excellent. Make sure you try it… Bill S.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Russian food, excellent
    SouthernvisitorVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2013
    Terrific Russian food, excellent service. They need a dry Georgian wine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Katia's the best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/9/2013
    Had a wonderful authentic Russian dinner in a charming and quiet environment. I had blinis with all the trimmings; my friend had pel'mel which she said was the best ever. Also, it was great to be in a restaurant where one could actually have a conversation without all the "bright" noise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Charming
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    Had a nice evening at Katia's. The service was attentive and the food was delicious. Notable was the chicken w/mushroom sauce, crepes with sides, and the wonderful appetizer sampler. Parking is tough, but worth the effort.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go for the food; stay for Sascha
    GreySnapper
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    I don't know of anywhere in SF that offers a menu like this in an intimate setting. Make sure to share an order of Blini! Katia herself is warm and welcoming, visiting with each table - a nice touch. Sascha is the accordionist who plays on Saturday evenings. He is an accomplished musician who can do amazing things with his instrument. His repertoire is vast. While he could easily choose to remain in the background playing Russian and other European "standards" ( Ex: "Подмосковные вечера" and "La vie en Rose"), Sascha will surprise and delight you with his arrangements of "Paint it Black," "Oh-bla-di," and, yes, "Stairway to Heaven" ! He reads his audience and perfectly blends his selections with the mood of the restaurant at the moment.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I really enjoy the food at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    I really enjoy the food at this restaurant. And the service is terrific. The owner is very attentive and flexible with ordering. For those who are still missing Old Krakow in West Portal, the food here comes close. And there are blinis which are delicious! The accordion music was a nice touch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • THE RESTAURANT/KAFFE DOES
    emanuelVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    THE RESTAURANT/KAFFE DOES NOT HAVE ANY PARKING. IT IS IN A RESIDENTIAL LOCATION. NO PARKING FOR MILES.
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  • The food was very fresh. I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/11/2013
    The food was very fresh. I had smoked fish and freshness is very important. The crepes were excellent, also.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mom and Pop Shop with Tablecloth
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    A neighborhood joint with tablecloth. Piroshki was cold and bland. Beef Stroganoff was too salty and served was like a cheap lunch plate with rice. Blini with herring was just ok. The only server (probably owner) was hard to find even though there is only one other table there on a Saturday night. Was he working as a cook in the kitchen, too? When he appeared, he placed the dishes on the table or fill the glass from four feet away by leaning over with his tall body and long arm. He was rushing it so much and so carelessly that water would splash over to our food. There is a guy playing accordion. The music was lively but too loud to carry a conversation, given such a small restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Katia's Great Red Cabbage!
    Creampuff429
    Dined on 3/3/2013
    Food and Service was great - the red cabbage in the salad was super fresh and yummy! Definitely a place to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet