Lake Elmo Inn
Lake Elmo Inn

Lake Elmo Inn

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lakeelmoinn.com/
  • Phone: 6517778495x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 10:00am – 2:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 8:30pm. Between 2:00pm-5:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, American
  • Executive Chef: John Schiltz
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Corporate events, weddings, picnics, etc. Please contact our Event Center staff for more details. We cater local and around the Twin Cities.651-779-5994
  • Private Party Facilities: The Lake Elmo Inn has four dining rooms to offer private parties. Our Kohler room can accommodate groups up to 50 people. The Oak room holds up to 70 people and can be separated into a semi-private area for smaller group of 35 or less. Our event center holds 75-300 people, a wonderful place for a wedding, reunion, celebration of life, or corporate event. Please call Chris Schiltz 651.779.5994

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Highway 5
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Public lots also available in the area.
A word from Lake Elmo Inn
The Lake Elmo Inn offers award-winning American cuisine, and has been voted Best Restaurant, Best Service, Best Dessert, Best Brunch, and Twin Cities Institution locally by Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine 'Reader's Choice Awards'. Zagat scores the Lake Elmo Inn at a 28 out of 30 for food, calling us a "hidden secret". We also received Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence for our extensive wine list for twelve years in a row.
The Lake Elmo Inn has been chosen as one of the top 100 Brunches in the nation by Open Table. From shrimp cocktail, smoked salmon, double smoked ham, and carved rounds of beef, to eggs Benedict, Belgium waffles, mouthwatering salads, and fresh seasonal fruit, the Lake Elmo Inn serves a Sunday Brunch that is artfully prepared and elegantly presented.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Lake Elmo Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
235 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (183)neighborhood gem (115)romantic (101)great for brunch (101)great for lunch (76)good for groups (76)fit for foodies (75)great for outdoor dining (62)notable wine list (55)kid-friendly (15)hot spot (14)scenic view (9)vibrant bar scene (4)late-night find (3)Show More
  • Fantastic food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Overall experience was fantastic. The food was absolutely delicious and the service was fantastic. Great place to go for any occasion. the atmosphere was relaxed but has a high end feel to it without breaking the bank.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Slow service & cold food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We waited a long time for our meals; not something we are used to when we eat here. When our meals arrived, the baked potatoes were not done & the broccoli was cold. The prime rib and fish were very good. Our roll basket was empty early on and we had to request more rolls. The waitress was friendly. Our reservations were for 6PM, however we arrived about 5:45. We were seated right away and saw that there were only 4 other tables where patrons were sitting. While we waited for our food, several more tables filled and it seemed like our food took longer to arrive than those who were seated around us. We've always had extremely good food and good service, so I'm not sure what happened that night as we spend 2 hours there.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gem of the East Metro
    PrimeRibRave
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Lake Elmo's prime rib is our standard by which we measure all other prime rib everywhere! We've only found one other place as good - and it wasn't on the US mainland. The pre-main entrée pallet-cleansing sorbet, the complimentary after-dinner huge chocolate-covered strawberry and the hot, cinnamon scented hand towels makes the Inn so very special EVERY time we dine there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • family gathering
    merrysmas
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Brought my family here for a nice dinner. Have celebrated two previous family events here and have always experienced excellent service along with outstanding food. Small enough to have enjoyable conversations without needing to raise our voices. We all had different entrees, from steaks to fish to pork, and all were excellent. And we always love the chocolate-dipped strawberries that come with the check!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lunch with co-workers
    teamplayer
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I started a new job 3 months ago. My department is small with only 3 people. Since the turnover, my manager says he has never felt so confident about his department. He also said it's been a long time since he felt so enthusiastic about the future. We wanted to celebrate an outstanding month. He had never been to Lake Elmo Inn, and I suggested it. It was wonderful! A beautiful day to sit in the gazebo next to the garden. He has been talking about it ever since and has thanked ME for introducing him to a place he plans to bring his wife on a special occasion! I am pleased that he was impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Anniversary Dinner
    Jimmy
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The entire experience was great, except for one exception. I did not get the wild rice I ordered, however, I ate half of the baked potato before I realized. No big deal. I had the daily special, a steak that was worth twice the money! They gave us free champagne for our anniversary and the deserts were especially yummy.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    LakeElmoFan
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We went to the Tuesday brunch and enjoyed it very much. It gave us the opportunity to sample a variety of salads, entrees and desserts. The service was also great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Opinion
    LivelyLivonian
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The Deserts and Roast Beef are excellent. The Service is stellar. Decent Champagne. The lines are excessive. The rest of the food is average.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This restaurant continues to be a favorite of ours for brunch and special occasions. The food is always wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meal!
    FoodieLovers
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We came in for our anniversary dinner and had a very enjoyable evening! The enclosed patio where we sat is lovely. The pear and goat cheese on crostini appetizer was amazing and both our steak entrees (steak tournedoes topped with bearnaise and shrimp and the sliced sirloin with the mushroom jus lie) were perfectly done and delicious. Both paired with the very reasonably priced and delightful Charles & Charles Cab/Syrah. Then, to top it off, our waiter found out we were celebrating (we hadn't thought to mention it until we were complimenting the meal at the end) and brought us two champagnes and chocolate-covered strawberries. It was the perfect end to the meal and we were still talking about how much we enjoyed it the next day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cold Food, slow service
    Woodbury
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I as very disappointed in the food, service. We started out with the Lobster Bisque which was wonderful! Then wen we got the bill it was an add on and not included with the entree and was 9.50 per cup! We did not know this when we ordered. When our food came it was luke warm, my potatoes were dry and overcooked and felt like they had been sitting quite some time. The waitress noticed they looked dry and brought out some extra sauce that was supposed to be on them. My husband had the Walleye and said it was just OK. His pasta was cold and stuck together. The waitress came back a few times but service was pretty slow. This was our 32nd anniversary dinner and very unhappy overall. Not worth $106 without alcoholic beverage or dessert!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good & Bad. Somewhat dissapointing.
    Boit
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Went to Lake Elmo Inn for my mothers 93rd birthday. There were four of us. Friendly waitress but she was very slow. Too many tables? We waited a long time for just about everything and were there for 2 1/2 hours. Didn't mind too much due to celebrating birthday. Food was hit and miss. All appetizers, salads, and soups were excellent. I had the bone-in ribeye. Cooked perfectly (rare plus) tender and tasty. Wife had the Sunnies. Tasted more like potato pancakes then fish. Sister had the scallops. There were small pieces of shell or something in them. Returned for shrimp which was excellent. (They did not charge for her meal). My mother had the walleye which was very good. Desserts were good along with free champagne. May or may not return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First Rate Dining Experience
    RenaissanceMan
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Not cheap but an incredible value for the price. This restaurant delivers. The food was perfect and the service was excellent. Server knew her wine which was a great plus and the wine list is extensive and the more expensive selections are definitely geared toward the discerning palate. We didn't do it but we understand you can bring your own wine if it isn't on their list. $15 corkage fee applies. Highly recommended. We are going back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The service was horrible.
    StillwaterMN
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The service was horrible! I have been going to this restaurant for 30 years. It will probably be at least 30 years before I consider going back. The food was just ok. I suggest going somewhere else.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The service is understated and efficient. The menu is to be considered gourmet with special attention to it's sides with seasoning exactly so. Fortunately, this restaurant is as removed from the chain restaurant as one could imagine - an altogether pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lake Elmo Inn
    oldandeasy
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We skipped dessert because the service was so slow, especially at the end of the meal. I assume it was because they had a large group in another part of the building, maybe understaffed. Normally, this is a favorite plalce.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always wonderful
    2sisters
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Enjoyed a quiet lunch. Food is always very good. A perennial favorite.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • jcarol
    jcarol
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We've eaten at Lake Elmo Inn many times and have never been disappointed. We were celebrating our 49th wedding anniversary so the free glass of champagne was very nice. My husband had the filet which he said was excellent, my salmon was great as was the asparagus I asked for. The macadamia pie was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place for lunch
    EdenprairieguyVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Had a business meeting with clients over the lunch hour. The service was very good and the food was well done.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Gem
    Step1
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Neigborhood Gem is exactly what your resturant and staff is. It's so nice to bring our out of town guest's to your restaurant, your staff and chef's consistantly impress us! You should be proud!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch with Cousins
    Larry
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We brought our special cousin and spouse for Sunday brunch.....fabulous time with special family and super food and service!!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Great place for brunch with the family. Excellent food and atmosphere, great service even with brunch!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special birthday celebration
    HungryGrandma
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    A small group of family members had Sunday brunch at Lake Elmo Inn to celebrate my husband's 65th birthday. The food was excellent. The staff was very accommodating regarding our 4-yr old grandson's requests and seating us where our 7-month old grand daughter could be accommodated. Our server was appropriately attentive and fulfilled special requests for the 4-yr old. We never felt rushed and were able to enjoy a nicely paced meal. We had not been to the Inn for awhile and now we know what we'd been missing. We will return soon! I felt the price versus the quality of food and service was right on.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Think kinky
    Gutterninja
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We enjoyed a few of the Lake Elmo Inn martinis. The kinky liquor martini was perfect for a warm summer evening. My wife loved her steak with the blue cheese and Parmesan crust over a bed of rice and mushrooms. I had the grouper that was the special for the night. Very good food and our server was very busy but attentive to our needs.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinning Experience
    Devoparty
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We have NEVER been disappointed when we visit Lake Elmo Inn and our 45th anniversary meal was no exception. From the Sunnies cooked to perfection, the steak cooked exactly to order, the very best wild rice soup ever, the wine, and of course our desert. Our waitress Judy was attentive without being intrusive on our conversation and our water glasses were always filled by a polite young man who also removed plates quietly. Our hats off to John for his food excellence and the very professional staff he has. Thanks for a great evening. Linda and Chuck
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The Lake Elmo Inn has become my favorite place to dine. The atmosphere is so comfortable and the staff is so kind and patient! Of course, the food is fantastic!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • price made me a prude
    Priceprude
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Nothing special at this restaurant warranted the prices they charged. I recommend to those who drive a certain vehicle for prestige or as a status symbol. Half could have been given to the homeless and still be pricey. Next time that's what I'll do (and dine elsewhere). I'll feel much better on how I send my hard earned money.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We always have a great time here. The food is amazing!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a wonderful experience
    MB13
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Brought relatives from Houston to the restaurant for brunch because they were looking for someplace unique in the area. They loved it and we did too. Didn't know they had a Tuesday buffet - but do now and will visit again. It was a beautiful day outside (especially for August) and enjoyed the outdoor area.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • happy luncher
    We4LuvElmo
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    4 of us had lunch, 3 choosing the sunfish and 1 the cherry-glazed salmon. Delicious! The sides of wild rice pilaf and a colorful vegetable medley were yum-o, too. We had started with the beer-cheese soup which we all loved! The 'Inn is always so pleasant...'lovely ambience...'have gone there for decades, enjoying, brunch buffet, lunch, dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Lake Elmo Inn was recommended by a friend as having the absolutely best brunch. She was right. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent as Always
    Nobber
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Our server Jolynn was spot on and engaging. The dinners were prepared properly and presentation was artful. The service timing was excellent. This with a good bottle of wine made for a wonderful evening
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Shelf Dining
    daffodil
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Dining here is always wonderful. Everything on the menu is delicious. It is a special restaurant for celebrating. The wait staff is so friendly and helpful. Desserts are amazing.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The food is excellent; wait staff are knowledgeable, friendly, and attentive; and the atmosphere is excellent. Only downside is price; expect to spend around $100 for two meals, drinks (Soda, alcoholic costs more), and dessert.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Long Time Customer
    pollyanna
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our anniversary here. Over the years, we have dined here many times and have had excellent meals. This is the first time that we sat in the newly designed center area and did not like it. It went from an intimate quiet atmosphere with booths and tables to more of the atmosphere of Denny's. It was loud, and we had to lean in to talk about anything. My Tournados was ordered medium and came out nearly purple inside. We also told the server it was our anniversary (and also what we would like for our free toast beverage), but he never brought it out to us. Overall, I did not like the new resturant design and atmosphere and will look to find a new location for fine dinning and intimacy.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wait staff.
    birthday
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had excellent service from our server, I think her name was Judy. It was Sat. pm on the patio and we were celebrating our special friend's birthday. She couldn't have been more pleasant, helpful and speedy in her service to our table. All four of us love Lake Elmo Inn and return regularly to celebrate special occasions. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not up to past visits
    oldlady2
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Portions were small - the chicken breast was about 3 bites -; the steak was tough. Lots of green beans and the French fries were OK. The bread and pot stickers were good but the bread basket was never refilled. With such small portions my son couldn't even fill up on bread. The desserts that we brought home were excellent. The Walleye was OK but just OK. Will probably go again but never for a Saturday lunch. Will try the buffet.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What a way to celebrate!
    BirthdayCelebration
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had a very enjoyable birthday celebration to honor my mother's special birthday. I looked at a few special restaurants and after viewing the menu I decided to choose Lake Elmo Inn because they offered such a nice variety. Other restaurants had a limited Saturday lunch menu. Also, I have eaten at Lake Elmo Inn a couple times in the past and have always been treated extremely well. I HIGHLY recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food was ok but not as good as I remembered it from other visits. The pricing was a lot higher than past experiences.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2bitsVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I guess I set my expectations too high and you know what happens when you do that.
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    • Noise LevelModerate