Le Tajine
Le Tajine

Le Tajine

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.letajinerestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6506229830x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Friday - Sunday: 11:30pm - 2:30pm.
    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Moroccan, Mediterranean, Vegetarian
  • Executive Chef: Hicham Assabanne
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: San Carlos
  • Public Transit: Caltrain
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Public lot and street parking available.
A word from Le Tajine
Whether you're visiting our dining room, carrying out or throwing a party, Le Tajine provides its guests with excellent, healthy, halal food in a cozy environment.

Le Tajine prides itself on a traditional Moroccan cooking menu that includes various tajines and couscous with magnificent aromas for guests to enjoy.

Le Tajine is a restaurant focusing on bringing halal Mediterranean comfort foods, specifically from Morocco to our guests.
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Le Tajine reviews from OpenTable diners
39 reviews since April 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (22)fit for foodies (17)romantic (10)good for groups (8)special occasion (8)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Really quality food, nice setting. Some plates were liked more than others and the pastille is modern but this was a satisfying experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice family dinner
    Moroccan
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Had dinner here the other night to try something new and really had a nice time. We had the best seat in the house, table for 4 by the window. The service was really good. My daughter did not know what wine (all moroccan) to pick so he brought out a sample of both for her to choose from. The veggie sampler was very good. The baked meat appetizer was ok - but I do not like sweet meat dishes. However the stews they had were wonderful. I had the peas and lamb,( great cold weather food) my husband had the lemon chicken with olive ( really good) our son had the grilled salmon ( he really liked it). I would suggest ordering some couscous on the side with the stews. It was flavorful and everyone had some. We will be back.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice local spot
    technobabe
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We dine in San Carlos frequently, so it is nice to have something different to add to the typical fare. We prefer to go to Le Tajine with friends so we can share a variety of dishes. Our favorite dish is the vegetable couscous, which we order every time (this was our fourth visit). We also had the M'hammer lemon chicken and M' rouzia beef tajines, which were very good … a bit on the expensive side. Overall a nice place to go with another couple or two, as it is not large or noisy so it is easy to have conversation in a relaxed atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Exotic cuisine and great quality
    Summerflower
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Everyone was super attentive and polite. Food was delicious and imaginative, but the embience could be more so. We expected to see Moroccan Style Decor (at least a unique color palette and some accessories). Good experience overall, and we will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a great surprise!
    impressed
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Our first time at this relatively new restaurant in San Carlos. What a nice experience. Great food and great service without being cloying. We'll be back.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Moroccan neighborhood gem
    sisterscritique
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Intimate setting with comfortable seating and attentive staff. Dinner started with a Moroccan sampler platter as suggested by our waiter. It was very tasty and served with home made bread(only suggestion here would be to serve more than 4 pieces to a 4 person table!) Our main meals were all delicious and portions were plentiful. The owner's visit during dinner was a nice touch. We recommend this restaurant and will be back for another visit!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A neighborhood gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    They serve some of the best Moroccan food I have ever tasted. The owner is very personable and makes you feel very special when you dine at his restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great new spot
    tastygirlVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Have been here twice. It is now on our go to list.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food
    gals
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    A party of five went to Le Tajine for the first time. The restaurant is small and has a classy, modern feel to it. Service was attentive. The wine list is very small. The appetizers were great - we tried several and shared. The salads likewise were tasty. The entrees were good - not great. The kebabs were a bit over done - which isn't a good thing. Everything else was very good though. I think we'd go back. Moroccan food is delicious and it is nice to have this restaurant in the hood.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • amateur hour
    MenloManVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    This is oily, poorly prepared food. If this is what Moroccans enjoy, they can have it. I have eaten well prepared Moroccan food..this is not it. In addition, it is grossly overprices and located in a wretched little space.
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  • Very very good
    Rubiegirl23
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Started with housemade bread, appetizers: Briwats ( phyllo dough with minced beef, with a very spicy dipping sauce) and mashed garlic cauliflower. My husband had lamb shanks, peas and artichokes and loved it (and he is very fussy). I had the meat balls in tomato sauce with egg, which was very tasty. For dessert, we shared the chocolate fudge cake, that we had no problem finishing. We each had an outstanding glass of Rose wine from Morocco. It was very very good. Our server was excellent. What we loved is that most people are not used to Moroccan wines and the server offered us a taste before ordering. What a great way to introduce people to something new. The menu had a variety of enticing items. We definitely will return.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good authentic food
    Nachi
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Second time there. Enjoyed it even more this time. The Moroccan wine (Syrah) is great. The Salad combo was a great way to enjoy 4 of the very authentic salads. Couscous was great and with only vegetables too.. Next time we'll add some meat. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Moroccan with a twist
    Lovesfood
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I have had Moroccan in many places which had more traditional ambiance. This is more modern setting but the tables are too close for comfort. Better seating would give it an additional star.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mostly a Hit
    FinefoodfinderVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The menu offers wonderful choices, including a number of vegetarian items, which made me happy. Our meals were substantial, flavorful and delicious, prepared with the sweet and savory spices typical of Moroccan style. Prices are reasonable. The service is friendly and efficient. What may disappoint is the bare concrete floor, and a very limited wine list of strictly Moroccan varietals. Though 'all Moroccan' is a nice touch -- the white and two reds we tried were all very good -- we'd like more to choose from. All in all, Le Tajine is a worthy addition to the San Carlos food scene. With a little tweaking, in my opinion, it would be great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deliciously ethnic
    Mooshell
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    The food was delicious the wine was authentic from Morocco.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great taste, great service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    The owner is so gracious, warm and conscientious and his servers are attentive and friendly. I love their food and it has so much flavor with unique spices. It's a must try, you won't regret it! The have a big window that opens right onto Laurel Street, making it feel like you are dining outdoor without the foot traffic.
    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
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 37 reviews are from the Le Tajine reviews archive.
  • food and service were both terrific
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    really friendly, helpful staff, and the food was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food Great, Service too Rushed
    LaTchatchVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    There were lots of tables for 2 when we arrived & we asked to be moved to a table further from the door, but because of the waiter's stations, we had to stay there. We asked twice that the door be closed due to the cold air from outside and the table next to us agreed. But what was really bad, they served the appetizer at the same time as the soup. Then when we were only about a 1/3 in to the soup: "Your main dish is ready. We can put the soup aside for you to finish later or we pack it up for you to go." Oh no no no no. No! Again, the restaurant still had many tables available even when we left. Plus my friend saw the manager motioning to the staff to get us going. If we see service rating improve, we will go back.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average Food at Le Tagine
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We were excited to try Le Tajine, but the food was a little disappointing. Our appetizer was extra oily and my husband's Le Colonial kebab plate only really had one good kebab while the rest weren't particularly good. I had the meatball and egg tajine which was better - the sauce was very flavorful, but the bread that came with it wasn't anything exciting. Overall, an underwhelming experience and we likely wouldn't go back even though the service was good and the owner was clearly trying to be attentive. I suppose it was a bad sign that they had a sign in their window saying they were looking for a chef!
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  • Small, great food, but timing issue
    SpSsVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Food was great. Place is very small. Problem was we had a reservation for 7PM and did not get sat until 7:30. So they clearly have some time management issues. regardless of this snafu, the food was very good.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great taste of Morocco
    AmyPA
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Great restaurant. Appetizers were delicious and the tagines so tasty. The only so-so dish was the cous cous with vegetables. I was expecting a mild dish but it was too mild for me. I mixed in some of the spicy red sauce that came with the chicken kebab, which helped a lot. The marinated boneless beef tagine was especially good. Added kudos: I made a mistake when I made the reservation. By the time I realized I needed to add 2 people the owner told me it was too late. After several minutes of hand wringing, he went away and came back and assured me we'd be taken care of. I'm not sure what they moved or how, but with very short notice they graciously accommodated all 9 of us. Service throughout the meal thereafter was also impeccable.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My new favorite
    devrome
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Le Tangine is fairly new to Laurel Street and I am so happy it has arrived in my neighborhood, Lovely small restaurant , great service and wonderful authentic Morrocan dishes..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Moroccan in San Carlos
    hotlips
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    I had lunch here on Friday with a group of 4. We all found the food to be authentic, well prepared, flavorful and aromatic. The portion sizes were ample (although served on plates that are a bit under-sized for the quantity of food offered). The staff were friendly, attentive and helpful. We all felt very relaxed and nourished with delicious food. The space is small, but not crowded, and the tables are well organized. The noise level was acceptable for a Friday lunch crowd, with some chaabi-type music playing softly to set the mood. I will come back to this restaurant for lunch (Fri-Sun) or dinner (closed Monday). You should check it out.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food!
    FoodMaven
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Since it was Sunday night, it was quiet. We had a nice table by the window and watched people and dogs go by. Food was delicious! Our friend is from the Netherlands and quite familiar with Moroccan food, and really enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent Moroccan food
    billsanfrancisco
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    not a Middle-Eastern knock-off, but genuine Moroccan food. Excellent experience on this first visit for our party of 5 and look forward to returning. Strongly recommended. Prompt service, but waiter was a bit overtaxed on this Saturday night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall we enjoyed our visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Overall we enjoyed our visit to Le Tajine. The waitstaff was friendly and accommodating. We got there at 6 and the restaurant had no other patrons until around 7. I highly recommend the Chicken Bastilla. It has a great crunch and a nice combination of sweet and salty. The M'rouzia and Prunes both had great flavor and I would highly recommend them. The one downside was that the portions are huge and if you decide to share meals family style, you get charged a $5 split fee. Since we didn't ask them to split the plates it seemed like a wasted expensive. Maybe next time I would order takeout to avoid the superfluous fee.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Authentic delicious food
    Kiansgirls
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    I and three other people went to the charming Moroccan restaurant to Celebrate a birthday and enjoyed so many wonderful dishes of so many flavors of food. I had the plum lamb shank and it was to die for! The sweet plums mixed with almonds and tender lamb was amazing(salty and sweet...yum). One of my friends had the chicken Kebabs and that was also Delicious! Her plate came with a yummy fresh salad. The homemade bread was also so good. We also had the sampler dish and I highly Recommend for people to order that first ... You get a taste of some Really authentic Moroccan food. Loved this Restaurant and customer service was five stars!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Moroccan!!
    JellyBeanVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I love Moroccan food and I really liked Le Tajine. The food & wine were excellent, the service very good especially for a Sat night and could actually have a nice conversation while enjoying a yummy meal. This is a gem; I will be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exotic treat
    Daniel
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Ate here for the first time and was tremendously and pleasantly surprised. The food scene in San Carlos continues to get better and better. Le Tajine is a wonderful experience. Very large selection on the menu of appetizers and entrees. Very unique bread. Our waiter was extremely knowledgable about the menu. Will definitely be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect in every way
    JaneenVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    The food was delicious and authentic in a modern restaurant. Jack, our server, was perfect. In fact, the entire staff was attentive and helpful. I never had to ask for a water refill, i never wanted for anything. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service
    dbwmom
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Louis was our server & he was great. Staff was very attentive. Filled our water glasses frequently. Food was good.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OMG!!!!
    KooKla
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    This restaurant has superb food! Everything from appetizer to dessert was AMAZING!!! Service is OUTSTANDING! We are already planning on coming back next week with a couple of friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Le Tajine is great - attractive,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    Le Tajine is great - attractive, intimate ambiance and the food is both unusual (Moroccan) and quite good. The waitstaff was very welcoming and attentive.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Food was great and the
    Local1955VIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The Food was great and the service could not be better. The only downside was the owner was yelling at the staff in earshot of our table. We had the table next to the wine station/prep station which was fun to watch, but the owner lost his cool.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great addition to the area
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Fabulous food and Sam is an exceptional host. Everything we tried was fantastic and very authentic. I can't wait to go try something else. It's nice to o have some variety. Not many Moroccan restaurants outside of the city and this is one to the best we have tried. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Savory and fun
    Devonshire
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The tagine dishes were well prepared and savory, loved the spices. I had the chicken with olives and prepared lemons (one of my favs) and my wife had the less sweet lamb version that was also very good. The service was attentive; they must have filled up my water glass 15 times. Dinner for two, a shared beet salad and the wine with the $20 corkage fee (seemed a bit high) and no dessert was about $85 (which includes the tip). The place is small and the tables very close together so you can see exactly what others ordered.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre food, but great service
    Robert
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Our party of 5 ordered one entree and 5 different dishes. The food we ate was not as good as what we've had at other Moroccan restaurants. Our appetizer was a chicken bastille pastry. At other Moroccan restaurants, this dish is moist and full of rich and sweet flavors. At Le Tajine, it was very dry and very mild in taste. Among our dishes, on person ordered a chicken kabob that was very dry. I ordered a lamb prune dish that was good but the sauce was quite thick… and the dish would have been better if paired with a starch such as rice. Another member order salmon in a sour and rich sauce. This was a poor pairing. The sauce would have worked better with a mild white fish. Even then, it was just too rich and sour.
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  • This was a real Moroccan treat!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    We loved the food and the service. there was a gentleman that asked us in between each course how we liked it and if we needed anything in addition to the wait person. Charming place, excellent Moroccan flavors. Recommend it highly!!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice addition to the San Carlos
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Nice addition to the San Carlos dining scene. The atmosphere was simple and elegant, the service was prompt and friendly, and the Moroccan dishes were very tasty. Wines are from Morocco as well, and the 2 red ones we tried, a syrah and a cabernet sauvignon, paired nicely with the lamb tagine. I think it would be a nice place for lunch, too, but for now it only serves lunch on Fridays and weekends.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a find
    JujuVIP
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    Food was excellent. Amazing flavours and great quality of ingredients. Owner was super nice and took excellent care of us. Service was quick and attentive. I will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.