LeLa's Restaurant
LeLa's Restaurant

LeLa's Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lelasrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 5594329900
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner: T-Th 5:00pm-9:00pm

    Dinner: F-Sa 5:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Comfort Food, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Manuel Carr
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Availble to rent out restaurant
  • Private Party Contact: Manuel Carr 5594329900

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Herndon/Marks
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from LeLa's Restaurant
Lela's Restaurant hosts old friends from the neighborhood and new friends from the Central Valley. Our California comfort cuisine contains the choicest ingredients sourced from local producers, prepared by Executive Chef Manuel Carr and paired with fine wine to create an exciting seasonal menu and a great dining experience.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
LeLa's Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
39 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.8
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (32)special occasion (30)fit for foodies (28)notable wine list (19)romantic (17)good for groups (12)hot spot (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • great food and better service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Tiny spot so close to downtown it's easily missed. Must try try he sword fish. Server had good knowledge of the wines. Cook makes what he loves and happens to be the the owner. Came out to our table and asked if the food was ok. Great interaction from staff. Overall a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lela's Rocks
    Cheswick
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Chef Manny does it right. Excellent menu top to bottom. Beet salad and pork belly appetizer are particularly notable. Interesting range of craft beer choices. Would add some lighter whites to the wine/glass list. Nicely varied background music a solid compliment to décor and menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lela's for brotherinlaw Bday
    Vakeelee
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had an enjoyable time...I was just glad that the open table reservations went through to the restaurant! The portions were great! We each had plenty to sample from one another's plate...but I think the Venison (my dish) and Filet Mignon were the best! I'd like to return soon for the Venison before they stop serving it! I hope they keep it on the menu permanently as there is not many places that serve venison in Fresno!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthdayboy
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Went for my birthday after hearing about the Lamb Lela's make, but ended up ordering the special, Venison. my wife ordered that Lamb so we decided to share. the Lamb was perfect, tasty, havent had lamb this good in ages. The Venison was amazng!! Cooked to perfection. each bite would melt in your mouth. The staff very attentive and funny. This is our go to place now!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still continues to be a GREAT Spot!
    renerVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I have been coming here for over a year now and have never had a bad experience, never had a bad meal and always have great service. To me this is the place to beat in Fresno. The menu gradually changes over the seasons and it just keeps getting better! SUPPORT this local restaurant! You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kitchen Window?
    matineeVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    If you're going to have a window to your kitchen, it should show more than your employees lockers and your cleaning supplies. If you can't show off a cool kitchen or your chef at work, then what's the point? On the plus side, the staff was attentive and the recommended wine was quite good. The food was solid but nothing really stood out. Overall, a good meal, just not great.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • jaycee
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The food was truly amazing in so many ways: flavor, seasonings, presentation, variety of accompaniments . Being a "food lover", and a frequent customer of our best Fresno restaurants, LeLa is a standout, and a "must" for those appreciating a unique eating experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice first visit
    FiveThumbs
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Not sure how we avoided hearing about Lela's before now, as it definitely stands among Oggi's, Parma, Cracked Pepper, and other nice bistros in Fresno. We had lamb with bread pudding, which was delicious and delivered medium as requested. The one vegetarian dish, penne with vegetables, was al dente and thought provoking (I consider that one step better than "good"). Service was attentive. In fact the only criticism might be that the service was slightly over attentive. I know that's subjective but when we were asked if we would like to box up our leftovers five minutes after the food arrived we had to say "Dude! It's too soon!"
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Really good!
    AliBarahona
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The food was perfect so tasty, wine and beer list were pretty good too, i would highly recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Hidden Gem
    Willena
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We had an amazing dining experience at Lela's. Our party of four decided to share, family style, in order to sample as many of the appealing entries on the dining menu. The pork belly appetizer was an appropriate start to a fantastic foodie adventure. A tangy beet salad and greens/watermelon salad followed. We shared a lamb tenders and mango salsa swordfish entrees, ending with the tenderest ribeye steak I have had in years. The restaurant is hidden in a strip meal and not cheap, but everything was flavorful and well worth the cost. Service was very friendly, but a bit slow. There were only two servers on this Wednesday night. Would have been nice if the chef had come out to greet us, so we could tell him how much we enjoyed the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week
    ABauer
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Full size portions during restaurant week; an excellent value!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Good food, reasonable prices. Service was excellent attentive, but not overly so. Appreciated that the chef came out to ask about the meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful casual evening
    figwoman
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The service was great and the food was outstanding! Can't understand why it wasn't busier, but it was just the perfect atmosphere for our group of six. We could all hear each other so our conversation was lively.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding Restaurant!
    BRH1VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Everything about this restaurant is terrific. The food is delicious. Great care is taken in the preparation of each dish. The flavors are extraordinary. The service is attentive and professional. A first-rate restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aawesome find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Hidden, but amazing menu and the staff is super nice. The food is wonderful! Such a hidden gem
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best for fine dining
    DonJuan
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Lela's has got to be one of the premier restaurants in the Fresno/Clovis area. The food is extreamly delicious!! So much so that one can be full but will continue to eat simply for not wanting any of it to go to waste!! The wine list is one of the best I've seen in this town. And the staff is by far extremely knowledgeable in all that is offered at Lela's. the staff is great with recommendations for those that can't quite decide between all the great menu items. If you haven't been to Lela's you have to treat yourself to a true dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday bash fit for a prince!
    zealotfoodie2
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The beginning of our experience at Lela's was not the first impression you would want to remember. However, it got settled, & from there forward, it was up hill all the way! It was a remarkable evening! The free appetizer, hummus with fried pita bread was fantastic; our ordered appetizer "Crab Fritters" came with an amazing spicy remoulade, it was wonderful! Next, the salad "Tangy Beet Salad" was yummy & delicious! Our main entree's consisted of several Pan Seared Filet Mignon, Rack of Lamb, & Pan Seared Red Snapper. All had there own complements that were pleasing to the senses, especially to the taste buds! Our last course we shared two desserts, blueberry sorbet & a flan that was to die for. I would thoroughly recommend! Bon Appetit!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nine to Dine with Wine - 5+/5
    Brej
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Fabulous once again!! We had a group of nine diners and still every course was presented to every diner at the same time and all meals were excellent! It was the first time I had tried Chef Manny's chicken and like everything else I have eaten here, it was sumptuous. We always bring at least one bottle of our own wine with us when we dine at Lela's. This time I brought a wine that should have been excellent. Randy opened the wine and presented a small taste along with the cork to me with a polite and professional skepticism. The wine was corked - spoiled. A regular server at another establishment would likely have just poured the wine. Randy's training as a certified sommelier prevented that from happening and I am grateful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spot on
    luvfood
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Always spot on! Celebrated a birthday with a large party and as usual, our server Josh was on point and friendly. This is our favorite go to for dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite spot in town
    DanBMW21
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    My wife and I discovered Lela's about 8 months ago after we moved into a new neighborhood and we cannot say enough about it. Always great service, food, Manny (executive chef) is great and definitely knows what he's doing. The restaurant dining room is run really efficiently as we always have great service. I would highly recommend Lela's to anyone looking for great food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, no "accommodation"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    First visit; once there we realized, not good for toddlers. Asked for a booth to keep our kids locked in. The host disappeared and a minute later came back and said"this is the only table we have that will accommodate you" a 4 top. 2 booths available and we had reservations. They may have been hoping we'd leave. Our server was very friendly, we asked to have the kids food come with our app which came out quickly. Then the wait..Everyone getting served quickly and visited by the owner. Finally we ask about our meal. And he said "oh, your ready for your entree?" YES! More waiting.No visit from the owner-finally food! We ate quickly & left. We did get a visit from the chef, told him the food was great, which it was & left. Never going back
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden gem
    DinerDan
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Fantastic food & service. Very creative dishes. Portions large, which justifies the somewhat higher than average prices---but enjoyed my leftovers very much, and overall value is definitely there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!!!
    Brej
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I live in San Diego but have family in Fresno that I come up to visit every couple of months. Every time I am in Fresno I try to spend an evening with Chef Manny, Randy, and the rest of the Lela's crew. It is ALWAYS a fabulous dining experience!! Highly recommend!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    JrjettVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Love this little gem of a restaurant! Food is fresh and flavorful. Two in our group had the lamb tenderloin and left their plates perfectly clean! I had the salmon and although delicious, it was also such a large portion that I was able to enjoy it for lunch the next two days! We started our meal by sharing their beet salad. Yum! And we ended it with their flan and bread pudding. Both were delectable. Add to the mix their friendly and attentive staff, simple yet elegant atmosphere, and this place is a winner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 68 reviews are from the LeLa's Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Hidden Gem
    Fricky
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    I had a first date at Lela's, boy did they impress, i requeted ahead of time to have some roses laid on the table. They were beautiful. The service was excellent. The wine menu was very good. The food was prepared and presented with care. The food tasted very good. The Filet Minon was the best i have had in a long time. Overall one of the best dinning experiences i have ever had. It didnt break the bank either :)
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dined Here For A Special Occasion!
    renerVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Brought the parents to Lela's for an anniversary dinner. They were "wow'd" by the whole experience! Great wine recommendations, great customer service and the food is OUTSTANDING! If you are looking for a true hidden gem, this is the place... hands down.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Business Dinner
    renerVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    This is one of my favorite places in the Fresno to entertain for business. Most of my clients have eaten at great places in San Francisco, Sacramento & L.A. They are truly delighted when they leave after a great meal. Randy and his staff are friendly and attentive, the mood is nice and the food is excellent. If you have not "liked" them on Facebook, do it now to get the inside scoop on the specials (which are always good). I can only look forward to my next visit.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Awesome!!
    Brej
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I don't live in Fresno. I have family in Fresno that I visit every couple of months. Every time I am in Fresno, I try to make the time to dine with Chef Manny, Randy, and the whole staff at Lela's. Every time the food has been fabulous! Every time the service is outstanding! Every time it is an evening to remember fondly! This past Saturday night was no exception. Three of us for dinner. House salad was so fresh and so tasty. Caesar salad was spot on. Entrees: Salmon - Ribeye - Filet mignon. All were exquisitely prepared and cooked perfectly. And then dessert... strawberry bread pudding (sorry - I think I just drooled a little bit on my computer keyboard!) and an Amador port. 'Nuff said!!! Would I recommend?? Heck Yeah!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Price is not under $30.
    tommdog
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Food was just O.K, but disappointing. Every single a la carte entree was over $30, so price category is wrong. Service was good.
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  • Friday night dinner!
    renerVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Craving the food here. Chips and hummus...check! Fried Pork belly...check! Pork chop...check! Rack of Lamb...check! Wine...of course! Executive Chef Manny continues to be consistent (which is hard to do in this city). Randy and the staff are one of the best in town. Thanks for making my experience another great one.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My number 1 favorite
    dianeb
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Fresno has a few really superb restaurants where the diner consistently gets amazing food. In the past, my vote has always been for Max's, Trellio's, and Campagna. Now add Lela's to the top of the list. The pork chop is to die for. I have told all of my friends about this little gem. The service is great and the chef always comes out to check on patrons.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative Menu, Excellent Wine List
    ABauer
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    We always appreciate the chef's creativity with his menu and the sommelier's careful selection of the wine list. One cannot go wrong with any menu or wine selection here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    PattyVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We took our guest to LeLa's for the pork chop, and it didn't disappoint. Besides the delicious meat, the accompanying rice/bean dish was wonderful. The only reason I gave 4 stars is that the booths are a bit cramped.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    I have never had a bad meal here. I had the rack of lamb new on the seasonal menu And it was delishes! Cooked to perfection and it came with a Savory bread pudding that was absoloutly delishes.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FABULOUS! OUTSTANDING! EXQUISITE!
    Brej
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    I live in San Diego but have family in Fresno. I have dined at Lela's previously and loved it every time. That being said, I took five other out-of-towners to Lela's on Friday evening. To a person, they were blown away by the food and the service. "This level of culinary expertise and delight in Fresno? I'm impressed!" was the sentiment of the evening. The veal lasagna was delectable; the filet was cooked to perfection and so flavorful; rack of lamb was exquisite; short ribs were so tasty and so melt-in-your mouth!! We have lots of really good restaurants in San Diego. Chef Manny and the whole Lela's experience/team would rate right up there with the finest in San Diego. I highly recommend this restaurant. Our thanks to Randy & Manny!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another great night
    Caseykara
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    2 valentines days in a row that Kara and I have gone to Lela's. Chef Manny is one of a kind. I've never had a bad experience there. If you haven't tried out Lela's, you need to.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's Day
    PneumofresVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We were seated promptly and the first two courses of the night's prix fixe menu were spot on and delicious. The entrees took quite awhile though and everyone in the restaurant had to wait as we did. Once served my pork tenderloin with au gratin potatoes, baby carrots & julienned red peppers & maple glazed chipotle was excellent in every way. My guest's entree of petite filet of beef was slightly over cooked and the Basmati rice was lukewarm. Dessert came out quickly and was of good quality but was not as creative as we have enjoyed on prior occasions. Overall, it was an enjoyable evening and I was pleased that my corkage fee was waived. We love Lela's and will return again as this is a classy dining experience with a very talented chef.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef Manny does it again!
    FabulousFredVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    I had the Duck with vegetable risotto special. It was absolutely incredible. The wine selection is awesome and is updated regularly. Great food, great service, great experience. This is the best place I have found in the Central Valley.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food.
    NayiriVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    We have dined here a few times since it opened and have been blown away by the quality of food. I don't know why it's not busier than it is. Our guests had never heard of it - and everyone loves it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lela's rocks!
    Michelle
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Obviously we give it five stars. Every little thing about this restaurant is fabulous. I really have to say it is probably the #1 or #2 best fine-dining restaurant in Fresno. The food is always amazing and the service is absolutely impeccable. Every single thing we have tried there has been amazing. Even foods I normally don't like are outstanding. We have brought newbies there who loved it and have two more dinners planned with other newbies. Just can't say enough how awesome it is.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.