Levant
Levant

Levant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.levantpdx.com/
  • Phone: (503) 954-2322
  • Hours of Operation:


    T-Sa 5:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Israeli, Northwest, Middle Eastern
  • Executive Chef: Scott Snyder
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private dining room in the wine cellar seats 6 to 8 guests.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: East 24th Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Shared public lot and street parking available
A word from Levant
Levant is a French-Arabesque restaurant serving modern representations of Middle Eastern dishes in the heart of Portland, Oregon on bustling close-in East Burnside Street.
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Levant reviews from OpenTable diners
58 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (47)neighborhood gem (34)special occasion (30)great for outdoor dining (27)romantic (22)good for groups (17)notable wine list (15)hot spot (8)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • The food and service are outstanding.
    reeter
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Everything about Levant is fantastic. I have not yet had a dish I didn't enjoy. Four of us ordered a combination of starters and were able to taste various menu items. However, we also noted that the table next to us ordered the Prix Fixe menu which looked outstanding. That is definitely our plan for next time! Can't wait to go back. Love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LOVE this place. Hidden gem.
    LizM
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    I never write reviews but feel compelled to do so for Levant. First off, I love the ambience. It's right on Burnside but feels incredibly intimate and cozy. It has a wood-burning stove and beautiful lighting. Nice design touches scattered through the space. Very well thought out. The food is DELICIOUS. If you like cheese, try the fried halloumi. They have excellent cocktails as well. Icing on the proverbial cake, the staff is kind and attentive. They've got something good goin' on there. Summertime the patio is the jam. I highly recommend this place for a date or fun friend gathering. I can't believe more people aren't talking about it. Craziness.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great appetizers...
    JWilPDX
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We found the pita, hummus and beet salad to be great, but left underwhelmed overall. We enjoy going out to nice dinners frequently, but found that the caliber of food and experience were not commensurate with the price. Among the amazing restaurants in Portland, there are simply many other stellar options, so we unfortunately won't be going back for more from Levant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • "Cool" wait staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Waitress was "cool" but not in a good way.... more like unfriendly, unresponsive, not warm. There are plenty of places in Portland that have great food, great ambience AND great service. Unfortunately Levant didn't hit the trifecta.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • not as good second time around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    My broccoli was burned. The fish was over soured with lemon juice. Pretty disappointing for a $100 meal for 2
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    romantic
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  • Not just for special occasions!
    SydneyVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Everything was wonderful from the fun drinks, to the shared appetizers, salads and entrees. The fried garbanzo beams, heirloom tomato salad and tuna entree were beyond delicious all with beautiful presentations. And the lamb three ways was tender, divine and a treat. We were too full for dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise
    Luv2cook
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We never expected the high quality Levant's presented. The food, service, ambiance, and general experience was THE BEST
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun Find - Great Atmosphere
    BreakfastHammy
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Beautiful restaurant. We chose it because it was listed as one of the top 10 date night restaurants in Portland. Ordered a number of small plates for a quick dinner before an event. Hummus and pita were good, but too much olive oil. The Heirloom Tomato & Herb Salad was great. The kofta and scallops, however, were outstanding. Our server was also very attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic, intense food
    silea
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I don't believe there is anything mild on this menu. True to the geographical roots, everything is delightfully seasoned and spiced. This may get you into trouble, as they are liberal with the salt and the cocktails are quite strong. The cocktails actually deserve a stand-alone mention - they are, in my experience, unique. We tried several, and while we didn't love all of them, they were all novel in our drinking experience. (There's one i need to google a recipe for, and there's another i want to forget i ever tasted.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    NiceNiceNiceNiceNiceNiceNiceNiceNiceNiceNiceNiceNiceNiceNice
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Was hoping for more...
    Ilovefood
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I had big expectations for the food and atmosphere based on their website and reviews. I will try the restaurant again, but overall it was a good restaurant, but just not great considering the prices and competition in Portland. The service was good. We started with the lamb hummus, which was tasty and had a good amount of lamb. We found the octopus starter to have too many chickpeas and not enough octopus. It was cooked well enough, but didn't do that much for me in taste. I was excited about the duck entree, but the kamut grain seemed to be undercooked (I'm not familiar with this grain) and dominated the dish. I liked the duck breast but not the texture of the duck sausage. The flavors didn't come together as I'd hoped.
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  • So delicious!
    Amdeca
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We had a fantastic dinner here. We sat outside on a beautiful summer night. It was hard to narrow down to a few choices, everything sounded so good. We had a delicious octopus and chick pea salad starter, followed by the lamb. We had pita and hummus with spiced chick peas on the side - could have licked that bowl clean. We're definitely coming back soon to try some other dishes! Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special food, unusual flavors
    2cents
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The interior is understated elegant. The food is fresh and delicious with an assortment of small plates ("cigars"--fried spiced ground lamb wrapped in phyllo)and homemade puffed, warm pita baked in their open hearth. The salads were inventive and well balanced. The scallops were perfect and each bite was surprising. I had the lamb entree (their specialty) with broad beans that the waiter recommended, whose flavors were thoroughly unexpected, without being fussy or forced. The fig and nut tart with almond was a bit dry. But a delightful experience with a very knowledgable waiter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Vibrant flavors
    KMac
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    This was our third visit to Levant. The menu here is enticing, very Ottolenghi in its approach to the cuisine of the Levant region-- fresh and exciting and unfamiliar enough to most diners to be an adventure. My favorite parts of the menu are the mezze and first courses, and it is easy to make a feast just from the top parts of the menu. We shared a number of things-- pita with hummus and chickpeas,the cauliflower ( addictively good), the Romano beans, the peach and ice plant salad, and the gorgeous beet salad, all excellent and beautifully presented. We had the duck albacore entrees, both good, though I found the albacore had too many competing elements that detracted a bit from the sweet, tender albacore.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ethnic Eating Extacy
    CriticalGal
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Delicious food served impeccably. Always a treat for the taste buds and the senses. Hummus, pita with za'atar, beef koftas, herbed lamb, roasted cauliflower, charred corn, chilled FRESH tomato soup and icicle plant salad with peaches. Everything was so tasty and I felt like I was experiencing the flavors of Lebanon! The cloth towels in the rest rooms are a sumptuous touch. It's always fun to eat and be at Levant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Really good take on Middle Eastern food with a focus on great NW ingredients. Nice little patio dining area. Good service. The hummus was excellent. The Albacore Tuna was spiced beautifully and perfectly cooked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very nice middle eastern food
    VandyBryVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I went on a Thursday night. It was pretty quiet. The service was excellent and the food was great. I had the lamb and my guest had the octopus. We also ordered the fried chickpeas as a starter and the pita bread. The chickpeas were great. The pita was quite doughy and not what I was expecting. There was a healthy amount of za'atar, which I think is my new favorite spice. Finally, the server was impressively knowledgeable about the wine selection. I will be returning again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • amazing food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Delicious, unexpected, savory, amazing. We had a great time sampling Levant's menu and were delighted with each course.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Very impressed with creativity of our lamb dish. True to Levantine influences in all their offerings. Though happily sated with our meal, we couldn't resist dessert and rewarded with the most sublime dessert. The pistachio custard is a 5 star finish. We are foodies and I have never had anything like it. We will dine at Levant again.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal experience
    BU94510
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My girlfriend and I met one of my friends here for dinner. Wonderful food and drinks. Food was well paced and delicious. Absolutely great experience.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant Harmonious Execution
    Explorer
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The menu selections from the Snacks to the entrees proved to be creatively crafted and presented. The use of many seasonal local vegetables, which on this occassion included a chilled yogurt and tomato soup, stunningly seasoned and prepared individually as starters - tricolor califlower, padron peppers and stuffed squash blossoms. The use of spices and unique preparations perfectly accented each plate. Service was unobtrusive and thorough. Wonderful experience worth repeating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent!
    catgee
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Food was delicious, we'll portioned, and satisfying. Wait staff are friendly, and timely. We had help picking the wine and loved the bottle recommended. All in all a great experience. My only gripes were uncomfortable chairs, and music volumes that made it a bit difficult to really talk.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 113 reviews are from the Levant reviews archive.
  • Innovative cuisine
    Dine4inspiration
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I am still thinking about the outstanding meal I had at Levant a few days ago. The food was divine - full of flavors and combinations not ordinarily experienced and I have dined out a lot. I really appreciated the beautiful presentation, the inventive use of fine ingredients including exotic spices and the waitress was incredibly knowledgable and personable without being intrusive. I highly recommend Levant and will patiently wait for the chef to write a cookbook since I live on the other side of the country.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Under appreciated gem
    brunchbabe
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Levant is excellent. Creative fresh and delicious. Very accomodating to food restrictions. I LOVE this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A place to celebrate
    BritsinPDX
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We visited levant for an anniversary/birthday celebration and we loved it. The restaurant is a simple design with an outdoor area almost as big as inside. The food is amazing and beautifully presented. The lamb was the star of the show - 4 different cuts on one delicious plate - and the duck was also great, coming with heirloom wheat that gave fabulous texture. The service was friendly and professional and left you feeling that they were going as fast or slow as you wanted for each course. A wonderful evening - we will visit again.
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    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great first impression
    PaulandLoryVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    This was our first visit. We joined two other couples who have enjoyed Levant for some time and were delighted with the entire experience. Delicious, innovative menu. Cordial, relaxed, comfortable atmosphere, which we look forward to enjoying again. Attractive patio/terrace during summer months.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique
    Patty
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Very unique menu, with very creative pairings. If you are tired of seeing the same thing on the menu everywhere you go, give this gem a try!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood gem
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    While visiting portland found this superb restaurant. Best pita bread I ever ate, including visiting Israel! Terrific menu and all our dishes were memorable.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful menu
    Savoir
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    A wonderful dining experience. The menu was very different and so full or wonderful flavors. The decor is beautiful, service excellent. A Californian who has dined at served top Portland resturants while visiting, this has so far been my favorite dinning experience. I am Vegeterian and found lots of selections. Must say all the meat and fish platers looked and smelled amazing too.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • visiting from Seattle
    eatrideeat
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    good vibe, very quiet for a Saturday night, no walk ins - restaurant might be targeting a different clientele , perhaps it would do better in Seattle like Mamnoon in Cap Hill. It will be likely difficult for Levant to attract the neighborhood given the flavor profile and price point. Across the way the Matador chain was taking most of the walk in crowd.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Levant is fantastic
    AshleyinPortland
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I've dined here several times, and I think it's out of this world good. I eat out several nights a week, and this is by far my favorite in Portland.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprise Surprise
    pdxporter
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Was having trouble getting reservations on a Saturday at some of my favorite haunts. I had seen Levant before and always wanted to give it a try but I read some mixed reviews and a visit became a lower priority. We went on Saturday and I was extremely impressed. Start with some hummus and garbanzo beans - choose a salad and Order the lamb for the table! This is as good as it gets in my book for the price and ambiance. Had a great bottle of wine with dinner and impressed friends who had wanted to visit Nostrana. It will reside at the top of all of our lists for places to go!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • OregonPinotVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    When you are 60% empty on a Friday night, service should have more focus, not less.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Looking for something different
    onthefly8
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    My wife and I were looking for a menu that would be unique even in Portland and Levant did not disappoint. The marinated octopus starter was cooked perfectly and the Quail on Polenta entree had a really nice combination of flavors that helped Levant be just different enough from other restaurants to make it memorable.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place!
    SEPortland
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We enjoyed our meal very much. The lamb dishes were very good.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A jewel.
    BillVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Outstanding food that is unique; we enjoyed it all. Good wine list with average prices. We wish them well.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creativity!
    vandyVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    From the appetizer to the entrée, the creativity of the chef was amazing! We will return!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Great small plate sharing with interesting tastes. Many so tasty we ordered a second plate.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Angel
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Our party of 4 dined at Levant on Saturday night. We all thought it looked beautiful as we entered with the low sun setting and the patio dining open. We sat inside with the open window right there. We tried 9 plates between us and then 2 desserts. We loved the food! The Cornish game hen was wonderful! There was plenty of food . So creative! The staff work really well together and the chef seems very relaxed while orchestrating it all. take a peek in the kitchen and private dining in the back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We liked it!
    YummyVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Great food and drinks. Great outdoor dining area!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.