Levant
Levant

Levant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.levantpdx.com/
  • Phone: 5039542322
  • 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
72 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (60)great for outdoor dining (45)neighborhood gem (45)special occasion (30)notable wine list (17)romantic (16)good for groups (16)hot spot (8)vibrant bar scene (4)late-night find (2)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • 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.
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    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.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    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!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • 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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    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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    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.
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    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.
  • 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.
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    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.
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    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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    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.
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    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.
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    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!
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    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.
  • Exotic & Charming Place
    HappyEater
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Wonderful food, very good wine list, friendly & efficient service, lovely decor. Our table could have been a tad larger, but maybe we just ordered too many dishes (we enjoyed them all)! We will certainly dine at Levant again and highly recommend it to others.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 41 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 94 reviews are from the Levant reviews archive.
  • interesting and yummy food!
    chinchia
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Levant was great. Interesting and delicious food. We loved the cauliflower and falafel.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review
    Molldol
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Great food. Great service. We couldn't ask for more. It was a wonderful experience.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LEVANT is A-MAZING!
    TPDXVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    This is my new favorite restaurant in Portland. Before my hubby and I went, I thought it was another kebab-and-hummus-house. I was SO wrong. The food at LEVANT is totally new, yet the flavors are strangely familiar, but with fantastic twists, combinations, and presentations. Try the lamb fingers, fried green almonds, chicory/anchovy salad (mouth-watering!), grilled calçot!...the list goes on and on. As if the food wasn't stupendous enough, the WINE LIST is astounding. Beautiful list of wines, and the wine steward/waiter/manager/owner? was so hospitable, helpful and inviting. What a nice place! Our new neighborhood haunt.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious and plentiful
    Cotesdurhona
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    the food and cocktails were excellent. period. we were happily stuffed
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Levant on the rise
    DougieZVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Very good food and service. The appetizer selection could be improved. The music was too "frenetically mosque"- we mended less of a religious experience! (-: The sturgeon was one of the best pieces of fish I ever had and the lamb was outstanding as were the desserts and cocktails.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprised - very pleasantly!
    Bert
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We made dinner plans late at Levant because they had a table open at the time we needed. The service was initially slow but after our drinks came (delicious and different) we became more patient. The place was hoppin. Lots of seemingly happy customers lingering over their meals. The menus seemed short and several items had sold out by our 8:15pm reservation, but again these issues were quickly forgiven once the food arrived. The pita and hummus were fantastic. The carrot salad exceptional. The salt cod balls were good but all this was overshadowed by the scrumptious lamb plate. We loved the food and loved the variety. An exceptional meal and a very pleasant surprise.
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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  • For hipsters only
    PortlandFoodie
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Food really leaves something to be desired....tastes were not authentic and incredibly over spiced. Food is tremendously overpriced, portions are very small, the selection is limited. It would be a much better place if they put more emphasis on food quality instead of trying to be hip and cool.
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  • Excellent
    JBintheCouve
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Outstanding wait staff, nicely stocked bar for its size and the food was simply amazing!
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    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Delicious!
    Sooze
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    About the best meal I have every had! We put ourselves in Brent's very capable hands, and he came through with flying colors. The mix of small plates, salads, and entree's that we shared was perfect, made only better by the recommended wines. A 10 PLUS experience!
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    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    I would recommend this to a friend.