Lula Lounge
Lula Lounge

Lula Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lula.ca/
  • Phone: (416) 588-0307
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday Family Salsa Brunch seating at 11 with a dance lesson at noon and live Cuban music.
    Dinner hours during week vary according to event schedule. Check our web site for door and show times. Dinner and dancing packages with live salsa orchestras every Friday and Saturday: 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Continental, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Ihosvani Aguila
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Whether you are planning a birthday celebration, staff holiday bash, a retirement party, stagette or just a night on the town, we have the food, drinks and atmosphere to provide a fun and unique experience for all your guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Event Coordinator 8669568439
  • Entertainment: During the week, Lula offers a wide range of jazz, African, Brazilian, Indian, folk and blues bands. Every week is a bit different, so please check out our website for the full schedule. Our famous salsa Fridays and Saturdays feature the very best in local talent often alongside international special guests.
  • Special Events: Available for private parties and special events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Dundas and Dufferin
  • Public Transit: The 505 Dundas Street Car stops right in front of Lula. Or take the Dufferin bus south from the Dufferin subway station on the Bloor line.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Park on right on Dundas Street West or the the municipal Green P lot that is just minutes away on Bonar Place. (North of College just off Sheridan.)
A word from Lula Lounge
Lula Lounge is Toronto's home to live salsa, Brazilian, world and jazz music featuring diverse local talent as well as concerts by international artists. Each weekend we offer a dinner and show package that includes a three course tropical fusion meal, a beginner dance lesson and great live music for your dancing pleasure.
Our Family Sunday Brunch is a great place to celebrate birthdays with the whole family.
Don't miss trying one of our famous Cuban mojitos.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Lula Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
64 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food3.9
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (44)special occasion (35)hot spot (30)late-night find (28)vibrant bar scene (26)neighborhood gem (23)romantic (19)fit for foodies (17)kid-friendly (12)great for brunch (11)great for lunch (4)notable wine list (3)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Never Again
    ConcordVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    This is the place used to be good. After long time we were there last week Thursday. It was robbery. We were seven people. We were asked 20 dollars per person to enter the restaurant. It doesn't matter if you have dinner reservation or not. We gave 150. She didn't have change. She took the note to bring 10 dollars back. Never did it. We got the bill. It was hard to read because of lighting. They didn't tell us they added 47 dollars tip for the bill of 260 dollars. They are trying to get every advantage to be able to get more money. Before the place was full of energy. Now it looks like a temple before quietly sitting and looking at the stage. First singer was great. Second one was very amateur. Overall we didn't have good food, over charged and absolutely not entertained.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Clean Fun
    DusktillDon
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Took my girlfriend out for a night on the town and this place exceeded my expectations. Good food followed by very well organized Salsa dance lessons followed by a night of great music and dancing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive
    Anon
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The online deal is misleading. Its $50 per person for the table reservation although they make it seem that its $50 for two. Drinks are cheap and environment is excellent. Live DJ and Band are great. Food was mediocre for the price.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Date night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I had great time, good food, nice people and the music super.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Robb
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Enjoyed the music but disappointed in the full course meal provided.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a pleasure!
    IheartLula
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I have been to the Lula Lounge on many occasions and never disappointed. The live entertainment is always top notch, the food consistently delicious (& I am very fussy) . Menu offers a very nice selection, not a huge selection, but there is something for everyone and portions are generous. I would encourage you to participate in the dance lesson even if you are a seasoned dancer because they are a lot of fun. The Lounge showcases a variety of professional, exciting and eclectic bands. If I lived closer I would take advantage of the Zumba and other daytime events that take place. I also think that it is super cool that the lounge immerses itself in the community. I honestly cannot come up with a negative word to say about Lula except
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch at LuLa Lounge
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Having heard a lot about Lula we went for the Sunday brunch and salsa class. While the dancing and music was good and added atmosphere, the food would not be bringing us back. The food sat in the middle of the dance floor in open trays (no lids) resulting in food being cold (specifically the pasta and eggs). There were lots of kids running around prior to the music starting-felt like we were in a local community hall in the middle of a crèche. The place itself was funky, colourful but a old (my tea mug had several chips in it). Very disappointing overall - thought we would stay for a few hours,left as soon as we had finished eating. Food choice and quality were only ok.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Parents night out!
    threepeasinapod
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The three course menu was worth the price. Excellent service and excellent salsa lesson. There was a great mix of young and old. If you like to dance and haven't in awhile, this is a great place to get started. We had put away our dancing shoes for awhile after the children were born so it was nice to come enjoy the dance lesson and dance the rest of the night away. My husband and I had a really great time together and with other people learning to salsa! Lovely service and lovely people working there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    Mariposa
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Love the place, really enjoyed it!!! It will be good for a romantic dinner, food was good, $40:00 will give you a choice of three things in the menu, which will be salad, main course and dessert., What is makes them unique is the salsa classes for free and they have a singer for two hours playing at the begining and at the end around 10:00 p.m. present the cuban band. and they also have dj playing only cuban music. Please keep up the good job!! Thanks
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice place
    Gerardo
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We have been at Lula several times and 2 times for dinner. Everything is great and I would recommend it to anyone at any time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Entertainment
    Salsafun
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food ambiance salsa lesson was amazing. Service was great. Would definitely go back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfecto!
    Monique
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    A friend and I went to Lula to celebrate landing an awesome job! We went for the $50 special which included: 3-course meal, dance lesson, and the club part. We both ordered completely different dishes, but agreed that each portions was big - we barely finished the main course and our desserts were taken home! I loved the fact that you're given the option to relax and dance in between meals. This really helped us let the food digest before the next plate came. We didn't feel rushed at all, our server was assertive enough but not too pushy. The music was amazing. Loved the mix between the Dj/ live band. It can get noisy in there after 9:30ish, so be prepared to talk a bit louder. Not a major concern. Basically, you should go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    One of the finest entertainment lounges in my 25 years global travelling.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great find
    Looking4Food
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Went for the musician that night, very pleasantly surprised by the food and service.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun
    LuckySpice3
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My friend went here and said she had a wonderful time. From the jazz band, to the event band, the food, the music, the service, the lesson, everything was great!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Carmen on Tap was great
    Greentea
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Innovative and engaging way to enjoy a classic opera. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Evening
    YYZaudiencemember
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food at Lula Lounge was stupendous as was the Carmen on Tap Show that followed. My only regret was that that I had come on the closing night of the show as I would definitely have come back a second time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Caremn on Tap at Lula Lounge
    Portera
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My family went to see Carmen on Tap at The Lula Lounge on Sunday Aug 31. We were greeted very warmly at the door, and when our server arrived, she explained the way the food was going to work for the evening. The way that the opera show and the meal was integrated was very impressive. The food came out at exactly the right time at the start of every break in the show and there was no evidence that it had been sitting under a heat lamp. The food itself was fantastic! Very tasty and nicely presented. I had the Red Snapper and it was perfect. All in all, the evening was a complete success!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ToRightFeet
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Nice place to learn to dance salsa. Very good instructor. lots of fun.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Highly recommend A+++
    LoveLulas
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I went to Lula's Lounge to celebrate my birthday. I wasn't sure what to expect as far as food quality but I have to tell you it was a delicious! We had the scallops and trio dip for an appetizer. The scallops were flavorful and a delightful surprise. I ordered the red snapper and it was amazing!! My date had the sirloin steak and it was cooked to perfection and very well tasty!! We really enjoyed the dance lesson and learned some great dance moves. The instructor made learning the steps easy and fun! Then what was a quiet intimate dinner turned into the life of the party! A live band began to play and all of a sudden we were transported to a tropical paradise. The club came alive with dancing and amazing music! Highly recommend! Must try!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lula Lounge Dundas West
    Foodnut
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Fantastic flavourful food, excellent service and ambiance. Lula has a lot to offer, best 3 course meal deal! Great spot to hear excellent jazz from 7:30-9 while you eat your amazing dinner. After that a fun dance lesson and smokin' hot salsa bands in the evening. They also have a kid friendly weekend brunch. I have never been disappointed in the meal, the service or the music! A gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Carmen
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I enjoyed the opera and service but was a bit irritated at having the waitress pick up dishes and ask me for requests during the performance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Avoid for dinner.
    Kari
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Enjoyed the live band and DJ music, but hated the dining experience. Food took forever to arrive, long wait time between appetizer, main course and dessert, and when the food did finally arrive - it was cold! Not worth the money they charge.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect Ambiance, great food
    Kris
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This was an amazing experience for my wife and I. It was our second time there, but first time doing the meal and show. The are a little on the light side but you'll want to keep it that way once the band comes on - you'll end up dancing all night long. The 12-piece band performed amazingly and the dance floor was packed to prove it. Good food, great service, amazing ambiance - couldn't ask for more.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun date night
    Junta
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    A night full of dancing and friendly people! The staff was friendly and the music made you want to get up and dance!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place
    keyo
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Was a great place for a 1st date. Good food. Good ambience and we danced all night. Definitely coming again
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    cris
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    was surprise how excellent the place was from the reception,food and overall services.would likely recommend these place to everyone.thanks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great but a little on the loud side
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Everything was wonderful when our group of thirteen spent the evening dining and dancing at Lula. The only recommendation I would make is to make the jazz set acoustic as it was a bit too loud for dinner conversation. (Although the musicians were fantastic!)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique and fun brunch spot
    SmilinDave
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We were looking for something different and affordable for Sunday brunch and Lula delivered! It's a funky looking place with a great South American vibe. I've read mixed reviews of the food but we found the eggs, potatoes, salads, sausage, fresh fruit and desserts to be very good and, for the money, a real find. The salsa dancing lesson was hysterical and got us all dancing to some good live music. Servers were a bit slow with drink refills, but they were very pleasant and we all had a great time. Thumbs up!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunday Morning Dance Party
    Borisgoodenough
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    At Sunday brunch, come for the family-friendly salsa party, not the food. A hopping, social venue combining a so-so buffet, a small salsa combo and an enthusiastic dance lesson, followed by a short time for open dancing. Brunch was ordinary steam table fare -- beef stew, Cuban rice, dried-out sausages, scrambled eggs, a couple of salads, plus some cut-up melon, cake and rice pudding for dessert. Most of the brunch crowd are amateurs at salsa dancing, so beginners will feel right at home. HINT: Reserve ahead for brunch and arrive promptly at 11AM to get a ringside table for the dancing, or you may find yourself in the front room, away from the action.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the best Latin places in TO
    Manu
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    It's a great experience with live band music and delicious food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 33 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 287 reviews are from the Lula Lounge reviews archive.
  • Noche latina
    travelmargie
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This is a buzzing latin club, music is enchnting, and so is the dancing. Food is all right and very reasomably priced. Service is good, but once you paid the bill don"t expect any more attention. Popular place for stagettte parties, full of crazy girls. The band and atmosphere is amazing and I truly recommend this club - but you must be willing to dance!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Energetic hot spot
    thegoodies
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Fun with good food. Energetic staff and dance instructor. Band was fun but sound system a little fuzzy. Full of 20 and 30 year olds. Not sure that I really liked the "Stagette" atmosphere. Overall a good time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed
    Torr
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I was not at all impressed with the wait staff. The food was 1.5 hours after ordering and the wait staff did not even come by to offer suggestion or small talk to make one feel at ease. One understand that it was a Saturday night lots of people there for parties but every customer must be made to feel welcome. I had to ask for water twice after that I just went and got it my self. Lots of time spent on advertising, and we drove two hours to get there. Not even a thank you from the wait staff for my generous tip. Please forward thus to the restaurant
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Romantic night of salsa!
    luv2eat
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My wife and I went to have dinner with salsa lessons on a Friday night and were very surprised at how much fun we had. The opening act, Laura Cole, was a wonderful warm up for the evening. The food was amazing, brought to our tables by kitchen staff, it seemed. The server was bright and warm and served us very efficiently. The band was high-powered and the salsa dancers got every one dancing. There were some obvious expert salsa dancers, so we felt this to be an authentic venue for learning salsa. Great crowd - from young to older - all smiles. We will definitely return soon.
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Evening
    love2dine
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Very enjoyable evening - the food was amazing, great music, and the dance lessons are a fun way to get everyone relaxed and engaged. Staff very friendly
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girls' night out
    Polkadot
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The five of us went out to celebrate the two girlfriends' birthdays. The food was good and the service was friendly and attentive (they gave the birthday girls a free round of drinks). The dance floor was severely overcrowded and the band was so-so. It was my third time there and I had had a better time before because the bands were better. I guess it's the luck of the draw, unless you know the band and make your decision based on that.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Date Night
    DateNight
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    My wife and I had a great time at Lula Lounge last Friday. We went for the $39 each meal deal and it was alright. Let me predicate that alright with the fact that my wife and I are picky when it comes to food and I would call ourselves foodies. The evening started with Laura Fernadez. She is an amazing Bosa Nova style jazz singer. We ate while she sang, very cool. After supper we had some basic samba dance lessons which were fun. Finally Conjunto Chappottin played. They have been together since the 50's. In the world of Cuban music it would be equivalent to seeing Led Zeppelin play live. What an experience! Dave
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovespice
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We have always had a good time at this restaurant/lounge. We have been coming for years now and have celebrated many personal events and have never been disappointed. We love that more lights have been added especially the mini lights on the wall. The live music is always very good. Of course we will be back!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place 2 Start '14 TO JazzFest
    EarthKeeper
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Saw 2 shows, Memo Acavado and the Building Bridges Band and Jane Bunnett - Maqueque on the same night! Great venue for this kind of entertainment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.