Manzanita at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

Manzanita at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Phone: 5305623050
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private dining room can seat up to 34 people. We require a minimum of $1500 during the week and $2500 on weekends to book this room. Please contact for reservations.
  • Private Party Contact: Cher Roesch 5305623050

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hwy 267
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is $5.00 when dining in Manzanita.
A word from Manzanita at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
Manzanita is a celebration Northern California Cuisine focusing on rustic cooking techniques, local produce and regional farms.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Manzanita at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe reviews from OpenTable diners
44 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food3.8
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (29)special occasion (26)notable wine list (22)romantic (19)fit for foodies (18)great for outdoor dining (15)good for groups (9)kid-friendly (5)neighborhood gem (5)great for lunch (4)vibrant bar scene (4)hot spot (3)great for brunch (3)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Splendor in the Sierras
    Delightindining
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    In contrast to most of the informal Tahoe scene, Manzanita offers a superb dining experience in an elegant restaurant, in a hotel with grand architecture and wonderful mountain views. To be sure, it is expensive but for that special vacation evening in the mountains, it is well worth considering. All of us, including some serious foodies, had a great evening there.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Monday at Manzanita
    LeChevalBlanc58
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Great ambiance and atmosphere. Great staff. My wife and daughter both ordered a pasta-based menu item; was excellent. I ordered the special of the evening, which was a slow-cooked pork loin with a Dijon mustard sauce, haricots vert, and a corn grits. It sounded great when described by the waiter but in reality did not live up to the description; pork was not tender as one would expect of a slow-cooked meat. The desserts were also mixed; excellent chocolate trio of deserts but a cheese cake that tried too hard not to be a cheese cake. Manzanita is a terrific restaurant; just need to work a bit more on perfecting a few of the menu items.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find!
    Scoops
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We were so impressed with Manzanita! Everything about it was great. The decor was impressive when you first walked in. The outside dining with views of the mountains was awesome. Our service not only from our waitress, Kate, but even several others we interfaced with, including Bridget. It was my wife's birthday and they provided a desert of her choice for free. All in all we it was great and we will be going back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    matt
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Boring menu, bland food, and just average service. Very disappointing, especially for the price. Much better options in Truckee
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely location
    FirstTimer
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The ambiance of Manzanita and the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe is just amazing. My husband and I enjoyed dinner there to celebrate his birthday and we will definitely return. The menu is elegantly simple and perfect for the location in the mountains.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    garyrobert
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We dined Saturday night and were looking forward to a wonderful experience, instead, nothing but disappointment. The food was bland and showed no imagination. The pasta dish could only be improved with lots of salt. The fries were cold and undercooked. The pricing was San Francisco fine dining ( $250 for 2) and the food was Chipolte level quality. What's going on here?
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  • Food 25 Service 30 Atmosphere 30
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Really loved our meal here. Such a beautiful and amazing space (as is the whole hotel), with 5-star ambience and service .. but not a hint of pretentious attitude. Tons of families and folks just enjoying the 5-star outdoors/nature, perfectly combined with the Ritz experience. During our meal, the Chef came over personally and made chef hats for my 2 year old son and 10 year old nephew. Outside (in July), they had tons of games to enjoy, including Bocce, lawn darts, corn hole, frisbee golf, etc.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good food - great view
    TahoeFanVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    This is a wonderful restaurant that is a favorite of many Lake Tahoe locals. The food is creative, inspired, and consistently good. In addition, the waitstaff is knowledgeable and always pleasant to interact with, whether the conversation is about food or unrelated topics. In addition, the location within the Ritz hotel overlooking the slopes of Northstar ski resort makes for an enchanting setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Un-inspiring menu
    BlackTop
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We went there for a birthday lunch on a Sunday. The menu is very limited and rather un-inspiring. There's no Sunday brunch menu.
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  • Shockingly disappointed
    FrequentFineDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    I have been dining at Manzanita since the week it opened several years ago. My prior experiences have been consistently wonderful. My latest visit on July 2, 2014 was a huge disappointment. Worst of all was the service - though we were seated right by the kitchen, our table of 4 was ignored. We ordered just two courses of food, yet dinner still took about 2 hours. My wine and sparkling water were never re-filled, and we were not checked on at all. When I finished my glass of wine, no one asked if I wanted another. Our appetizers were good, but my fish entrée was way overcooked and dry (no one bothered asking us how it was). The four of us dropped about $500 and were very disappointed. I wont be back anytime soon...what a shame.
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  • happydinerVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Fresh and tasty food. The vegetables were some of the best I ever had in the restaurants. Salad was perfect. Steak was just bit more done than what we asked for. Fish was great. Pasta good. Lovely hillside setting. Attentative staffs who addressed us by our names. Will recommend and return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just love it.
    Yumm
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Excellent food, great quality,and perfect portion size.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent as always.
    tcrosland
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Great service, amazing food, appropriate proportions and you leave feeling like it was a good value.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Desert surprise
    Robert
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Thank you to our waitress for suggesting desert. The laurel ice cream and tarragon marshmallows are still in my memory. Unforgetable!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a favorite
    12hdcpVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    At least once, sometimes more often during our Northstar weeklong stays, we dine at Manzanita at the Ritz. Always beautiful and comfortable and the service is unsurpassed. Food is OK but not great and certainly not on par with the menu descriptions, which are written by an artist. We still prefer the food at Lone Eagle Grille in Incline Village but hope Manzanita improves.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious in the mountains
    enjoysgoodfood
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    I eat here often. Good fresh food and great wine list. Not cheap though. Greg and Kristen are excellent servers and do anything to make your meal perfect.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Delicious meal, excellent service. weird ambience...very sterile feeling. Not the Tahoe feel.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 281 reviews are from the Manzanita at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe reviews archive.
  • Great food
    diningfoolVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    6 of us dined with various ideas of what good food is (foodies to new college grad who is just developing a palate). All were delighted with the meal and service. Would come back next time we are at the Ritz. Would not drive here...it is a little remote from other activities in the Lake Tahoe area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mother's day brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The brunch was truly delicious with a wonderful selection of shell fish, plus fillet and salmon along with many chef's specialties.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    manzanita never disappoints. the menu is great, service as well, and the food always carefully prepared. we look forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    This is the first restaurant that ever brought gluten free for one of my party who eats gf! The rest of the was enjoying sourdough, and as soon as our server noticed, she brought gf bread right over... No gluten free menu, but rather "we can pretty much work with any of the selections"! Dinner was amazing and the service was the icing on the birthday cake. Thank you, Natasha and the Manzanita staff!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Scenic View
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic dining expereince
    Local
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    We took a family group here for a birthday celebration. Food, ambience, service were all as expected from a Ritz restaurant. I highly reccomend for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Location and View ---- but....
    SnowGirl
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    The ambience is great and the service as well. At the end of ski season, we felt the quality of the food had declined. My husband's filet mignon was overcooked. He ordered medium rare and got medium well. I had the appetizer pizza which was cold. We've enjoyed the restaurant throughout the season, and generally were very happy with it. Hopefully this was just an aberration.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    we try to go once a month. no better place in north lake tahoe to dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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  • We're Regulars
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Hello, My husband and I have a place in the village and try to dine at Manzanita's whenever we are in Tahoe. We love it! Doesn't feel like a trip to Northstar without dining here. Our waitress saturday night was so sweet. I have forgotten her name, but she has dark brown hair, lives in Reno and is originally from Canada- BC, I believe. She was very kind to my daughter!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was better 2 years ago
    labelle
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We reserved through Open Table for a celebration dinner for our family- noted that we had two kids with us and were celebrating two occasions. This fact and the fact that we reserved in advance were not mentioned or played no part in our seating as we were seated at a small four top in the center of the restaurant- crowded in with another table, even when there were more expansive empty tables on the sides of the restaurant. A plus was a great kids menu. Food was ok, but not the stellar experience we had when we visited 2 years ago. It was much more feeling like a hotel restaurant (where people had to go rather than made special plans to go). Our service was ok. We waited 20 minutes for a dessert (not a specialty dessert).
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    kid-friendly
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  • Great spot
    Moran
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    I have read negative reviews but the four of definitely had a "5 star" experience. Wholeheartly recommend the Manzanita.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner on the slopes!
    yum4me
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Fantastic food and service. WE have eaten here several times and always great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • limited menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Nice restaurant but very limited menu considering the location and price
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great View but Poor Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Food was overall good. However, less butter should be used for kid's plain pasta. My daughter's pasta with literally soaked in a soup of melted butter. It was quite gross. Service was mediocre for a normal restaurant, but horrible for the Ritz. We ate at 2:30 pm, when the restaurant was very slow, yet our server only came to check on us couple of times. We had to flag her down to get utensils, and our drinks were not refilled. Very disappointing experience.
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    scenic view, notable wine list, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Several don't miss menu items
    mldmld21
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    We went back here 3 times within a 5 day visit for lunches and dinner. The white bean soup is great, although I'm not seeing it on the menus online. We liked the Winter Squash Porridge so much that we begged Chef Tony for the recipe. And at dinner we enjoyed the pork chop with pear. The bartender was friendly and got creative making a drink off menu for us. Our waitress during our large group lunch was extremely friendly and accommodating. They have coloring for the kids and a delicious grilled cheese sandwich. I highly recommend eating or visiting the bar at Manzanita.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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  • Nice atmosphere, good food
    skibumdinerVIP
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    We enjoyed our meal here very much. The service was attentive and pleasant and the food was very good. They have a great selection of appetizers, some individual and some labeled as "for the table." Our only complaint is that we ordered a bottle of wine that was listed as costing $42 on the wine list that was on our final bill as costing $58. When we pointed this out to our server, she fixed it immediately. This has happened several times at other restaurants, which leads me to wonder if charging more for the wine than its listed price is a widespread practice.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • diappointed
    porkers
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We have eaten here many times and unfortunately the food was a real disappointment - way too expensive for mediocre food quality.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful venue limited menu
    franky
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    This is a great date restaurant - perfect for Valentine Day. There were a lot of families with young children also. However, the menu was limited in selection. The salads were unimpressive. The pumpkin souffle was outstanding.
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    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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  • Love Manzanita
    NickName
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Manzanita is a wonderful restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton. Last Fall we had a wonderful dinner at an amazingly reasonable price. When I called Manzanita directly for reservations around 8:00 pm, I was told the earliest table would be available at 9:00 pm. However, Open Table showed a reservation opening at 8:15 pm so we booked it and drove over from Tahoe Donner. We were seated upon arriving at 8:15 pm and the first thing we noticed was the substantially higher prices. Most entrees were $35 which was an increase of over 30% from our Fall dinner, so we just had more drinks to compensate.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't miss it
    Graywolf
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    Great restaurant in a spectacular setting. Have never been disappointed. It's always the first reservation we make when visiting Northstsr
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • snowdaz
    skimad
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    We met friends who drove up from Reno for lunch, and we skied part-time. Everything was wonderful. Our waiter was superb. I asked for a glass of wine with few sulfites (preservatives), and he knew immediately what to suggest. This was not true at another large-chain hotel in the area, where the "Sommelier" had no idea what wines had fewer sulfites, and refused to acknowledge that it was his job to know. The rotisserie chicken was superb, perfectly grilled, the squash porridge very tasty, the salmon salad melted in your mouth, and the burger perfectly cooked. I can't say enough about the entire staff--each person is friendly, but more importantly, very professional. There is no "attitude" in this establishment, which is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Convenient for hotel guests
    TortelliniVIP
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    As the only restaurant on the property for a nice dinner it was good quality but not up to usual ritz standards. Wait staff was nice but distracted by other patrons coming to surrounding tables. We ordered the pork chop and brussel sprouts to split but specifically requested to bring an extra plate and we would split it. Got delivered split by the kitchen. They took it back and provided a new order as we originally requested. Remedied but waitress didn't seem to concerned. Food was very good.
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    great for brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ritz in my backyard
    Nique
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    One of the great things about the Manzanita at the Ritz, Lake Tahoe is that it is only 5 minutes away. And! One can ski in for lunch or, on Mondays, everything is half off for registered locals, but the food and service remains at its high level.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant we love to hate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    We love going to this restaurant every time we are in Northstar, but for the cost, you would think we would get better service. The food came out cold (a lasagna dish was actually frozen in the middle). We asked to have our bottle of wine decanted while we enjoyed our cocktails, and the waitress put the wine in the decanter and immediately poured everyone a glass. We would expect more from this restaurant. The food is decent, but not spectacular. The ambience is what you go for. It is a great location.
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