Marliave
Marliave

Marliave

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.marliave.com/
  • Phone: 6174220004x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Menu Sunday-Saturday:11:00am - 10:00pm. Cocktails Sunday-Saturday 11:00am- 1:00am. Dollar Oysters Sunday-Saturday: 4:00pm- 6:00pm and again 9:00pm- 10:00pm.

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, Italian, French
  • Executive Chef: Scott Herritt chef/owner
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wine
  • Special Events: Marliave offers an extensive menu of smaller portioned hors d’oeuvres designed to supply a lighter fare in an informal cocktail setting. The upstairs bar is an attractive setting for parties up to fifty persons. The entire upstairs is available for larger gatherings over one hundred guest.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Tremont Street
  • Public Transit: Park Street and Downtown Crossing
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is available through the Nine Zero Hotel
A word from Marliave
The Marliave, Boston's fourth oldest restaurant, has a tireless commitment to house prepared cuisine. Our orange, lemon, lime, and grapefruit juices are fresh squeezed daily. All breads, desserts, sauces, pastas, ice cream, and stocks are made daily in house and are prepared to order. The Marliave utilizes local fresh vegetables, fruits, natural raised animals, and the finest imported ingredients to create our food and drink menus.
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Marliave reviews from OpenTable diners
168 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (87)fit for foodies (85)romantic (74)special occasion (74)great for outdoor dining (58)good for groups (53)great for lunch (30)notable wine list (28)scenic view (19)hot spot (17)vibrant bar scene (16)late-night find (15)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • Wonderful food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    I really enjoyed the food here! I had the scallops with sweet potato ravioli, which was so flavorful and paired very well with the mushrooms. The scallops were cooked perfectly. The only thing I will say is that I was disappointed with the portion, only 4 scallops/ravioli. The best surprise by far however was the homemade mint chocolate icecream! I was so impressed by the real mint flavor, like it was straight out of my garden. One scoop was the perfect end to my meal. Thanks to the scallops for leaving room!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good experience
    FrenchieVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Marliave's become one of our favorite spots in Boston. The quality of food is consistently good, the oysters and clams have always been very fresh, and our waitress was outstanding. We also appreciate the fact that they stay open late.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    TriplemomVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Special find in Boston. Service could be improved.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    BostonDeb
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    I have been to Marliave several times and it is consistently great. As the fourth oldest restaurant in Boston, it exudes charm. The food and service is consistently fabulous. Whether lunch, dinner or a special occasion, Marliave is a go to for me when I am in the Downtown Crossing area. Order the beet salad and Sunday dinner (gnocchi with lamb, pork and tomatoes). My dining companion said that the Beef Wellington is to die for. They also have a creative cocktail menu and you may purchase wine by the glass, half carafe, full carafe or bottle.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great drinks, good food/service
    epiann
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Marliave never disappoints. The food is good, hearty, well prepared. The service is friendly and sufficiently but not overly attentive. The cocktail menu is creative and fun. Atmosphere is lively--ambiance a bit loud because it's set up bistro style with lots of chrome and tile to send echos around the room, but it's generally fun and stylish and I enjoy the restaurant a lot.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Amazing as usual
    frenchiefoodie
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I've been to Marliave over a dozen times for both business and personal dinner. This restaurant never disappoints (have you tried the mac n' cheese?!). I'd recommend Marliave to anyone, particularly the upstairs dining room or the outdoor patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great view from upstairs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The food was great and the view was really beautiful. The floor to ceiling windows and soft lighting and jazz music made for a very relaxing and romantic atmosphere. I'm sure I'll go back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality French Italian/American
    Sunday2dayVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Marliave takes special care in preparing cocktails. Oysters are the freshest I have had and 1/2 price at special times. I had the Beef Wellington. It was fantastic. I love the dining room upstairs. Three walls are windowed and have mini lights.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Chicken to die for
    Food2diefor
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The Professor cocktail was perfect owed by French onion soup with chunks of short ribs. Mmmm. The chicken roasted under a brick was outstanding. We will come back for this entree again and to try many other things on the menu. Outstanding service. And the table at the window was perfect. Felt like we were way back in time with delicious French influenced food. A real gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Perfect spot for a romantic dinner with a European feel. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great for date night. Great food, great drinks, great ambiance I've had the Wellington twice - it is to die for. Absolutely recommended.
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  • JoJo
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Very nice atmosphere, something on the menu for everyone!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, empty dining room
    Robin25VIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We went on a Sunday night and the dining room was virtually empty. They need to do a better job of promoting themselves. Just being one of the oldest restaurants in the city doesn't do it for today's diners. Insalata di mare (seafood salad) was excellent. My husband's beef wellington was also excellent. I had the rabbit which had nice accompaniments, but it was a bit too dry. Side of asparagus was very nice also.
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  • coolhandluke
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Classic spot in the city! Always a great spot for a date or some half priced oysters and a cocktail.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth a trip to this alley gem
    DJAG14
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I had no idea this gem was at the end of this alley. There is ample outdoor seating, a bar & an upstairs dining room enclosed in glass windows. The menu is short but has something for everyone. The cocktail list is fun to read & has twists on the average recipe. And the cheese menu...Any place that has a separate cheese & charcuterie menu is a place for me! I ordered the sirloin with potatoes au gratin & asparagus. Each was cooked to perfection. The steak was crisp on the outside, perfectly pink on the inside, and very juicy. My only complaint is that the potatoes & steak could have used a touch more salt & pepper. My friend had the gnocchi (potato) & it was delicious. I think a touch of grated cheese on top would have been great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Marliave
    Nimis
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I liked the ambience of the place but the noise level was so high that I had problems to hear our waitress. Food and drinks were good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great place if you can find it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    A hidden neighborhood spot, a but tough to find but with it. The cocktail list is great and they keep an updated beer/wine selection fitting the tone of year. The view is MUCH better from upstairs, last trip was my first sitting at the ground floor and was a bit disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seahorse
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Lovely place to dine on the rooftop terrace in the evening. Nice food and ambience. Stairs would be a challenge for older diners. For everybody else, well worth the climb!
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great before a show/concert
    Thomas
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My wife and I went Saturday night before the Jason Mraz concert at the Wang Theatre. The Marliave never disappoints.....both of our entree's were delicious and the oysters were a great starter. Also, cocktails were A+ as usual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nothing to write home about...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had made a reservation for dinner at Marliave following the reviews on TripAdvisor. We were promptly seated upon our arrival and the restaurant was rather busy. I had the chicken with risotto and my wife had the portobello mushroom sandwhich. She said the mushroom was tasty but the bun was like a "wonderbread bun". My chicken was OK -- nothing special. The risotto was slightly undercooked. While I understand that it's typical American restaurant tradition to serve vegetables "à la carte", but wouldn't it have been nice to have a few green beans on the plate? The staff was very helpful but the overall experience was not one that I would repeat.
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  • Great food, but tight table area
    Snips
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I was happy they extended their Dine Out Boston deal for this weekend. It was a great deal. The food was very good. I enjoyed eating the escargot and mushroom risotto. Service was excellent. My water glass was constantly filled. The only thing I didn't like was the area where 2 top tables was situated. There were 5 tables all in the corner. I felt the tables were too close to one another.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    gsgdmd
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great experience and amazing food. Waitress was great and super attentive. Great pick for Dine Out Boston week!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All I can say is wow
    browneyedoptimist
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Excellent food and drink selection. Or server was fabulous; overall a great experience. Was a bit too noisy but that was die to patrons outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ordered the wrong thing
    Blizzard62
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I ordered the Steak Frites and I knew I shouldn't have but I was jonesing for fries. The steak was pretty tough and had a strange flavor. Great waiter, nice bread and olive oil to munch on. I had Henry's Soup as an appetizer, it was the best part of the meal. My friend had the escargot and he said they were very salty. Overall, it was an okay lunch but I wouldn't rush back anytime soon.
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    great for lunch
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  • Marliave's
    bostonmargi
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    One of my favorite restaurants that I return to often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ups and downs
    TedO
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    It is best to enterpret the menu descriptions literally, and not make assumptions. For example, The onion soup with gruyere cheese and "short rib" should not have been assumed to be a French style onion soup gratinee. It was a very flavorful (yet very fatty) beef stew without vegetables and with melted cheese on top (making for an extremely fatty dish). The Sunday Soup described as pasta with tomato sauce with beef, pork & veal was not a Bolognese sauce. It had stewed tomatoes with big chunks of the meat (which all tasted like short rib meat. On the other hand the beet salad and the ravioli with tomato and basil sauce were excellent. The skirt steak was good, but its fries were just ok.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • Cocktails were average
    boston
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We got a cosmo and a mojito. With regards to the cosmo, it tasted fine but it only filled 3/4 of the glass. A pet peeve of mine is paying for a drink that doesn't fill the glass. The mojito was terrible. The taste was sour with lime and no taste of mint. The mint was not fresh. Very disappointing. The food was great but the drinks affected the dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Recommendation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    A friend of mine recommended this place for Restaurant Week. I went with my bf and another couple. We all loved it. The food was great- we were all stuffed and happy (including the two guys who are NFL linebacker size)! The truffle mac and cheese comes in your own individual covered ramekin. The beef wellington is delicious but if you don't like medium rare- do not get. I was told the steak frites and lamb gnocchi were also good. The chocolate cake is a molten lava cake and is amazing. The pudding had cake frosting on top- good but very rich. The cocktails were also amazing- hope you like gin! Can't wait to go back.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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  • Good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Great overall, very cool place Great overall, very cool place Great overall, very cool place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stay Away
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Just got back from an 88th birthday celebration lunch. Walked in to an odd smell at the front of the house, but that was actually the bar area so we'll let that pass. My drink lacked an adequate amount of alcohol, the waitress lacked personality, and the shrimp scampi lacked any seasoning or taste at all, and that includes the most important ingredient...garlic! The shrimp swam in a pool of red water. I ate 2 and dumped 3. The 3 left over were whisked away and I was never asked if I wanted to take them with me. The butterscotch pudding was very good. Not to mention, even though it was stated this was an birthday celebration in the reservation, no one even said happy birthday to my 88 year old Mother-In-Law.
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  • Mac
    Ctlev
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Like the Mac and chesse a lot. The overall dinning exp is pretty good but parking is hard to come by sometimes.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a great wait staff.
    Sally
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food was good. We were there during restaurant week and they offered their three courses from the regular menu at a set price. We thought that was a very good deal. I would eat there again.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining in Boston
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Close to the Omni Parker and in the heart of Boston, Marliave was a wonderful dining experience with a great staff. Highly recommend.
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    special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Drink menu and Delicious Food
    nicenightout
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had a great experience at Marliave! We took advantage of the "Restaurant Week" or "Dine Out Boston" deal. Most places offer a limited menu but we had so many options it was tough to choose. The French Onion Soup and Mac n' Cheese apps were our favorite, but everything far exceeded our expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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  • Expectations higher than reality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We went to Marliave for Restaurant Week, which always makes it challenging to know whether the experience is 'typical' or not. The menu was fantastic and offered lots of options, but unfortunately the food didn't match up to the promise. My friend started with Onion Soup and found it much too salty; I started with the Carpaccio and found it the fattiest I've ever had. Our main courses were disappointing as well - I had the Beef Wellington, which was fine but not great (I've actually made it better myself). The apps were served in a timely manner, but a lot of time elapsed before we got our main course. The waitress apologized and explained that the kitchen was backed up, but telling us this earlier would have been appreciated.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Marliave82114
    adventurer
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Went for Dine Out Boston. Appreciate that there are MANY options to choose from on the promotional menu and portions were generous. Food was fantastic and there was a vibrant crowd. Service was a bit slow that night.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went for restaurant week Aug 2014
    george
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Although it is restaurant week, the menu offered was almost exactly the same as the regular menu. Quite a selection and very good. We had the beef carpaccio and the mussels as appetizers. The beef dish was a bit bland but the mussels were tasty. Our mains were the trout with spinach (sublime) and the beef wellington. The beef was delicious - perfectly cooked. My only complaint was the lack of any vegetables. (ON the regular menu, they are served and charged for separately) Dessert was the warm chocolate cake with icecream (it was a huge serving) and the cheese course. The cake was very chocolately and was perfect with the ice cream. The cheese course was fine. I particularly liked the fig jam. We plan to go back again.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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  • Amazing made from scratch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Not many people,never mind restaurants make their food from scratch so I was extremely pleasant when I got the Shrimp Scampi and the Linguine was made from scratch. As an italian Mom with an history of making my own pasta and ravioli's, i must say it was amazing! The icecream on the Brownie Sundae was a perfect way to end the lunch! Also made from scratch!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Restaurant Week Review
    Divine582
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The menu was unusually extensive for Restaurant Week which was a plus. Service was great. Caesar salad, excellent. My shrimp Scampi was good but the shrimp were a tad over cooked. Everyone else enjoyed their entree's. The box of chocolate truffles on the dessert menu was a great idea. Had one and took the rest for later. The only drawback to dining at Marliave are the steep stairs everywhere!
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  • Wonderful service!!!
    Megg
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The service was detailed and amazing! The food was good I am just personally not a fan of the nontradtional French onion soup. Everything else was amazing!!!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.