Mayfield Bakery & Cafe
Mayfield Bakery & Cafe

Mayfield Bakery & Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mayfieldbakery.com/
  • Phone: (650) 853-9200
  • Hours of Operation:
    THE CAFE

    Breakfast:
    Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.

    Lunch:
    Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

    Dinner:
    Nightly, 5:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

    Brunch:
    Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

    THE BAKERY

    Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday, 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Scott Soule
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Embarcadero Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample parking is available at our location in The Town & Country Shopping Center in Palo Alto, CA
A word from Mayfield Bakery & Cafe
Rustic; Wood-fired; Sustainable and seasonal. These are the hallmarks of the dishes that can be enjoyed during breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Many of the dishes draw inspiration from the wonderful fresh-baked breads produced right next door at our Bakery. And all of our meals feature organic, seasonal and sustainable ingredients, many of which are prepared in the kitchen's wood-fired oven and rotisserie, which allow for long-cooked flavors, and for the simple, fresh ingredients to shine.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Mayfield Bakery & Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
183 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (97)great for outdoor dining (95)fit for foodies (82)great for lunch (81)great for brunch (79)kid-friendly (33)hot spot (20)good for groups (20)special occasion (18)notable wine list (16)romantic (10)vibrant bar scene (4)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Food and service were spot on. Noise was too much.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    The food and attentiveness of the wait staff was great, but the noise level made normal conversations nearly impossible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpected Disappointment
    my2cents
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We have eaten here a few times before and have been very pleased with this restaurant. However, our most recent visit for lunch was less than stellar. The noise level inside was deafening, so we asked for an outside table. It was breezy and overcast that day and they only had 1-2 heaters working out of 4, so we asked to change tables as soon as someone left in order to get warm. Not ideal for making customers happy. Our serving staff, although competent, changed at least 3 times while we were eating, as well. The food quality was decent, though, in my opinion, although my friend was not happy with her selection and sent it back. We also shared a galette dessert, which was good, but was really intended for 1 person. It could be that they were having an off day in the kitchen and with staffing, but I think we'll wait awhile before returning again. It was disappointing after experiencing so much better there.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ran Out of Food
    MarcVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We had a 7:30pm Saturday reservation and when we ordered we were informed numerous items were no longer available including the day's special. Had to eat third choice.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    I always go for the hamburger . Its the only on e I eat - Hve not tried anything else on the menu . The Bad --- Very noisy - difficult to carry on a conversation w/o shouting which is stressful
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OutandaboutVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Nice eclectic menu. Food is well prepared and servers are friendly and attentive. Excellent soups and salads. Only draw back is very limited cocktail selection. Several popular brands not available even though they appear on the menu. Very small martinis at a rather high price.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Poor service. Noisy.
    ALocal
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Very good food, but very noisy restaurant. You'll have trouble hearing the person seated across from you. Staff quite arrogant. When I ordered English Breakfast tea, I also ordered bread and asked for preserves. The waitress said they absolutely didn't have any preserves. But I've ordered it before, so I asked the server who delivered my order and sure enough, he brought me the preserves. My tea was not delivered with milk and the waitress never asked what I wanted in my tea. Incidentally, I never got my bread order. During or meal, the waitress never returned to as if we needed anything else.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Strozzapreti
    slopoet
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The name of this pasta means "priest choker"--it was so good they choked on it. Well, Mayfield's version was very zippy, lots of shrimp, and zesty bread crumbs and peppery topping. I rated the atmosphere quiet, which it was, but perhaps it's not always that way--we were there the night of a World Series game. Had a pleasant evening, and I didn't choke on my pasta, either.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment
    Luv2eat131
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    My friend and I were looking for a good brunch before a Sunday movie matinee. The reviews were fairly good and it was close to the movie. The prices were high for what we got, the service was slow, it took a really long time to get coffee or a refill. I had an egg dish that was ok cut doesn't come with any sides and was $14. Way overpriced. Maybe the French toast would be ok but for us a disappointment. This is a bakery and there was only one muffin available.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently great
    SVfoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We have been to Mayfield many times, and it is consistently great - food, service and overall buzz. Our young adult kids choose it for birthdays, my wife and I choose it for a fun evening out with friends. The menu doesn't vary much, but the choices are always flavorful and high quality. We were talked into the kale salad this time - and it was unexpectedly exceptional! And their short ribs are un-beatable. Our server, Rich, is a reason to return - he is fun, knowledgeable, and incredibly welcoming. Its a busy place, but if your up for an open kitchen type atmosphere, its a winner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect meal
    Slntplanet
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This is a favorite in Palo Alto, with attentive and friendly servers, superb food both in taste and presentation. Their New York strip special we recently had was more of the quailty of filet mignon, an excellent choice. Lunch on the patio is very pleasant, their home-baked bread a delight and kale salad tasty, and everything I have had is very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Susan
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Great soups, pecan pie was extremely lack luster and no fruit pie option- The Shepards Pie was also not great, just ok...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice neighborhood location
    Soozca
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Had dinner outside with two friends. I had the steak which was done to perfection, however the side of grilled romaine was soggy. Another had the burger which looked tasty and by all reports was delish. The third person had the pasta which she said was good but not great. We had fresh heirloom tomatoes prior to dinner and the chef sent over some very tasty pumpkin soup. We got a complimentary dessert for the birthday girl.. A healthy size piece of yummy nut cake with ice cream and a candle. As usual we got to take home loaves of leftover bread from the bakery..always a nice touch!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Favorite Kale Salad
    TonigogoVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I hate kale, well I seriously dislike preparations I have had this far. Eat it solo forget it! Mayfiled's has come up with a way to tackle kale. The new salad has maple and nuts and beets to soften the natural bitterness of kale-a vegetarians delight! I was convinced by our energetic, kind, attentive, waiter to try it. I explained that I don't like kale--even though I know how good it is for me, its loaded with nutrients and is easily produced crop ecofriendly He insisted. I ate it. Best kale ever! You have to try it. My husband had the signature entree- rotisserie chicken--always amazingly juicy, and flavorful. Great place to eat in Palo Alto. I recommend if romantic or if conversation is the goal request a booth, the tables can be noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Standing on its laurels
    EJKSFAreaVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    While Mayfield was once a novel and creative restaurant, it is now repetitive and uninteresting. Its menu hasn't changed in two years, and the kitchen staff has seemingly lost interest as well. Dishes are mediocre at best. Carbonara sauce was gummy and overly salty because they used bacon not pancetta; fried chicken was greasy and accompanied by a lump of overboiled greens of indeterminate origin. And the noise? Impossible to communicate in less than a shout – eating outside is the only possible way to have a conversation. It's time for a major revamp of menu and ambience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • first time disappointed
    favorite
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    food had much more oil and butter than previous trips; food came not hot, coffee came not hot
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food
    jimg
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Been there multiple times. Ate outdoors - very nice. Find indoors during busy times irritatingly noisy. The rating for noise level forces a positive description =energetic -totally inappropriate description. Still, food is very good
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The service is superior and the menu selections are excellent !
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awful service not going back
    ALZt
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We came here quite a few times, but last time we went for lunch left us with a sour taste, for awful service. our waiter kept making faces and had an attitude and everybody felt bad because of this and we basically rushed to get out of there and went somewhere else to get coffee and relax. we were a group of moms with babies. made reservations way in advance. yet they chose to sit us in the only fun sunny place of the patio instead of the shade. having babies/children with us you would think they would be more considerate and seat us in shade. we were in the hottest part, totally in sun. our waitress was having the worst attitude, did not take orders as one should, rushed to leave, and acted very annoyed. we were honestly shocked.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Donovan59VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We live in city and were at Cafe des Amis last Tuesday and going to Spruce tonight for my birthday - so was excited when friend who's a concierge recommended this restaurant (which is part of the restaurant group mentioned). The waiter was wonderful and three of us ordered one of the items he recommended - the short ribs - which sounded delicious - and while very tender - they just didn't have any flavor. I tasted a smokiness but nothing else - and felt bad that three out of the four of us had it. Everything else was wonderful - just disappointed with the entree! Would definitely give it another try if I'm down in Palo Alto.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We love Mayfield Bakery and Cafe
    grizzlecat
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    My husband and I always have a wonderful time there, particularly when we sit in a booth. The food is reliable and we appreciate the friendly and helpful staff. What makes the restaurant special is the association with a bakery....the warm bread served when you sit down is like a Welcome sign compared to having to ask and pay for bread. We like the seasonal menus but also love that Mayfield serves staples like cheeseburgers. The only downside is the parking....we have a much better experience when we walk to lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Place looks great on paper but doesn't come through. Olives were tasty but cold inside and warm on the outside. Carbonara missing a layer of flavor. Came for brunch the next day and the service was AWFUL. 30 minutes for a latte. 20 minutes for syrup AFTER the french toast came. 3 tiny cubes of beef in the corned BEEF hash. After 2 back to back meals, we won't be back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LOVE
    Amazing
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We absolutely love this place. The staff is amazing and friendly. And the food is delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great birthday dinner!
    Linky
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Mayfield has become a quiet favorite of ours for the consistently good food that is also a pretty good value, at least for the peninsula. Inside can be loud, but the patio outside makes for a nice place for a conversation and glass of wine. Our table of 5 agreed that the summer vegetable farroto might be the best vegetarian dish we've ever had. We also enjoyed the scallops and the artichoke and spring onion pizza, a regular favorite. We may go to Mayfield a bit less now that summer is over and we can't sit outside, but I'm sure the promise of warm olives and savory main dishes will call us back before too long.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Foodies will love this place!!!
    mb2kVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Charming setting...beautiful outside dining...excellent food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    Bill
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    My wife and I have been to this restaurant almost everytime we are in Palo Alto. Food is always very good - farm to table. Some creative dishes others a bit more traditional. Nice wine list. Always very busy so it is a good thing to have reservations for what ever service you are going for. On this particular visit we had a very friendly and attentive wait person which made the meal service delightful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worst service I've ever had there
    MarieVentures
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    There were3 of us for 9.30 weekday breakfast. Didn't realize weekly menu differs from weekend. Nonetheless, we were each happy with our choices, none of which came with toast; Weird as each had an egg dish. Had to ask for coffee and refills. Waiter must have changed in doe of our meal...didn't know who to order a side of toast from. Order arrived, decided to order more as it was only 2 pieces for 3 of us for $3/order. When 2nd order arrived, empty toast plate was left on table and new order put between our eating plates. Had to ask for additional coffee cream...and on it went. I was hosting two Mayfield first timers and was embarrassed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I like this restaurant and lunch there on a regular basis. It is usually very good, but this day was an exception. The bacon on my BLT was very undercooked. It's my fault, in hindsight, for not sending it back. Also, we had to wait over fifteen minutes for dessert to arrive.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Town and Country Top Spot
    maven88
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    It may be early, but I think Mayfield is easily one of the best additions to the Palo Alto food scene for 2009, if not 2008 as well. (Last year's Pampas was good too, but eventually too one-sided [blasphemous for a carnivore like myself to admit that]) I look forward to returning to Mayfield and trying their brunch. Admittedly, while Mayfield isn't cheap ($20 for entrees), the stellar food, service, and atmosphere make it a winning entry.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • taste & service match creative menu
    MarkVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    this place is not cheap but it is worth the menu - everything is great and the service is outstanding - we have been here several times and it is always a treat - we love sitting at the bar for brunch and outside for dinner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • eattolive
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    My friend from out of town and I went, he loved the homey atmosphere at Mayfield, and we both had the St. Louis Ribs special. Very nice job with a regional special. Fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • first time disappointed
    MangiaBene
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Our server couldn't answer our question about the wine, and - although she allegedly asked for information - brought us a sweet white wine when we specifically asked for a dry one. She wasn't flat-out rude, but was clearly uninterested in us. The pie crust was overdone to the point of being black on the edges, and my husband said some of his steak was unchewable. We've been to Mayfield Bakery many, many times, so we'll still go back. But if this had been our first time, it would be the last.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My new favorite place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I have recently been to this restaurant and back again, the food is fresh and totally perfect! It is my new favorite place, if I am going to spend money to eat out I want it to be very good, everything on the menu is fabulous. I cant wait to go back!! The outside chairs could be more comfortable, loved sitting outside both times, but each time felt I needed a back cushion, felt like I was leaning back too far.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I thought the place was very noisy. the special was mixed. soup delicious but the main sandwich was not edible. of course the cookie was great. I thought it was expensive for what we got and the help was kind but very confused. they brought us wrong meal TWICE. all in all a disappointment.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Food is good, service is bad.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Food is good, but service is not. Everything takes a long time, they forgot specific things we ordered, and they still charged us for things they didn't bring us at the end of the bill.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As expected
    laderamomVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    A nice outdoor brunch with my son. Caring service, yummy breakfast!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Tiffo
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We had to wait another 10 minutes with the reservation, until a table opened up outside. I'm not a fan of outside seating because... bees. However, the food was (consistently) great. The table shared the monstrously delicious hotcake. They cottage potatoes were a huge hit with the party. Service was average.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AverageAndy
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Overpriced average food that doesn't inspire. No identity...not classic, not unique, not exciting. $16 for a omelet with cheese and kale thrown on top.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch
    HungrymomVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Love the french toast & vibe. Sat outside & it was great. Service was to up to par this time... ️Esp for coffee. But, I'll keep going back for more!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the seasonal menu
    lunchgal
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Never disappoints. Great spot to lunch with a friend. Eating outside under the trees is just lovely!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a Turn Around!
    skiyokosVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    After my experience at the restaurant, I didn't think that I would ever go back, but after speaking to management, they convinced me. Seating was spread-out, not everyone was crammed into the banquets. Service was prompt and friendly, the food great as always. Thank you for listening and I will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate