Morimoto Waikiki
Morimoto Waikiki

Morimoto Waikiki

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.morimotowaikiki.com/
  • Phone: 8089435900x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch 11:00am-2:30pm

    Dinner 5:00pm-10:00pm

    Sushi Bar and Bar 5:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Masaharu Morimoto
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wine
  • Catering: Semi Private Dining Room avaialble that seats up to 20 guests as well as a semi private cabana that seats up to 10 guests.
  • Special Events: Please call for more information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hobron
  • Public Transit: Morimoto Waikiki is on the Red Line for the Honolulu Trolley, exit Discovery Bay. If taking TheBus, the following lines are avaiable 8, 19,20,23,24,42 and E, The Country Express.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet Parking is available at The Modern Honolulu which is located on Hobron Lane in between Ala Moana Blvd and Holomoana Street.
A word from Morimoto Waikiki
Morimoto's contemporary Japanese menu infuses traditional dishes with Western ingredients and preparation techniques. His seasonal and ever-changing selection of raw fish preparations will feature the best seafood that the Hawaiian waters have to offer as well as locally grown fruits and vegetables from supporting farmers. Morimoto's signature offerings include Toro Tartare, presented in a shallow wooden tray with condiments including Osetra Caviar, crème frâiche, wasabi, avocado, shiso leaf and dashi-soy and Tuna Pizza made with raw tuna, anchovy aioli and jalapeno as well as Morimoto Sashimi, a terrine of seared toro, smoked salmon, barbequed eel, tuna and hamachi served with five different sauces in pipettes.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
Morimoto Waikiki reviews from OpenTable diners
159 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (115)fit for foodies (110)great for outdoor dining (80)scenic view (76)romantic (53)good for groups (48)hot spot (34)great for lunch (34)notable wine list (20)neighborhood gem (18)great for brunch (17)kid-friendly (12)vibrant bar scene (12)late-night find (7)Show More
  • consistently excellent food/service
    bobatthebeachVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    we have eaten several times for breakfast, lunch and dinner and it never disappoints- the food is always spot-on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • melt in your mouth sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Morimoto has done it again. First in Delhi at Wasabi and now here. The decor, staff and food selection are a par above the rest. Our waiter Duane did a great job in explaining the specials, favorites and unique items on the menu. A must have is the Kakuni which was an out of this world braided pork. The cocktails were fresh, delicious and quickly served. Last but not least we enjoyed melt in your mouth sashimi sampler that tasted as magnificently as it was presented. If you are looking for fresh and delicious sushi & Japanese food this is your place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food - excellent service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    My wife and I went with another couple. The waiter recommended we choose several dishes and share family style. We had 6 dishes total and all were very nicely prepared, presented and most of all delicious. The waiter was excellent, attentive but not over bearing. Would recommend to others visiting Honolulu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food and Service
    lovefood
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Not the first time eating here. We really enjoyed the food and service. Some of the entrees are puzzling to think that it would taste good, but they are all great, which is why he is an iron chef. We did family style dining. This allowed us to get a variety of dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Lunch
    vols94
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Went for lunch while on vacation in Honolulu. Open concept and the food was excellent. We tried a variety of items including dessert. What we expected from an Iron Chef's restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well done guys
    KekoaVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Another night of perfection! For service to food to everything Mahalo all
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A meal of quality
    NancyVAVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We celebrated our wedding anniversary at Morimoto's and couldn't have been more pleased. We used to watch the Japanese reruns of Iron Chef and Morimoto was always our favorite. The white fish carappacio, the sushi and dessert were of high quality and you can tell that the kitchen pays a lot of attention to detail as the presentation is exquisite, just like Morimoto's presentation on TV. We also had a very nice waiter who patiently walked us through the menu and answered all our questions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Michelle
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    My boyfriend and I had a great evening seated in the outdoor area. We have a boat in the harbor and this was an ideal place to have a romantic dinner and view the harbor. The food was excellent!! Also, the waiter was quite attentive and very helpful with our choices. Thanks for an awesome evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the trip
    Coco
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    On my 50th birthday trip to Hawai'i - I knew that Morimoto's was going to be my "special" lunch. I was not disappointed. The staff was amazing, the chefs very friendly and the food - simply amazing. I highly recommend a flight of sake to accompany your meal. My server was very knowledgeable about each one and his pairing suggestions were spot on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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  • I'll always be back
    KekoaVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Regardless what others are saying, believe in what you guys are doing! This is my 120 visits over the 5 years and you guys are doing great this is why I return. The pretentious table next to me would find all the things wrong about every dish that comes out of the kitchen as if they are a food critic. The funny thing is these salvage ate everything. Ha!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • juppeats3.5star
    juppeatsVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Went for a later in the evening dinner. Seated at booth in which table edge bit too far away to comfortably eat without leaning up to the table. Took a long while for our server to greet and interact with us even though place wasn't that busy. When he did he was nicely engaging. Ordered the house salad with a dried bonito shaving which was more than enough for two people and nicely dressed. Would have loved more shavings. Then had braised black cod which was delicious. Side of bok choy very bland and a disappointment. Dress code overstated since saw other diners in shorts and tees.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    BigP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We ate ate Morimoto for our last night in Waikiki. I was underwhelmed across the board. We made a reservation and then sat without explanation for 10 minutes even though the restaurant was slow. The hostess came up and noted that we'd be seated soon. The table was half in florescent lighting and against a dirty wall. We ordered a drink at the bar, tipped the bartender and then was told at the table that he was out of the Pinot Nior we had ordered and that the replacement option was $25 a glass. The mood was sour and we ate quickly and got out of there. I was disappointed because I picked the spot and instead of a great last meal on vaca we felt like we'd splurged for nothing. Won't be back again and wouldn't recommend. The sushi was good.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    service could be a little better, waited awhile to receive our check, while waiters were transitioning on break; did not like the two-seaters for couples, all couples are lined up in a crowded area of two-seaters while the tables of 4-8 were open and spacious. the two-seaters are seated way too close to each other, there should be more privacy, or it should be separated by a 4 seater table. otherwise, food is fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • RoninFtLauderdaleVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Fantastic. Best sushi I had in a long time. Chef was incredible. Service was great. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Morimoto Waikiki
    PhlGrlVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Sushi was good and very fresh, wagyu beef was also delicious, and the dessert was worth saving room for :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment
    NFlagey
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    This was not our first time at Morimoto's but this time was a great disappointment. The sushi combo plate tasted as it came to our table after spending hours in a fridge rather than being freshly prepared. The angry chicken was undercooked. Service was much poorer than the one we experienced last year (cocktail glasses were put on the edge of the table rather than in front of us). Also had the surprise to have a 18% gratuity included on our bill, while we were a table of 4. We were told this was for out-of-state customers, not used with the tipping habits here. However, other restaurants in Hawaii or other states do not *include* the gratuity and rather suggest amounts. Also ... we are from HI.
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  • WOW
    81buckeye59
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Talk about a restaurant that has it all. Tasting menu excellant as well as the regular menu, Great for our anniversary in Honolulu this is the place to eat , missed meeting him at the restaurant as he was there in the morning
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great flavor, but large portions
    PalisadePal
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Excellent food, but the portions were much too large. I ordered the snapper and could hardly eat half of it, following the gyoza appetizer. Gyoza needed a bit more flavor - the tomato sauce was underplayed. Service was top-notch and I thoroughly enjoyed celebrating my birthday at Morimoto Waikiki. Absolutely beautiful sunset from the deck!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceptional
    lulu808
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The experience was orchestrated perfectly! Like an orchestra in your mouth, that is how the flavors played out in your mouth.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surely the best food on Oahu?
    Gylesey
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Had the degustation with matching wines/sakes and it was superb. The foie gras custard was up there with the best dishes I've ever had. Umami central.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Great presentation low on taste
    Moviediner
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The restaurant is beautiful in a white pallet. We arrived at 7pm on a Sat.,it was not busy. Restaurant was almost empty, we were set at a small table for 2 between 2 other couples. It was very loud and hard to have a conversation . I had the oysters, presented beautifully and tasted like oysters with teriyaki sauce, just okay. My wife had gyoza that was the highlight of the entire meal. I never thought a tomato sauce would go well with this but it was excellent. Entrees, black cod and crispy fried fish. Presentation excellent. The black cod,glazed with a sweet soy glaze, good but over powering. The crispy fish was presented beautifully but lacking in flavor. It was served with a tofu sauce that was bland. Overall the meal was disappointing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food was overthought and under executed. Stick to the sushi; everything else will surely disappoint!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    Derrick
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Wonderful experience; everyone enjoyed the food, the service, and the total experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Omakase all the way
    Libvonhas
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Always wanted to do Omakase, but every time. Was out with friends they chickened out. I had a friend in town from NYC and so we each did the Omakase. It was so much food! You think 7 courses of sushi and other small things doesn't sound like a lot, but we had to take dessert to go! Overall the food was dynamic, well-rounded, and very good. Service was a little slow. We sat down at 7:25 and didn't get out of their until after 9:30 even with the last course packed up. So if you're going to do the Omakase, prepare to be there for 2.5-3 hours
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dinning
    TCkauai
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Food was awesome ,service was great, ambience outside was pleasant .
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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  • PretheatreFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Sushi/sashimi are good but not special enough to command high-end prices benefiting a so-called upscale restaurant. We were disappointed. Unlikely to patronize again.
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  • Outstanding Food Service Fair
    UnhappyVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was OUTSTANDING like always, but the service was less then fair. We let our sever know 2 member of my family could not eat melons or mango's and they served the (but replaced it) once we told them again. I told them my wife did not heat spicy foods and all the sushi and shrimp came out wasabe or a spicy sauce.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Morimoto Delivers
    Eatchago1
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Great Food and yes the bill came out to $250 per person after tip, but we had drinks, a bottle of 2007 Rhone Red and multiple courses of the pricier items. We included Toro Nigiri, oysters which drove our price up. If you wanted the experience at half the price you can order the chefs menu for $120 each, and a bottle of a more reasonable red. The Drinks were absolutely amazing, and the bartenders were Freindly and knowledgable about the food. We had the mai-tai and the Lychee Breeze. Overall it surpassed all expectations.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    foodfanVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Amazing food. View of harbor nice. Service could be more attentive. Ask for table away from speakers.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food to salty
    Limon52
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I was expecting to be more like something we never experience before
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Modern Japanese Dining
    AussieLoveToEat
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The chef applies quality ingredients into a modern Japanese cuisine which allows diners to experience and enjoy. We enjoy the natural taste of the foods that can mostly come from Japanese cuisine. It was enjoyable and we returned a few days later. The tuna tartar was unique, the sushi set was really nice with little rice.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Japanese food is very splendid.
    Daisuke
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The Japanese food is very splendid. However, the taste that meat dishes and the dessert do not match a Japanese. I do not recommend it other than Japanese food.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Excellent food. Knowledgeable, friendly and professional service. Had such a great dinner, had to come back the next day for lunch! Don't hesitate- go!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A shining light in Oahu
    Lishmelb
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    A thoroughly enjoyable experience. The food is exceptional. The presentation is interesting & the quality of produce lovely. We asked We asked the waiter for suggestions & they suited our palates to a tee.coming from Australia we are not used to American style portions so he suggested ordering the few things & then seeing if we still required more.A perfect evening.Only criticism early in the evening the noise level was quite high perhaps the acoustics of the space bounced the music & the larger groups noise.In saying that, it wasn't awful. The music didn't seem to match the restaurant. If you are looking for a lovely night out, this is where you should go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food/Lack luster waiter
    CalifDreaming
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We were warmly greeted by the reception staff and were addressed by name from the waiter who came to take our order. After this great start, things deteriorated. This waiter was told twice that my husband is hard of hearing. Despite briefly moving closer to my husband, he never increased the volume of his voice. His descriptions of the food were brief and his energy and excitement about any of it were very low. We just expect a more energized, professional approach when in a restaurant of this caliber. The rest of the wait staff who actually delivered the food were wonderful. If the food had not been so exceptional and we were seated next to a delightful couple, the evening would have been ruined.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jeanpaulrenoir@hawaii.rr.com
    jeanpaulrenoir
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I go to Morimoto mainly for the "cadre" ie. the setting...The food is very OK, the wine list is mediocre to awful, the sake choices are arrogant (all Morimoto's selections)...the ambience is quite good, the service is trying very hard although not so well trained. But overall it has to be one of the top three sites to eat at any time of the day or week!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
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  • Terrible experience
    TravelfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The restaurant was very loud, so loud that the waitress had trouble hearing us place our order & as a result missed one of the items we ordered. Then the waitress lost my credit card and asked for my cc number so she could charge me. I asked to speak with the manager. The manager was rude & did not offer to comp our meal. I had to ask 3 times & only then did the manager agree to take care of our bill. The manager rolled her eyes at me & stormed away from our table. I will never go back to the restaurant.
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  • Nice Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    As per my other reviews, my wife and I are fans of the Morimoto kitchen - having experienced the ones from Maui, Philadelphia and New York we have to higlight that Honolulu's restaurant meet the Morimoto's standards. Restaurant is nicely decorated and food is excellent. Of course you come to pay the Morimoto premium, but overall you won't regret it!
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  • Expected more
    Hoped4more
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    While the food was very good and lived up to the resturaunts namesake, the sevruce from the main waiter spoiled the experience. He was knowledgeable but we struggled to get his attention and were left waiting for long periods and with an empty table many times. He even made some off putting personal comments about his shift that had no place with guests . Nothing close to the attention you would expect from a high end resturaunt. I never mind paying for a great resturaunt if the service is just as good. Unfortunately, this is a good example of how poor service will be what we remember - not the food.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RaulVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Great setting at the Modern Hotel. The outdoor terrace with a view of the Marina and fire place under a large tent it's very cozy. The decoration of the restaurant it's very hip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.