Old Angler's Inn
Old Angler's Inn

Old Angler's Inn

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.oldanglersinn.com/
  • Phone: 3012999097x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday- Sunday: 11:30pm - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday-Friday 5:30-9:30 pm - Saturday: 5:00pm -10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Happy Hour: 4:30-6:30pm Tues-Friday
    High Tea Tuesday-Saturday by reservation only 3:00pm to 5:00pm
    Bar: Tuesday- Saturday open to 1:30 am or to last guest whichever occurs first :)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Beer Garden, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Nick Palermo
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Let Old Anglers cater your next event. We will make your next party, whether it is a casual affair or formal an event to remember. We offer over 50 years experience that is reflected in every aspect of what we do. Call our main number 301.299.9097 and speak with our event planner. We accommodate most any budget. If you are having a small event or a large event we will provide the intimacy that is unmatched.
  • Entertainment: Happy Hour $5 drinks and food. All under the stars. Fantastic sounds....great food and drink....casual fare
  • Special Events: Having a special event? No better spot in Washington then the Old Anglers Inn. 8 acres of beautiful grounds right across from the Potomac river. During the winter Old Anglers is perfect with our roaring REAL fire place and old world feel.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Brickyard
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Gravel parking lot in a country setting. Periodic complimentary valet
A word from Old Angler's Inn
A most charming dining spot, the Old Angler's Inn has been immortalized in countless Washington D.C. novels as a romantic winter getaway, sitting before the fireplace and perusing the menu. It is equally glorious in the summer when the main action moves to the incomparable terrace.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Old Angler's Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
177 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (160)special occasion (107)romantic (105)neighborhood gem (82)fit for foodies (63)scenic view (52)great for lunch (51)great for brunch (44)good for groups (30)notable wine list (23)kid-friendly (7)hot spot (6)late-night find (6)vibrant bar scene (5)Show More
  • JimB
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Wonderful ambiance, fabulous food, excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • :)
    Gourmand
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We've been to this restaurant many times but this last time the food was outstanding. My husband ordered the special of the night, wild boar and I ordered the lobster. They were both very flavorful, specially the boar. The wine that was paired with our meal was excellent. We had a great time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The Old Angler's Inn is a real gem. We recommend it for any occasion that a couple considers special.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Restaurant
    dannsamjVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Excellent food and service. A lovely wood fire in the fireplace. A great place to celebrate our anniversary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience!
    sarahlee
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Went for my b'day and loved everything. We ate inside then had dessert on the patio next to the fountain. I highly recommend and will be coming back often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • informal but divine
    olive
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The weather was inclement so we dined inside by the warmth of the fire; the interior was cozy and a bit rustic, but the service and settings were elegant. The menu offered a wide range of prices and genres from the $19 hamburgers two of our party enjoyed, to the $58 fish special tried by another. I had 4 large scallops with a sweet potato puree and a mix of roasted sweet potato cubes with brussel sprouts. There were dishes suitable for a vegetarian as well. We had heard the food was overrated, but they have a new chef, and our meals were excellent. We cleaned our plates but no one went home hungry. The side dishes, salads and appetizers were creative and tasty as well. We did not have room to sample the dessert menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Oldie but goodie
    GlobalDiner
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Not having been to this restaurant for quite some time due to previous disappointments, I am happy to report that I enjoyed dining there again and look forward to returning. The service was excellent, the food was wonderful, special requests were honored and met promptly, waiter and manager asked if all was going as expected at each step in the evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A perfect gem!
    OrdinaryJoe
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    This was my first time at Old Angler's Inn and I felt like I had walked into a fairytale. Beautiful outside dining area and a charming bar inside with just a few tables for dining. It turned out that we could either eat outside or on the 2nd floor with the offer of a steep, winding staircase to eat upstairs. Rain made the outdoor option moot. The manager took us to another set of stairs - from the outside to the 2nd floor - and we entered a lovely dining area and were seated at a perfect table to begin a perfect evening. The food was wonderful, the service all we could have asked for, and we all agreed that next time, weather permitting, we'd love to eat outside on purpose by the lovely fountain under the sparkling lights.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Delightful Evening
    Strathcool
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We dined here to celebrate a sigjnificant birthday for a family member. As the evening was becoming cooler we reserved a table inside on the ground floor by the fireplace. The food was very good. Afer the appetizers we all had the fish course, which was excellent. The service throughout could not have been better. We really felt that we were treated as special guests. We strongly recommend the Old Angler's Inn for a special occasion. It is one of our facorite places for a celebration.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A good Sunday brunch
    Roxie
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We had a great brunch yesterday, French toast, mussels and frites, and omelet and sausages. Ate indoors where it was quieter than the outdoor patio. Intimate setting near the bar. People outside were enjoying the sun. The mussels were wonderful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ALWAYS A TREAT
    joanieVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We have been coming here for many years and I dare say, it"s never been better. The menu offers something for everyone, from my husband's smoked salmon followed by a crab cake on a delicious bed of lentils to my creamy squash soup and chchicken Caesar salad, which was exceptionally good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Geat Place
    sam1730
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I highly recommend experiencing the dining atmosphere at Old Angler's Inn!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Getting off track a bit
    IntoGoodFoodVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We love this place. Under new ownership and management the food has gotten off track. Seems to be reorienting toward the comfort food and burger crowd, which is not what this setting should be about and definitely not what we are after. Let's hope you get back to fine dining, interesting complement tastes and a less heavy and ordinary dessert list.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    One of the DC's best small restaurants. Menu exceeded expectations and this place always offers great service. Outdoor dining is a nice plus if you are interested; more formal dining available inside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • lovely lunch
    edieVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We took a friend to lunch here, had a lovely time, sat long after our dishes were cleared, no pressure to move on.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    FreshFoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The setting on a lovely day for brunch was unbeatable. Unfortunately the experience did not match the setting. The menu described gourmet French toast, applewood smoked bacon, and fresh fruit. I received 3 halves of soggy French toast, 1 slice of bacon!, and fresh fruit that tasted like it came from a grocery store salad bar -- unripe watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew with one! blackberry. I have had better brunches at a local diner for far less than the $15 charged here. On the other hand, the apple tatin ordered for dessert was clearly homemade and fresh. This restaurant has the ability to serve good food. They just choose to rest on the allure of their outdoor setting, at least for brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Easy to enjoy experience
    paullinator
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We went to Angler's for my wife's birthday. The meal was pricey for us, so my expectations were high and I tend to be a critic. However, we left very happy with our food and experience. Service was spot on, and the outdoor patio provided a pleasant setting. The food didn't knock our socks off, but it was really good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They earned an A this time
    LLV2VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Sometimes the service at Old Anglers is "spotty". This time, it was outstanding and consistently so all evening. I took my future daughter in law to dinner and it was her first time at Old Anglers and she fell in love with the place. A late September evening for dinner outside, heat lamps making it wonderful to enjoy outdoor dining. Foie Gras and Caesar salad starts were excellent. My scallops and her meatballs were delicious and we shared a crème brulee for dessert. Wines by the glass were more than passable. Because they carded my 25 year old FDiL, which was a bit embarrassing, they brought two tawny ports to the table with our desserts on the house. It was "sweet" to do so and a perfect sweet end to finish our evening. Nice job!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • davidthediner
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had not been to Old Angelers for 20 years..... boy have we been missing a real DC gem. We dine out about once a week. We went to Old Angelers for a B Day. We were VERY Impresd with the service. Better than ANY nice restaurant we have been to in a long time. We will be back in 2015. Thank you for a great evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    CrazeeebabyVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This is a great place to eat outside when it is nice. Wonderful ambience, great service and food. Perfect location for lunch or dinner before or after a hike along the canal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful after all these years!
    ShortBeaufortVisit
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My first visit in 15 years, and Old Anglers is relaxed, special and just marvelous. The enthusiastic young owners have maintained the best, and even enhanced the experience. Year round, the place is lovely. Especially wonderful: sit on the terrace outside in good weather (summer). In winter, the best is on the main floor by the fireplace. Glad to be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, and better service!
    Mizviz
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We went early on a lovely Friday night, and sat outdoors on the patio. The service was top notch from our first cocktail to the ending dessert of excellent creme brûlée. Many of us got the harvest salad, and the fabulous short ribs, really delicious. The vibe started out quiet and romantic, but as the evening went on, the place was hopping! Lots of celebrations, but also intimate tables for two. They had great patio heaters, so sitting outdoors perfect! Our water glasses were always filled, and dining pace was perfect. Enjoyed this new version of a great classic place. One reminder, it is near the Potomac, and if you attract Mosquitos like I do, don't forget some bug spray. No one else in our party complained but they found me!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic evening
    Adventurer
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Beautiful evening for outdoor dining right next to the fountain. Food and service were fantastic as usual. Highly recommended for a special occasion or romantic evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lunch on the patio
    Ragna
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Wonderful lunch, and fabulous service… Wonderful to get back to the Old Angler's..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Washington institution
    Kristina
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Old Anglers has been around for a while and the food is still quite good (don't forget to order dessert!). Nice wine list and great service and you can't beat the outdoor venue.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect for C&O Canal Hikers
    NewOldAnglers
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Old Anglers has always been a great location for hikers, but now the food and service are great too. We parked in their lot, with a dashboard note saying we had a dinner reservation, and hiked the Canal all day, then ate outside at a peaceful table by the fountain. Tomato panzanella salad beautiful; kale + greens + corn salad delicious. Excellent hamburger and soft shell crabs (liked the big slices of yellow tomato but not so much the mushy anise green). Tasty beer and Malbec. Service friendly but very professional. We'll be back soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • still a winner
    2leosVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We hadn't been to the Old Angler's Inn for several years just due to schedules, but on a recent sunny Sunday afternoon, we were pleased to find that it is still charming, with good food and reliable service. We love the terrace, and on a rainy, wintry day, the interior is wonderfully cozy. We'll come back much sooner this time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely!
    joanieVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    It is always a pleasure to be here...my husband enjoyed delicious halibut served on a bed of interesting vegetables, while I stayed with my favorite cheeseburger. The just-extensive-enough menu has something for everyone, including the always delicious crème brulee for dessert. Service is great - just a charming, unique place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food & Service - I'd go back!
    Denise
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I went for Sunday brunch and I def enjoyed my smoked salmon appetizer and the crab cake entrée. I do wish they had more/different dessert selections, but overall I enjoyed my meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    best thing is the outdoor ambiance - food is fine, service too.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Always wanted to try, and went to celebrate a special family occasion. The restaurant was *way* too hot and humid; the service didn't have the rhythm you would expect; cocktails and food very overpriced for the quality. The location is wonderful, the experience was not. Certainly not worth the money and will choose another venue for the next celebration.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Celebration
    Star
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We were celebrating a home sale in the neighborhood. It was perfect
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Dining!
    RandyVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This was our first time to OAI and we'll be back. Everything was quite nice, from the outdoor table on a perfect night to the service and food. We split a salad and an appetizer, and that was no problem for the restaurant. Both were different and quite tasty: a peach salad and a duck confit linguini dish. Main courses, duck breast and filet were both prepared perfectly and very tasty. The place is quite popular, apparently. Valet parking was helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst experience in a long time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Received main course one hour and forty minutes after seating. My meal (chicken) was significantly was undercooked and am expensive peach salad was underwhelming. Peaches were tasteless at the height of the season. In return, we're given a gift credit which we will never use. However, they did not charge for undercooked dish and provided desert on the house. Waiter was friendly and apologetic.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous
    Star
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Salmon and lobster were perfect. Service couldn't have been better.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • New chef has stepped it up
    LittleDavey
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Old Angler's Inn has always been a great choice for dining al fresco. The ambiance is so superb that one could overlook the capable but largely uninspired menu. Pleased to say that the ambiance is still best in class but the dining has greatly improved. Kudos to the new chef for freshening up the menu without straying too far from the comfort zone of the customer base.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • richl705VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Excellent food and service. We go quite often and have everything to be better than most high end restaurants and less expensive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with an old friend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Thank you for an excellent experience ! We really enjoyed the food and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Change your wine policy
    MBushVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Very nice outdoor atmosphere. Food was good but service was just ok. They do not allow you to bring your own wine. They need to change this policy before I would go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place on a summer evening
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Four of us ate outdoors in the lovely patio. A salad of heirloom tomatoes was wonderful, and the soft shell crabs were perfectly prepared. Others had various fish dishes, equally well prepared. The wine list is short, inexpensive by DC standards, and quite good. A wonderful place for a leisurely meal on a summer evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.