Old Ebbitt Grill
Old Ebbitt Grill

Old Ebbitt Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ebbitt.com/
  • Phone: 2023474801x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 11:00am
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 8:30am - 4:00pm
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 12:00am,
    Saturday & Sunday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
    Late Night Dining: Sunday - Thursday: 12:00am - 1:00am,
    Friday & Saturday: 12:00am - 2:00am
    Closed Christmas Day
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Salvatore Ferro
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact our events department at 202.552.5000.
  • Special Events: 2nd Annual Brewhaha on Friday, August 22, 2014
    20th Annual Oyster Riot: Nov 21 & 22, 2014
    Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, Nov 27, 2014
    Christmas Eve Dinner on Wednesday, Dec 24, 2014
    New Year's Eve on Wednesday, Dec 31, 2014

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 15th between F and G
  • Public Transit: Metro: Red Line to Metro Center, Orange/Blue to McPherson Square
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking after 6:00 pm Monday through Saturday and after 8:30 am on Sundays is available. $10.
A word from Old Ebbitt Grill
Established in 1856, Old Ebbitt Grill is the oldest dining saloon in Washington, DC. Across from the White House, Old Ebbitt serves American Cuisine, and offers the largest selection of oysters in DC. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night dining, and Saturday and Sunday Brunch. Casual dining with service to locals and visitors alike.
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Old Ebbitt Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
1442 reviews since April 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (513)special occasion (512)neighborhood gem (485)hot spot (418)good for groups (394)vibrant bar scene (391)fit for foodies (380)great for brunch (329)kid-friendly (240)romantic (193)late-night find (177)notable wine list (165)scenic view (75)great for outdoor dining (13)Show More
  • Excellent
    zhanna
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Was not expensive and very good service! Very convenient location, walking distance to white house etc
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Old Ebbitt Grill seems to have been a fair choice, and seemed to have good reviews. However, the food seemed to be average, but had a good atmosphere though.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Old classic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The places has a lot of history. The food is better than OK but not exceptional. Crowded and a bit impersonal as a result. Lots of tourists want to try it out. If I lived in the city I doubt I would be verity apt to think of it as a favorite.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oyster Happy Hour!
    OzMomo
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We accidentally stumbled upon happy hour with our early dining time of 6:30pm. Half priced oysters 4-7pm! We first ordered mixed dozen... With 7min to go... We followed with another dozen of the plumper Wellfleet oysters from MA. Add an entree each and a dessert to share. We ended up paying less than $50 each (inc tax and tips) and finished in time to stroll over to wave at President Obama at the White House before the sun sets! Hahaha Couldn't get a table? Bar area is popular. They also claim to be the oldest saloon bar in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We reserve in advance to try and we got a table in an extension of the restaurant located in the hall of an building, an ambience really poor. They serve beer without glass and forgot to bring bread to our table. Worst experience in Washington
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant week dinner
    Dktran31VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Stopped by with a friend for dinner. The place was really busy and we arrived 10 minutes early. The service was fine, not excellent. It took about 10 minutes until our server first greeted us. I had the clam chowder, shrimp capellini and crème brûlée. The clam chowder was alright - nothing special. The shrimp capellini was pretty good. The pasta was soft yet firm and tasted better than olive garden or such. The sauce was creamy and not too cheesy which was good. It included 10 shrimps, which is better than other places I've been to. The crème brûlée was OK. It was between cold and room temperature-I generally like it more when it is heated up. From my experience, I don't see why this place is 4+ stars with 2000+ reviews.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • horrible evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I ordered a steak salad and asked that the steak be medium. What I got was essentially raw, only slightly brown on the outside and cold on the inside, not even warm. I could not eat it. The server was so busy (not enough staff) that the server did not return to our table until everyone had finished. The place was overcrowded, understaffed and, I assume, the cooking staff was overwhelmed. I will never set foot in the place again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food so so service
    Blblack
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This was my first time here. I made reservations about a week out for three and we were seated in the bar area with plenty of open tables in the main dining area. It appeared that our waitress was attending to too many tables so we didn’t get much attention. She passed by our table a couple of times with my wine glass empty. Great food but service needs improving.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Raw Bar Happy Hour!
    Ernie
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Great value for oysters and shrimp during Happy Hour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place for brunch
    Tami
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The service was great!!!! Everyone enjoyed their meal especially the dessert.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining experience!
    keenspider
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Me and my wife visited DC and it was our first time to Ebbitt. I did my research and found that it had very high ratings among people. It didn't disappoint. We went for Brunch. To start, we ordered apps, we had the oysters and tomato soup. It was ok, a bit pricey but ok. Then the wife ordered the Eggs Chesapeake and I ordered the Swordfish for our main course. Both were delicious and priced about right. Serving size is ok, enough to fill our hungry stomachs. We ended up round the $100 range and i think it is not bad. Also considering the location and ambience, i gave it 4 stars.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kitchen closed 3 hours early
    Taramizoo
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I made a reservation for a party of 9 on my birthday, which was a Saturday. We were looking for parking and some people had already arrived and were waiting outside so I called the restaurant to let them know we were just getting parking and would be in shortly. I was told that unfortunately the kitchen was about to close (3 hours early) and so they weren't seating anyone else in the restaurant. I showed up with 8 of my friends, on my birthday, at 10:30 at night when all other restaurants had closed or were about to close so we couldn't easily just go somewhere else, just to be told that the kitchen was closing. I used to really like OEG, I've been there many times for late night dinner but I will never plan on going there again.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • DC. Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great food, ambience and location. The restaurant was nicely designed without being stuffy. Definitely a "must visit" when in Washington DC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food but long wait
    CherieNB
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We took a brief visit to Washington DC this past weekend, and upon discovering it was Restaurant Week, decided to go to Old Ebbit Grill for our special night out (although we ended up not ordering from the Restaurant Week menu). We proceeded to wait for everything all night - for a bottle of wine, for salad, for our entrees. When it came time to bring the bill however, the waiter was very prompt. The food was wonderful, when it arrived. The spicy sausage pappardelle was great as was the brick chicken, and a nice bottle of Shiraz (again, once we got it). Would go there again, but with trepidation. We loved the historical aspect of the restaurant which was why we chose it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Old Ebbitt's Grill Is Great!
    Foodwineisfine
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The ambiance of this restaurant combined with a great server and wonderful food makes you want to come back every time you visit Washington, DC. The New England clam chowder and entrees of trout Parmesan and Alaskan salmon were all great choices. We shared a wonderful peach cobbler finishing off a really excellent meal. I highly recommend this restaurant and will be back again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent Food, Terrible Service
    fjbros
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food over all was decent. The appetizers (calamari and bruschetta) were excellent. However, the entrees were not as good. The salmon was overcooked with a tough and chewy texture. The Trout Parmesan looked like it had shifted in the deliver, as the fish was on top of the vegetables and half of the plate was empty. The service was abysmal, it took 10 minutes just for the server to initially get to our (which was fine since we got drinks from the bar). Then the server would disappear for long periods of time. When he would show up we had to request more water or drinks rather than being prompted for it. We did not get a chance to order entrees until we received our appetizers. The server also ignored my female guest.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This was an excellent meal. My sister and I went here after a matinee show at the Kennedy Center. They had an excellent selection of wines. We ordered the Bruschetta to start. The whipped ricotta made the dish. For entrees we ordered the single Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes (their specialty) and Cannelloni di Casa. Both excellent. Their dessert menu was the reason we selected Old Ebbitt, there is so much to choose from. We decided on the Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding and Peanut Butter Pie. We both gravitated to the bread pudding more than the pie. Service was a little slow, but we weren’t in a hurry. They were very busy at just 5pm so I would recommend reservations. I will definitely go back to Old Ebbitt Grill again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful lunch after Capitol Tour
    JenakayaVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    After a long afternoon touring the White House and US Capitol, our group decided to splurge a bit on lunch. It was well worth it, and not too expensive. We had a dozen oysters to start, a couple of beers, and four entrees for a little over $115 with tax. Definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service & really good food
    Lovetoeat
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great service! We all enjoyed our meal. We ordered an appetizer that only serves 3 but there was 5 of us. They added two more pieces and did not charge us for it. Staff was all very friendly. Drinks were being refilled all the time, didn't rush us to get out of the place, very clean. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    Arlgaltwo
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We've been going to Old Ebbitt's for breakfast and brunch for years. I traditionally asked for the Long Island egg dish with muffin layered with spinach, oysters, scrambled eggs, and cream sauce, and cheese grits on the side. They have taken it off the menu, replacing it with a similar dish that is nowhere as good (roasted potatoes on the side). The coffee was weaker than I remembered. Perhaps more disturbing was the odd old building smell we encountered as we entered the premises for our 8:30 a.m. reservation. The interior should have been aired out prior to opening the doors to patrons. The "good" rating is out of respect for all the years the restaurant has served us.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A must do for your DC visit
    MarlonVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This iconic restaurant is a must do on your visit to the nation's capital. As a resident, I take out of town friends and family for a meal and they rave about it.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • comfortable
    BillVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Fits like an old shoe with great as ambience an food. Can't come to DC without a visit.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DC local spot
    texastraveler
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great local spot in great location - nice mix of DC regulars and tourists. Menu has something for everyone….seafood, pasta, burgers
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!!!
    Jeri
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The restaurant is always busy. We got there 30 minutes early and were seated in 10 minutes. The food was on point and very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Old Ebbitt Grill
    DCfoodie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food at Old Ebbitt Grill was everything fresh and delicious. Unfortunately like all the other reviews their service was not that great which had me a little disappointed. It seems that our server was either in a rush to get out home or did not think a younger couple was worth his time - being a passed server I find this extremely rude. We did get great service from the bus boy who was always there to clear our table when our plates were empty. Despite are disappointing server Old Ebbitt was a wonderful food experience - the raw bar, the hot food, and drinks we're all amazing. The food will have me coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    Swoozin
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The clam chowder and bruschetta are some of the best I've had. Our party of five each enjoyed our meals.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant Week August 2014
    ReneeW
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Enjoyed our lunch today, our server was excellent!!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week Surprise
    SugarVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I was meeting a friend and didn't know it was restaurant week. We ordered the 3-course lunch. The peach salad was outstanding and very generous portion. Brick chicken for the main course was also good -- a little under seasoned. Creme brûlée was tasty. My friend loved her food too. And service was very good. Would have liked to have my water glass refilled.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just okay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Sad to see such a classic and usually reliable DC institution slide toward mediocrity. Although we had weekday lunch reservations, we got a pretty frosty reception from the host. (The gentleman in line behind me was greeted with a warm handshake, invited to step in front of us, and given a nice booth. This is just how things work at Old Ebbitt. We were just "nobodies" with a reservation. And yes, we were well-dressed.) At least the waitstaff had better manners and provided friendly and reasonably attentive service. We all ordered off the Restaurant Week menu - the pasta was clumped and clearly not properly prepared. All in all, just okay, but that seems to be the new standard at Old Ebbitt. Time to find a new favorite.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our food and service was amazing.
    Boys
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Our server was very professional in helping us on deciding our meals and wines. We were very happy with the outcome.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • "A Must" in DC!!
    Naomi
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Amazing food, amazing wait staff, great place. I had the lobster and artichoke dip and the New York Strip with string beans and mashed potatoes. That's a lot of food for one person, especially me. And yes, I ate it ALL!!! I never do that. The waitress was the best. She was very personable and cool with everyone she dealt with. I enjoy that when I am dining. She made my experience that much more enjoyable. Any and every time I go back to DC, I will be at Old Ebbitt.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • minimi
    minimi
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Awesome place! Great food and bar. Nice for catching up with friends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently outstanding!
    FCam
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I’ve been coming to the Old Ebbitt Grill for abut 10 years now. I’ve been for lunch, dinner, drinks and special occasions. Every experience has been exceptional. Recommend reservations. If not, expect a pretty good wait. But it’s worth it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience and the food was amazing!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Oyster!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    IF YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO GET HERE AFTER THE WHITE HOUSE TOUR, YOU MUST TO TRY OYSTERS HRER!!! IT IS SOOOOOO FRESH AND DELICIOUS.YOU CAN NOT MISS IT.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great value
    Lovebigmomma
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Loved the portions and the prices. You really out did yourself for rest. week. Loved the peach crumble and the pork. Can't wait until next time.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Amazing
    Food4me
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Fantastic food and an amazing atmosphere. This has been my favorite restaurant down town DC for years now. Great drink service as well. Fantastic for visiting family or happy hour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice mesl but noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Noisy in restaurant from thr bar area. Got betterlater in evening when bar thinned out. Great liver!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!!
    LuvToEat
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Old Ebbitt Grill is always a great place to visit. The food is delectable and the service is always highly professional. The crab cakes are the best!! It's also a wonderful place for a date. It is a very romantic atmosphere, although it is a great place to bring friends and large groups. I will definitely return for more crab cakes and deletable wine!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food. Bad service
    Lupinsca
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The food is good. Unfortunately we had a bad service from the first male waitress that serve us. So this affect the whole experience. Wont come back thanks
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet