OMBRA Cucina Rustica
OMBRA Cucina Rustica

OMBRA Cucina Rustica

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ombrahhi.com/
  • Phone: 8438425505
  • Hours of Operation:
    Nightly: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Michael Cirafesi
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Chef's Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from OMBRA Cucina Rustica
Celebrated Hilton Head Chef Michael Cirafesi & Legendary Maestro of Italian Cuisine Nunzio Patruno bring you OMBRA Cucina Rustica, located in the beautiful Village at Wexford on the south end of Hilton Head Island. Come and enjoy Classic Regional Italian cuisine along with an extensive wine list including Italian Benchmark wines. Stop by to relax at our bar and lounge with a spectacular selection of Italian specialty cocktails, apertifs, and digestivos.
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OMBRA Cucina Rustica reviews from OpenTable diners
188 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.8
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (127)fit for foodies (125)notable wine list (99)romantic (78)neighborhood gem (69)good for groups (37)vibrant bar scene (12)hot spot (11)kid-friendly (8)late-night find (5)great for lunch (1)great for brunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Ombra never fails to please
    Hattie
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Nicole was our waitress in the bar area. She amazed us at how she would handle bar orders, answer the phone and wait tables. She never stopped moving. The presentation of our entrees was beautiful and as always absolutely delicious(ravioli and veal medallions). Ombra is one of our island favorites. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Attractive menu, great food, nice setting. Snapper and filet were cooked to perfection. Pasta and risotto were excellent as well. Great experience overall.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding in every aspect.
    NoNick
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Outstanding. OMBRA is clearly the best restaurant on Hilton Head Island and is clearly our favorite eating place. Although we go to OMBRA frequently, thisa trip was inspired by a couple visiting from Charleston. We took them to OMBRA several months ago (their first time) and now they insiste that we go back to OMBRA anytime they are in town. It was another great dining experience; every dish (including appetizers we had 10 separate dishes) was perfect, the wines were well paired, and the service matched the quality of the food and the preparation & presentation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • XxxxVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our party of four was pleased with everything we had at Ombra. The ravioli of the day was excellent as an appetizer. The soft shell crab special was a generous portion and quite delicious. The halibut was wonderful. Our friends were pleased with their salad and entree. We would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • restaurant is awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food was great and deserts unbelievably good the service was awesome. Thank you
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    HHIGuyVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    First-class. Two perfectly presented and cooked entrees, wonderful mussels, well-made and mixed cocktails. Ignore other reviews which whine about the proximity of tables for two---exaggerated concerns as are the concerns abkut noise. If you've eaten in Manhattan at a table for two the spacing at Ombra will seem spacious. Server Mitch even rushed outside to give us the remainder of an entree we left on the table. Greeted promptly and were welcomed from the start. A can't miss
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply Outstanding!
    foodie88
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Every aspect of our dining experience at Ombra was outstanding!! The specials were simply wonderful - perfectly cooked fish, flavorful sauces. And not only was the food delicious, but the waitstaff was superb. Our server Gloria was one of the best servers we've ever had - a true waitress! We will be returning, for sure!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    From the minute we walked through the doors of this unassuming dining establishment we felt welcomed and appreciated. The hostesses were friendly and warm. Our server introduced himself soon after we were seated and offered to take our drink order right away. Service was prompt but not rushed. The specials were divine! The chocolate lava cake and cannoli with homemade pistacio gelato is a must so save room! All in all it was a great evening due to the splendid staff, food and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My husbands birthday
    Diningout
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    From the minute we walked in the door, it was spectacular. Because it was a special occasion we were greeted with a glass of Champagne as soon as we sit down. There were so many great things on the menu it was hard to decide so we went with the specials. The Halibut was the absolute best fish I have ever tasted. We will be back soon!!! Even though it was crowded it was still quiet enough to hold a conversation without shouting at each other. Ron was our waiter and he was fantastic! I would highly recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love it
    SusanVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We went to dinner on Wednesday night and enjoyed it do much bringing family back on Tuesday
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spaghetti Bolognese
    4goodfood
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    a little pricey, but good italian food. nice bar. service was no nosense. it does get busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great addition to HHI dining scene
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    After 19 years of vacationing at Hilton Head, we've narrowed our favorite list to Charlie's, Redfish, and Santa Fe Cafe.............And now we've added Ombra. It's new and it's a great addition to Hilton Head Island. We we're very pleasantly surprised. The food was authentic Italian and the atmosphere was warm and inviting. Our server, Mitch, made sure our experience and our dinner was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    PeterX
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Food and service impeccable. Thanks again. We will be visiting you again for our special occasions and have also recommended you to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal!!!
    suzyqVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    This was the 1st time we dined at Ombra and we're glad we did....Got there early enough to enjoy happy hour at the bar. Treated to a complimentary sample of pizza, reduced price drinks. Our meal was wonderful. My husband and I both had salads, he had the special salad of the night and I had the peach sample which was delicious. I had the pasta bolognese and my husband had a fish special. No room for dessert. We ate there on a Monday and almost every table was taken. I would definitely go back!!!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT VALUE
    Rocky
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Most of us ordered off of the Early Bird Menu and were very impressed with the selections and portion size. The service was also excellent and we had no trouble hearing each other as we carried on a conversation. Ombra is a restaurant you don't want to miss.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful new restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We loved the restaurant that now sits in the location where our previous Hilton Head favorite restaurant, Antonios, once was. We were immediately impressed with the decor and ambiance of Ombra, and, best of all, were blown away by the food and presentation. Ombra may just be our new favorite restaurant on Hilton Head.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best authentic Italian food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    A "must have" on your trip to HHI. Best authentic Italian food!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our new favorite restaurant!
    live2eat
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    An awesome dining experience! We felt like we were back in Italy. Looking forward to our return to the island just to get to come to back to Ombra.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Perfect Food
    Yummy10
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Excellent meal. Great food with great presentation. Our waiter was cordial, well informed of menu, and dedicated to task. It is always a meal worth planning. NEVER a disappointment. Still need to work on reducing noise level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find...
    KphjrVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    So far, this is the one restaurant that we have to go back to while still down on Hilton Head Island. Usually when traveling we shy away from Italian food as we have such great offerings in our home city, but we're happy to have found Ombra Cucina! The service, ambiance and FOOD was notable. If we lived here, we would be a regulars! Everyone seemed to have enjoyed their meals (gnocchi, veal, seafood, etc.). Local residents dine here as well! A couple we met at the restaurant have lived on Hilton Head since 1976 when access was via ferry and the island had dirt roads. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OMBRA Lived Up to its Billing
    JJFAVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Went to OMBRA 8/2/14 and were delighted with our evening. The food (& menu) lived up to our expectations (which were high after reading others' commentaries). The wine list is extensive, albeit a bit on the pricey side. And the antipasti, pasta and other entree selections were extensive. We had the carpaccio to begin with. The thinly-sliced beef was sweet & tender. The greens and cheese with it were excellent complements. This was a first; we shall have it again. The pasta selections are varied and demonstrate the culinary skills of the chefs. We had the gnocchi & the wide ribbon pasta dishes -both in a tasty cream sauce with mushrooms and crispy prosciutto. Delicious. We topped this off with pastachio gelati. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    LouG
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Happened to find restaurant while searching OpenTable for availability in area. We were on vacation and just hoping for something decent. Ombra ending up being amazing! Everything was fresh and delicious. We all were very happy with our appetizers and entrees. Dining area was very nice but not stuffy. One of the best meals we have had anywhere. We ended up going a second time during our short stay. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Some places are worth the price and Ombra is one of those. The food is outstanding, well presented, and the portions are generous as well. The wine list is a worthy selection of Italian wines with good choices by the glass as well. If you order a starter and an entree you better be hungry because there is no such thing as a small plate at this restaurant. Great food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delightful find!
    vegprincessVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We were visiting from out of town and did not have any dining recommendations. We chose this based on Open Table info. We were very pleased with the experience. The service was very good, and the food was beautifully presented, and absolutely delicious. We did not intend to have dessert, and we were quite full. However, they had profiteroles om the menu and could not resist! They did not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MdgrlVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Excellent food, beautiful presentation. All 4 people in our group lived their food. The risotto was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastico Italiano!!
    Swordfish
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    As you walk through the door you feel the warmth of a welcoming staff. We were celebrating my wife's birthday & before we could blink an eye a complimentary glass of Prosecco was at our table! Alex our server was excellent! He had great menu suggestions & poured me a taste of two Italian reds so I could decide which one would accompany my perfectly cooked Veal Tenderloin. My half portion of Gnocchi was amazing! A sprinkling of crispy pancetta bits on top brought this dish to another level! The highlight of the evening was my wife's Seafood Pasta with shrimp, lobster, clams and mussels in an absolutely out of this world white sauce! We have had this dish at countless other restaurants over the years and beyond a doubt this was the best ever!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Hilton Head/Bluffton
    ttay
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I've lived in this area for 15+ years, and I've eaten at the best restaurants in this area & Savannah. This was one of the best dining experiences I've ever had in this area - my new favorite. I've never reviewed a restaurant before, but I made an exception because it was so outstanding in food, ambiance & service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastico!
    GirlMom68VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    What an incredible breath of fresh air! We had an incredible dinner at OMBRA. The food was simply outstanding. Truly authentic, so fresh. My kids are still talking about the gnocchis. The service was impeccable as well. By far one of the best Italilian restaurants we have ever experienced. The only other food that has ever been on this level was in my mother-in-law's kitchen. And whatever you do -- save room for dessert. Oh my goodness -- sheer heaven. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food poor management
    LuvthehoodVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Made a reservation and were seated right away at a small table in the bar not the main restaurant. We asked if we could move to the main restaurant and the response was a flat out NO. There was no explanation, no apology, no nice sentiments whatsoever. She dropped our menus down and walked away. Luckily Megan was a great waitress or I would've walked out. Won't go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We have been to Ombra before and it has only become BETTER!! Chef Michael has enlarged his menu with wonderful new apps and entrees. And, of course, his homemade ravioli is to die for!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great addition to HHI dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Great additions to HHI dining selection. We spend significant amounts of time in HHI yearly and have our regular places to dine. Ombra will go on our list!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hilton Head Must!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Best Italian Resteraunt Ever! And that's a hard to get review from a true Italian! Do not eat anywhere else. Reservations are a must!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Italian Cuisine
    SpecialPlaceVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    This restaurant had excellent Italian cuisine. We truly loved dining here.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My favorite
    HappyFoodie
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    My husband and I both love this Oombra and have taken all our friends there. Their food is outstanding, and they are very accommodating about making changes to make you happy. If something you want isn't on the menu, ask for it. They'll do it if they have the ingredients. Everyone there works together to make sure you have a good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tables for two are a problem
    foodlovers4VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Ombra has excellent food and service but if you are a couple be prepared to be seated along a wall with couples at nearby tables very close to you. The diner here is expensive and to have people so close to you while you eat and try to have a conversation with your dining partner is uncomfortable. The restaurant the other night was only 50% full but instead of spreading the customers out, we were all jammed along the table for two wall. I do not think I will return unless I have a party of three or more.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great end of vacation dinner
    Railroadman
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This was our second time at Ombra, and it was excellent both times. Everything from the mussels appetizer, through the entrees, and the Ombra sundae dessert was perfectly prepared and presented. We will definitely return when we return to Hilton Head next year..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal
    HHFoodie1VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We have been visiting Hilton Head Island for 15 years and this is the best Italian dinner that I ever had. I recommend the veal!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise find
    luvthislifeVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Though we have been property owners in SeaPines for over 20 years, we just recently retired full time on the Island. We've been looking for new restaurants off the beaten tourist-path and can't believe it took us this long to try Ombra. The food was outstanding, definitely a cut above the average restaurants around here. Service and staff were great, ambience is energetic but not chaotic. Tourists welcome but will absolutely become a regular stop for us "locals". The peach salad is amazing and we both had fish entrees: HIGHLY recommend trying any of the fish offerings! Pricey but totally worth it.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Italian this side of the Med
    JLCjlc
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Had a superb dinner for two, including fresh mussels, pasta pescatora (frutti di mare), and veal scaloppini with mushrooms. Extensive Italian wine list, with lots of bold reds, super Tuscans, etc. Selected a great Ripasso. Excellent, informed service, superb authentic olive oil, freshest ingredients, limoncello made fresh on site. We lived (and ate) in Italy for two years ... this is the best Italian we've had since leaving.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fab Food
    Peppermin
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Had another fabulous dinner. The halibut special is one of their absolute best. The peach salad was a treat and Mitch, our server, took great care of us. One of the best on HHI.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.