Paciarino
Paciarino

Paciarino

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.paciarino.com/
  • Phone: 2077743500
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tue-Sat: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tue-Sat: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Enrico Barbiero
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Chef's Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please Call 207-774-3500
  • Special Events: Paciarino is availably for private events. Please call for details - (207) 774-3500.

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking is generally available. There are also public lots near by.
A word from Paciarino
Welcome to Paciarino, an authentic Italian dining experience where fresh pastas and sauces are made daily. Paciarino was opened in December of 2008 by Fabiana De Savino and Enrico Barbiero. They decided to move their family from Milano to Maine to start a new chapter in their lives and to bring authentic Italian cuisine to the Old Port. Since their opening they have been written up in the Boston Globe, The Phoenix, Portland Magazine, and numerous online periodicals all raving about the Paciarino dining experience. Fabiana and Enrico would like to invite you to stop by 468 Fore Street in Portland so you can experience it for yourself. Come in to sit and eat in the restaurant or just take some to go! A Presto!
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Paciarino reviews from OpenTable diners
100 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (62)neighborhood gem (55)special occasion (25)notable wine list (24)romantic (23)kid-friendly (10)good for groups (9)hot spot (8)great for lunch (8)late-night find (5)scenic view (2)Show More
  • pasta only
    DAveS
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    tasty but QUITE overpriced . Also, open table would not let us book for 8:00, only 7:30 or 8:30. We took a chance and arrived at 8:10 and there was only one table occupied-the rest of the restaurant was empty!
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  • Great experience!
    TomW
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    This was my first visit to Paciarino, having heard lots of good things about it. Everything about it was first rate. The service was attentive without being overbearing. Our server was very knowledgeable and very personable. The food was excellent! I will look forward to returning there the next time I'm in Portland.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • One of our favorites!
    Dogsandfrogs
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The food, service, and ambience are always reliably fantastic at Paciarino. We highly recommend it to anyone in search of authentic Italian food. Be sure to make a reservation for "prime time" dining as they do fill up on weekends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Made daily
    slp317
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I went to Paciarino for dinner on Tuesday. The wine selection was limited but adequate and there aren't many salad choices, but the pasta and ambiance were so amazing I couldn't give this any less than 5 stars. You could tell the ravioli had a lot of love behind it.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    First time visitors, excellent meal, very good service. Ample portions and waitress knowledgeable about the dishes.
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    hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfecto
    Mmmmm
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This is an amazing and cozy place. The food is exceptional, the service friendly but not overbearing, and the prices reasonable. All in all, we left fat and happy!
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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  • Homemade Pasta
    BillyG
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    If you like soft, homemade pasta with terrific sauces not overdone, this is the place for you. Plus, there are great Italian wines reasonably priced. It's a great find.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent all around!
    Schickch
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Visited Paciarino on a weekend visit before the Portland Maine Marathon for some carb loading. The meal was amazing and the overall experiebce perfect! Everything was so fresh and delicious. A must try!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-Marathon Pasta Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The homemade pasta at this place is divine. The pumpkin raviolis were out of this world delicious. Then they give you a half liter carafe of house wine for 10$. Spectacular quality of food and wine for the price you pay.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Continued Excellance
    tommytutone
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    What can I say my favorite resturant in Portland and my favorite resturant period. I recommend the Ragu de Tonno with a glass of the Lamuri Nero. My wife's go to dish is the Lobster Pasta available on Fridays. Finish with the Boca Devino. You can't miss.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Authentic Italian Pasta Resaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Delicious pasta, fresh salads, nice wine list. We were lucky enough to have traveled to Italy last year and this brought back great memories. The goat cheese ravioli and the bolognese are recommended. Fresh Caprese salad was easily shared and delicious. I love Sangiovese and they had a really nice one by the glass. A delicious meal at a good price. Diners should know that it's pretty much pasta only (no meat or fish entrees). But if you love pasta, you will be happy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    me2flVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Small restaurant, limited menu....but BIG on freshness and flavor. Homemade Italian pasta raviolis, goat cheese (yum) and spinach and ricotta. Both wonderful. The meal starts with a plate of cubed bread drizzled in olive oil, wine pours were substantial. Caprese salad large enough for two. Meal portions were plentiful, even enough to take home. Service wasn't hurried, a wonderful gem in the many good eateries of Portland.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • True Italian Food
    FlavorfulFoodFanatic
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I love Paciarinos. The food is true italian - very fresh pasta and their sauces are outstanding - always light and flavorful, never heavy or over-spiced. The service is prompt, friendly and helpful. I have been to Paciarinos for lunch and dinner many times and I have never been disappointed. I would recommend Paciarinos to anyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but...
    circleroute
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Dark, noisy and pretty bad service. That being said, I'd go back for sure, the ravioli was great and the bolognese was phenomenal and overall pretty light for pasta. Seemed like the service varied a lot but I doubt that the food would!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classic Cozy, Friendly Italian
    menemsha
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I grew up outside New Haven, CT and have been looking for something, in Portland, similar to what you might find back on Wooster Street in the Elm City. Paciarino did not disappoint and my only regret is not finding it sooner (we've lived in the area just over 4 years now). It is a casual neighborhood kind of place, with a no nonsense look and an open view to the kitchen; Nothing hidden here! A bit noisey, so expect that, but the pasta was outstanding, lot's of "mmmm"s. The menu is a very much pasta-centric so don't expect too much outside else (other than appetizers). BTW the cheese plate appetizer is outstanding. Paciarino is on our "regular" list now.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian pasta dishes
    isobar
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    There aren't a ton of choices on this menu, but then again, you didn't sign up to go to the Cheesecake Factory now did you? The pasta's made fresh daily and my Fusillii Al Ragu' Di Tonno seemed perfectly toothsome. They made it a little spicier than normal upon my request when I ordered, I'm told, but I haven't had it there before to be sure it was any different. But I like spicy and I liked this version. The server said you could substitute the traditional tomato sauce for things topped with bolognese sauce, since I don't eat beef, which opened up more options (and hard choices!). My husband had the lasagne and it may well have been his first time having "legit" lasagne with bechamel instead of ricotta and he is a convert!
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Nice choice
    hankmark
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Food was excellent and the service was even better.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Italian
    Lissielicks
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I went with a party of 4. Acoustics a little challenging, but otherwise liked the ambience. I had the special- pieces of lobster mixed with tomatoe served over squid ink angel hair pasta. I ate the whole thing! Could have a few bigger pieces of lobster meat, but otherwise very tasty. Highly recommend the house 1/2 L wine. Light but fruity and a bargain for the price. Others with me had goat cheese ravioli- it was delicious, too. I would go back!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING food
    Marisa
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Food here is amazing. Pasta made fresh on-site. Everything from the bread to the olive oil to the pasta to the desserts is just delicious. I am fairly picky when it comes to food - it's hard to really impress me - but Paciarino does.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Yummy1
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Sauce was very ordinary. Not up to Portland standards.
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  • Great pasta.
    hjmx
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Great pasta. Limited menu. Which was ok, still enough to choose from in the way of pasta dishes. Homey comfortable feel.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved It
    Chupa
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Great service/Great food. We were going to an event in Portland and this was taken into consideration with the delivery of our food. Our waitress was fun and informed us of specials. Perfect!
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect pasta
    JRo150VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Paciarino has a great concept - other than a few antipasti, the menu consists entirely of homemade pasta with fresh, homemade sauces. The portions are generous and the prices, while a bit high, are not unreasonable for the quality of the pasta prepared. The wine list is small but many good selections are available by the glass. The service was particularly friendly and accommodating. All in all a great place to go for a casual meal.
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • another amazing dining experience
    CHRISMPARKERVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I made reservations for 3 people, we were seated in a lovely corner in the front window. We started with a bottle of white wine and feasted on a delicious dinner. I enjoyed one of the specials of the evening, squid ink dyed pasta with lobster, it was incredible. My dining companions ordered lasagna and ravioli, both were enthusiastic when describing how they enjoyed their meals. Desert was fantastic as well. This place is a must for pasta enthusiasts.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delightful anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Went on our anniversary while vacationing in Maine. We had an 8:30pm reserrvation. We were seated promptly. The pasta was wonderfully fresh made and cooked perfectly. The wine list was extensive. Staff was very courteous and professional. All an all an outstanding and highly reccomended dining experience.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Food was great and service was friendly but small seating area is tended to be louder than I like.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappointed
    ChoosyMM
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Once again, I had a terrific dining experience at Paciarino. The owners greet you like someone from the old neighborhood and the waitstaff are friendly, enthusiastic about the menu and very helpful. The pace of the restaurant is not rushed and the service is attentive but relaxed. I enjoyed the Italian salad (so fresh and dressed just right) to start and then the special black pasta with sauteed lobster meat in wine and garlic - delicious! The great Italian bread drizzled with quality EVO was a fine compliment to both the salad and entree. The house wine was smooth and easy to drink - a great value for the carafe.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Fresh Pasta
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We started with caprese and bruschette. Both were good, but they forgot to put basil on the caprese. We brought this to our servers attention and she immediately corrected it and brought a small bowl of chopped basil. Between the 4 of us we had three different raviolis (traditional ricotta with pomodoro, goat cheese, and mushroom) and the lasagne bolognese. All were delicios and fresh and the portions were sizeable. We didn't try dessert as we were stuffed and wanted to eat gelato later. Overall it was a good experience. My only negatives - the beverage service was slow to bring my son's soda, and water refills were not timely and some things seem expensive for what they were (e.g. $14 for caprese).
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it !
    Jdwiggs88
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    First time in Portland and craving Italian. Food was homemade and excellent!! We even came back to buy pasta and sauce to go! Would recommend to anyone looking for a cozy setting and authentic Italian food !
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre
    J3loveVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We were disappointed overall. If you are used to really good Italian food, you will be too. The pasta, while homemade, was mediocre. It was overpriced, the atmosphere was okay---very, very dim in spots---and the service was okay too. With all amazing restaurants in Portland, I would skip.
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  • Great service
    Divinedining
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Had a greT time..wine was greT and fresh pasta dishes..enjoyed the ambiance and service
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    greatbasingirl
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    On August 21, 2014 my sister & I anticipated a lovely dinner based on reviews in Down East mag & a friend. Imagine our disappointment when the meal failed to deliver. We expected the ravioli to be tender & it was tough. The tomato sauce & salads were ordinary and the house white wine was thin. Service was good. We paid our bill and gently shared our disappointment with our waitress and hostess on our way out. We cannot recommend this restaurant.
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  • Fresh, authentic and homemade
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Enjoyed their rustic lasagne alla bolognese, truly delicious. Fresh homemade bread with EVOO and a carafe of the house red made the meal complete. Service was suble but attentive. Would recommend for a more authentic look at Italian cruisine.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    yummo
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We go to Pacarino every year for our anniversary. It is romantic and the food is great. The only problem with this restaurant is its lighting. The spot lights are very dim in some areas and in others you feel like the entire restaurant is watching you. That was us on this last trip there. The spot light was on my husband and he had to squint to see me it was so bright. The waitress did turn it down for us however at one point the customers in the opposite side of the restaurant said it was too dim. So we got "spotlighted" again. Its not the worst thing in the world but its off putting when you are trying to enjoy a meal and its too bright.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    DBBrookline
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Wow, what a great restaurant. Artisan pasta, fresh crispy bread with olive oil that ranks up there with the best I've had. The food was inventive, freshly prepared and as delicious as it was described. I love the fact that we weren't rushed through our meal but at the same time, whenever we were ready to order another course, the waitress was right there. We'l be back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Unbelievable Authentic Italian Food
    GulfIslandPond
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I've been three separate times since 2011 and have loved it each time. The pasta and sauces (homemade regularly) are fantastic. The menu is small but has a good range for most tastes. The wine list is also rather small but good quality at a very reasonable price. I'd highly recommend Paciarino.
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  • Like Dining with friends
    RiverheadDestinationVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Warm surroundings reminiscent of a large eat in kitchen in a country home. Fresh, authentic pastas - simple and delicious. Recommended.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ate there twice in one week
    Mpos
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We were visiting Portland and our hotel recommended this restaurant. The pasta is home made, the goat cheese ravioli was very creaming and the thick red sauce was nice, the portion size was more than expected. The wait staff is knowledgable and pleasant. Was a nice change from all the lobster.
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    neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    After reading reviews, I booked expecting less. We got more. The dining room is small, intimate, decorated uniquely in keeping with low-brow artistic vision. (They painted the brick walls--perhaps purely Portland?) Upscale here are the SERVICE (knowledgeable, friendly) and most importantly the FOOD. House made pasta beyond belief (we had a porcini and a goat cheese ravioli). House marinara is formidable. Salads some of the freshest I've ever had. We were greeted and treated so well. Congratulations to the Paciarino!
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    late-night find, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    As advertised the pasta was excellent but the menu was limited because it only was about pasta.
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    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic