Panzano
Panzano

Panzano

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.panzano-denver.com/
  • Phone: 3032963525x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 10:00am; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 2:30pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Elise Wiggins
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Panzano boasts several large spaces for events and offers on and off-site catering for groups of 20 or more.
  • Special Events: We have space for your next event, private rooms for groups from 10 to 150 people. Please see our Private Dining Page for more information!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Champa St.
  • Public Transit: We are located just 3 blocks from the RTD Light Rail lines D, H and F
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Panzano offers $6 valet parking for up to 5 hours. It is located at the Hotel Monaco on Champa Street between 17th St. and 18th St.
A word from Panzano
“Chi mangia bene, vive bene" (Those that eat well, live well)



Award-winning Panzano and Chef Elise Wiggins offer the best in contemporary Northern Italian cuisine featuring local, organic, sustainable ingredients with uncompromising service and an award-winning wine list in a stylized urban setting inspired by the Italian streetscapes and terracotta tile roofs of Renaissance Florence.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Panzano reviews from OpenTable diners
274 reviews since March 30 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (165)fit for foodies (156)romantic (96)notable wine list (72)good for groups (68)great for brunch (65)great for lunch (61)neighborhood gem (57)vibrant bar scene (39)hot spot (34)kid-friendly (19)late-night find (14)great for outdoor dining (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • CFDiner
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    After staying at the Kimpton a few months ago, we stopped into Panzano for breakfast. It was so yummy that when asked where he would like to celebrate his birthday, my husband asked that we go back to Panzano to celebrate with friends. The atmosphere was lively, with friendly, welcoming staff and a great mix of diners, thanks to the hotel bringing out of town visitors. From the braised Brussels sprouts starter to the delicious bucatini puttanesca pasta special, Panzano served up a tasty and memorable dinner. For the complimentary birthday dessert, our server recommended the butterscotch pudding for dessert, and we loved every bite of the dulce de leche goodness!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • expensive with good service.
    avs11VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Service was excellent. Food was good but not excellent. I had pasta with shredded chicken in a marinara sauce. It was just ok. The others didn't comment on their food. Happy hour was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the trip even just for brunch
    stevecVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Panzano is our favorite food escape - we have been known to stay in the Monaco Hotel to allow two meals. Definitely worth the trip!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Panzano=Class
    aro811VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The service is the first thing I always notice. Very attentive wait staff, they fold your napkin when you're away from the table, they wipe up the crumbs from your plate...all that classy stuff. The food is AMAZING! I love that they have a specific gluten free menu and the brussels sprouts appetizer is to die for. If you haven't gone....GO!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I've been going to Panzano's for over 10 years and have never received bad service until this past Sunday. The waitress was short, abrupt and rude. She avoided coming to our table for long periods of time and seemed annoyed with us each time she came over. The service at Panzano's is always so impeccable that I was taken off guard by her attitude. I will continue to frequent this restaurant, however, we did have to convince our guests that this was not what we had come to expect and to give it another chance in the future.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Birthday Dinner of All Time
    heartsandcandy17
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I took my husband to Panzano for his 28th Birthday and we had the time of our life. The server was outstanding and made sure that we tried the best of everything on the menu. He was also sure to make my husband's birthday special by offering a complimentary champagne toast and dessert. The food was delicious and very unique, one of the best dinners I've ever experienced. It was truly a special evening and if you haven't been here, you definitely need to put Panzanos at the top of your list!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Julie and Mike
    Julie
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Based on many good recommendations, we chose Panzano for our brunch wedding celebration. Our small wedding party was welcomed warmly and the service was exceptional. As a wedding gift, Panzano gave us complimentary pastries and a dessert. Pastries and dessert were the best I ever tasted. Panzano turned out to be the perfect choice for our wedding day celebration.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overpriced
    Raybandenver
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    rediculous upcharge for salmon added to a lunch salad- resulting in a $25 salad!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Authentic Italian Ever!
    lindaw
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We were recommended this restaurant from our hotel across the street and WOW was it fantastic. Excellent creativity in preparation and recipes, outstanding flavors and great homemade pasta. Service excellent...one of the best Italian meals outside of Italy itself.
    Special Features:
    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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding food, mediocre booze
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    It's hard to make Italian great, at least that has been my experience. Both the service and the food at Panzano were excellent. They even had hot hostesses (shockingly.) My only complaint is that the wine list was pretty corporate run of the mill stuff without much in the way of exploration. I was told after the fact they have a few off list bottles in back, but wasn't made aware of that by the waiter. All in all, an excellent meal. I'd say just bring your own bottle, but in Colorado that is still illegal.
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  • Another winner!
    Jet2DenverVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This was our 3rd visit to Panzano and - as with the past two - it was fabulous. The food has always been great and our server this time - Brian - was terrific. He was funny and attentive. We both ordered the the Chef's Tasting Menu and I very highly recommend that you go that route. All four courses were expertly prepared and tasted incredible. The wine list is on an iPad and over the top. We will be back! Thank you Brian and thanks to Chef Elise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gluten free gem
    Sketch44
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My wife had to double check the bread was GF before she would eat another bite.... Yeah... That good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining!
    GeeandVee
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Had an amazing meal with superb service (thanks Juan!!). The breads are made on site and are incredible. Extensive wines especially Italian. Overall a GREAT dining experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find in Denver!
    kafoodie
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We came to Denver to go white water rafting and that night we had a craving for Italian food. The restaurant was a short walk from our hotel and we really enjoyed ourselves. Our table started with the Fiori di Zucca which were delicious and all tried the soup which that day was a cream of broccoli which was also very delicious! Based on Yelp reviews, two of us tried the Pastiche and they were not disappointed. I tried the Gnocchi al Coniglio and my plate was clean at the end. The rabbit and gnocchi were cooked perfectly! The other dish one of the group tried was the Garganelli con Pollo and he was very happy. We left that night full of wine and pasta and were all happy with our decision to try Panzano.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    Plumm
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Fried Brussels sprouts just superlative. Meat dishes very tasty. Too much food ! Thanks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    From beginning to end everything at Panzano was great! Dimitri was our server and he did a fantastic job. He was bright and friendly, my family likes to joke around and he was able to play right along with it. We tried the brussels sprouts which the restaurant is known for and they were fantastic. The perfect combination of salty and sweet! This was a great dinner for my first visit to Denver!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't bother with dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Good Happy Hour, don't bother with dinner. Over priced and only a few additional items on the menu compared to the happy hour menu. We foolishly ordered dessert. The Earl Gray cake was literally the size of a thimble for nine dollars. How vain is this owner/chef that they feel it is appropriate to serve something so ridiculous.
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  • Excellent Food!
    Great
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Great food with some unusual combinations of ingredients. Super gluten free bread and options for my celiac husband. Service was fantastic and prices reasonable. I will go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always reliable
    Tammy
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    I can always rely on Panzano's for lunch - I didn't know they had breakfast - now I'll go back for breakfast
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
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  • The best birthday dinner ever
    susanatthecastleVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I was amazed when I raved about their short ribs and the manager told me I could request them for a special occasion. They made them just for my table. They are the best short ribs in Denver. This is my go to restaurant for special occasions. The Budino is a great dessert and travels well I found out after I stuffed myself on the short ribs. Ron is a great waiter who remembers us over the years.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Happy Hour - GREAT food for a reasonable price! Service was very good as well.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Service and Food!
    DenverDave
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Everything about the meal was delicious! Scallops were perfect, selection of wines was very good, waiter was knowledgeable about food. Water was always filled, plates taken away in a timely manner (but not pushy). We had a famly style menu - so we had Fried Oysters (not fishy at all or heavily breaded) 3 different sales, all very good. Gnochi with rabbit - amazing! Ok, but why I gave them 5 stars is i left my keys and went and saw a movie (didn't know I lost them till in the middle) - called them at Midnight, the night managered waited until I could get there - which was around 12:30 - she waited that entire time just so that I oould get my keys. If I hadn't got them, I wouldn't have been able to get in my apartment! THAT is a cut above!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Treated myself to a bday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I had eaten here once for a work event and was thoroughly impressed. Decided to go again for dinner on my birthday with the girlfriend and was not disappointed. All of the pasta is fresh and you can tell the care that went into making it, and the wait staff is extremely knowledgable on the menu. Bottom line unless you are very well off it's not an every night type of restaurant, but if you make a reservation for a special occasion you will be very happy (and full). Also my girlfriend lost an expensive earring while we were eating, wait staff found it immediately and held it safely in the lockbox until I could return a few days later, very much appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Yummm
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We loved Panzano so much during our visit to Dallas! High quality ingredients & wonderful staff!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional service experience
    Grazie
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    The service rivals the food! To get fabulous flavors with such service made the dining experience sublime. Truly! I have never encountered such excellent service any where else like what I experienced at Panzano. I felt special. I felt heard. I felt cared for. The staff smiles, makes eye contact, and everyone is helpful, kind, courteous, and respectful. The service enhanced the delicious flavors and aromas. It was a wonderful dining experience. Thank you so much!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded our Expectations!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We visited Panzano for the first time to celebrate our 34th wedding anniversary. The food was delicious, the wait staff was attentive and helped make the evening a memorable one. We will be back!
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • A foodies delight!
    dnvrfudie
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Panzanos is our favorite place to go for brunch and happy hour. The eggs benedict are to die for. Have not had a bad meal there.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Fantastic service and food
    Breakfastking
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We drove 20 miles for the eggs Benedict and were not disappointed. Fantastic baked goods and pastries. Will return again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Anniversary dinner
    BurqueRaised
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We were visiting CO from NM and we decided to celebrate our anniversary in downtown Denver. We stayed at the Residence Inn and was looking for somewhere within walking distance to have dinner. Panzano's was the closest, and were not disappointed. The staff and service were exchange the food was delicious. We received complimentary samples of the Brussel sprouts (which were amazing) and complimentary peach bellini's because it was our anniversary. We love this place!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Experience!
    Musicateacher918
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I dined there with a group of 4 of my friends on Saturday June 21, 2014. It was a memorable experience as we will definitely be back when we are visiting Denver again. One of the best "foodie" experiences and dinners I have ever had. Great all around!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Great service excellent food. Busy Saturday night and they took great care of us
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    KMurphy
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Everything was awesome! One of the best restaurants I've eaten at!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    ShubeeVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    The wine and service were fantastic! The brussel sprout appetizer was good as was the salted Carmel gelato. BUT the entrees were terrible. My friend got the veal, their "signature dish". The veal had no seasoning and was rubbery. He didn't even finish it. I got a pasta for $25 and it had about 10 bites total. It was an appetizer portion at the most and it tasted like a rosemary bush. Way heavy on the singular herb. So his was way under seasoned and mine way over. It was just bad. Not even close to worth it.
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  • Great food
    LizinDenver
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Food was very good, wine was excellent, service was very good. Pretty noisy, but we had a great meal with good friends. Carbonara was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    BusinessTraveler
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The fusion of flavors was fantastic, especially their mushroom-stuffed crepes, their squash appetizer, their Brussels sprout appetizer & their pudding dessert-amazing! The service was great as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We were 4 guests all Denver residents, and we frequently dine out, all of us enjoyed the experience, food, service,courtesy, one negative the bartender could have been more attentive only 6 people at the bar including the 4 of us and I had to get his attention twice to order drinks.
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    My wife and I went here for our 17th anniversary and had a great time. Service was excellent, food was excellent and we really had a great time. We would definitely go back here again.
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    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classy and Delicious
    QuireQween4
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This restaurant has an inventive menu of mostly gourmet northern Italian foods - with many new touches. A favorite appetizer was the Brussels Sprouts - lightly fried in oil with pistachios and apple. Fabulous flavors! My pasta was made on premises and was flavored with squid ink and nicely balanced with a citrus butter sauce and shrimp. Homemade sorbets in pear, mango and raspberry were a fitting finish. Definitely a place for a special occasion, although the menu choices were not vast. Picky eaters might have trouble.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Denver's Worst Pick
    RitzKidVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Horrible service, awful food, and too loud for conversation - I don't usually write reviews but this restaurant was just horrible The brussel sprout appetizer is still repeating on me two days after the meal! Veal Marsalla came straight from the sole of an old Nike sneaker. Wait staff was so in attentive they wouldn't have known if we left without paying the check. This was a low light for our Denver trip!
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  • Specialized Italian!!!!
    Wildwood
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Chef immediately gave us tastings of 2 of the appetizers which set the stage for the dining experience of our lives. We decided on the oysters, soaked in buttermilk and lightly fried. Amazing! We were presented with a peach sorbet to cleanse our palates, and then the best veal I've ever tasted. My husband chose the homemade pasta and meatballs, a serving enough for 3. The personalized service, both from the exquisite service and cooking staff made our anniversary one we will never be able to top.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.