PARK Restaurant & Bar
PARK Restaurant & Bar

PARK Restaurant & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.parkcambridge.com/
  • Phone: (617) 491-9851
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:00pm - 12:00am
    Dinner: Friday & Saturday 5:00pm - 1:00am
    Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Mark Goldberg
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Park's private room is the ideal setting to gather with friends, co-workers or family, for parties, meetings, celebrations and more. With special dinner and cocktail menus available, Park's management will work with its kitchen and bar staff to build a memorable event to suit both your needs and your budget.
  • Private Party Contact: Mickie Tumbry 6174919851x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Winthrop & Eliot
  • Public Transit: Harvard Square Redline T stop within walking distance as well as several bus routes that empty into Harvard Square
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample on street parking, Harvard Square Parking Garage directly above the restaurant. Free Parking after 5PM in the Harvard Square Parking Garage Sunday through Wednesday with the purchase of 2 dinner entrees.
A word from PARK Restaurant & Bar
Located in Harvard Square, PARK is a modern neighborhood restaurant/bar designed to suit today’s drinking and dining needs. A place to grab a quick after-work drink or bite, enjoy a leisurely dinner, linger over cocktails, or spend an entire night, PARK offers a variety of experiences that will feel unique depending on which of the four distinct spaces you’re seated. With an eclectic design aesthetic, PARK is stocked with rousing conversation pieces that range from counter-culture artwork from the 1960s to antique book-lined shelves and a trophy case brimming with myriad oddities. Not to be outdone, Executive Chef Mark Goldberg brings a spirited sense of interpretation to PARK’s New American menu of homey classics, which are served alongside an internationally-inspired collection of craft cocktails, beer and wine.
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PARK Restaurant & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
132 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
vibrant bar scene (63)good for groups (61)fit for foodies (55)hot spot (47)neighborhood gem (45)special occasion (22)late-night find (18)romantic (18)great for brunch (16)great for lunch (11)notable wine list (10)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • Great atmosphere & food
    newton
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Fried chicken sandwich was delicious, as was the bacon 3-ways. Stew special was a bit bland. Atmosphere was very pleasant, especially for a Wednesday night.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding brunch and drink menu. Great service
    Beechflyer
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    My daughter and I went for brunch while I was visiting her in Boston. A friend suggested PARK and it was fabulous. Drink menu fun too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good and bad
    jeanned
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Chowder was spicy (did not say so on the menu, quite unexpected) Short RIB, was ONE rib cut into 3 thin slices, again unexpected) Salads were very good, chicken wings were very good. Lobster/crab dip was good but the chips were extremely salty. Great beer, wine and mixed drinks. Waitress was okay, did not seem to know a lot, maybe new ? Go for the drinks not the food.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow and unfriendly service
    Gann
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    My party of four waited more than 35 minutes for a very straightforward brunch order - 3 burgers and one veggie burger. Our server was completely indifferent, acting as if she were inconvenienced by us when she managed to drag herself around to our table to refill coffee and water. At one point, I asked her for an "update" on our food order, and she said she'd check. She came back, all frowns, and reported that the meal would be out in about 5 minutes. No apology, no friendly remarks. She was just plain sour and lousy at her job. The food was fine, but not worth enduring this grumpy girl, and certainly not worth waiting for in an uncrowded restaurant at 1:00pm on a Sunday. Boo.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious in Harvard Square
    goodfoodgoodserviceVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    What a great find Park is! We brunched here last weekend and the food was fabulous. While it's quite noisy inside, the service was excellent and we will most definitely return for brunch again and to try dinner. We were expecting sort of a fancy grad student bar but it's truly a nice, charming restaurant and worth trying! Thanks for a great brunch to everyone at Park - you far exceeded our expectations and we had a lovely time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Value for money
    mmostad
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I rarely give 5 stars to this type of restaurant but this was such an overall good experience that I think it's well deserved. We had the beet salad and steak and the food was high quality, tasty and beautiful plated. The waitress was really helpful and friendly, and gave excellent recommendations. The price level is moderate and you certainly get value for money.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything but...
    HillaryVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Everything was amazing from the menu/food to the drink list to the atmosphere of the restaurant but location of your table is key to enjoying your meal. We were seated directly around the corner of the kitchen and every time a server walked out of the kitchen it was as though they were going to run right into me. I would recommend a booth against the wall or table in the back area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best place in Harvard Square
    Bostom
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I eat here a couple of times a month and it's never been less than great. This time it was Halloween night, everyone on the staff was in costume, and the food was as great as ever. The menu has changed a bit but not the prices for the items that remained. The Caesar salad was great, if just a bit over-dressed this time (my diet talking) and enough for two - I always share as a starter. The chicken sandwich was terrific: moist, tender (it's marinated in something tasty) boneless chicken breasts with greens, tomatoes, and an aioli that rocked even if I skipped half the focaccia roll (again, dieting) and the "Old Cuban" my new favorite "old" cocktail. Great food, great time: what I have come to expect at Park.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Meeting Spot
    EdWhiteSpace
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    I'm not sure it is a place I'd head specifically to for a special occasion or to find a great meal, but it certainly is a place I'll go back to for dinner before a show or to meet up with friends. Good lamb burger and patty melt (on rye), some tasty apps on toasts, a few interesting cocktails. Casual, fun, lively, great service and good (if not creative) food.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • too noisy
    cuzzy
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Sat in the "living room" area. Nice setting but way too noisy.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • gastro pub with flair
    beartunes
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    A delicious selection from gourmet burgers to entrees that will satisfy your wine snob friends. The cocktail list is impressive and sophisticated. The atmosphere a touch dark and reminiscent of Restoration Hardware. The food, just as rustic and inspired.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jreese
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Having been to Park for brunch once before, I had been looking forward to a good brunch with flavorful dishes. Unfortunately, Park simply did not deliver this past weekend. The food was lackluster, flavorless or oddly flavored at best. I am not sure if it was simply because it was a busy weekend. Regardless, I will not be venturing back anytime soon for brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great friendly palce worth a vist
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    High energy bar scene with good service and food. Fun atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Three Times a Charm
    CarolinSomerville
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This was my third visit to Park and, as before, the service, food, and ambience were excellent. Service was attentive without being intrusive. It was a very, very busy evening but we weren't rushed at all. The food is terrific - Crispy Mussels (enough for 2 or more as an appetizer) fabulous, the Tastings of Toast unique and delicious, and the Lamb Burger fantastic. Can't wait to visit again. Nearly forgot - nifty cocktails, too! The atmosphere is upbeat, lively, and fun. A lot of smiling people - this is a good place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • disappointing food nice place
    marlbethVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    very mediocre food. Attractive restaurant. I think this is more a bar and you go here to drink
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • terrible service
    fashionkillah
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    went here for my 21st bday because i wanted to order my first fancy drink, waitress was very rude and unhelpful. asked what she thought i should order because i dont have experience with bars, she was judgmental and didn't really help me out. food took forever and she served other people that had gotten there later first.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mixed to Unpleasant
    DCdiner
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We chose the spot because menu looked interesting and most others were closed on Mondays. The experience ranged from mediocre to bad. They accommodated our late arrival and brought the food out quickly. However, the server was borderline rude as she rushed us through ordering, could not answer our questions and was curt and unfriendly. Cheese board was very good as were the taste toasts. The lamb patty was almost undigestable - way too salty and overloaded with olives. The salmon was undercooked and had to be sent back. The stuffed veal was tasty but the au jus was bland, as were the string beans. The atmosphere was dark and a bit depressing.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top Notch
    Slopenative
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Went for brunch during busy Oktoberfest. Lovely menu, good service, excellent food, reasonable prices. Worth it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Signature Drink
    Kiwiy2k
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Their Lavender Moon cocktail is amazing!!!!! Food is a unique take on Americanized classics. LOVE the steak and brisket dishes.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • too noisy
    icanthearyou
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    great appetizers and entrees. Terribly noisy. If I can't find a quieter table to sit at that I can hear my dinner quests- I won't be back. Service was incredibly slow and inattentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cozy, cool, quality experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I'm never disappointed at Park. Delicious food, great wine, beer, cocktails and bourbon offerings... Atmosphere is cool but also warm and inviting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We love this place and always find something to please everyone in the group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my Favorite Harvard Bars
    Felix
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Park is one of those places that a lot of people miss entirely. Down a set of stairs, a single sign the size of two mailboxes is the only thing indicating it isn't some parking garage. The bar is fantastic, and the best part about the restaurant is asking the bartenders to make you a custom drink. Tell them what you like and your mood and they'll whip something amazing up for you. I've never been let down. I've been here with friends and on dates, and it always impresses. Reasonably priced, and the service is typically incredible. On this most recent occasion, one of the bartenders seemed to be a bit put off by my friend and I, which was surprisingly off putting, so I had to ding a star in the service category.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of Best Restnt Interiors inTown
    opinionatedchef
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    In addition to the food, it's the interior design that has me loving Park. It's a warren of dark panelled rooms with low lighting and very comfy club chairs and banquettes. The whole place feels like the best of Victorian Private Clubs. Food is good to very good, with reasonable portions and attention paid to local seafood. And on Sundays, there is gratis parking in the building- what a great deal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good apps & drinks
    gwen
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We stopped by on a Friday evening for apps & drinks. The beet salad and pork belly BLT (with fried green tomatoes) were delicious and perfect for our brief visit. The server was attentive to our table and extremely pleasant. His wine recommendations were spot on.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting menu/superlative svc.
    Lizzietish
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Tried this for the first time with an out of town guest on Wednesday night based on the recommendation of a friend. We were not disappointed. I had the caramelized scallops, which were to die for, and my cousin had the hangar steak. She initially said the portion was too large but she consumed every last bite. We traded bites and agreed that we would definitely order each other's entrees next time. We were slightly disappointed in the dessert menu (very limited) but this is an extremely petty complaint. My only caution is that this is a very popular spot with the young after work crowd and it did get quite noisy. The bar is open to the dining room. Malcolm provided excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it!
    amber924a
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The gnocchi was really good, and the salmon was awesome!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a good experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I went there on Friday night with my girlfriend and the wait so aft and manger tried to run out table in 20 to 25 mins the food was ok but the service was horrible considering the staff coming every 2 mins to ask if we wanted to order something else. I do not recommend this place. The manager also came by to check if we had put down our card to make payment. I felt bad since I choose this restaurant to take my friend on a Friday night.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Brunch!
    genacmVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Ample and interesting brunch before matinee performance at the American Reperatory Theatre. Home made biscuits, lots of interesting choices, pleasant atmosphere. Huge portions; consider splitting a round of fresh biscuits (3 huge biscuits per serving), some banana waffles, and something savory around the table.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Place exceeded my expectations. Great service & food was amazing. Will be back for sure. More than once.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good hangout for friends after work
    Gaston2morrow
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I love the dark woods of this place – like a cozy, rustic dining room in an old home. The crispy mussels were tasty and filling (don't eat them all by yourself otherwise you will not have much room to eat the entree. The caramelized scallops and the shiitake mushrooms were very good. I'll definitely order them again next time I go back. The desert selection was unpretentious but decent. Service was well-timed, friendly without fanfare. This is not the place to go on a Friday evening if you want a quiet romantic dinner though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Experience
    ChristinaVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Food was decent. My boyfriend loved it of course because the food here is "man food" with a twist. I got the brisket, which was good, but was lacking enough BBQ sauce. My boyfriend got the chicken which was cooked perfectly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome food, great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I don't understand why this place isn't more packed. Aside from being a little expensive, the food is trememdous, atmosphere is lovely, and staff is awesome. Great recommendations. I would try the toasts of toasts. Yum yum.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good
    Intriguing
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    All around pleasant experience. Amount of food was a bit dissapointing. (Small)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    OutoftownerVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We came for restaurant week (Dine Out Boston) because it is one of the few that offers the lowest price tier of $28 for dinner (app+entree). Reviews seemed mixed, and consistency is difficult to achieve for restaurants, but we had a great experience. The food was well prepared and tasted very good...gazpacho and poached pear for appetizers, and gnudi and fried chicken for entrees. The fried chicken was not dry in the slightest, and was deboned, which I always appreciate. My only complaint was the inclusion of kale--this was not listed in the menu, and it is a taste I just don't care for (but some people do). Park is a great restaurant-spacious seating irons, friendly service, and convenient parking (garage above--free with validation Sun.).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Dine Out
    likesgoodfood
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We visited for dinner during Dine Out Week for a 2 course $28 meal. The resaturant is on ground level and is very dark. In fact, we had trouble reading the menus. We both had the poached pear which was best part of our dinner. The waiter removed our silverware with the dishes. As such, we had no utensils when the main course arrived. It took several minutes to get us utensils. My fried chicken was luke warm, bready and bland tasting. There also was a biscuit covered with luke warm pork gravy which lacked flavor. My friend had the lamb which she described as having a very strong, unpleasant taste. Neither of us finished our meals. No one asked about how we liked our food. We were very disappointed with Park Restaurant.
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  • Huh? Voted best restaurant?
    MichelinStarHunterVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Voted best restaurant in Cambridge last year by Boston Magazine? The slow roasted brisket was dry that I needed to return it. They ran out of the meat pie and a few other items (it was only 8:15PM). However I liked the pub-restaurant atmosphere, but how could this better than other restaurants?
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  • They tried hard
    racimo
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The staff was great, tried very hard. The food was OK, nothing to write home about. A pretty empty place. A loud venue to have a couple's dinner. No sound barrier between the bar and rest of the restaurant. The ambiance is not inviting or soothing. Not our idea of a night out.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Interesting menu, pitiful execution
    luv2dine
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Atmosphere and decor was refined and handsome. For apps, tasting of the toasts was exceptionally good; good balance of flavors. The fried mussels missed their mark; the batter was soft and gummy. I would expect a more delicate and flaky, almost crunchy batter. Entrees: The salmon was bland, as were the vegetables that accompanied it. The steak was excellent along with the bacon gruyere potato skins. However, the salad that accompanied the steak was inedible (too much dressing and the dressing was too sour). The fruit pie for dessert was more of a thick waffle stuffed with 1 blackberry, and 3 peach slices. The corn icecream that accompanied it was very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome place
    rormethius77
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Been here 3 times now, and enjoyed ourselves more each time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate