Petit Robert Bistro Needham
Petit Robert Bistro Needham

Petit Robert Bistro Needham

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.prbneedham.com/
  • Phone: (781) 559-0532
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Pay with OpenTable,Visa
  • Cuisine: Dessert, French
  • Executive Chef: Jay Spencer, Proprietor
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Highland Avenue
  • Public Transit: Needham
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Street and Town parking lot next to the restaurant
A word from Petit Robert Bistro Needham
Petit Robert Bistro Needham serves lunch, brunch and dinner every day of the year, offering authentic and simple French specialties such as Croques, Soupe à l’Onion Gratinée, Mussels Marinière, Escargots, Homemade Patés, Coq-au-Vin, Beef Bourguignon and Steak Frites.

The ever changing, moderately priced menu showcases only the freshest and best seasonal dishes. We take pride in our made to order preparation of your meal using the finest meats, produce, and dairy from our New England and French suppliers.

Petit Robert Bistro Needham offers a full-service bar. Our wine list offers a varied selection in price and style with labels primarily from France and California. Additionally, our exciting cocktails and beer list ensure that everyone finds something to suit their tastes.

The cozy ambiance, friendly service, and savory menu will transport you to an authentic French Bistro in Paris from a light lunch to a leisurely dinner. Bon Appetit!
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Petit Robert Bistro Needham reviews from OpenTable diners
107 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (70)fit for foodies (58)special occasion (48)romantic (33)great for outdoor dining (24)great for lunch (22)notable wine list (19)great for brunch (14)kid-friendly (7)good for groups (6)vibrant bar scene (3)hot spot (3)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Brunch
    sportsbostVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Brunch was great. Getting together with old friends and the atmosphere on Sunday made the day perfect. Eggs, etc. were done perfectly and very hot( which everyone was thrilled with) the waiters were very attentive and if we had a question : he went to find out the correct answer. Thanks for a very relaxing and enjoyable brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent experience
    DroDineVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This cafe is a relaxed version of the formal Boston restaurant. I recommended it to friends and family, and look forward to returning to try more dishes. We were headed to a play and the waiter was great - he made sure that every course arrived with enough time for dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid, but...
    Craig
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We have always enjoyed the neighborhood feel, great service, and good food. Standards are high and reliable. Unfortunately the dessert standard has been dropped. Very sad to find the best tart tatain no longer on the menu, replaced by serviceable tart du jour, and the gateau very dried out. We will return, but not so enthusiastically.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Timothy
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We brought four senior friends and had a great dinner with excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FABULOUS
    SNOOKIEVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We always get a great meal here; never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Classic French Bistro
    PariseurVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I took a French woman who can be demanding about food. My Martini was perfect. We had very fresh oysters, we both had the special which was shrimp Provencale,the wine was lovely, the after dinner cheese was perfect, the service was flawless! A truly Gallic experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love French food!
    EdconsultVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We weren't quite sure if our 6 year old grandson would survive but the children's menu was actually wonderful and he (and his dad) LOVED his chicken fingers! The others in the group of 9 had varying dishes some of which were amazing and others good to very good. The fabulous were the following; foie gras, trout special, duck, calf liver, oysters, onion soup, tomato soup special The good to very good were: escargots (very salty butter sauce), beet salad (very skimpy compared to the other salad at the table), steak had great flavor but was quite chewy, sweetbreads lacked flavor. The service was excellent for a group this size, and being a lover o French food I'd go back in a heartbeat!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Marty
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We have always enjoyed a good dinner at Petit Robert Bistro. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food is consistently great; we always have a tasty meal! I was so happy to see profiteroles back on the menu; even if it is just for the summer!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    Jojaba
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Great spot for a quick date night. Service, food and cocktails are always done just the way we like it. Definitely recommend for dinner. I have tried them for lunch and wasn't impressed but dinner is never a disappointment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 57 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1097 reviews are from the Petit Robert Bistro Needham reviews archive.
  • Ooh la la
    MarshaKVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Had a lovely meal and evening. The duck was a winner. The pork chop and the salmon also quickly disappeared from plates. Good food, good wine, good company. What could be better ????
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Need2GoMoreOften
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Dropped off the kids at a friends house and thoroughly enjoyed a nice night out! Would highly recommend. From the host, to the wait staff, to the manager, everybody was very attentive and friendly. Food was fabulous. I had the pork chops and wife had the scallops. Both great. Started off with foie gras (?) and lobster bisque. Delish! Would go again in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • lovely local bistro!
    Noreen
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    we met friends on a Friday night and enjoyed a very pleasant meal, interesting cocktails, and excellent service. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful!
    Abby
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We had a wonderful time. I had wanted to go here for a long time and it was worth the wait! The waitstaff was authentic French and the food was scrumptious. I went with my 22 old son and even he thought it was a great experience. I would recommend this to adult audiences any night of the week!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We love this restaurant for brunch with the kids and I have even taken my high school students there too with my French club. The staff is wonderful and the food reliably good and reasonably price. Sadly, there was no sorbet last time we were there. I always look forward to the treats there and to the sorbets in particular.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superb dining experience!
    MarKevVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    It is such a treat to dine here. As soon as we arrived we were greeted by the most pleasant staff. I'll start w/ the food...excellent! My husband & I shared 1/2 doz oysters, followed by escargots (in parsley & garlic butter). The warm bread given to each table was perfect complement to the escargots. For entrees, hubby ordered the special and I had the most wonderful skirt steak ever. It was meatier in texture than any skirt steaks I've ever had, marinated to perfection, and so tender. It was simply the best! We had a bottle of Chateau Le Barry...oh it was perfect w/ my steak. Now the service, most excellent! Our waiter was professional, friendly, & knowledgeable. What stood out the most was Jay, the owner. He really cares for his guests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Petit Robert Is Back
    DiningWithDon1VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    A change of ownership was needed and after some early kinks have been worked out & I can safely recommend this suburban spot in Needham. Living 2 towns away this is my closest French option so I want this place to succeed and with the attentive owner watching things I am sure it will. Frankly, nothing was spectacular, but nothing was off either: steak n frittes was a very good portion and tasty. The duck also was well made. The vegetarian option was lacking but a nice try. The appetizer at $16.00, 2 very small sausages over ratatouille, was small. The room is narrow but nicely appointed, the staff very friendly and accommodating. A solid neighborhood joint; with a lively crowd at the small bar...al fresco option as well. Prices are fair.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always delicious
    LovetapasVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We come here often. Menu items are always made well, and everyone can find something they like. Delicious desserts and attentive service, without fuss. Perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PriceChopperVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Had a great dinner outside with Meghan! The sole was tasty!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovelyl Brunch Experience
    kates2cents
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Met a friend for Sunday brunch, first time at Petit Robert Bistro, and was delighted. It was a lovely day so we sat outside. Service was friendly and knowledgeable, helped fix out uneven table. Water and set ups provided promptly with menus and specials. I ordered the poached eggs frisee which was delicious, perfect poached encrusted in panko. My friend had eggs benedict, with a substitution of bacon, and it also was beautifully presented with two little envelope shaped poached eggs. Delicious French bread and butter was also a yummy addition. My latte was also good. It was relaxed and even though there were families and some babies (and even a dog), there was not excess fuss or noise. I hope to go back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Like a restaurant in Paris!
    FoodfanVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    As soon as we arrived and had settled into our seats, I felt as if we'd been transported unexpectedly to a restaurant in Paris! Good wine selections, and an interesting assortment of cocktails. Lots of classic entrées on the menu. And the magret de canard (duck breast) and coquilles (scallops) were perfectly prepared. We look forward to a return visit aussitôt que possible!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love it
    LeChat
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This is the restaurant where I take my children whenever we have something to celebrate - a promotion, a birthday, graduation, or special announcement - I have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always worth a repeat visit!
    GoodFoodMattersVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    This is a lovely locale to meet for lunch (dinner is great, too) - it's so lovely to be transported to a French bistro in the midst of Needham! Keep up the terrific work - all around great place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful experience!
    sess13
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Loved the food from appetizers to dessert! Very flavorful and perfect portions. The service was excellent and the ambiance was cozy, quiet enough to be able to have an easy conversation at our table (which was really important to us) even on a weekend night. We did not sit outside, but it looked just as nice. Highly recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good place with a good food
    doro607
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We celebrated my BD with the family. It was a Tuesday night, so the restaurant was almost empty. I was surprised, because it seemed to be crowded every day. It was a little bit cold inside, but we preferred to sit on the sofa. I ordered Cape oysters and foie gras. The foie gras was excellent. Wine cart has a lot of French wines. We had a great time there. My little daughter was happy. Forgot to mention: baguette was very delicious :)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • KennVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Always a consistent and well prepared and tasty meal at a reasonable price. We return often.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An enjoyable dining experience
    Luv2DineOut
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    My wife and I dined at Petit Robert on 6/2. It was an enjoyable evening out. The food and service were excellent, just as it has been the last few times we've been there. Petit Robert is a Needham gem - good food, friendly staff and a comfortable environment. We will be going back soon hopefully to dine out on the patio. If you're looking for a French bistro in western burbs, I highly recommend you give Petit Robert a try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Petit Robert consistently excellent
    LennyVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Our recent visit to Petit Robert for dinner was rewarded with the excellent quality and presentation that we have come to expect from this neighborhood gem. The menu is punctuated with varying specials. The hake or halibut with couscous was outstanding. Delicious "standards" include the braised short ribs and the salmon. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A delightful addition
    Handworkdoc
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We very much enjoyed our first dinner at the Needham branch of the Petit Robert Bistro. We have been to the one in Kenmore Square also, and the Needham Petit Robert Bistro was also very enjoyable! The Hostess and Maitre d' were efficient, and our waiter, although a little pretentious, was obviously experienced, and we had superb service. Our party had different entrees, and all declared their choice to be excellent. Prices were moderate-high moderate, about $70.00 per person, with wine, coffee and dessert. The only false note was offering us a "special" bottle of wine for $95.00, before we had even opened our menus. But that aside, we enjoyed our evening very much, and will return!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SusieBaa
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We went to Petit Robert Bistro in Needham for our anniversary, and it was a good decision. We had a lovely meal: a nice spinach soup, followed by tender scollops St. Jacques that were full of flavor, and flavorful duck breast cooked just as we had requested. Dessert was several chocolate choices, both delicious. The atmosphere was gracious, perfect for the occasion. This is not the first time we have eaten here, and we have also tried several of the other sister restaurants. They never disappoint.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our friends were delighted!
    Laika
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    We enjoy trying new places, yet seem to bounce back to this one, and our never disappointed. Only suggestion, get better bread!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PriceChopperVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Very nice lunch today on the patio, diverse menu with good prices!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not so french.
    Paul
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Escargot left a lot to be desired, no effort to compensate! waite staff only good at best. Good Euro but not so french.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Super noisy but worth it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    You'll just need to sit cozy to hear your loved ones, but really, you won't be chatting much once you start filling your face with the amazing cuisine here!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner at Petit Robert, Needham MA
    jeff
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    We had a wonderful time at dinner. It was a relaxed atmosphere and everyone was very helpful with the menu, answered every question and were very friendly. The service, food and the drinks were wonderful, and we will definitely go back. Excellent!! Five Stars!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not pleased
    Lovetocook
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    I had heard this was one of the best Petit Robert restaurants so my husband and I went hoping for a nice dinner. I had a chewy steak fritte with carrots that were served in chunks, just nothing special.
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  • Mother's Day dinner
    DonccpaVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Petit Robert has been in Needham for some time and this was my first visit. Shame on me. I have been missing out. The food was tremendous and the staff friendly and courteous. I started with an orangina based martini which was fabulous. For dinner I had a petit salad which was not so petit. The salad had panko crusted goat cheese. You have got to try this. I then had grilled salmon over root vegetables and a fruit tart for desert. One of the better meals I have had in some time and we eat out a lot.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    DNfromMA
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Food was of high quality and very fresh. A bit noisy and crowded inside.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MargieVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Hubby and I ordered the specials. Sent my faro, quinoa dish back because it had cold and warm parts but not hot. They heated it and then it was fine. Both of our dishes were okay but since they were specials I was hoping they would be really good. Service on the other hand is superb and staff extremely nice. Sorry I can't speak more highly of the food.
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  • Love for dinner ~ not lunch
    Jojaba
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    This is one of my favorite dinner spots so I figured it would have to have a great lunch... I was not impressed. Service was very slow, staff seemed confused and food was uninspired. SO different from the dinner derive which I find the complete opposite...
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    I would recommend this to a friend.