Pienza - Gaylord National Harbor
Pienza - Gaylord National Harbor

Pienza - Gaylord National Harbor

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.gaylordhotels.com/gaylord-national/dini
  • Phone: 3019655200
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Daily: 6:30am - 10:30am; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: David Tesno
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Entertainment: Stereo Strings Trio - during Sunday Brunch 11:30am to 2:00pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fleet Street
  • Public Transit: Alexandria Water Taxi
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Self parking - Complimentary Parking voucher offered for the first three hours. Valet parking is available at $10.00 for the first three hours with validation.
A word from Pienza - Gaylord National Harbor
Pienza is buffet dining at its best serving breakfast, lunch and Sunday brunch. Using the freshest ingredients, Pienza's ever-changing offerings reflect seasonal changes and the passions of our culinary team. For breakfast, select from a variety of pastries, fruit, eggs, bacon and more. Our lunch menu features antipasti, home-made soup, freshly baked brick oven pizza, made-to-order pasta, and an assortment of salads and sandwiches – and be sure to leave room for dessert.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Pienza - Gaylord National Harbor reviews from OpenTable diners
34 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.6
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for brunch (19)good for groups (16)scenic view (13)kid-friendly (13)special occasion (12)great for lunch (9)fit for foodies (7)great for outdoor dining (5)romantic (3)neighborhood gem (2)vibrant bar scene (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • BEST SUNDAY BRUNCH IN MARYLAND
    MikeJayAllDay
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I am always looking for an upscale Sunday Brunch without having to travel into DC...I have found it here!! I was very impressed with everything that was offered for a great price Money well spent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • outstanding service
    ubrokemytofu
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Brunch with a group of 15, including 5 little rowdy kids, for a very special family occasion, pienza kindly took us earlier than our reservation time. There were long moments where the eggs needed refilling, but fortunately, bacon and sausage offerings were more than plenty. Omelet station guy was quick and came out delish. Did I mention there was plenty of bacon? Also, I'm not sure about the other reviews, our service was outstanding. We always got refills, they were very attentive, and they were genuinely nice people. Would recommend for special brunches and we definitely would return again
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great buffet restaurant
    Dani9269
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I don't normally like buffets, but Pienza was wonderful. The food is surprisingly good for a buffet. The service was great. I would absolutely go back next time I'm in National Harbor.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I had three business meals at Pienza during a convention. The best feature was the service. I attended a convention and the facility was 100% sold out and Pienza sent me an email confirming my reservation 24 hours before and when I arrived they (a) actually had my table at the precise time of my reservation and (b) accomodated my special request to be in the back of the restaurant away from a high traffic area. I have attended other conventions where the facility restaurants were crushed under the weight of the crowd and did not honor the reservations. Honoring the time is very imporant becasue everyone is on a very tight time schedule at these conventions. Also - the staff recognized me after my fist meal the staff recognized me.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Convenient with nice selection
    VivaEspana
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    For those attending meetings in the Gaylord National this restaurant is very convenient, and the variety of food offered makes it possible for everyone to find something for breakfast. Rather expensive, as could be expected from a hotel with a captive clientele.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pienza is ok
    Partyof8
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The Pienza Restaurant is located in the gorgeous atrium of the Gaylord hotel. Although we arrived early a spacious table for 8 was set up for our group. A server poured ice water for us and disappeared. So far so good. It went downhill from there. Since it was a buffet, with several price levels, we were unsure of the choices. We finally flagged down a server who sort of explained the buffet. When I was at the buffet a server came by and a couple of friends got a wine list and ordered wine. I returned to the tabled flagged down a server and asked for a glass too. No wine, another server was asked,finally a waiter brought a glass of very good wine. The food was very good the service not so great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful
    Gaylord
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Met some friends for Brunch. Had a quiet table in the corner. Food was to die for. Anthing you could imagine...Oysters, Crab Legs, Shrimp, Salads, Roast Beef, Traditional Breakfast items, Omlette station.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slipping to mediocrity
    firsttimerVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We've been to the brunch at Pienza a couple of times before, but this visit was disappointing. The food quality has appreciably declined in the last several months. The roast beef was tough and tasteless and the snow crab was sparse and overcooked. While I will bring guests to see the Gaylord, we'll have brunch elsewhere.
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  • A special brunch experience
    Egsela
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Come hungry, VERY HUNGRY, so you make sure to eat your $40 worth! Good food...great, attentive service! We never felt rushed to leave ( true of some buffets). With reservations for their popular Sunday brunch we did not have to wait in line to get a table. I suggest that even after the hostess shows you the various offerings, you make a second tour so you can plan what you want to try! The seating area is large but because it is situated in an enormous atrium, we never felt crowded. Don't let the address fool you; Pienza is found inside Gaylord's Resort!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot for brunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We had Sunday brunch here last weekend. The service was great. We were given a tour of the buffet and seated right away. We have a 3 and 9 year old and the prices are very reasonable!! Under 4 years old is free and kids under 12 are a low price. Especially for all the options you get! We highly recommend reservations as the place gets very crowded.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food changes
    letmeknow
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Been going to Pienza once a month, slowly becoming a monthly tradition. This time our visit on 8/17/14 was very disappointing. Pienza changed their buffet selections to accommodate certain guests at a particular convention going on that weekend. For people who have never eaten Halal food, it was very disappointing and frustrating since we have never eaten it. Quick suggestion...if there are any specific changes to the buffet selections, especially with the type of food being served, you might want to let your guests know who make reservations so they can either choose to go or make changes to a different day. My guests and I will still be going to Pienza but a heads up would've been nice.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unremarkable Breakfast Buffet
    Robb
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    With few options for breakfast onsite, this place serves as the catchall for morning dining at the Gaylord National. The fruit, bruised. The eggs, runny. Most of the items were picked clean and not being replaced fast enough. Their servers were forgettable, and the prices were high. This isn't the worst place I have had breakfast, but for the level of resort that surrounds it, you would think this would be a better place to eat.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OK food despite rude host
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We made a reservation for a group of seven at Pienza. We had heard the food was good. However, when we showed up at the scheduled time the host was on the phone. We waited for him to get done but he did not acknowledge our presence. Finally a server walked over to us to inquire. We told her we had a reservation. Turns out that despite our reservation through Open Table they had given away our table. We had to wait for them to clean up a new table. Luckily for us, we got a good server, a nice lady originally from Eritrea. There was a wide variety of dishes and alternatives, and the food was good. The food overall was alright, but not fit for foodies. Unless you are a guest of the hotel, find another location for brunch.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome buffet
    jfk11
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The buffet selection and food quality was very good. The staff kept everything well replenished. Our one complaint is that they kept us waiting for fifteen minutes while they turned over from breakfast to the brunch. This should be better planned. By the time it was opened a large line had formed and there was a lot of confusion. Pienza also needs to realize that they are wasting the time of their guests who had other plans that day.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for seafood lovers
    Gr8champagne
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Service was outstanding! They were attentive, helpful, had great teamwork, and most important courteous. The overall buffet was nice, but for non-seafood lovers or those of us with seafood allergies its just an average brunch and not worth the cost. Mind you the baked salmon was delicious, the smoked salmon was tasty, fresh roast beef, and custom omelettes were worth the wait. However, pancakes and waffles were pre-cooked. NO champagne by the bottle, and the glass variety was not very good at all. We had to settle for red wine for brunch. NOT what was expected for $40 per person plus tip.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hotel Buffet
    DateNighter
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Us: 2 families out for dinner on a Sat. night; total party of 8. Pienza: a hotel breakfast/lunch buffet, not really set up for dinner. Should have taken the hint...no dinner menu online? The buffet: salad bar, carving station with very fatty beef, a fried "swai" (fish), cold pasta and pizza left congealing under heat lamps. The salad was good, but at $24 per person? The main courses were downright bad. The desserts were a selection pastries and cakes; fine but not great. After adding a glass of wine, the total for our meal was equal to an upscale dining experience...but what we got was bad food in a hotel lobby with a "fountain symphony" geysering in the background.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great staff, good food, scence view
    Barrington
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had a wonderful time for my moms 82 Birthday Celebration. The staff made up a desert dish and even had a candle.....my mom love ice-cream and some even found a scoop of ice-cream and that wasn't on their menu...great customer service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    GKO1
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    the food ranged from outstanding to good. Salads and veggies and seafood are superb - king crabs, shrimp, oysters mussels out of this world, salmon good. Meat dishes: good selection and well presented, but quality of meats significantly below the quality of seafood and veggies. Deserts fine - especially the bread pudding, Haagen Dasz ice-cream, and French and Austrian-style mini-fruit-tarts were outstandingly tasty. Overall, the selection was wide. Service was outstanding. That's hard to do in a buffet setting - but our waiter succeeded. His performance was a huge factor in making this brunch successful. Ambiance - superb A/C with low humidity but fresh draft-free air. Musicians did an outstanding job with Austrian and Hungarian M
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  • Disappointed
    maria
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    First, I wanted to make the reservation for 1000 in the morning but the website only let me make it at 845 or 1100. I chose 845 and I was still there at 1000 to see that the place was basically empty. I chose the omlette buffet but the chef, when making my omlette, acted as though I was asking for too much when I requested additional veggies. It was a meeting and we were staying after we finished eating and I requested some more coffee which was never brought to us. Finally, when the server brought the bill and I had it ready, he waited about an hour and never came back so I had to go look for a place to pay the bill. Overall, not worth the price or bother even with the pretty environment.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice brunch time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Ambience was nice with live instrumentals playing on the floor. Food was average but had a good variety. A bit pricey but the service was good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 128 reviews are from the Pienza - Gaylord National Harbor reviews archive.
  • Average food. Below average service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Stale bacon. Chipped beef gravy disguised as sausage gravy. Bland food. Service was adamant and bothersome. Waitress tried to take plates from which we were still eating several times. She would not leave us alone.
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  • Relaxed Casual with Pizazz
    moni84
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The brunch has something for everyone. We have 2 boys 10 & 12 and wanted something nice for fathers day and (their grandfather). We have a picky grandma, but she enjoyed brunch as well. My 10 year old said it was the best brunch ever. Snowcrab legs, salmon, waffles, desserts, omelette station etc. The outdoor atrium dining provides a nice view but is not too stuffy. Then you can walk around along the Potomac. The area is turning out nicely.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Father’s Day Brunch
    ChristyB
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Brunch was great. We always enjoy ourselves when dining at Pienza. The food is great and so are the servers. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for something out of the box and upscale.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice food selection
    Father14
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    They had a nice food selection. The servers and staff were very friendly. Enjoyed the atmosphere. BUT the servers weren't prompt and took forever to get refills, condiments, etc.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The food was awful. Cold cuts with wonder bread, stale salad and cold pizza. Yuck. I will never pay to eat there again.
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  • Nice Atmosphere
    LuvtoeatinDC
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The atmosphere is nice and a good location however; I expected more food options and there were several gnats around our table which was not what either myself or my guest expected. I would suggest another location if you are a foodie.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good brunch spot!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We went for Sunday brunch and selection of the buffet was ok overall. I would ask for a little more variety for the meat selections. I was in a breakfast mood so the breakfast selections and omelet station were great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    AlexVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The food and ambience are always great and I love the strolling strings. What really put this experience over the top was the service: our server was a foreigner, likely from Ethiopia, and not a local hire. So we got smiles, quick refills, courtesy, and good service. Excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Breakfast and lunch gathering spot
    davekcmo
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Suited for large groups or individuals. Good breakfast and lunch buffets in scenic huge atrium.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely ambience
    Luvabuffet
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Good experience; however, pricing info on Opentable.com is incorrect. Very misleading.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view
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  • My 2 cents worth
    Justmyopinion
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The food is always OUTSTANDING at Pienza!!! I did not know brunch was not on Saturdays. Nevertheless, the Saturday lunch was quite tasty. Sandwiches, salads, chips, variety of desserts. Overall, I always totally enjoy my visits at the Pienza at the Gaylord National Harbor. I plan to visit many times more.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day joy
    Donnarette
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This experience was great and the staff was friendly and quite accommodating to our needs as well as our party size. The fiid here is excellent for all. Thanks for everything Wioni.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had a great brunch. The food was very good. The buffet had a nice variety of food. It was always hot and plentiful. The service was very good. We did not have to wait and were seated at the time that we had reserved. It was a very enjoyable experience for all of us
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • excellent brunch
    onewhoeatsoutalot
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Mothers Day brunch is always delicious here at the Pienza. The buffet has a wide variety of food to accommodate anyones food preferences. An extensive variety of fruits, vegetables, salads, seafood, chicken, pasta, carving stations, kids station, breakfast food, breads, sweet pastries, desserts etc... I highly recommend it. Service is always with a smile and they are prompt to clear your table. THe indoor atrium is a beautiful backdrop while dining. Kids are highly welcomed and they have a food station dedicated to their favorite foods.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had a great time!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Always have a great time each time I go here. My only complaint was that it took them quite a bit of time to replace the breakfast potatoes in the breakfast buffet line. I'm not sure if it was ever replace, but I did not get an opportunity to try them. Overall, great experience though.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good dining experience
    SteveCuch
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Friendly welcome and great service. Food was very good and plentiful. A bit pricey but for special occasions, a good choice.
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    great for brunch, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This was a wonderful experience! We often go to Bruch at the Pienza, it is a great place to enjoy brunch!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Brunch
    CDodson
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My mom and I had a lovely time at the Pienza for Mother's Day Brunch. There was a variety of food available. Our server was very pleasant and attentive. My only tiny complaint is the upcharge from the regular brunch cost of $38 to $57 was a bit steep especially when our Mimosa's were a la carte. It would have been nice if they were included in the inflated cost. I'm certain I will visit again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome brunch.
    missjamaica
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The service was exceptional. The food was good and lots of variety. Best brunch offering in the area. Beautiful setting and they gave each Mother a live rose plant. Beautiful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sunday Brunch
    GordonGekkoVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The wife and I go there occasionally when we want to be treated to a really nice buffet selection that's better than the average restaurant buffet fare. The food quality is good but it's a bit pricey. We went this time for Mother's Day and the menu was supposedly extended and we noticed a few additional items beyond the norm but nothing that justified the inflated price for the "Mother's Day Brunch." Mimosas weren't even included or anything special. That aside, we highly recommend it but will stick to going on the regular days for the lower price.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic