Plum Bar + Restaurant
Plum Bar + Restaurant

Plum Bar + Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.plumbaroakland.com/
  • Phone: (510) 444-7586
  • Hours of Operation:
    MON-FRI: 11:30 AM-12:00 AM
    SAT: 5:00 PM- 12:00 AM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, American
  • 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, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: PB + R is available for private and semi-private events ranging from seated lunches and dinners of 12 - 50 and standing cocktail parties of 15 - 120. Please contact Angela at 415-660-5145, or angela@dpgrp.co for more details.
  • Private Party Contact: Angela Cerreta 4156605145
  • Entertainment: Walking distance to the Fox and the Paramount Theaters! Come before or after the show!
  • Special Events: Please call to inquire.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: West Grand Ave.
  • Public Transit: The free downtown bus shuttle stops right in front and Steps from 22nd Street stop of Bart Lines.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Plum Bar + Restaurant
PB+R does modern takes on classic, American food and drink. We make everything we can in our own kitchen — from the components in our handcrafted cocktails to the condiments, buns, and everything in between for our our award-winning PB burger. The Malted, DPG’s signature creamery, makes microbatch, soft-serve desserts for us on the premises. As with all the restaurants in the DPG family, we cook with only the best seasonal ingredients straight from our friends who grow them.

Lunch is served weekdays from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Join us for Happy Hour from 3:00-6:00 PM Monday-Friday.
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Plum Bar + Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
22 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.8
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (8)neighborhood gem (8)vibrant bar scene (6)good for groups (4)hot spot (3)late-night find (3)romantic (2)great for lunch (2)special occasion (1)notable wine list (1)kid-friendly (1)great for outdoor dining (0)Show More
  • MferVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Seared ahi was excellent Brussel sprouts very tasty and to top it off a great soft serve ice cream with just the right amount of carmel Can't wait to go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, bad service
    marineVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    The food was good but the service was abominable and the wine list is absurd. Only one bottle of chardonnay is offered, and it is priced at $118. The red list is just as bad. Three white wines and three red wines are offered by the glass (very small pours), and the chardonnay was waaay too cold and quite bland. The cabernet blend was very tannic and undesirable. I had the pork chop and my wife had the albacore - both were very good, but given the quality of service and the ridiculous wine list, we will not be returning.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • shedines
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Small but excellent menu and friendly very efficient service make this a go-to place before or after a night at the nearby Paramount Theater.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Had to sit on benches with no backs instead of chairs. Menu that night just okay.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quality food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Consistently good neighborhood diner food. Limited menu
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I wouldn't say I gained anything
    FoodieBarista
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I checked the reviews and decided to go here with a friend anyways, so i could form my own opinion. So here it is, there was nothing exceptional, memorable, or anything redeemable that would make me come back here. The wine list included 3 wines, the beer and cocktail list included more but was still unremarkable. The menus is very limited, and the options they have are neither creative nor worth coming back for. My waitress was new and told me the sandwiches and burgers came with fries, and for a non-gourmet burger place, a 12 falafel burger should come with friends. Turns out, they decided to take that option away. Despite my waitresses lapse in knowledge about sides (she's new, i don't blame her at all) she was attentive and awesome!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pork chop is better than your moms
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Felt like a home cooked meal but with a fancy culinary twist. Worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trendy dinner spot
    foodbabybay
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Eclectic menu spanning from $9 Kale & Bean Soup to $11 Top Ramen to $22 Happy Meal (1/3 burger and fries served with bourbon and a beer).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.5
    • Food3.6
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 103 reviews are from the Plum Bar + Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Second visit, and it was as
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000
    Dined on 4/22/2013
    Second visit, and it was as outstanding as the first. This is a "do not miss" restaurant on the Bay Area food scene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was a disappointing meal
    Ctfrank
    Dined on 4/21/2013
    This was a disappointing meal and dining experience. The prices were high relative to the food quality and quantity. The attitude of the server was haughty and unwelcoming. We will not be revisiting.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A fabulous find for the most
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/21/2013
    A fabulous find for the most creative and beautifully presented food I have had since Cyrus closed. In fact the Rock Cod was the most memorable fish I have had in 50 years!I urge everyone who reads this to try this astounding restaurant in revitalized Oakland.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • You have to try this place!
    Eat2liveVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2013
    We dine out 3-4 times/month usually in SF. It was only because we were attending a show in Oakland that I chose a restaurant there. Plum was a wonderful surprise! The wine list is impressive; cocktails are imaginative and great tasting; appetizers and entrees were innovative and every bite revealed the complexity, interaction and melding of carefully selected ingredients. To round out our enjoyable experience, our server was attentive to getting us out the door to meet our show time schedule.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ate at the chef's counter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    Ate at the chef's counter for the first time. The cooks were all very nice in offering recommendations and explanations. New manager in training Russell was very personable and accommodating. A very pleasant evening. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We enjoyed the dinner -- I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    We enjoyed the dinner -- I had the lamb; my guest had the duck. Service was speedy. Desserts were outstanding. We ate early before the theatre (with a reservation,of course), and the staff accommodated us without prompting.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Plum is Phenomenal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2013
    This place is phenomenal. I sat at the chef's counter with my brother. We had incredible food, wine and service. The chef's were entertaining to watch and brought us special additional plates of food. The ambience was perfect-not stuck up but the food was totally fit for foodies. I will definitely go back. Everyone was so generous and the whole evening was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good times. We ate at the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    Good times. We ate at the end of the counter overseeing the kitchen staff, much hustle. Great homemade ricotta, fried oysters, lamb shoulder stew. We'll be back when we're in the neighborhood - close to the Fox Theatre.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's really a lovely place
    mccalmoVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2013
    It's really a lovely place for a simple, straightforward meal with excellent food. Not at all pretentious. Excellent wines, and they understand what they are serving. We've been there three times. No complaints!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I love this restaurant. The
    ThisandThat
    Dined on 4/10/2013
    I love this restaurant. The food is always excellent and the service great.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Food and Staff Rocks
    kenwyatt44VIP
    Dined on 4/9/2013
    We were looking for a place to catch an early dinner before heading to the airport hotel when we stumbled upon Plum online. The neighborhood around this restaurant has undergone a makeover which intrigued us to see urban renewal at work. Also, the menu on the website and restaurant photos looked interesting. The restaurant was quiet when we arrived so we had a choice of seats and chose to sit at a bar like area where we could see our food being prepared and talk with the kitchen staff. While our burger and lamb were excellent, we also enjoyed the friendly staff who explained a lot of what they were doing. My guess is that this would not be possible in the middle of a rush but we found it fun anyway.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, great service,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    Great food, great service, friendly place. Would recommend it to anyone. May become my Cheers spot in the Bay Area.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The service was the best part
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/2/2013
    The service was the best part of our Plum meal; it was attentive and professional. At first the music was too loud, but the waiter responded by turning the volume down appropriately. I found the food good, but not outstanding compared to other Oakland restaurant choices. The menu was rather limited and the prices were on the high side. The wood block chairs were hard to move and if you are thin like my guest, beware the wooden banquette with art work at head level, thereby keeping you from leaning against the banquette's back. Sitting for the whole meal on a hard wood surface without a backrest does not promote restful dining. I will not be returning.
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  • The menu has recently undergone
    BDH1VIP
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    The menu has recently undergone some revisions and they are all for the better. The food was spectacular. Lamb, duck, cauliflower, gnocchi, coconut cake. Every bite of each was amazing. Food lovers go and sit at the open kitchen and watch the magic.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely food but way too noisy.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    Lovely food but way too noisy. Not much point if conversation is part of what we go out for. We are glad to have tried Plum but won't be back
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • our first visit would definitely
    DanceVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    our first visit would definitely go back, seating could use some improvement. Very hard and not great back support!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A classy thing to do!
    Olivier
    Dined on 3/28/2013
    Food great but took a long time for a cocktail to come and it came at the end of the meal- so we didn't drink it and they comped us the drink. That was the classy thing to do.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food with interesting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/28/2013
    Great food with interesting combinations -- never thought I'd like rutabaga soup but it was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Plum sat us at the Chef's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/26/2013
    Plum sat us at the Chef's counter; my friend and I are a real handful...questioning every plate, dissecting each flavor and finally hearing the chef's input - what a special treat!Pork belly and duck confit spectacular with the local vineyard Zinfandel(Urbana). I was impressed by the perfect lil' pockets of Gnocchi glazed "crisply" on one side sitting in a perfect sauce of peas, pistachio and mint. Yummy! The chocolate tart was the perfect topper to my BIRTHDAY dinner. Thank you Plum!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Plum was amazing! Creative
    vealparmesanVIP
    Dined on 3/26/2013
    Plum was amazing! Creative and thoughtfully prepared, each dish was memorable. Pork belly , rye spaetzle appetizers were great. Rock Cod, lamb shoulder, duck confit, and burger were the four entrees devoured at our table.service was attentive but not intrusive. This is a place you will come back to again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful find! Lovely ambiance,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/24/2013
    Wonderful find! Lovely ambiance, surprisingly creative and delightful food. Plan to return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Had a great birthday dinner
    DawnVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    Had a great birthday dinner here. Spaetzle were tender and flavorful with charred cabbage and apple slices, rated one of the best dishes ever by my discerning son. Burger was excellent, juicy and flavorful. Rock cod was cooked perfectly and served with tender fava beans and fennel. Desserts did not disappoint. Serving waiter was excellent though bar was a bit slow and initial glass of wine was turned. Waiter quickly and unquestioningly replaced it. Sit at the "Chef's table" to watch the chefs at work in a smooth dance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The male host wearing the
    EricVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    The male host wearing the sport coat was EXTREMELY RUDE! I doubt I will ever visit again. I was with a client attempting to finalize a deal and I arrive 10 mins late and he completely went off! Please have management contact me
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed our waiter. He was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/21/2013
    Enjoyed our waiter. He was friendly and had a good sense of humor. Also, I mentioned that our dinning out was in celebration of my wife's birthday. He brought a small dessert with a lite candle. She was thrilled and I thought it was a very thoughtful gesture.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We sat at the bar and it was
    oaktownmom
    Dined on 3/20/2013
    We sat at the bar and it was fun to watch the chefs prepare the dishes. The pork belly dish was outstanding, as was the duck confit. However, the onion risotto was a little bit underwhelming and plain. It really needed something else. But the service was great, and the ambiance was nice, and I would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had such a great time.
    maggmae
    Dined on 3/20/2013
    We had such a great time. We went on a Wednesday and the two of us sat at the chef's counter and had a front row seat to watch Chef Manfred and his crew. He was incredibly friendly and gracious, answering our questions and making sure we were happy. His enthusiasm and exactitude were fun to watch. It was a good idea for us to get there early-ish (6:30) so that it was quiet enough for us to be able to chat with him. The staff was also incredibly nice and knowledgable. And the food! We ordered 4 appetizers -- the cauliflower, the beef tongue, the spaetzle, and the pork belly. They were all delicious and beautifully presented. The chef also gave us a sample of the rutabaga soup -- what a nice surprise!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A memorable experience
    katiluna
    Dined on 3/19/2013
    Having dinner at Plum was a wonderful treat. I was greeted very warmly (by a man who I think is probably the owner). I arrived early so went to the Plum bar. The atmosphere is inviting, with gorgeous lighting and a subtle but very interesting decor. I liked the images of incandescent light bulbs behind the bar and the shelves with what appeared to be miniature replicas of science lab equipment. Made me think of scientific discovery, while watching the bartender made me think about alchemy and wizardry. My martini was perfect! Later on, dinner with my friend was also perfect. While some patrons may be unhappy with the small portions, I was delighted with the delicious and beautiful food and great wine. A memorable experience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful all round, apart
    RubyRVIP
    Dined on 3/19/2013
    Wonderful all round, apart from the fact that we had a couple sitting next to us, who spoke VERY loudly! As the tables are so close, it really disrupted the flow of our own conversation. This is something that is not really under the restaurant's control, apart from maybe moving tables further apart.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Underwhelmed and disappointed.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    Overall experience was very disappointing. I had greater expectations of the food and the quality service. Our waiter was fabulous, the front staff was uncooperative, bordering on the rude.(this was in relation to the overly loud music playing and requests to lower it so that conversation could be easier). Appetiser was very good, entrees were okay. I would say : Overpriced and underwhelming.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent meal! My fiancé
    Ajm317VIP
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    Excellent meal! My fiancé brought me for my birthday and it was an absolutely delicious meal. The service was a little uneven, but every dish we had was fantastic, and the cocktails were incredible.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My friend and I had a lovely
    JLM1
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    My friend and I had a lovely experience at Plum this weekend. We were greeted warmly and provided with some bubbly to ease our short wait while our table was set. Our waiter was attentive and patient, as it took us a while to figure out the game plan...and he looked a little like Robert Downey, Jr., which is always a good thing. We appreciated that he took really great care of us. The food was extremely yummy across all the dishes we ordered. I have been to Plum a few times. The place isn't inexpensive, but I have consistently been served great food. It is one of my Oakland favorites.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Uptown Oakland up-and-comer?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    Tucked away on Broadway in Uptown Oakland, Plum offers inventive dishes and a decent selection of spirits. My wife and I chose the beef tongue carpaccio and winter (rutabaga) soup for appetizers. Both were delicious, but the carpaccio was the standout. For our main courses, we had the halibut and risotto. The halibut, with fingerling potatoes and greens, was somewhat plain and overcooked to the point of dryness over most of the filet. The risotto was cooked to perfection, but was also seasoned somewhat timidly - a little oregano, please? All in all, we enjoyed Plum, perhaps a little less than Camino or Duende or even Chop, but we will certainly return. Overlooking the fish, solid four stars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate