Poppy Kitchen
Poppy Kitchen

Poppy Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.poppykitchentucson.com/
  • Phone: 5202191235x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm.
    Weekend Brunch: Saturday: 10:30am - 2:30pm.
    Happy Hour: Daily: 3:30pm - 6:30pm.
    Closed on Mondays
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Virginia Wooters - Chef de Cuisine Pete Davis
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Metzger Family Restaurants are a fully functioning restaurant group that offers second to none catering. Please contact us: catering@jaxkitchen.com and let us know about your needs!
  • Private Party Facilities: We have numerous areas that work for large groups. We have a beautiful patio with spectacular views that we have done a cocktail party for 50, sit down dinner for 75 or a PROM! Let us know about your needs, we will make it happen!
  • Private Party Contact: Anne Davis 5202191235x
  • Special Events: Every SUNDAY = 1/2 off ALL bottles of WINE 5pm - close
    Every SATURDAY = BAR happy hour ALL DAY 10am-6:30pm & BRUNCH

Getting there

  • Cross Street: E Via Palomita
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: You are able to valet at the Westin, and walk down... or openly park in the huge parking lot!
A word from Poppy Kitchen
Poppy Kitchen is the next chapter of the Metzger family story where love is expressed through their passion for food. Brian Metzger's poppy was one of the most kind and loving man he's ever known. If ever a restaurant could authentically represent kindness, love and strength from a culinary perspective, it’s Poppy Kitchen.

Poppy Kitchen is located at the newly beautiful Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona. This iconic La Paloma resort is nestled on 250 acres in the high Sonoran Desert foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains and features picturesque mountain, city and Tucson golf course views amidst stunning desert landscape and wildlife.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Poppy Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
83 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (46)fit for foodies (40)great for outdoor dining (36)special occasion (29)great for brunch (20)romantic (19)good for groups (18)neighborhood gem (15)great for lunch (12)kid-friendly (10)vibrant bar scene (10)notable wine list (10)hot spot (9)late-night find (6)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    we went with another couple who had eaten there before and they loved it so we decided to give it a try. The service was very good and the food was delicious and nicely presented. A small but varied menu with a nice blend of flavors. Both parties would return sometime in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Music was too loud outside
    Cantafordit
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food & service great. Happy hour prices appreciated. The music was too loud on the patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow
    Kaylee
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We utterly enjoyed ourselves! The food was amazing! It's a perfect date spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great foot but a bit rushed.
    Robert
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Enjoyed the food immensely. Went for a romantic evening but felt rushed. Staff was attentive but... Appetizers to desert in less than an hour was too quick for a romantic evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    Lovediningout
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Four of us went for dinner and all agreed this place is a little "quirky." Sat at a booth in the bar which had way too good a view of part of the kitchen - a very ugly view, not the usual "open kitchen" view. Why this area doesn't have a door is beyond comprehension. Some rather odd menu items and some disappointing food. After tasting, only two of the four would eat the octopus salad but French fries were excellent. Steak tartare was acceptable. Chicken was returned to the kitchen because it was horribly overcooked. Quesadillas were mediocre. Not a place that warrants a return visit.
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  • Cold trout
    HearthstoneCat
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The trout came room temperature on a very hot plate after it was sent back to the kitchen it returned, well, shriveled. By that time everyone else had finished eating. The Kobe beef cheeseburger ordered medium rare came out well-done. When I asked for some bread to accompany the soup it took 10' to arrive by which time the soup was long gone. And we got charged $1 for a small serving of bread. The wait staff seemed to have no clue. A thoroughly unpleasant experience. We have no intention to return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not far from home but getting away!
    Happyweekenders
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had a hectic week and just wanted to get away on a mini-vacation even though it was just 10 miles away . (real mini because we had so much to do on the weekend) Poppy's was perfect. We had a great brunch and Spicy Bloody Mary with a great view and were transported out of our hectic week and weekend. Thank you so much. The waiter and new bus boy were great as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent menu, inventive dishes
    Diner
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Excellent menu with inventive dishes, great service and great view
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 2nd TIME at Poppy Kitchen
    KANIKE
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Well, this 2nd time seemed that the NOISE level was better, even tho it still can be LOUD........not all of the menu items are favorites, so I pick and choose. I wouldn't come here on a regular basis, I feel the prices are on the higher side, but it is good for when you want to eat lighter. The DESSERT was excellent, we ordered 2 dessert for our party of 4, the carrot cake, and the strawberry ice-cream....both very very good! It is also a place to come for dessert too! Would like to try the brunch on Saturday. This was our second choice for dining Friday night, as our first choice was booked, so we ended up at Poppy's......mmmmmmm
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • okay
    okayVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    they tried... but didn't quite get there .... food was salty
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Saturday Brunch
    anoldyoungcouple
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Sunday brunches are so cliche, so finding a Saturday midmorning breakfast was fabulous. The menu was diverse, the food choices were appealing, and the quality was above average. great find and we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleased
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Our food was delicious. Our waiter was excellent. I loved the muffins and the bacon. Yum! I thoroughly enjoyed Saturday brunch. My family and I will definitely be going back soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Must try restaurant
    AZfoodie
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Been here 3 times and has been a great experience during all of them. Keep up the good work and great food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stunning view in Tucson Foothills
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We dined on the porch and it could not have been more beautiful. The menu is solid with changing specials that keep it interesting. We especially love the daily fish offering and the Sunday wine specials.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for brunch
    brunchanmunch
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The food was excellent. It was nice to find a place that serves a brunch on Saturday. The food choices were a nice selection. Full muffins per person would have been nice instead of cut in half. My steak was made exactly to my specifications. Our reservation was right on time. We will be coming back for sure!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Miss Jax but Poppy was good!
    TeamLeaVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Service alittle uneven but nice staff. Had mussels and then the salmon and short ribs, excellent! Love the bread and Brian's pick for wines.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Date Night Spot
    Meghan
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    we had dinner at Poppy kitchen using a groupon....it was great! We started our meal with two glasses of wine and the goat cheese appetizer, then followed it up with the crispy salmon, and fish number two (which was trout). Both entrees were outstanding.I love the mix of the baby beet greens and the beet puree on the plate, it added a great pop of color! To finish the evening we had the made to order carrot cake. What a concept!! warm carrot cake in a skillet, cold ice cream, and crispy carrots, yum yum!! We will be back Thank you for a great night :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AZfoodie
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Been to Poppy Kitchen before but went this time to use a Groupon. Wait staff was very nice and their specials for the day were fantastic. The 1/2 dozen oysters appetizer was DELICIOUS. Been there 3 times and satisfied every single visit. Love you guys!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Loud Restaurant
    ArizonaTravelGirl
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    2nd visit. This visit we were seated in the lower front section. It was VERY loud. I do not recommend this area. Sit outside or in the back!! The computers were having issues & our waiter forgot to turn in our drink order, app order, & dessert order. He also forgot to bring our coffee, ever. It was kind of a wrecked evening to be honest, as it took forever to get our meal. I like the restaurant, the food is pretty good, but I don't expect to go back much, especially if they will not give points for open table anymore. I like to stick with restaurants who have quieter surroundings, and work with open table for points. Makes me sad because I really used to like this family of restaurants, but lately they are kind of slacking off a bit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Service was terrible, and the staff seemed either unorganized or very mismanaged. Would not return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible experience
    datenight1503
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    This was a terrible dining experience. Food was terrible (risotto was cold, gummy and hard) and service was NON-EXISTENT. Will never eat here again, and would definitely not recommend it to anyone. I could go on and on, but it is not even worth taking the time to write it out.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too noisy!
    NomNom
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Immediately the level of noise was apparent, even the waiter admitted to the problem. I could not enjoy the company of my friends as we were not able to carry on a conversation with out yelling. The food was great... so good that I cleared my plate. All 6 of us in my party thought the food was excellent, but the atmosphere was so irritating that we would not return. Unfortunate for us and the restaurant. So much potential...
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not Up to Jax
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Metzger opened this restaurant at the same time they closed Jax, which was always one of my favorites. I was hoping it would be a replica. While they carried over some of the menu items (the crispy salmon, for instance), most of the menu is new. We were disappointed with the two fish entrees we ordered. Both were overcooked (this never happened at Jax). The dessert was lifeless. We'll have to try this again to see if maybe the chef was having a bad night.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dessert
    Luv2dineintucson
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I have always like Panacotta for dessert so ordered it. It came topped with "tomato jam". Did not like it, would not order it again nor would I recommend it to anyone else. It was the tomato jam that ruined it for me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Disappointed
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The advertised happy hour is only available in the bar. We weren't told this until after we sat down and ordered. They also claim to be gluten free and kid friendly, but there were no gluten free options on the kid menu. We asked if they could make something simple for our young kids. We settled on a small hamburger patty and French fries. When the bill came we realized we were charged for the adult portion Kobe beef burgers. I love my kids, but they don't need adult-sized $15 burgers. This wouldn't have bothered me if they didn't clearly indicate they were kid and gluten friendly on their website. Finally, the meals that all the adults ordered were pretty marginal, especially for the price.
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  • Great new spot
    DeborahVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Food and service were terrific! Even the house wine was outstanding. Many fun choices for cocktails, food and wine. We shall return often. We are big fans of the Abbey, and Poppy Kitchen lives up to its big sister easily.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    One of the nosiest restaurants we have been too. Food was good. Wait staff brought us the wrong dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Pleasant Experience
    sasabetom
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Having been a "Jax" we wondered if it would be worth the drive from Oro Valley... it was worth it and we will return. I had the best grouper dish I have ever had in Tucson! The house wines, red and white were both good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • close door
    diner
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    We sat near the back of the restaurant and they opened the door and it became very uncomfortable. We asked to be seated inside to avoid the 105 temp.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    Yuisama
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    My husband and I purchased a Groupon to try out Poppy Kitchen. We've been to The Abbey several times and have enjoyed it. Poppy Kitchen reminds me of an upscales Abbey. I had the Crispy Salmon, which was very delicious. My husband has the Seafood Gumbo. The only thing missing from that was a starch, like rice. Otherwise, the meal and service was excellent. I can see ourselves going back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Appetizer flop
    DineOutAlot
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Ordered the Steak Tartare and asked for an entree size, but did not receive. The appetizer was shockingly disappointing. Five very thin slices of french bread (Ficelle size--so about 2-1/2" in diameter) and grayish steak tartare of minute proportion...can't believe that they actually charge $13 for this. Since the meat was so 'gray'--it definitely did not look fresh or high quality. However, the rest of our dishes were very good...wish we had sent this one back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed but ...
    Pookie
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We enjoyed the table, view and patio. The margaritas were as described and very tasty. The only disappointment was the rib eye steak which had been so highly recommended. My husband is a BBQ person and knows how to cook a steak very nicely so he likes to check out restaurants that brag about their steaks. This steak was not cooked as he would have liked and it had a too much fat on it. But overall, the rest of the meal, salad, chicken pita with homemade chips were great. We will go again and give this restaurant a second try.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebrate at Poppy Kitchen!
    DalGal
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    My girlfriends and I recently decided to celebrate a birthday at Poppy Kitchen. We wereDal thrilled with the wonderful and diverse menu, the stellar service, and a beautiful environment in which to enjoy a fabulous meal. I would return in a heartbeat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Similar to The Abbey
    Kyle
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    The space is very cool looking and the vibe is similar to their sister restaurant The Abbey. They have a bunch daily specials which is nice. The meat and cheese plate was very good, our entrees were ok, and their ice cream sandwich was awesome.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good but with qualifications
    reasonable
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The food was very good, both the salmon and the pork porterhouse as main courses, and an excellent carrot cake desert. My companion is allergic to garlic and the waiter was very attentive in asking the kitchen and advising about which courses to avoid. We sat indoors and the noise level was very high, forcing us to repeat almost everything we said to each other. It didn't help that an infant was constantly screaming several tables away. There were a considerable number of children at other tables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • oldfriend
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Sadly it is not Jacks Kitchen of old. Was sorry to see most of the best employees are gone and a lot of very young servers have replaced them. The food was good but not as much of a great experience as prior. We had a party of 4 and with the Ribeye Steaks for all - we all had to say it was not the Ribeye for 2 (which was a much better steak), No red-velvet cake and the carrot cake is no match--skillet much like my daughters play size and taste more like spice cake with ice cream. For years we raved about the prior restaurant but we will not be able to do the same for Poppy Kitchen. What is with popcorn for a small starter ? Jacks was smart and reminded us of New York/LA.
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  • M.F.R does it again
    Jabakb0226
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Great food...The Brussels sprout topping on the pork chop....AMAZING!!!!...Brians pick on the white....Phenomenal!!!!! you are missing a great treat if you have not been....ask for Regina ....amazing menu knowledge and prompt personal service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Date Night!
    RhinoJoe
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    My wife and I had heard mix reviews but frequented Jax's often and knew the caliber of food there was great and expected the same at Poppy's we were not disappointed! All was great! We started with the Oysters, then My wife had the Pasta with Lamb meatballs, I had the Sammy, that was a fun spin on chicken piccata. We had the carrot cake, which was awesome and highly recommended! We look forward to going back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another great Metzger restaurant
    Rich
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    We've been going to The Abbey regularly since we moved to Tucson a year and a half ago. We liked Poppy Kitchen just as much. The cocktails are creative and fun, and the food is delicious. And both restaurants have been very accommodating to my very restrictive diet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A successful transplant
    FoodDudeVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Jax Kitchen lives on! Relocated and renamed, the menu at the new Metzger restaurant will look very familiar. Same for the wine list. But then Jax didn't close because people didn't like it. So just go east a ways and experience it again. A lovely patio setting and the inside is spacious and airy as well. The parking lot view from inside leaves something to be desired but the staff is attentive and easy going. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.