Restaurant August
Restaurant August
  • Address:
    301 Tchoupitoulas Street
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    Neighborhood:
    Central Business District
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary French
    Price: $50 and over

Restaurant August

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.restaurantaugust.com/
  • Phone: 5042999777x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Friday Only, 11:00am - 2:00pm. Dinner: Monday - Sunday, 5:00pm - 10:00pm. Brunch: Sunday Only, 11:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: and co-owner John Besh
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Gravier
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: August has a parking lot across from the restaurant available for dinner only!
A word from Restaurant August
Opened in October 2001 with native John Besh at the helm, Restaurant August is the only restaurant to be awarded a perfect "5 Bean" score from The Times-Picayune in the past two years. Food & Wine bestowed Besh with the honor of "Best New Chef" in 1998. Gourmet magazine's Guide to America's Best Restaurants listed August in its top five picks in New Orleans.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Restaurant August reviews from OpenTable diners
330 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (258)fit for foodies (240)romantic (214)notable wine list (172)neighborhood gem (59)good for groups (59)hot spot (46)great for lunch (45)great for brunch (17)vibrant bar scene (9)scenic view (7)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Really enjoyed it
    Sunrise
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    better if they had sat us at a two people table instead of a table for six
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent August in NOLA
    Michiganders
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Review Accolades for this dining experience were as advertised...exceptional service, presentation, quality, and ambiance. Will definitely return. New Orleans has lots of restaurants with great food. Not sure this one has a peer actually.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    Casper
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We were prepared to love August but just couldn't. The service and ambiance are first rate but we didn't have anything in the menu that left us going "wow!"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • CarolVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    August met every expectation. The food and service were excellent and the atmosphere was wonderful. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding!!!!
    DebfromIL
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Out-of-this world tasting food & wine!!! Staff & service were world-class. Staff was as knowledgeable as they were warm & hospitable. An unbelievably wonderful experience! I was graced with an opportunity to visit New Orleans & the first place I wanted to visit was August. I've followed Chef Besh on TV & wanted to try his restaurant. It was a beautiful experience I will never forget. If I am ever in New Orleans again, I will make sure I get a table at August! Thank you, Chef Besh & your incredible staff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful in every way
    KristenVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This was an outstanding dining experience - complete with incredible wine-pairings complements of Erin, wonderful service who even split entrees for us and served over several courses, and the food itself amazing. Highly recommend!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    John Besh just gets it right!. August is a beautiful restaurant with amazing food to match. The fois gras 3 ways was magnificent both in presentation and taste. My duck entrée was cooked to perfection but a little salty. Service is top notch without being over bearing. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sublime!
    shegee
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    One of the best dinners I have ever had, my friends agree! We oooo'ed and aaahed all the way through every course. Peaches and goat cheese, delectable and delish. Fried oysters, unbelievable. Trout - out of this universe and that banana pudding was a dessert to beat all desserts. We may not be culinary geniuses, but we do know that the servers treated us like royalty, always close by with a smile and made it feel like there was a harsher world outside their door. We will come to New Orleans again just to eat here and see these wonderful people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The food was excellent - some of the best dishes I've ever had. The service was outstanding, and it was quiet - which was really nice for a change!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fit for my Philadelphia Hipster
    Suburbangal
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    When my hipster Philly living Foodie nephew came into town, there was only one place I really wanted to take him. Restaurant August did not disappoint! The food was excellent-- of course. The staff was awesome--Chris and company had a great sense of humor! I will forever appreciate Restaurant August making this suburban stodgy aunt look pretty damn cool. J
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The appetizers were amazing and service impeccable. Will return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food
    dinner42
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    August is a pricey restaurant, but if you are looking for a nice atmosphere and a great meal, this is the place. My husband and I were visiting New Orleans for a week and decided to have lunch at August. We had a reservation for 12:45 pm so people were dressed very casual to business attire. Probably the dinner time dress is less casual and more formal. We split two appetizers, an entree and a dessert. We wanted to try everything that is why we went for the split. The Chef split our entree onto two plates without asking, which is a nice touch. Everything was made to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Absolutely Amazing
    Jakenchels
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My husband and I were celebrating our one year anniversary and came to August for the Prix Fixe Menu on a Friday for lunch. The service was wonderful and our waitress was extremely knowledgable. The food was hands down the best meal my husband and I have ever eaten. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely
    GCFoodie
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We were a group of 8 professionals who wanted a foodie meal during a conference. We were seated at a round table and the space was beautiful! Tall ceilings and windows, chandeliers, etc. But it didn't feel stuffy, which was nice. Our server, Zeke, took a lovely "looking" menu and brought it to life with his detailed descriptions involving pistachio dust and whipped hollandaise. Towards the end, the service slowed down a little, but I couldn't begrudge other tables getting the same attention that we had enjoyed. The food was fantastic. I ended up with three appetizers rather than an entree. The beet salad was lovely, the gnocchi as heavenly as described, and the rabbit pasta so wonderfully flavorful. Fantastic experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DIVINE!
    Lenniea
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Food superb, maitre d enthusiastic, ambiance perfect! Restaurant divided into smaller spaces which personalized the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 5 star experience
    LJandLou
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    If nothing else go for the gnocchi, rich with black truffles but amazing. Filet & trout were both worth repeating next time as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Studio416
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Truly a New Orleans must. Great food,service and ambience. The degustation menus are sublime and the wine pairings are spot on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Four of us had a very special evening at August this past Sunday. Excellent, friendly service along with fabulous food. One of the best meals we have ever had and we have dined at some of America's best restaurants. August is certainly one of them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food to celebrate
    NancyW
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This was an amazing dining experience. From the service to the food, everything was first class. The wait staff is impeccable and the food goes beyond one's imagination. The flavors are incredible with unique renderings that truly set it apart. If I had a criticism it is that although the restaurant was wonderful to adapt a dish for my grown daughter who is a very picky eater, the charge for a bowl of spaghetti with red sauce (no meat) was truly over-the-top.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I was looking forward to dining here. I am sad to say that the appetizer foie gras was very salty and not good. The trout, which was recommended, was also not appetizing. I wish I had a better review.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Attention to the entire experience
    Charlie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The arrival experience sets the tone for the entire experience and Restaurant August has room for improvement. We arrived promptly for our 8 PM res to encounter three blank faced young women who didn't offer a greeting or a smile and then seated us at the worst table in their tiny back dining room although many other tables were available in their main dining room. The evening was saved by a table change and the excellent service of Mark and his partners. We visited four other wonderful restaurants while in NOLA and the arrival here was the worst. Pay attention, Restaurant August!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty food, lackluster service
    EatNOLAtilYaDie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Upon arriving hostess gave us thorough look up and down and friend and I were promptly seated in back corner. It was hard to escape the impression that our visit wasn't valued, given that we didn't order wine (friend doesn't drink) and we came during Restaurant Week (unintentionally). Food tasted great but portions were small for dinner. At the end of the meal, waitress dropped the check without a smile or thank you and picked up the signed receipt while we were still sitting! Love Besh's cooking, but likely won't be coming back here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Disappointed to Disgusted 4
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    First time in New Orleans. Every meal up to this night has been from Very Good to Outstanding. We planned this for our last night. The appetizers were fine, but not up to the standards we'd been served elsewhere. The entrees were unbelievable. The lamb, fish, and the crab were basically tasteless, but one entree was inedible???? Three of us tasted it. Given the ratings I've seen for this place, there is no explanation for the food we were served. Every fine chef knows he/she should taste everything going out of their kitchen. Food this horrible would never leave the kitchen of most restaurants. I have no idea what went wrong, but I would never walk into this place again.........EVER!!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    NOLAFoodee
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This restaurant came highly praised, and rightfully so. Food was amazing, service was good. Great overall experience. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • August review
    Eatoutnola
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Do not do the set menu for dining week. Portions were tiny, selections were pitiful and food was no good. Other than that, it was great
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really Good
    RickVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We did some dining during a 3 night trip and it is unfair to compare, but as good as it was, it was not my favorite. The grilled sweetbreads were good, but I prefer them fried. The snapper was excellent with a very fresh piece of fish served with broth poured over it. The fourth person in our party had a small tasting menu that was offered during Restaurant Week. She was completely happy with her meal which started out with shaved zucchini salad and featured a rolled and breaded chicken breast that was then sliced into thin pieces. She had panna cottta for dessert and the rest of us had the mint chocolate dessert. Big complaint was the acoustics. It didn't help that our party of four was seated at a table for 6. Way too hard to talk.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Indifferent, Arrogant Service
    BearcatViolet
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We have eaten at Restaurant August several times. Each previous time, the service and food were exceptional. However, this time, the service was about the worst we've ever encountered. Our server was cold and indifferent. The manager was more interested in hearing himself talk than in addressing our wants and needs. Neither attempted to chat with us. Further, each spent a good portion of the evening with his back to us, chatting with apparently VIPs at the next table while ignoring us. Each of us ordered an expensive three-course meal. At the end of the meal, we were given a small plate of mignardises and the bill with the terse direction to pay when ready. However, everyone else also got boxes of confections. Really bad service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friday Lunch Special Menu
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I read about your Prix fixe lunches on Friday and decided after reading the restaurant comments that I would book for my wife and I from Canada for the next Friday on our visit to New Orleans. As it turned out my son had just proposed to his girl and I enquired about changing the reservation to four. Well we were all so impressed in every aspect of food ,service, ambience and joy of experiencing a first-class eating establishment. THe food was superb, well-presented and tasty. It proved to be a real celebration where we never felt rushed and felt like we were special guests. It was a real pleasure to experience this as part of our holiday. We certainly will be recommending August to friends and family and hope to return one day.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Impressions
    4HisName
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We are locals and took advantage of Restaurant Week 2014 to try Restaurant August; this is a beautiful space with much character. The food was quite delicious and beautifully plated. Unfortunately the volume/noise level in the "wine room" where we were seated was over-the-top to the point we just wanted the meal to end. The wait staff, although attentive, was perfunctory in how they served us; not personable but certainly efficient in their "duties". I am glad we went; but will try another fine dining restaurant in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A bit disappointing
    Frankie
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Although the service was great we were a bit disappointed in the food. It was very good but not as great as we expected
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice upscale restaurant.
    Jpmc
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The ambiance was very nice but it is traditional with its dark wood interior. The food is French mixed with local flair. The waitress strangely tried to dissuade us from the fish because it might be too "out there" for our palettes. My wife was wearing a cocktail dress and I was in business casual, but granted no sports jacket. We fine dine quite a bit, but it seems like we were completely misjudged. My beef looked expertly made with a red center, but it tasted ok and dry at times - maybe it sat under a heat lamp for a little too long. Even though it was only a ribeye cut, I've had better elsewhere, but this is my baseline meal for every new restaurant we visit. The dessert was the highlight, and will go again but with sommelier pairing.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service are amazing
    micaheats
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Every course was incredible. My girlfriend got the vegetarian tasting menu, which contained none of the traditional afterthought sub-par items one might expect. I've never had such attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional!
    JoSuTa
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We are frequent visitors to New Orleans, and always try to mix some new restaurants with the old favorites. Our meal at August may well have been the best meal we have every had in New Orleans. A lovely room, attentive service, and an amazing meal. The price may keep it out of our reach sometimes, but it would definitely be our first choice for a special occasion and/or if the budget allows.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My boyfriend and I went our first night in New Orleans, and we were not disappointed! I am not vegetarian but chose the vegetarian pairing menu. My boyfriend chose the regular pairing menu. We both agreed that mine was actually the better choice overall, especially since our wonderful server allowed me to substitute one of the courses for the renowned trout dish. Amazing food and amazing wine with spectacular service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome dining expierence!!
    TheBirthdaygir36l
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Birthday Fabulous ! Wonderful service ,food and ambiance!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, terrible service
    Chad
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food is well thought out and put together. We thoroughly enjoyed everything we had. Unfortunately the service was so bad that we will never go back. While the waiter was friendly, he was as attentive as a sleeping dog. He did promptly bring us menus and asked about drinks, but it was all downhill from there. Once our drinks were ordered, we waited a good 15 minutes (possibly longer) before he came to inquire about our food order. He repeated it wrong to us, but did correct it. Wife ordered app as entree, yet it was brought out early and given to wrong person. Plates remained on table for long periods of time. It took 20 mins after our meal to even be approached, which we then finally asked for bill. We skipped desert as result
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    nolagirl
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This by far is one of the most amazing restaurants I have experienced in a long time. Not only was the service superb but the food was so good that this has now become my all time favorite restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exquisite for your taste buds..
    lisa65res
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Restaurant August is a delight for the senses. The presentation and flavors are just wonderful, and the combinations work beautifully. If you are a food lover this is not to be missed..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great deal for a great Friday lunch
    eatndrnk
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We headed to August right off the plane after dropping our bags at the hotel. We had drinks at the bar and liked both the atmosphere and the décor. Service was friendly and prompt. The soft yellow dining room and chandeliers were very pretty. We took advantage of the Friday afternoon $20 prix fixe lunch (amazing value) and added the crab gnocchi appetizer. Our waiter and the rest of the serving staff were right on point. Spacing between each of the 3 courses was timed well. There's nothing negative I could say---food, drinks, price, service, location, décor, atmosphere were all wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of the best in New Orleans
    Boadicea
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I discovered August in 2008 when my husband and I visited it to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. We visit it each time we are in New Orleans. Our most recent visit was for Labor Day weekend. The fried oysters, gnocchi and trout were outstanding, however the soft shell crab was a bit salty. I have a dairy allergy, and the chef made a special preparation of the gnocchi for me. Excellent service, ambiance and food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.