Corduroy
Corduroy

Corduroy

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.corduroydc.com/
  • Phone: 2025890699x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday through Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm; Corduroy is available for private dining and receptions during the day and on Sundays.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Tom Power, Chef/Owner
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Corduroy offers two private rooms. One room can seat up to 16, the other can seat up to 24 and they can combine to seat 40. The entire restaurant can be made available for a sit down dinner for 100 or a cocktail reception for 200.
  • Private Party Contact: Pete Poling 2025890699x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ninth Street between L and M Streets
  • Public Transit: Mt. Vernon Square/Convention Center
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking available Friday and Saturday only.
A word from Corduroy
Corduroy serves the best of the season with much of the restaurants produce coming from local farms. Corduroy is not handicapped accessible due to the historic nature of our building. No shorts are permitted.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Corduroy reviews from OpenTable diners
162 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (120)special occasion (116)romantic (80)notable wine list (65)neighborhood gem (65)good for groups (18)hot spot (7)vibrant bar scene (4)great for outdoor dining (2)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Excellent and Sophistcated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Really lovely restaurant - a place that grown ups should try. Discreet service, very professional, excellent bar and the food is inventive but not trendy. This is the sort of restaurant that foodies like myself talk about with other foodies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great FoodAmbience needs attention
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    THE FOOD -My wife and I had a wonderful meal on Friday night , We both had the Tuna Entree , prepared Ahi style, was excellent! Salads were very creative and the Tuna Tartar was delightful. love the desserts ! THE WINE LIST - NOT SO GOOD - Only 3 white and reds by the glass . Many restaurants of this caliber offer more of a selection ( my wife likes white , I like reds ) Ambience- The restaurant needs operational attention , the ceiling above us was damaged , windows dirty , painting needed etc - a little back ground music would be welcomed . Bottom line , as a frequent DC high end diner , I would highly recommend Corduroy for the food , once they expand the wines by the glass selection and clean up the place , I'll be back !
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    had the tasting menu - nice place, terrific service, excellent food but wine pairing so/so.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Intimate Evening
    TimDVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    My new husband and I celebrated our honeymoon dinner at Corduroy and it was AMAZING. We were treated to glasses of champagne upon our arrival and tried the 5-course chef's selections for our dinners. The food was outstanding. By far the absolute BEST meal we had in DC for our wedding week. Expensive, but well worth the cost. Trusting the chef is a must - he has an amazing ability to piece together such a wonderfully flavorful meal that shined throughout the entire dining experience. Servers were on top of their game and very professional in their presentations of the food. We loved it and will certainly return next time we're in DC. A gem of a restaurant in a not-so-nice looking neighborhood, but once you're inside, it's all good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow!
    tastemattersmost
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    A buddy of mine was giving suggestions on restaurants for my anniversary dinner and he couldn't stop raving about Corduroy. I decided to give it a shot and the wife and I were thoroughly impressed. The waiter was informative and attentive without being overbearing. The ambiance was subdued without feeling sleepy and most importantly the food was absolutely amazing without being pretentious. The tuna tartar was one of the best things I've had in a very long time. A lot of places talk about letting the ingredients speak for themselves but very few places pull that off like Corduroy. I don't usually write reviews but I just had to share how awesome I think this place is.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ReviewerVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I celebrated my birthday and a friend's at Corduroy which was on both of our bucket lists for "must do" restaurants. Corduroy lived up to its name. The service was seamless; ambiance was perfect and intimate; and the food was sensational-we both had salmon-was well cooked and presented. The restaurant topped off our dinner with mini-birthday desert plates with candles. Really sweet. Absolutely a totally wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We will return
    Vino
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Surprising interior if one judges from the exterior of the restaurant. All for the better. Impeccable service. My tuna was out of this world, while my wife's Pork Tenderloin left much to be desired. The Tenderloin was removed from the bill. Heirloom tomato salad was wonderful and the cheese platter for my dessert was delicious. Very nice wine list as well and the server was very helpful in choosing a wine to go with both entrees. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service ruins meal
    PhilVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The waiter was rude and careless spilling water, beer and wine on table and diners. Service ruined good cuisine!
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  • Yum
    lutetia
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Delicious food. Try the tasting menu. And request that it include the tuna tartar, which is out of this world. Simply the best bite of food you'll ever have.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic for "Date Night"
    KellyTB
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    My husband and I choose this restaurant due to recommendations from a coworker and positive reviews online. It is extremely convenient to those attending conferences at the DC Convention Center. The food was fantastic and the service impeccable. We opted to try the Chef's Five Course Tasting Menu and were very pleased with the selections served. Great restaurant!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    DavisfolksVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Wonderful meal with exceptional service. I would return again in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Resplendent!
    dne99
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The five courses plus amuse-bouch were elegantly prepared and served, paired with wines that enhanced their exquisiteness, Certainly, on par with some of the best. Thanks to Sam for making our celebration special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious meal
    KsparicoVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our 9th anniversary here and had a great experience. The beet salad was fresh and delicous and the scallops and hen were out of this world. Sam was great in assisting us with a perfect Pinot Noir with our meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cjxxVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Great food and drinks. The waitor was very knowledge about menu and ingredients for various food items which aided in selecting my dinner choice. Since I have food allergies, this was a huge help to ensure I was able to enjoy what I ordered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exquisite and Consisten
    BexleyVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    You can count on Corduroy for a sophisticated dining experience. I am very happy to have it in my neighborhood. The food was delicious, well prepared and nicely served. The service was just fine, appropriately attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Corduroy - Great Again!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Second visit to Corduroy, and it was excellent, again. The food was spectacular (Soft Shell Crab exquisite), and the wine list, while smallish, is perfectly suited for the fare from the kitchen. Service was flawless.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great business dinner
    Wanda
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Everything was excellent except pork loin not well done and too pink in center Otherwise all 5 of us loved it
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • corduroy wears well
    matinee
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    second visit, even better than the first. Come early like we did and get even better service and less noise. The menu was completely new and exciting. Our wait staff and the bar tender were all excellent. Had the Antelope. Divine. Only minor complaint is that parking isn't too easy around there. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bravo!
    Katwill5
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    We were a group of 7 celebrating my mother's 70th birthday. My husband and I dined here several times years ago, and were slightly apprehensive as to whether our celebration experience was going to live up to our memories. I'm delighted to report it did so and more! The service was excellent. Our server knowledgeable and helpful. The wine list was wonderful. Everyone in our group absolutely LOVED every course they ordered. Seriously, not one complaint. The menu was varied enough so that the meal/potatoes crowd and fish lovers were all delighted. The food was truly outstanding. We had an absolutely fabulous evening that will make us smile for years to come.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodlover
    Foodlover
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Had been there once before on business and thought it a great choice for a romantic dinner with my wife. EXCEEDED expectations on every front. Absolute best experience for well conceived food options, beautiful plating, and exceptional service. When in DC, will always try and go back. Outstanding!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Antelope+bread pudding...'nuff said
    mginVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Went here with a group of friends for a celebration. Dinner was awesome and the service was excellent. It's kind of nestled away between some houses so you have to keep an eye out for it. I was a particular fan of the antelope entree and pistachio bread pudding dessert. ...wear pants and real shoes, a friend of mine did not and regretted it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JRZGRLVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    My husband & I were celebrating our anniversary; we had read about Corduroy. We chose the Chef's $70/pp tasting menu - the food was amazing & beautifully prepared. We had tuna tartare, a lump crab blitz, pork tenderloin & antelope. My only complaint was that our waiter said we could only have one exception (per table & not per person) to the tasting menu. I was skeptical to try the antelope but my husband really wanted it. I'm a foodie so I decided to give it a try; it was delicious. Had we been two friends dining together, it would have been nice for each of us to have had the option, if we chose to, to have that one exception to the tasting menu. Other than that, we loved our dinner and would absolutely recommend Corduroy.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall - outstanding (says it all)
    dacwdcVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I know there are a few bad reviews on here for Corduroy, but we didn't find any of the flaws they suggest. Every single staff person was easy, fun, a bit playful (even when I made bad jokes), and very helpful. The food was all excellent (as were the cocktails). It's expensive, but if you don't know that going in, shame on you. The drama free bottom line is - yes, it's all that it's cracked up to be.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Genuinely Excellent
    calebindiana
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We were visiting DC over our anniversary and decided on Corduroy. It was a first-class experience. We had the tasting menu which, for $70, provides 6 courses (five plus the amuse bouche soup). The courses were tasting sizes of things on the menu. The chef picks the courses, but we were allowed to request one thing from the menu that we could "guarantee" to be a choice. Each of us got two different desserts, so 4 in all. Our waiter was the "Chicago guy" you read about in the reviews and he was friendly and charming without being overbearing. He is a wine expert, but we each only had glasses of wine. I positively recommend Corduroy. $70 is fair for these courses and the food is high-quality and very well-prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We were made to feel very welcome and had a great meal.The staff went to a lot of trouble to explain the different courses and the food was all delicious.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Date spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Took a lady here on a first date. Thought it was a little aggressive to go to such a nice place but the lady loved it. Our server, the guy with a thick Chicagoan accent, knocked it out of the park. He was funny and polite all at once. The food was incredible and we had good wine paired with it. I will be coming back. Many times more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect all around
    TMacVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Highlights: antelope was superb, tuna starter excellent. Wonderful staff but didn't see a female employee (I always wonder why??).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • luv2dine
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Great service, delicious food! We had the grouper, which was perfection.....
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    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Corduroy- loved it!
    PaulaK32
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    In town for a conference and a friend recommended Corduroy - as he knew I prefer local fresh healthy food. I was not disappointed! Sam provided excellent service; the food was great; and Sam's suggested wine pairings were perfect. I dined early in the evening and it was just me but I could see coming back for a romantic dinner with my sweetheart! The proximity of the restaurant to the National Mall served as an opportunity to take a DC tourist walk after dinner too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • very fancy
    DCist
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The humble exterior masks a beautiful, minimal interior. The menu is also minimal with fantastic entree's. Our first course was just OK. At our age (mid-twenties), we were the youngest party in there but it was a very private atmosphere - no one noticed. Great place for small, intimate outings. Would not recommend for groups larger than 4 people.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as it used to be
    DCdinerVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We used to come here, and the food was really fantastic. Don't know what it was, but it now seems ordinary and a little rough around the edges - both from the way people were dressed to a tasting menu that was merely items off of the regular menu - nothing all that revelatory. It was good, but with so many other great restaurants in DC these days, we probably won't be heading back, which I'm sad about.
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  • Very well done all around.
    1whoeatsoutalotVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Best wagu and bisque in entire city. Look forward to going back. Service was excellent.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Finally got to enjoy a dinner at this spectacular restaurant. Mark, our server, was terrific and helped us celebrate our anniversary well - food is fantastic, and just a wonderful experience. We will be back - especially to enjoy the neat bar upstairs - but also for dinner downstairs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 89 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1883 reviews are from the Corduroy reviews archive.
  • foodie50
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We enjoyed our dining experience at Corduroys. The food was very good and the staff was friendly and helpful. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Inconsistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    My husband absolutely lived his dinner. Knocked his socks off, and he hadn't been wowed for a long time. Sounds good??? Well it would be except, my food was fair. Undercooked grits, scallops were good and cooked well but undercooked grits ruined it. Bread pudding underwhelming, actually quite bland. So overall, although one meal was good, the inconsistency would cause us to choose differently the next time. The service was fabulous, wait staff attentive and friendly.
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  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Dinner was excellent. Our waiter was very helpful in assisting us to choose some very delicious dishes.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another amazing meal
    StevefoVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    After an excellent first meal a couple months ago, my girlfriend and I started calling this our favorite restaurant. We couldn't wait for a second meal to see if it was as good as we remembered. On the night I proposed to my girlfriend, I wanted to commemorate the night by eating here, and the meal was amazing again. My fiancée says this is the best rare tuna in DC, having nailed the preparation twice! The antelope was very tasty and melts in your mouth. The food alone would have us raving, but the attentive service always tops off the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Must try food!
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We went recently to celebrate a friends graduation and it was just perfect for the occasion. The food was very good and fun but not pretentious. As a foodie I get a little tired of the molecular machinations of every ingredient and so this was fairly simply prepared but interesting food. We had the antelope which they are known for and it was cooked perfectly rare as I requested. Lean but flavorful. We also had a lamb loin special that melted in your mouth. There was also a soft sell crab special that was Lightly fried and delicious. The service was the best o have had. Our server was extremely knowledgeable about the food and made a wine recommendation that I will keep on my list of faves!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Memorable
    DeeDee
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    This was a wonderful dining experience where food and service were outstanding. Thank you Corduroy (and Mark) for making our special occasion memorable!
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    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Still my favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    For many reasons this continues to be my favorite restaurant in DC. Food is always wonderful and staff is amazing as well.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate