New Heights
New Heights

New Heights

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.newheightsrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2022344110x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dining Room:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
    Sunday: 5 pm - 10 pm

    Bar:
    Monday - Sunday: 4:30pm - Close

    Patio:
    Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Takeshi Nishikawa
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wine
  • Catering: Contempory American Cuisine by chef Takeshi Nishikawa. Available on request.
  • Private Party Facilities: Special banquet menus and semi private dining space available.
  • Private Party Contact: Kavita Singh 2022344110x
  • Special Events: Private Dining room and conference space available. For more information contact Kavita Singh at 202-234-4110

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Connecticut Avenue
  • Public Transit: Half a block from Omni Shoreham and Marriott Wardman Park Hotels. Woodley Park Zoo Metro (Red Line)
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $10 Starts at 5:15pm
A word from New Heights
New Heights consistently features innovative New American cuisine. Locals, from Presidents and well-known dignitaries to international travelers, return time after time. ZAGAT dished out top honors for the food, service, and stylish decor. The wine list receives the highest praise awarded by Wine Spectator and Restaurant Hospitality. The award winning architectural interior, original art adorning the walls, airy windows overlooking Washington DC’s scenic Rock Creek Park and dramatic floral arrangements create a perfect stylish atmosphere to enjoy the award winning creative cuisine of New Heights. Intelligent and knowledgeable wait staff add to create a perfect dining experience.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
New Heights reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (44)fit for foodies (37)special occasion (28)romantic (19)great for outdoor dining (18)vibrant bar scene (12)notable wine list (12)scenic view (10)good for groups (8)great for brunch (4)hot spot (3)late-night find (2)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • New Heights
    Andymanm123VIP
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Overall still a very nice restaurant in Woodley Park
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    fit for foodies
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  • Food was a disappointment
    MarkSK
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    The restaurant design and ambiance is outstanding as is the service. Unfortunately the food disappointed — particularly for the price.
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  • Wonderful food and creative drinks
    SeattletravelerVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    Not only was the food excellent but the portions were just right, not too large, and the cost was not outrageous. I sat at the bar and enjoyed the experience. The creative drinks, especially gin drinks, was very impressive.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fell short of expectations
    ayceman
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    i had read many good things about new heights which led to me putting it on the list when i visited DC. unfortunately, the food was just OK. a number of the dishes that should have been hot were served warm or cold. this may be due in part to the lax service, which was well meaning but oddly unprofessional. while i could certainly sense the creativity in the kitchen (the gin and cocktail menu alone is one of a kind) at least on this visit they were unable to execute on their vision.
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  • OK but not as wonderful as expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    The food was nicely done but not exceptional. The service was earnest but a bit clumsy. For example, they brought the hot fettucine appetizers with poached egg, which three of us had ordered, several minutes *before* the cold appetizers that the others in the party had ordered. Consequently, the delicate hot appetizers were getting cold while we waited politely for other members of the party to be served. The server referred to one entree we ordered as "the vegetarian," and we had to figure out that he meant the pasta. Clearly the staff meant well and was attentive; just a bit ham-handed.
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  • Gin bar with house made tonics,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    Gin bar with house made tonics, limited menu but all items were well prepared
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner near Marriott Wardman
    brb905
    Dined on 11/11/2013
    This is a nice place for dinner if you are visiting or have a conference at either the Marriott Wardman or Omni Shoreham Hotels.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marvelously quiet
    gk324
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    Fantastic spot in Woodley Park--very good food, fantastic service, and best of all, quiet ambience where you can hear your date talk. Also appropriate for elderly parents who might have a hard time hearing. Excellent choice for special occasions. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful find
    CleoVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Excellent food and service. Our server's recommendations were right on! Great girls nite out catching up with a college pal. Beet and feta salad was brilliant. Poached cod dish was delish and light even with black rice. Love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I guess I walked in disappointed.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    I guess I walked in disappointed. We used Open Table to book the restaurant and the earliest availability was 7 PM. Well half our party arrived early at 6:30 and, finding no room at the bar, we quickly seated in a 1/2 empty dining room. This while the rest of us cooled our heels at the nearby Marriott. Aside from that, have the fettuccine. It's great. The vension was disappointing. The chicken entree was a hit. Desserts were excellent.
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  • Largely Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    The food was overpriced with very small portions. The service was lack luster -- we waited quite a time at the entrance. Upscale but without a great deal that was interesting or different to justify the high prcies.
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    fit for foodies
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  • The evening started out great
    outoftowner
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    The evening started out great but as the restaurant got busier the service level dropped. Food was interesting and good. Highlight was the gin menu. Over all, a fun place to go but I probably wouldn't go back
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gem
    Tommy13VIP
    Dined on 10/22/2013
    New Heights is one of our favorite restaurants. Service is always pleasant and attentive. The drinks, including wines allow for good choices. Tuesday night, however, was absolutely delightful. The 63* fettuccine with egg was a tasty teaser for the pork tenderloin sous vide. Cooked medium and medium-well, each was tender, flavorful, and downright superb with small chunks of sweet potato, a type of cabbage/sauerkraut, a few thinly crisped potatoes which were more like small, delicate chips, and perhaps small pieces of fig. My husband and I were satiated with the richness of the meal. Irish Coffee and cappuccinos rounded out the meal. What a meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful from start to finish
    NkssVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    I haven't enjoyed a meal so much in some time. Everything was luscious and melty in the most scrumptious way, from the burrata amuse bouche, to the amazing buttermilk biscuits in the bread basket, to the roast chicken breast over gnocchi, to the cheesecake dessert. And my gin and tonic was custom-built (after consults with the bartender and chef) to match my meal. I will definitely be back!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing positive
    DCsbb
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    I was really disappointed with my overall experience. The server was really standoffish. Her demeanor was unfriendly. The cheese on the salad was frozen, which it was explained to us was on purpose, but it was just unpleasant. The scallops were good sized but there were approximately 3 tiny Brussels Sprouts. I left hungry and unhappy.
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  • We enjoyed our meals! The
    opal
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    We enjoyed our meals! The pumpkin doughnut dessert was delicious!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oldie but Goodie
    BalabustaVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Started out with a cocktail at the bar where they make their own tonics. The bartender was fabulous as were the drinks! We then went upstairs to dine and had lots of great choices. Best fried green tomatoes I have eaten in the area ever and really enjoyed the heirloom tomato and burrata appetizer. It struck the right balance between tomatoes and burrata. The black cod was perfectly cooked too. The desserts creations were fabulous. Really New Heights is not a restaurant to be missed.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • New Heights has lost its luster
    creativeaddictVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Once an area 'best', but no longer unique. Our meal, intended to be special, was simply disappointing. Food was good, fresh and nicely prepared and presented, but remarkably uninspired, distinctly different from what once characterized dining here. Some portions were noticeably reduced in size, but not in price, another disappointment. Finally, open dysfunction among the server & bus staff this night left an odd taste: some ordered items were mis-delivered, & our server left our table in mid-conversation twice to chastise other staff attending to her other tables. As impersonal & aloof as I can recall experiencing in a restaurant, our server's blatant indifference only made our meals less palatable. New Heights now describes only the bill.
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  • Food good, service awful
    NancyVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    We had little to complain about concerning the rib eye steak or black cod (a little salty). But the service was so bad it makes it unlikely I will return. We asked the server a question about the chicken and he went away and came back and answered a different question from the one we asked (and the answer to that one was already on the menu!). We also asked what one of the appetizers was and he said he had been away for a week and didn't know. (No prepping of wait staff before their shifts?) Then after we ordered a different server came over and asked who ordered the lamb. The answer: neither of us. It took asking twice to get the bread. And there were other examples. I live in the neighborhood and regret I can't recommend this place.
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  • Excellent food and service,
    EpicureVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Excellent food and service, attention to the detail. Warm welcome by the owners. Outstanding Gin + home mad tonics list, great recommendations from the sever on how to pair the two. A real treat. We will be back,...many times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Heights Lives Up to Its Name
    AllieGVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    We wanted a restaurant where we could have a real conversation (as in, hear each other!), with top-quality innovative food, good service, and at a reasonable price. We had all of that and more at New Heights. After an un-rushed, 3-hour meal, with invisible but attentive service, and course after course that delighted and inspired, we unanimously said we'd come back. This is a restaurant that understands the ritual of an unhurried sharing of good food and good conversation; it has bucked the trend of noisy, hectic dining pavilions where you walk away with your ears ringing. A gem!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall the food was delicious
    foodloverVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    Overall the food was delicious great flavors but my fish (Black Cod) was slightly undercooked.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    ElaineVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    New Heights accommodated to the vegans in our party with imagination and flair. They served three different dishes which we could share and the food was both delicious and beautifully presented. This was an anniversary dinner and the special care with which we were treated made truly a special occasion. Thank you, New Heights!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Another delicious meal
    dccooksVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2013
    We took some New York food lovers to the New Heights and they shared our enthusiasm for the meal. A very adult restaurant, it avoids the normal pitfalls of "In" dining so common in today's restaurants. A fun combo of some southern and new york flavors!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • This has always been one of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    This has always been one of our favorite restaurants in DC but we had not been in a while so we were so pleased to find that this still remains as one of our favorites. The new chef is remarkable in his inventive presentations and his choice of menu items. The crispy oysters are some of the best and not to be missed as is the fettuccine appetizer. Save room for dessert as the fig cheesecake is heavenly as is the Chocolate coffee bombe! Service is friendly and extremely helpful in descriptions of menu and knowledgeable regarding the wine list. If you are a gin enthusiast then their "gin joint" menu will not disappoint. This was a wonderful dining experience and we will be sure to return again.
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • A big disappointment
    Sunny
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    Over all experience was awful and very disappointing from service and food
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  • Lovely Restaurant - excellent food
    Susan
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    Enjoyed my birthday dinner very much. The food was beautifully presented. Came at appropriate intervals. Owner was extremely friendly and attentive. Corrected a minor problem we had. Taste was very good. Atmosphere elegant but not stuffy.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    We went for dinner at 8pm on Fri and event though there remained many empty seats near the window, we were place in a corner near the kitchen. It would have been a much beter experience if we had been seated at one of the many open tables by the window. We won't be back, even though the food was very good.
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  • Have not been in ages
    dccooksVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    This is one of those restaurants that we have been too many times over the years. But it had been quite a while since our last visit. And we found it to be a wonderful treat! How refreshing to be able to have a real conversation with your table mates and to have a trained wait staff take care of you. There are too few places like this to eat in DC. The only off note: the root vegetable salad was a bit bland. All else was very good. It won't be as long until we come back again!
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/15/2013
    Every aspect of this dinner was simply spectacular. Each course was a standout. The bbq rib was a masterpiece. Lamb was "the best ever" according to a lamb lover. Wahoo was great, with just a perfect amount of smoke on the celeriac, was surprised with every bite to get that smoky sensation that never overpowered the perfectly cooked wahoo. Can't wait to enjoy more of Chef Takeshi's creations!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was excellent. This
    TeddysVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    Service was excellent. This is definitely a "foodie" restaurant and fit for more refined palates. If you are not (like me), you will find it's a bit expensive for the meal/experience.
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  • Reliably good
    maidenmolly
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    We like New Heights for its relaxed atmosphere, outstanding service and its interesting menu; seems there's something for everyone to like, even love.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect, but
    lobbyistfoodie
    Dined on 7/29/2013
    I have patronized New Heights for twenty years and was pleased as always with the food and perfect service. Ask for Pam. However, this $400 night out was marred by New Heights reporting me as a no show. For foodies that use internet booking services and understand what no show means when it comes time to book your next table, I'm sure you will understand why I am perturbed.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellence Again
    Tommy13VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    New Heights is usually our first choice. Last night we had fettuccine with 63 degree cooked egg. Rich and smooth. We also ordered the pork with red kidney beams and sauerkraut. Superb and cooked, as they said, "sous vide." The strawberry/rhubarb panacotta with basil was perfect for the end of the meal. We had mentioned it was our anniversary and out came to flutes of Prosecco. It was one of our best meals at New Heights. Service was superb as well.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • We ate dinner a bit early,
    LesTVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2013
    We ate dinner a bit early, before a play, so we had the dining room nearly to our selves. The noise level might me different if there were more people there. The service was excellent, the food was great and the view from the window can't be beaten. i should come back more often!
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    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Colton
    Colton
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    Rather exotic cocktail selection with a special emphasis on Gin concoctions. When it comes to food, the chef is imaginative and skilled, and the dishes are artfully presented. The Scallops were delicious as was the Rack of Lamb. And particularly welcome was the service, attentive without being overbearing.
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slightly off.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2013
    Obvious that the bartender and chef have tremendous skills, but every drink and dish were slightly off. Because of the price, I wouldn't give it a second chance.
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  • Wonderful to be able to hear
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/25/2013
    The food is great, it is elegant and peaceful. These days what a gift to be able to have a decent conversation because of the low noise level.
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Heights is interesting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/23/2013
    I have always liked New Heights. The food is exceptionally good and creative. ..forces the customer to take chances...in a nice way. I really like the Prix fixwith the gin pairings. The service is good, but I could kind of do without the pretentious attitude from one of the staff. the attitude doesn't make the food taste better.I appreciate the prompt service, the cheerfulness of some of the staff ( some are very welcoming and warm), the knowledge of the menu selections and preparations.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Heights - Still Hits the Mark
    1ofmanylawyersVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    I had not been to New Heights in a number of years and so was a bit anxious when I set up a dinner for a small group of folks staying at a nearby hotel. New Heights was "noveau American" back when that really was "new". It continues to hit the mark in that category. Every dish was both tasty and an experience, which is not always the case with cutting edge cuisine.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.