Xanh Restaurant

Xanh Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.xanhrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6509641888
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: M-F 11:00am-2:00pm
    Dinner: Su-Th 4:30pm-9:00pm
    Dinner: F-Sa 4:30pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese
  • Executive Chef: Thuy Pham
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Xanh offers lunch and dining catering. Please email all catering request to events.xanh@gmail.com.
  • Private Party Facilities: Xanh offers three private room options with a maximum capacity of 60 ppl sitting and up to 250 ppl standing. Please email all private dining request to events.xanh@gmail.com.
  • Private Party Contact: Seren P 4088380566

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Villa Street
  • Public Transit: There is a Cal Train stop right across the street from XANH.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a parking structure right behind XANH.
A word from Xanh Restaurant
Xanh, with its cutting edge contemporary design and a more diverse, innovative menu, is tailor made for entertaining and dining. Clearly not your typical Vietnamese Restaurant, XANH is a 21st century interpretation of that beloved culinary tradition retaining the essential elements of the classic but updating it for a new generation
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Xanh Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
135 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (68)good for groups (52)great for outdoor dining (42)vibrant bar scene (42)special occasion (41)neighborhood gem (38)hot spot (33)great for lunch (27)romantic (24)late-night find (9)kid-friendly (7)great for brunch (6)notable wine list (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Great food, vibrant scene
    Sandy
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    All dishes had great display; qunatitiea are limited for the higher price items lime lamb and fish. We were there on a Friday evening and the restaurant was packed. Although we got our reservation on time, the service was slow
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food ok, but a lil tacky...
    globalgourmet
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    I was vetting Xanh on behalf of my huge corporate tech company that's hosting a dinner there this week, and I MUST report that I wanted to change the reservation after my experience. The food was made with quality ingredients, but lacked any real common thread or vision throughout, and the chef wouldn't make even the tiniest of alterations. The serveware used was so awkward that it was a distraction. Food tilting over spilling, sauces dumping down the sides of dishes, too many modern plating options that took away from the experience rather than added. Pretty tacky overall. Also, on a Thu night they were allowing a private party use the bar and a microphone= drunken bachelorettes while also packing the room w/dinners. Tacky.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good buffet for a weekday lunch
    diner940XY
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The buffet indeed has a good number of choices and some of them are really tasty. Nice choices even for a vegetarian. The can add some more choices for deserts through.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Accepted booking at closing time
    LovingTheBestVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We made a booking for 8:45pm on Sunday, and was told they were about to close when we arrived. Restaurant was nearly empty. Choose to find another restaurant in Castro street.
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  • Linda
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Enjoyed our evening. Though it was a little expensive. Next time will take advantage of the Happy Hour at the bar lounge. Love the Kobe Roll for an appetizer. For entrees, we like the shaking beef (could use a little more beef) and prawns. Garlic noodles as a side dish. The sauce with the Lemon grass chicken was delicious but a little to thin/runny.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • XANH
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    I give high marks to Xanh for quality and selection of food items. Service was good. We came in at 11:30 and avoided the lines that had formed in the past when dining at a later time and avoided the "noise" that comes with a crowded restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Asian fusion in a modern setting
    EMCBVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Great food with creative ingredients that are well prepared and presented. We ordered the misfit roll with a tempura fried soft shell crab and mango in a soft skinned roll topped with thinly sliced fried garlic for an appetizer. For entrees, we had the banana left wrapped see bass with shiitake mushrooms and glass noodles, the rack of lamb and garlic noodles. The service was very attentative and the decor was modern. All in all a great meal in one of our favorite restaurants on Castro St.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A favorite when we come to Bay area
    RichVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Hace been here a number of times. Great Happy Hour. Food is inventive and delicious. Always fun
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 87 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 97 reviews are from the Xanh Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Mediocre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We had been here a number of times previously and really enjoyed the place. The rolls and salad were very good again this time, and I like the decor and ambiance. But the green beans and tacos were very mediocre. And the salmon was truly awful--so overcooked and dry that it took a sip of water to wash it down. I had two bites before I gave up on it. We wanted to talk to a waiter about it, but they didn't come by for a full 20+ minutes. By the time a disinterested server checked in on us, we just asked for a check so that we could get out of there. Given the number of great options in this neighborhood, we will go somewhere else next time we are in the area.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, service is "ditzy"
    Msabdala
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    The service is so impersonal and snooty, without reason. Everyone on the staff is lacking charm and acts awkward. That is my only true complaint, though. The food used to be a little more exciting to me, probably because Xanh was the restaurant the broke ground for foodies and savvy food-centric travelers. Their Vietnamese fusion is notable, and there is something for everyone on the menu, both for drinks and food. I think there are more restaurants that offer options similar to Xanh's, but if you like a hip and modern atmosphere, plus a well-stocked bar, this a great choice for evenings. If you like lunch buffets that don't consist of dried-out chicken sitting in chafing dishes and oily Indian food, this is definitely a great place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Foodie
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Small portions (we left hungry), over-priced (the most strikingly expensive was the duck duck good at $25 which was not a full duck breast but a few slices and the sides were a spoonful of sticky rice and another spoonful of chopped vegetables... our 10 year-old ate it in a few minutes and was hungry after), most of our dishes were bland and tasted similar to one another (probably because a lot had the same sweet clear sauce and there is a big overlap in ingredients even though we tried to order across the menu). Very disappointed in the food. Not what I remembered. Service was attentive though.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pretty good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I really liked the menu choices, but we were a bit disappointed in that some of the dishes were way too sweet. We ordered Sour & Spicy soup (can't recall the exact title). It had HUGE chunks of a white fish. The "soup" was very sweet, but there was no "spicy" taste which I usually think means a hot chile pepper "spice", nor was there ANY "sour" or vinegary taste. The eggplant dish was very bland; we couldn't quite figure out what it was supposed to taste like. It was also too sweet. We liked the other dishes overall, but were a bit disappointed as this Asian fusion (Vietnamese) restaurant looked very promising.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great lunch buffet!
    LovetodineoutVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    I went here for the first time with a large party for the lunch buffet. They had an extensive selection of food to pick from and it was all excellent. Very reasonably priced and the service was great. I would recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum!
    steph0205VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Wish we had tried this place sooner, the food was yummy!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A couple of great dishes, one miss
    jimmy
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Had a nice birthday dinner here for my wife. Nice ambiance, it was great sitting near the front to overlook Castro street. Ordered a few dishes: Rolling Duck - Awesome! Xahn Salad - Awesome! Full Moon Wraps - Great flavors, but it's a bit messy. Worth it though. String Beans - Awesome ++ ! This was probably the best value dish ( in terms of flavor and price ) The only miss was the Crispy Calamari. The flavor was pretty good, but it wasn't prepared well. The calamari was NOT crispy, but chewy. Good thing that this dish come in the middle and we ended on a high with the other dishes.
    Special Features:
    Romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Interesting Asian Food at Xahn
    Sandy
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Very trendy decor and interesting fusion food. We had a vegetarian person in our group and so ordered the Buddha Rolls which were ok. The satay chicken was great, as were the vegetarian version of the Vitenamese tacos. We also has the Sea Bass, which was not worth the $28. Overall, i would highly recommend this place for especial occasions, as it is a bit pricey. Although it was not very busy on the Friday evening that we dined there, I have seen it totally booked on several evenings. So would suggest making reservations.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    I've been here twice and really liked the ambiance and the way food is presented. I REALLY wanted to love this place but the two times I've been there, the service was so consistently bad, I just can bring myself to ever go back or recommend it to anyone. The servers are very nice but not very good at being attentive.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dinner
    AmyS
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Four of us had dinner here Saturday night for the first time and were pleasantly surprised. All the food was wonderful, we had good service and an enjoyable evening. A bit loud but not intolerable. Love the small plates that can be shared amongst the group.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place for lunch/dinner
    losaltosfoodie
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Very flavorful food, great lunch buffet. Have been there many times and never been disappointed. Love the green papaya salad and catfish.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great buffet
    AahzVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Great buffet as usual, I especially love the popcorn chicken. NOTE: the place is very noisy (my meter registered about 80dB) However, it's rude and obnoxious to phone people to remind them about reservations. I made a WEBSITE reservation. I'm hearing-impaired, this will discourage me from coming back anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch is always excellent.
    Becky
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    While occasionally annoyed by the super snooty hostess(es), running that gauntlet has always been well worth it for the food. The lunch buffet is fantastic, and is extremely consistent in it's excellent quality. My recommendation is simply to make a reservation (even same day) to avoid the cold shoulder and judgy tone given to every single walk-in by the front desk.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is tasty but not too happy
    notsohappydiner
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We are vegetarians so I know a Vietnamese place is not the best choice. But we wanted to try this anyway. Food was good BUT...given the amount you pay the serving sizes are super small. 4 tiny tiny tacos(half the size of the regular corn tortilla) for some $12+ is ridiculous. One serving of rice $4 ? Same for traditional rolls...6 rolls for $15+ ? It was not even gourmet food to be sized that much and charged so excessively. Unless I want to rip off a guy I am dating I wouldn't recommend this. At least not to veggie people, for whom the choice is anyway so limited.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • COWCVIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    our waitress was nice but it took 25 minutes to get a salad which we ordered as soon as we sat down. Must have been an off night, but on a Wednesday, it didn't seem as packed as the weekends when the service is better.
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  • Had better food on previous visits
    Ripley
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    I'd eaten at Zanh Restaurant two times prior to last week. Both visits I was blown away by the delicious and beautifully presented dinner. However, I had the spicy curry this time and it was unremarkable. It was spicy but there really wasn't anything else going on with the flavor. Also, the sauce was runny, really more of a broth so it didn't stay with the food. Very good service. Way too loud indoors.
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    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PokeyVIP
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    We enjoyed our meal, even thought we were disappointed that they no longer have the banana leaf salad on the menu.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food very noisy
    SandraVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Not a place for a romantic dinner. Noise level very high. Presentation is fabulous and food is great. If only they could contro l the noise level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Bad water,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Asked for ice water. The water tasted terrible. The waiter said it was tap water. There water should be at least filtered so it does not taste so bad. Is tap water in Mountain View that bad? Enjoyed the duck but portion could have been a little more.
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  • Decent Lunch Buffet Selection
    rkeatsVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Overall the food choices were plentiful and decently flavored. Have only been here for their lunch buffets and have never left unsatisfied. Service is friendly and decor/atmosphere is very trendy. Great location in downtown Mountain View.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    Dmitriy
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    Excellent food and impeccable service. The dish presentation is also great. Expect to pay a bit more but well worth the experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Scrumptous!
    TSilver
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Had never been to this restaurant, but the husband had gone for lunch buffet and really spoke highly of it. Party of 4, so we were able to share 4 generously portioned dishes, plus a side dish of eggplant. Had chicken curry, spicy curry, short ribs and glass noodles w/crab and the lettuce wrap appetizer. I really can't say which I liked best, as all were excellent. Made a reservation, table was waiting for us, even though they were very busy. Good service, nice, on top if it wait staff. Can't wait to go back with other friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Hour deal
    Phil
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Great value for Happy Hour! Good presentation and specialty drinks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Xanh's
    DisneyDaddio
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Some of the most refined Vietnamese haut cuisine in Silicon Valley. Very friendly and attentive service. Presentation of dishes is artistic. Fun sidewalk seating by Mt View's pretty Caltrain station. Food balances sweet and savory nicely. Duck roll exquisite. Curry very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food & ambience
    Lidice
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    The place is nice and the food is amazing, they could use a little improvement on the services side (servers are slow). A definite must if you are in the area
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing to brag about
    KhoaNguyen
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    I took my friends here for lunch. The best way to get in with no long wait time is to make reservation. The service was prompt and professional. I had dinner at Xanh with a bunch of friends before and felt it was pricey and food quality was nothing to brag about. I was told to try the lunch buffet and it should be a better deal. Overall, other than nice decoration and professional services, and again the food was ok, nothing special and make you want to come back for the second time. I you want to come here, there is nothing to say against it but I'm not recommending it either.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bravo
    Pina
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    Cathy our waitress was phenomenal. She didn't have to write down our order. She's a good listener and so polite. She knows detas of the dishes and could answer any question we had about the dishes. The guy helping clear dishes was very nice and friendly too. I love the fountains and mirrors reflecting colored squares. Lighting was perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still tasty but not as veg-friendly
    Drew
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Still love the salads and vegetarian rolls, but fewer vegetarian options, and more unhealthy/fatty ones. A delicious lunch bargain.
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  • Xanh again
    JMI001
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We tried the chicken skewers but didn't really like them....kind of mushy. The Pho You Pho Me was tasty but the meat chunks and noodles were so big that it was hard to serve and messy. The meat was also really undercooked. We also ordered the Pineapple Short Ribs. They were very good but you don't get a lot for your money. The chocolate mousse dessert was really great and I would order that again. Our service was really attentive as well, after a very-delayed (like 10 minutes) greeting. The food doesn't always bring me back but the Sangria does!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gourmet food in a noisy gallery
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The courses were prepared to perfection and so artfully presented; such a treat for the gastronome and the artist in me. The service was impeccable and when my 86 year old friend accidently toppled her water glass, we were quickly offered a fresh table. BUT the noise level is dangerous! Its tough to maintain a conversation of any length --because of the need to repeat unheard comments. Bottom line is there is no reason to "linger" and try all the beautiful culinary potentials because the "peace and quiet" of busy Castro beckons! what a shame.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was very good as always.
    tulips2uVIP
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    Food was very good as always. However, it did take FOREVER to get our drinks. Girl took drink order for only two of the four of us. What??? Finally came back & asked the other two what they wanted. Service smoothed out after that & we had a nice meal. It was a Wednesday night & the place was packed. Noise level was really off the charts. Impossible to talk until later, when the crowd began to thin out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful lunch buffet!
    iSquared
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Came here for the lunch buffet. Was an excellent way to try all the different dishes. A great deal considering the variety and quality of food and that it's all you can eat. Highly recommended
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.