Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse - San Diego
Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse - San Diego

Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse - San Diego

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fogodechao.com/
  • Phone: 6193380500x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm; Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:30pm; Sunday: 3:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Brazilian Steakhouse, Steakhouse, South American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: G Street and 6th Avenue
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is offered during lunch and dinner, with limited metered parking street side.
A word from Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse - San Diego
Fogo de Chão® (fo-go dèe shoun), is an authentic Southern Brazilian steakhouse. In 1979, Fogo® began sharing the gaucho way of preparing meat in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Today, our gaucho chefs still expertly grill each of our 16 cuts of meat and offer you continuous tableside service.


We invite you to enjoy the delicious preparations of our gaucho chefs along with our gourmet salad bar, authentic Brazilian side dishes, and award-winning wine list.
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Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse - San Diego reviews from OpenTable diners
107 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (79)good for groups (64)fit for foodies (39)romantic (31)notable wine list (22)hot spot (21)great for lunch (17)kid-friendly (14)great for brunch (11)neighborhood gem (10)late-night find (8)great for outdoor dining (6)vibrant bar scene (4)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Eater
    Eater
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    The front desk was very insensitive the girl that walked us to our table was rude and did not even listen To the fact we did not like the table she ignored us we told the waitress she responded and got us a better table Ur front desk needs work the food was great service was great we liked it very much but for the front desk no way it was like are doing u a favor they almost ruined the nite
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding food and service!
    Amsd
    Dined on 10/30/2013
    A place where you do NOT have to seek a waiter as the management and servers are constantly around checking your needs. Yet, the red/green badges offer unbothered time to enjoy the food and the company of friends. Quality of the salad bar was superb as well as the various cuts of meat. Definitely a place to visit again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Lots of fun!
    Kelly
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    It was my first time at Fogo de Chao and we had a great time! It's a group style service and everyone was really informative and nice. The salad bar was fancy and yummy. The side dishes that came to the table were all good. I liked the bananas! We each had a Brazilian drink, I had an alcoholic one and my husband had the Brazilian soda. Both were good. We tried all the meats possible and most were petty salty but good. We also had Brazilian desserts, the ice cream was okay but the Flan was good. It was fairly pricey, but for the amount of food, totally worth it. Fun restaurant!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Experience
    RobertM
    Dined on 10/28/2013
    This was a new type of dining experience. No menus, but an opportunity to enjoy many of the fine dishes. This is a great experience brought from Brazil. It is a top notch restaurant and I will definitely be returning. I recommend coming with a good appetite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great new spot
    BustersHouse
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    The selection of meat was great and service was wonderful! There was always someone nearby to help? As soon as we turned our cards to green, servers were at our table to offer us meat selections within a minute! Will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brilliant experience !
    Meghann
    Dined on 10/24/2013
    Amazing service, wonderful selection of items (even for vegetarians!). Fantastic attention is paid to each table. I mentioned, through open table , that it was my husbands birthday and they brought out a slice of cake with Happy a Birthday written on it. So great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We loved it! Best Brazilian BBQ
    Fogogo
    Dined on 10/24/2013
    Excellent place to eat meat. Everything was of excellent quality. Can't wait to come back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They treat you like Royalty
    JetSettinDiVaVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    The servers waited on us hand and foot. In fact, at one point I recall thinking they came around a bit too much, making it difficult to have an intimate conversation. I had the ribeye, lamb chops, filet, sirloin, and chicken wrapped in bacon. My favorite was the ribeye. My fiancée enjoyed the lamb chops best. It seemed that most of the meats, particularly the filet, were way too salty. The fried polenta were also very good. The salad bar needs major improvement. There was fresh asparagus, romaine lettuce, assorted cheeses, potato salad, cold pasta, and a few hot dishes. The rice was just okay. I do wish it were hot. Overall, I thought it was ok. It was a bit pricey. I'd rather dine at a nice steakhouse where they serve better side dishes.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Brazilian Restaurant
    Jfamily
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    This restaurant offers the upper class eating experience for those who want to share a quite dinner with a love one. This is the best Brazilian restaraunt in San Diego.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brazillian
    DissapointedVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    We've been to other BB places and this one looked great and had the best atmosphere. The meat selection could have been better they only had about 5 types offered the night we were there. The Buffet wasn't great and lacked some variety but we're not there for the buffet anyway. I would have liked to have a good seafood salad though. Overall this place was great and would go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Watch Out don't loose your momentum
    FogoFanVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    I've been here four times since they opened this month and loved it at first, then I can see it's quality is slipping away, this thursday went for lunch and the quality of the meat had diminished a bunch, hey even the salad items are smaller. i was offered five times the pork and garlic meat but not even once the lamb, and sirloin. Towards the end I had to keep calling the waiters for some very thin slivers of meat. to top it off (and I know it's not their fault) i hd a little kid yelling at the top of his lungs all meal long. So, since i do love this place PLEASE fix this problems and keep it up as it was the firs week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    Ilovefood
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    All 16 different types of meat were cooked to perfection and everything was seasoned perfectly. The garlic picana (I think that's how you spell it) was my absolute favorite. Great salad bar. I dream of the Brazilian cheese bread. Service was outstanding-they were very attentive, polite, professional, and just make the whole experience very pleasant. They genuinely care about the experience you are having which is hard to find in restaurants now a days. My family and I will definitely be back!!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meat frenzy
    ERWeater
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    If you like the flavor of GOOD grilled meat, eat here.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday celebration
    SOrion
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    We celebrated my husband's birthday here and it was also our first visit. It came highly recommended by a friend and the food did not disappoint. The variety of meats is excellent and all were very tasty. Dessert is complimentary for birthday guests and there's no embarrassing singing. Try not to get too full on the salad bar as the meat is incredibly good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beyond
    Great
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    This place is like no Other Brazilian restaurant I have ever been to. There are so many different things to choose from Besides all the meat options. The drinks are delicious and the service is excellent cause there are so many people waiting on you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Birthday
    SecretFoodie
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    I went to Fogo de Chao with my girlfriends to celebrate my birthday! We had a great time! The service was amazing, we were waited on from the moment we sat done until we left. My water glass and wine glass were never empty! The meat options were fantastic, the sides were delicious and complimented the meat options so well. The Filet Mignon and house special were our favorites; however, the Fried Polenta came in as a surprising 2nd. I would most definitely recommend this to anyone celebrating a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stranger in a strange land
    DrAgnzz
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    My boyfriend and I decided to try Fogo de Chao and were very impressed. The food, service and drinks were excellent. I'm a vegetarian, which you would not normally find in a Brazilian steakhouse, but the salad bar had anything and everything I could possibly want. There are also 3 side dishes of mashed potatoes, baked polenta and caramelized bananas that are served endlessly while the meat eaters partake in a variety of beef, chicken and pork samples. My boyfriend said all of the meats he tried were excellent. He also really liked the house specialty drink. Similar to a mojito but made with sugar cane rum. We highly recommend this restaurant. It was nice with just the two of us, but all of the large groups we saw were having a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Timers
    RandyJVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    We arrived about :40 minutes before our reservation and they had no problem seating us w/no waiting. Waiters very professional explaining how this type of place works, we never experienced this before. Meats were exceptional with the beef, lamb, and pork the best but we could have done without the chicken (bland) but all cooked to perfection (rare or medium well but never dry or cold). The salad bar was great but don’t go eating too much of it rather wait for the main event. You are in control of how much service you get with the red/green cards. My wife and I began sharing by alternate use of the cards. Never a problem getting service when we were ready for more. For us a flat-out Great Time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beefbutter
    schwann
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    That top sirloin...the fat, the tender rareness...it practically melts in your mouth. This is what the love of angels tastes like, ladies and gentlemen.
    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 quality and great service
    SDEater
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    I have been to a Brazilian restaurant before and enjoyed it so I gave this restaurant a try. This was my first time at Fogo and I was not disappointed. The food was great and service was very good also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chaotic environment for 1st timer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    We arrived 8 min late, but I was surprised that our table was not ready for at least 10 minutes more despite our having a reservation. I tried to ask whether the table not being ready was due to our being late, but I kept getting non-answers from the hostess and being brushed off without answering my question. Once seated, I was so confused and felt stressed about what to do next. There was a quick explanation of the process, but I felt constantly rushed and bombarded by servers bringing me meat when I didn’t yet have a plate and others trying to take the drink menu away before I had a chance to look at it. It didn’t help that we were seated in an extremely noisy area where servers were constantly bustling all around us the entire time.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome Meats
    randyVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    thank god they finally have one here in san diego, as always all the meats were great especially filet mignon and ribeye and the salad bar is great as well great wine list
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicous Foods and friendly staff
    Love32
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    It's our first time to have dinner at Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse, the foods was delicious, were very full when we left the restaurant. The salad bar is perfect start before they serve all the differents kinds of meat, then there's 1 male server that gave us 3 different kind of foods that he put on our table, one is 2 fried banana, fries(not sure if that's the name in the menu) and mashed potato. They have the best dessert also. I'm definitely sure that i'm going back here with my friends & family and i will definitely refer this place to all my friends & family.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wide variety of meat selection,
    Joan
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    Wide variety of meat selection, very good service.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great steakhouse
    Mina
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    Good selection of cuts salad buffet brazilia cocktail. The only downside it was no diet drink selection
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • How service can differ!
    BMan1008
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    When my guest and I were dining there, I had to constantly ask our server for beverage refills and service for our table. My guest and I were without water for multiple times through our visit. Our server was busy speaking to one of the managers (blue shirt) in the middle of the dining room for about 10 minutes. I tried to get the attention of the manager but he wasn't aware of his surroundings either. I know that it was restaurant week and I know that we are paying about $10 bucks less than the usual $30 price however, the service should be spectacular on every visit especially when a restaurant is just opening. I worked in the food service industry for many years and for me to complain, you have to really do something wrong.
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  • MEMORABLE
    oscar
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    VERY ATTENTIVE, COURTEOUS STAFF AND MANAGEMENT. BEAUTIFULLY DESIGNED RESTAURANT. EXTENSIVE ASSORTMENT OF MEAT OFFERINGS WHICH WERE SO PERFECTLY SEASONED AND COOKED. TOP QUALITY OF ANTIPASTI AND SALAD BUFFET AND SIDE DISHES. STYLISH BAR AND WINE ROOM.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super high quality churrascaria!
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    Just ask for the cut you want early on and they'll bring it to you. Generally comes out rare to medium rare, so if you like it cooked longer, just say so! This is the best Brazilian I've had in the US. Not even interested in trying the other one downtown.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Middle of the week lunch
    JRED
    Dined on 9/26/2013
    I dined here during the middle of week and it was packed; mainly because it was restaurant week. We had a reservation and they seated us right away. Everyone was kind and courteous always staying a step ahead and anticipating our next need. Which was very refreshing to say the least. All of our servers were also very attentive towards our one and half year old making sure she was enjoying herself. The food was delicious and we were not disappointed. Overall I very satisfied and everything was really good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/26/2013
    Great food if you like the taste of natural meats. Big salad bar as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you have never eaten Brazilian
    Sunny
    Dined on 9/24/2013
    If you have never eaten Brazilian food before, then it would pass off as Okay. If you know your Brazilian food then the standard is very mediocre. They tell you that 16 meats will be brought around, we got only 8. Service is very slow, there would be 6 to 8 minutes between meats coming out, so you would have to wait for food. Salad bar very substandard. Unfortunately they have Rei Do Gado around the corner that is far superior, so this experience paled in comparison.
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  • Excellent and would return.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/24/2013
    Excellent and would return. Some meats overcooked and being presented as "medium-rare." Only big negative was young female server that spoke a mile a minute -- way too fast. When asked to slow down she replied "there's a lot to cover" and continued at warp speed causing me to simply ignore her script.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    Eatwell2013
    Dined on 9/23/2013
    Food was great, service was outstanding, great for a group since there are so many things to try.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meat Galore
    Jules
    Dined on 9/23/2013
    Been to Fogo many times before all over the country and I am happy its now in San Diego.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall great experience.
    whimsicalwim
    Dined on 9/22/2013
    Overall great experience. The food was amazing throughout. The produce at the salad bar was great, meat selection very good (all the steaks and surprise, surprise, the chicken leg was one of our favorites). Drinks were well made. My only comments would be to put prices on the drink menu.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So happy to have a proper
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    So happy to have a proper churrascaria in San Diego. We went opening week and they were certainly on their game. Great cuts of meat (even if we did have to keep asking for ones). Salad bar is great, but can get a little crowded, particularly on weekend evenings. And save room for dessert. The flan is fantastic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steakhouse w/ amazing Salad Bar
    KevinCVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    Funny title right? When you come to Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse, you would naturally expect great meats, but who knew they also had an amazing salad bar! Fresh ingredients, lots of variety, and surprise, it wasn't just lettuce from a bag! Cured meats, quality cheeses, steam asparagus, picked beets, seafood pastas, etc. I could've made my entire meal from the salad bar. As far as the meats, there were 16 different types circulating around for you to choose from. My favorite was the Rib Eye. It's all you can eat and they do not rush you, so take your time, and even if you have your card on green, you can turn down what they have to offer while you wait a favorite meat selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Park yourself
    Payan
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    26 min for vallet to retrieve my vehicle. Cost is $15 You use vallet for convinience and I almost waited for my vehicle Almost as long as I was at dinner inside. Park yourself.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    First time here after wanting to come here forever. Absolutely loved it! Best lunch I have ever had. Everything was delicious and fresh. A bit loud but had no problems hearing my significant other. I will definitely be coming back. Worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HOT SPOT
    2dinefor
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    Highly recomended and great service. Love to go back with my family and friends
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.