The Cooperage
The Cooperage

The Cooperage

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://thecooperagelafayette.com/
  • Phone: 9252985915x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Erik Hopfinger
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mt. Diablo Blvd.
  • Public Transit: 1.5 blocks from Downtown Lafayette BART station
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: At The Cooperage, we are pleased to offer our guests valet parking Thursday through Saturday. Please enter the parking lot from Lafayette Circle and drive up to the valet station in The Cooperage/Fiesta Lane parking lot.

    There is also parking available in the Fiesta Lane parking lot.
A word from The Cooperage
The Cooperage American Grille, locally owned by Lafayette Residents, Andrew and Merilee McCormick, is a rotisserie-inspired American grill. Chef Partner Erik Hopfinger's extensive menu features American favorites like slow roasted chicken prepared in a glass-encased rotisserie oven, New York steak, beef tenderloin, and our signature burger (made with our own meat grinder at the grill). The Cooperage also offers healthier options, including a selection of salad entreés made with local and organically grown ingredients.

The Cooperage is comfortable for families dining with children and features a large bar area with flat screen TV's, 12 beers on tap, eight wine selections on tap, and vintage cocktail list.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
The Cooperage reviews from OpenTable diners
511 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
79% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (350)neighborhood gem (244)great for lunch (175)vibrant bar scene (173)hot spot (166)fit for foodies (154)good for groups (145)great for brunch (112)kid-friendly (97)special occasion (90)notable wine list (54)late-night find (24)romantic (23)scenic view (3)Show More
  • local hot spot, not worth a drive
    Peter
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Our party of 3 came from Berkeley for lunch, having read about The Cooperage: Tough and chewy buffalo wings appetizer; fish tacos were mahi mahi and there was little flavor to indicate we were eating fish, it could have been chicken. The house margarita was made with some sort of plum (?) infusion, tasted strange; I'd go for a "classic" margarita instead. Desserts very good, especially the cookies and cream: great cookies and authentic tasting gelato. We had outdoor seating and even there it was noisy, probably due to the many "ladies' luncheons" around us. Nice local spot but not a destination.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place to Meet Friends
    AlawsonVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Met friends for lunch and had a really good time. Sat in the patio, beautiful Lafayette day with lots of sunshine. Had the fish tacos (second time I have ordered them there) and they were terrific. The service was excellent and server was attentive and informative about the menu. We were not rushed so had plenty of time to visit with old friends. This new restaurant is what Lafayette needed...in fact it is what Contra Costa needed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gold-plated "American food"
    gsheldon
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Early Monday evening dinner with my wife. Fast, friendly service. Uncomplicated menu, but dishes were very well done ... especially liked the baby back ribs appetizer, both preparation and presentation. Still puzzling whether the prices for this fairly straightforward menu, regardless of the quality of the preparation, were worth it. In any case, a very noisy venue (how the hell do they manage to make it that loud at the OUTSIDE tables?!), best suited to those with strong lungs and excellent hearing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Popular, very crowded, extremely noisy inside, staff very helpful. Service somewhat slow & relaxed. Food very good. Had to ask for bread.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud dinner
    Lama
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    If you looking for a great place to hang out, enjoy some eats and drinks - then The Cooperage is for you. It's a new restaurant in the heart of Lafayette that is extremely full of energy, delicious menu and drinks. If you're looking for a restaurant to have dinner and great conversation with a large group, unfortunately The Cooperage is not the restaurant for you. The evening we were there the noise level was unbelievably loud you could not hear the person next to you.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Getting a little better
    HonyGee
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Managed to snag a table during the Lafayette Art & Wine festival. For the first time (and I have been here at least a dozen times) I found nothing to complain about. The service was pretty good (Jeff was our server). The food, wine, cocktails, etc. kept a smile on everyone's face in my party. Finally, they are starting to get it together, which was surprising given how busy they were.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Much ado about nothing
    PaulVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The place is so noisy you can't talk, the menu is boring, the food is uninspired, service was VERY slow, and the cost is not worth it. We won't go back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very poor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    This restaurant had the worst acoustics of any restaurant I have ever been in. The three of us had to yell throughout dinner to be heard. The waiter had an overhanging belly on a too tight tee shirt. He was was rough talking, pushy. Appetizers were good, dinner not so good. We will not recommend this place. We are of middle age, & eat out a great deal. There are many fine restaurants in area, not this one.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lunch
    BiffB
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Food was only ok. Though we sat at 11:30am for lunch, they did not have any chicken items. My turkey club was boring - turkey was dry and tasteless.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • disappointing service
    smookie
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Food was good, once it finally arrived. Waited over an hour for our meals with no acknowledgment from the staff. This after I had politely told our waitress that there was gum under my table and a nail sticking out. I expect much better from a restaurant of this caliber and was sorry I chose it to celebrate my birthday. (Which by the way was ignored.)
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • food quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I went to The Cooperage a month ago, and the food was quite good, so I was disappointed when I returned this week. The quality of the food was poor. I ordered a turkey sandwich that had what tasted like "packaged" turkey, and the french fries were cold. The wait person never checked back to see how we were doing and if there was anything we needed. Very disappointing, as the restaurant has a great layout. I do not plan to return.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Disappointing Mix
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We arrived as 2 separate groups of 3. The 1st 3 were seated quickly. A drink order was taken quickly. When the rest arrived, they were asked if we were ready to order as they sat down. The 1 beer ordered had not arrived & 1/2 our group had no chance to look at the menu or offered drinks. The drinks took way too long. The food was mixed, some overcooked and came so quickly that it could not have been made to order. It was so hot that it made me wonder if it was microwaved. Short rib, served on top of the mash making it hard to spear, had too little horseradish cream and the au juice was served over the veggies. 18% tip was added on w/o it being noted on the menu, taken off upon complaint. We were rushed, disappointed & I will not go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible dining experience
    Diner21
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Worst service I have ever experienced. Various servers came to our table three times with dishes that were not ours. Drinks were late. Tough to get refills. Server spilled oyster plate on our overnight guest. Screaming babies and groups of 10 people everywhere. Food was good but by then I had lost my appetite. Never again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • location, location, location
    Diana
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We made a reservation but still had a table next to the kitchen. What's up with that? There was lots of noise. Serviced was excellent and the food was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Almost got it perfect
    LgleglVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I'd been looking forward to dining at this new restaurant and I'm not sorry I did. The warm brussel sprout salad was very good and the organic, free range chicken was excellent. Mashed potatoes and broccoli unremarkable. The bread pudding dessert was one of the best I've ever tasted. What wasn't right: the menu was not that imaginative. I could have gotten the same meal in any one of several restaurants in Lafayette or Walnut Creek. The drink order was mixed up. We had to ask for things a couple of times. The front room is so loud I wouldn't have stayed had we not been seated in the back. But the back was dominated by a television with a football game on. Not my idea of fine dining ambiance. I might go back; might not.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • service good n ambiance was nice
    rachelway
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Side of broccoli was overgrown broccoli & burnt..rachelway
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place
    RickyVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My wife and I had dinner on Friday night at Cooperage. We ate outside and it was outstanding. The service was amazing. I had the chicken and my wife had the pork chop and they were very good. The drinks were the best. We will be coming back soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food in Lafayette
    KBSt
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This was our second visit with a group of 6. The food was excellent -- very fresh ingredients and well prepared. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    wonderful
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had a great time. It was a birthday dinner for my husband and it was wonderful. We will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outdoor dining
    Bobs
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The reason to come to Cooperage is their outdoor dining which is comfortable and designed as part of the restaurant rather than an area removed. The Lafayette Circle setting with other restaurants adds an almost urban feel to the experience.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Fresh, well prepared seasonal food in a pleasant setting
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Lunch
    Food4Thought
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    It was a delicious and delightful lunch with a friend. Outdoor dining was great, food was good as was the service. Perfect!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience
    Shell
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    This place is consistent for good food and service. The salads could be larger...after $13 and you essentially get a small amount of salad.. more of an appetizer size and yet priced as an entree. The sandwiches and french fries are well prepared. Good selection of pastas and entrees. Wine list is decent. Service is good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch outside
    Japeter2VIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    While pleasant sitting outside, we were attacked by flys throughout our meal, and the bees in the flower boxes near us posed a problem.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Comfortable Spot
    EBDiner
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Great new neigborhood spot with a wonderful patio out front! Service has always been great. Food is very good, although must admit the last time my husband ordered the prime rib, it was quite fatty (almost 1/3 of the slice); therefore, disappointing. At that price, the cook probably should have noticed and cut a different piece?? Patio has heat lamps which are great. An upside down pineapple cake served in a small skillet is wonderful! And, so nice to be able to choose something different than the typical dessert item. Also quite nice for just a drink and/or appetizer. Bar area always seems busy, but has quaint tables for non-dinner diners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    George
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Excellent food and the oysters are outstanding. Service is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Summer Sangria
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    What a delightful and light drink has been designed by the staff mixologist!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lucky to have this place!
    Moragalisa
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I stopped going out because it was such a hassle. But, I've been to the Cooperage 2x this week! Easy reservations, nice atmosphere, plenty of room, valet parking, variety of food (from casual sandwiches to steak), nice bar. What more could a busy person want? I had dinner both times and everything was delicious and plated beautifully. This is now my goto place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good!!
    Patty
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great selections. Wish the wines/cocktails weren't so pricey!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My 3rd visit
    KillingemsoftlyVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I'm pleasantly surprised that the cooperage has been consistently good. Each time I've been there it's been fairly busy and my group has varied in size each time as well. No place is going to be perfect but given the price, food quality and service The Cooperage comes pretty close. And FWIW another reviewer mentioned Walnut Creek being better...um where? Please tell me...I live in WC and this place is on par if not better at certain things than Yatch Club and Lark Creek.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All by computer
    MoragaJohn
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We (4) were seated on time and ordered cocktails. Six bells noisy. Took 25 minutes for our drinks to arrive Unfortunately this was followed 30 secs later by the appetizer (with which we had planned to have wine). My wife and I chose to split the 16oz steak. We didn't see the waitress who took our order until she brought the bill at the end. The drinks and food are delivered by servers who have not seen our order or requests. I had to request an extra plate so we could split. The steak was cooked excellently. but our friend's chicken was served cold. Cooperage is a very large restaurant especially for Lafayette and seems to be on a fast track to recoup their huge investment. Not what Lafayette needs. I doubt we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice for families
    catsiVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This is a great place to take your kids or grandkids. The noise level is pretty high, so it doesn't really matter if the kids are a little bit loud. The service was outstanding. Our waitress was super attentive, very helpful with food choices for my grandson who has pretty sever allergies, and not too intrusive. The drink menu was extensive and delicious. The food was excellent, great presentations and great taste! The chef went the extra mile on the kids hamburger. We requested no bun, so he wrapped it in lettuce instead!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and ambiance
    flipfan
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    First time since they moved in...the layout is really excellent. Enough room between the tables and high enough ceiling with enough sound deadening that you can have a conversation. The food was outstanding. For me, better choice than the next door (still good) Chow's... Salad options were plentiful and yummy and the brussel sprouts were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lafayette Hot Spot
    sister60
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The Cooperage has created a triad of really great restaurants in downtown Lafayette - the other two being Chow and Roam. It has made Lafayette a destination city for eating! My favorite dish is the warm brussels sprout salad with bits of bacon and a poached egg on top. Make dinner reservations well in advance unless you want to be eating dinner after 8pm! The only downside to going to the Cooperage is that it has become difficult to find parking in downtown Lafayette with all these great restaurants, so leave lots of time for this.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sort of an up-scale Chow
    ChandlerVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Across the street from Chow with similar fish/hamburger/salad menu but setting and presentation are a bit nicer and the price probably $2 an entry higher.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Adults Louder Than Children?
    SofisticatedYounging
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    It's true. I never thought I would see the day, honestly. After eating at restaurants across Europe, as well as the U.S., I found that the Cooperage brought back feelings of France with its design, and the service complimented that. The food was fantastic! And for the price I didn't feel as if I'd been taken advantage of. I will be coming back. When I took my girlfriend there one Wednesday evening, I was assuming it would be on the quiet side. To my surprise, our table was abutted the "bar area," where a full deck of soccer moms, and primadonnas were apparently bumping into old friends and felt the need to let the whole restaurant know of their quaint facebook friendships. Cooperage, sit me somewhere else, or keep the chickens cooped.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love Lafayette
    LoveLafayetteVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Diablo Magazine is right. This is the best new restaurant in the East Bay!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lafayette Restaurant
    tpmorr
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The San Francisco Chronicle reviewers can go pound sand. We were a family of five and loved this place, close to home and across the street from another favorite of ours, Chow. We didn't find it inconsistent at all. The food was great, seating was great, and staff were all very welcoming and friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meh
    Karen
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I was expecting more. The food was not up to par. My pork chop was very bland and my husband ordered a well done burger, which was served medium rare. No bread was served. It was a very warm evening, and we were looking forward to sitting outside. We waited for a drink at the bar. One of the wheat beers unavailable and the bartender told us after we ordered but didn't even tell us there was another wheat beer available. I heard the same exchange when another person at the bar ordered the beer that was out of stock. When a table became available, we were seated outside but just barely. It was still pretty cool from the air conditioning inside even though the doors between the inside and outside were open.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All hype, no substance:(
    Luv2EatVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    From the get go, it did not feel right. We had to wait (10 mins.) to be seated even though we were a few minutes late for our reservation. It was obvious, they overbooked this place. Hostess had no personality. Not a pleasant "good evening". Waitress made you feel rushed and not attentive throughout. The noise level was unbelievably high, the acoustics need to be improved a lot. Had to raise our voices to have a conversation. The food was average. Several of our dishes lacked solid flavor: brussels, Caesar salad, burger, ribs...we skipped dessert. We eat out a lot and are experienced dinners but this place needs improvement before we return again. In the area, Postinos and Duck Club are better choices or head to Walnut Creek:)
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    • Noise LevelModerate