Bluewater Boathouse
Bluewater Boathouse

Bluewater Boathouse

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://1887onthebay.com/
  • Phone: 6194350155
  • Hours of Operation:
    Crew's Lounge opens daily at 3:00pm
    The Dining Room opens daily at 5:00pm
    Happy Hour is in the Crew's Lounge Monday through Friday from 3:00pm till 6:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Steakhouse
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: The 1887 on the Bay gives it guest the chance to dine in history, while enjoying award winning steaks and fresh seafood on our bayside patios or breath taking window tables. Enjoy the gorgeous views of the Gloretta Bay, Coronado Bridge and Down Town Skyline from our 4 private dining areas that accommodate groups of 15 to 300 people. With ample parking, customized menu options, and amazing views; we are the perfect location for your banquet needs. Please call 619-435-0155 for banquet / large party information.
  • Entertainment: Live Music every Thursday night, Music starts at 6:00pm till 9:00pm.
  • Special Events: Please contact the restaurant directly for all special events information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Highway 75
  • Public Transit: We do have public transit directly across the street from our location.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Our location has 150 free parking spots directly in front of our location. Plus endless free street parking.
A word from Bluewater Boathouse
A California historical icon, the restaurant 1887 on the Bay is now San Diego's premier destination for coastal dining. Standing directly over the sparkling waters of Glorietta Bay, diners are offered an unrivaled panoramic view of the harbor while they dine on our bayside patios or breathe taking window tables. Bluewater Boathouse has gained the reputation as the best’s steak house on the island; but they are also famous for the fresh seafood that is flown in daily from Hawaii and the East Coast. 1887 on the Bay may be reached by water taxi, the Coronado Bay bridge or via the Silver Strand. The restaurant Crew's Lounge opens daily at 3:00pm and the dining room opens daily at 5:00pm. The restaurants 4 private banquet rooms are available for day or evening banquets including rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions and corporate events and military functions. With two dining rooms, two patios, and a mouth watering menu, it’s hard to beat the 1887 on the Bay.
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Bluewater Boathouse reviews from OpenTable diners
95 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.7
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (63)great for outdoor dining (54)special occasion (30)neighborhood gem (29)romantic (24)good for groups (24)fit for foodies (16)kid-friendly (12)great for lunch (12)hot spot (6)great for brunch (5)notable wine list (4)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • We have dined here many times
    JTSDVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2008
    We have dined here many times and truly the service was lacking. The waitress asked if we'd been there before and because we said yes we were practically ignored as well as seated at a very uncomforable table location. The food was fabulous but was served in an unacceptable manner...3 dinners came out and the 4th dinner was at least 5 minutes behind the others - this is totally unacceptable. I plan on writing the restaurant directly, but haven't had time yet.
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  • Very elegant dinner, would
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/27/2008
    Very elegant dinner, would reccomend to anyone to try, dinner for two (the most expensive dinner on the menu besides the filet minon and lobster tail) We had the Fillet minon and alaskan king crab legs with a pair of sodas and an appitizer of sauted' mushrooms (a heaping steaming plateful with fresh garlic) and topped it off with a big mountain fudge cake, bill came out under $150. Staff is very freindly and they even bring you hot towels for your hands with lemons to wipe off after dinner! So I would highly reccomend this restaraunt.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • I had the filet mignon. It
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/24/2008
    I had the filet mignon. It contained a great deal of fat and sinew. Less than half of it was edible.
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  • We were surprised at how few
    JoeyVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2008
    We were surprised at how few people were dining there, it is a lovely setting. The thing that stands out about the evening is the service. Very attentive, perhaps too much so, but he was a good salesman. I probably would select another restaurant next time I am in town because the food was expensive but not memorable.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food -- every one of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/21/2008
    Great food -- every one of our group of 6 had a delicious meal, from steak to seafood. Great service -- attentive waiter, with a great sense of humor. Beautiful views of the harbor. A wonderful evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My wife an I came here on
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/12/2008
    My wife an I came here on a recommendation for an anniversary. It was our first visit and we were thinking it would be a romantic restaurant, on the bay, coronado. Walking through the dining room to get to our table felt EXACTLY like I was in a Red Lobster. The decor is EXTREMELY dated, dirty carpets, no linens on the tables. The service was horrible. Our waiter was nice but he just didn't seem to get that people like bread and water before dinner, and to occasionally check back, fill wine glasses if needed, etc. The only two positives: 1.) if you get a table near the window the view is nice and 2.) the food was very good. Of course it's not Donovan's quality, but still enjoyed the food. Advice: don't go here for a romantic date.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We have eaten here several
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/11/2008
    We have eaten here several times and it has always been excellent
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never quite makes it. Too
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2008
    Never quite makes it. Too much chit chat between the staff, slaids limp and low order wine selections - would not want to suggest they have a list. That said, the location is great and the folks friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All around great location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/5/2008
    All around great location for area. Good variety of seafood, etc. Nice portions. Good wine list.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A traditional steakhouse concept,
    CathyVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2008
    A traditional steakhouse concept, with some surprises. In addition to the "cool" factor of this being the original boathouse for the Hotel Del (1887), it has the element of being right on the water,with bobbying boats, etc. They continue to serve the fine, marinated teriyaki steak that the Chart House used to serve when they operated the restaurnt. Our macadamia crusted halibut with peanut sauce and teriyaki glaze was fantastic! It has always been a reliablely fine meal when we want a view and steak/seafood.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The clam chowder is excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/21/2008
    The clam chowder is excellent! We have clam chowder everywhere we travel and this clam chowder was one of the best we've found in 17 years. Janice Bristol
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    fit for foodies
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  • The food was fair at best.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/30/2008
    The food was fair at best. I wouldn't order anything but the beef here. Their attempts at creating imaginative seafood fell well short of many other places in town.. and San Diego restaurants are hardly standouts when it comes to seafood. The staff was enthusiastic and made you feel at home. It's too bad the food wasn't what I expected. I drove from La Jolla to Coronado to eat there, but won't do it again.
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  • The food was great and they
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/26/2008
    The food was great and they were able to accomodate our request for a waterview. Our waitstaff was very friendly. The problem we had was we were celebrating our 6th anniversary and were hoping to have a quite, romantic night. This was not it. There were young families everywhere and loads of sunburned tourist hanging at the bar. We, of course, were seated right next to the bar and at the top of the stairs - everyone had to walk by us to get to a different floor, to ring a sale, or pick up a drink at the bar. Maybe the atmosphere is different during the nontourist season, but if you are looking for a quite, romantic night out, sadly this is not it.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was great! Our waiter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/13/2008
    Food was great! Our waiter Rick was top notch. Will recommend to friends and family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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  • Although the food was excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/12/2008
    Although the food was excellent and perfect in everyway, I was a bit disappointed with the service. My husband and I waited quite a long time before we even got any water! At that point we were ready to order and when I tried to let the waiter know, he just walked away without acknowledging me. He came back (many minutes later) with bread and again tried to tell him we were ready and still he walked away. Third time must be a charm because he finally took our order, after sitting there for at least 20 minutes! I was a little irritated but I didn't want to spoil outone year anniversary. Luckily our food order came a lot quicker! I thought it was going to be a little more fancier but it was a causual / family friend environment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful view and good food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/7/2008
    Beautiful view and good food. Be sure to request a table by the window!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Took almost 45 minutes to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/2/2008
    Took almost 45 minutes to get out first drink after being seated. Other than that is was a nice dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I requested a table by a window
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/28/2008
    I requested a table by a window when making my reservation. Was given probably the worst table in the house. The table was in a walled off corner where both myself and my wife were in the traffic zone. Both of us were bumped multiple times. My wife was wacked in the head by a person carrying a chair. Food was good, service was good, waiter appologized for table selection. The person seating us said we would have to wait a significant period of time for a better table. This was when there were tables available at the window for the entire length of our meal. I belive he was looking for me to slip him money for a better table. I will never go back to this restaraunt again bacause of this. In fact, I will badmouth this place to all.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We found the service to be
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/26/2008
    We found the service to be quick - a little too fast - but the wait staff was friendly and accommodating. The sirloin steak was amazing, and the halibut was delicious. The key lime pie was also very good and refreshing. We plan to return to the restaurant for a special occasion, as it was a pleasurable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time there during restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/24/2008
    First time there during restaurant week. Food was excellent, our server was awesome. Food came out on time and tasted great. Ambiance was fabulous. Definitely would go back and not hesitate to bring friends and/or family as well. Prices are fairly reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • Everything was great. Food,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/24/2008
    Everything was great. Food, service, the view!!! Would definitely take out-of-towners there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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  • The food was delicious and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/21/2008
    The food was delicious and the service was fantastic. Our server (Ashzra J) was great, very pleasant. We will definitely be back.
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    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a wonderful place. I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/21/2008
    What a wonderful place. I am partial to outdoor dining and the deck had a nice view of the Marina. The Food was excellent, service was extremely attentive and helpful. It was our weeding anniversary and they did take special note of that, which was nice. Would recommend highly!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Prior to visiting our daughter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2008
    Prior to visiting our daughter in San Diego (we're from NJ), we asked her if there was a special restaurant that she would like to try. )Our daughter is in the Navy, and is not normally able to go to great restaurants.) She said that she had heard many good things about the Coronado Boathouse, and would like to go there. It was a great choice! The food was outstanding! The service was exceptional! And Rick, our server, realized that it was a special occasion, and did not hurry us at all. In fact, even if the food had not been so great, Rick would have still made it a very memorable evening. I would recommend the Coronado Boathouse 1887 to anyone that is visiting (or living in)the San Diego area.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • here's the scenario four times!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2008
    here's the scenario four times!!! Your table is ready. OOPS wrong table. Promise you the next table by a window so sorry. No table by the window it was to be in hell's kitchen -- next to the garbage. Asked to see the manager - got attitude. I wouldn't go there on a free dinner for life. It is a beautiful building, however, the service and the southern california who cares attitude is inappropriate and unacceptible. Get them off your list.
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  • A traditional steak house
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/13/2008
    A traditional steak house - staff has been there for quite a while, good at what they do but old school. Compliments to our server, David.
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  • It was very nice....food not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/12/2008
    It was very nice....food not quite the quality expected for the price, but still enhjoyed it. Beautiful location and view.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
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  • Have eaten here several times.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/2/2008
    Have eaten here several times. This time, we brought a freind w/food allergies and she told our waiter she needed to talk to the chef to make sure about her food prep. Our waiter was arrogant and would not send the chef over. The restaurant was 35% full (at best) on a Tuesday night. We left w/out ordering and went to The Del Hotel for a GREAT meal. Won't be going back to the Boathouse!!!
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  • I chose this restaurant based
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/2/2008
    I chose this restaurant based on what I saw on their website, however the atmosphere was not as enjoyable as it came across on the website. I also requested a small favor prior to our arrival to celebrate our special occasion and was told I would be accomidated, however when we arrived nothing had been done. The food was amazing however. A bit pricy for the low-key, slightly outdated, atmosphere.
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    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We enjoyed a special meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/28/2008
    We enjoyed a special meal on our special occasion. The wait staff was excellent and the food was all great. The view can't be beat. It's an all around wonderful place to have a memorable meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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  • It was good but not outstanding.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/23/2008
    It was good but not outstanding. We went for our anniversary and were pleasrd but not blown away
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    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • everything was great but the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/19/2008
    everything was great but the rice was not very good needs more flavor. Steak was good but over cooked for medium rare request.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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  • This had to be one of the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/17/2008
    This had to be one of the most disappointing dining experiences we have had. We enjoyed our appetizer, wine and had a nice view. However, we had to wait an hour for our entrees and they were delivered lukewarm. The waiter didn't charge us for them however we did not receive an apology or any acknowledgment from the management. The waiter even had the NERVE to ask me if I was upset and that was after HE had told us twice about problems in the kitchen. This was our 34th wedding anniversary and it will be remembered as one of the worst times we have experienced in a restaurant. I would NEVER return to eat at this establishment. Nancy & Rick Hammel, 785-632-7319, 714 Liberty; Clay Center, KS 67432
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    kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was slightly pricey but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/2/2008
    Food was slightly pricey but excellent. Excellent service. Would recommend and will go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service. Rick
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    Great food and service. Rick was an amazing server!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • On this occasion, I ate outside
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    On this occasion, I ate outside - very nice. Excellent waitress ("Carol"). I ate there again several days later - this time inside. It was quite noisy, but still good food and service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Way over inflated prices for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/20/2008
    Way over inflated prices for entrees, chicken for $30?? I had the more affordable ($25) blackened tuna, a bit dry even though cooked rare, could have used more of the wasabi sauce for flavor. No veggie served with it, just rice. Salad extra $5. What happened to salad included at those prices? Nice salad, however, my husband did not realize bleu cheese would be crumbled all over it. A glass of wine costs just shy of what you would pay for the same bottle at the store and only a small selection is available by the glass. Kids meals are typical chicken tenders and good sized burger. There were many parties with children, though they were all well behaved children over 5 years old. I would say the ambience is what you pay for. Nice date venue.
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    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • We really enjoyed the atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/18/2008
    We really enjoyed the atmosphere and ambience of the restaurant. The food was delicious! The presentation was perfect. We will definitely go back to the Coronado Boathouse. The Corzines
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • We were first seated right
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/18/2008
    We were first seated right next to busy door, felt like I was right in the middle of the walkway, then we moved tables and sat at that table for almost 15 minutes before we were even recognized by a waiter and asked if we would like something to drink. Service was bad, food was very good, but not good enough to outweigh the poor service. Won't be back.
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  • I took a chance when I found
    SadhanaVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2008
    I took a chance when I found this restaurant on OpenTable because it looked like a lovely place to take out of town guests, although I was hesitant because the vegetarian options were quite limited. However, we ended up having a very memorable and delicious meal. The Ahi tuna was cooked perfectly and the creamed spinach was to die for. Our servers were excellent, very knowledgeable and easy to talk to. Jimmy was one of our servers and he was training another gentleman, whose name I forget. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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