Minetta Tavern
Minetta Tavern

Minetta Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.minettatavernny.com/
  • Phone: 2124753850x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Wednesday - Friday: 12:00noon - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday through Friday: 5:30pm - 12:00am Dinner Sunday: 5:30pm to 11pm; Supper: Monday through Friday: 12:00am - 1:00am; Supper Sunday 11pm to 12am; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, French
  • Executive Chef: Lee Hanson & Riad Nasr
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Take the A,B,C,D,E,F or M train to West 4th St. Use the 3rd St. exit and walk one block south to Minetta Lane and 2 blocks east to MacDougal St.

    Take the 1 train to Christopher St/Sheridan Square and walk south (toward Grove St) on West 4th, 4 blocks. Continue south on 6th Ave 2 blocks to Minetta Lane, and 2 blocks east to MacDougal St.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: PARKING GARAGE AT 122 WEST 3RD ST (BETWEEN 6TH /MACDOUGAL)
A word from Minetta Tavern
Minetta Tavern was opened in Greenwich Village in 1937. The Tavern was named after the Minetta Brook, which ran southwest from 23rd Street to the Hudson River.

Over the course of its long history, the Tavern was frequented by various layabouts and hangers-on including Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, Eugene O'Neill, E. E. Cummings, Dylan Thomas, and Joe Gould, as well as by various writers, poets, and pugilists.

Since its renovation, Minetta Tavern has best been described as "Parisian steakhouse meets classic New York City tavern."

We hope — and believe — that's a somewhat accurate description of the place.
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Minetta Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
261 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (143)neighborhood gem (133)special occasion (98)hot spot (82)romantic (63)vibrant bar scene (55)great for brunch (45)great for lunch (43)late-night find (39)notable wine list (32)good for groups (31)kid-friendly (6)scenic view (5)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Best burger ever
    Foodman
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    As most people, I'm skeptical of all of the hype surrounding certain famous restaurants. Minetta Tavern did not disappoint. The Black Label Burger was argubably the best burger I've ever head. It was worth every penny of the $28 the restaurant charges for it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a great experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The food, service, and atmosphere are always great at Minetta Tavern. We've been here several times and most recently with our family for Father's Day brunch. The special omelette, their eggs Benedict serves on latkes and the delicious baked goods were a few of our wonderful meals. The service is always great!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food, large portions
    SusanKayVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    My daughters and I enjoyed lunch at the Minetta tavern this week. We ordered the famous burger which they graciously cut into thirds, the bone marrow, the pasta And spinach. We also indulged in some delicious rhubarb cocktails. Every little Thing was delicious and the service was so good. We did wish we had our Dad/ husband with us to Polish off the leftovers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Enjoyable Dinner
    JTSN
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Went before a show at the Bowery Ballroom. The oyster and sausage appetizer was very good and enough for two (2 sausage meatballs, 4 oysters). I got the special, hake wrapped in prosciutto with english peas, carrots and greens which was excellent. Based on reviews my wife went with the burger. While good I would order something else. The chocolate souffle was definitely for 2. The strip steak also looked very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Birthday to remember
    Franiks
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The environment alone is worth the trip. Every detail of the decor exemplifies the history of the place. The food is outstanding. the attention to detail was perfect. the Bone marrow was seasoned to perfection with a caramelized onion relish to die for. The fresh asparagus salad was remarkably creative and delish. The Burger was well worth the money. The quality and taste was beyond any burger I have ever had.It is really a special place. American fare at its best.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It is a darn good burger
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    My husband and I finally caved and came to try the famous Black Label burger. We split that, plus the marrow appetizer and the salt cod. The food was fantastic. My husband had a cocktail that was incredibly complex and delicious, and I enjoyed a great wine on the recommendation of our waiter. We didn't have time for dessert, but the table next to us had a chocolate souffle, and the smell was intoxicating. The burger really is that good. It's got a good crust on the outside from the salt and searing, and somehow the meat tastes even better on the last bite. The marrow appetizer was fantastic as well...subtle and rich. It is tight seating, so it's best suited to intimate occasions, but I'd go back in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NoisyVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Always great but tight! Waiter was so nice and patient with our parents!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great ambience
    allegra
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    I loved the ambience... it´s like an old pub, with red curtains, lots of pictures on the walls and references of intellectuals and other personalities from the past. The food was good, specially the bone marrow, great drinks as well. A little bit too noisy, but definetely a great place to a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing burgers! Make a reservation
    Emmelinho2014
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Great atmosphere! Lush cocktails, amazing food - the burger is so good!! Make sure to make a reservation as it books up quick.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best burger in NYC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    You wouldn't even know it was here. When you get inside it's like stepping back in time. Apparently this where the mafia used to fix and meet the big boxing matches. The walls are covered with old pictures it's like being in goodfellas or the godfather
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • special place
    feedbackjack
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    took my kids here to celebrate a new york vacation. definitely needed our reservation, short wait to be seated. very cool NY vib to the place, cozy yet trendy feel. good cocktail selection. small but complete menu. good service, bit of an "attitude" at one point when a hamburger was ordered medium well.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just a WONDERFUL place
    telethoughtVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    The Minetta Burger, to my experience, has been the BEST BURGER in NYC. It makes Boulud's overindulgent burger and passing fancy. This place has so much character, and wonderful service and outstanding food and drink. You enter and are transported into an earlier time when food was actually good. Cannot speak highly enough and will be returning as quickly as possible. I judge a restaurant that I truly love by how much I want to just "live" there because of the ambience, etc. This is really high up there in my estimation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    I come to Minetta almost everytime I'm in NYC as I just can't resist the Black Label Burgers they make. Have tried a number of other menu items as well, and I've always been impressed. Great place for lunch or dinner, (or Sunday Brunch!) but make a reservation, especially for dinner or you probably won't get in.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Coming Home
    JimF
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    having grown up in NYC I have been to the Minetta several times before. We arrived for Brunch and were seated in the cozy dining room and served by an attantive and knowledgeable waiter. The food was beautifully prepared and service was unhurried. This is a restaurant that proves you can go home again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lives up to the hype!
    lynnVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    One of the best dinners we have had in a long time! I had the trout meunière and it was probably the best fish I've ever had and that is saying a lot! Another person had the burger; one had sea bass and another , the roast chicken. Divine sums it all up!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old School New York restaurant
    fashfamilyVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We came here for the black label burger. At $28, it should have been amazing. It was a good burger but not great. It lacked seasoning. A little salt would have gone a long way but they don't even put that on the table. The brioche French toast was amazing! It was rich, creamy, and the orange zest put it over the top. This is an old school NYC restaurant that's worth a visit. Just manage expectations when ordering the burger.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 165 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 777 reviews are from the Minetta Tavern reviews archive.
  • always a favorite!
    Midnightinparis
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    This place has everything i am looking for in a great night out. Energetic atmosphere, the music is the right level to have a conversation but easy to hear, the food is always amazing, the service is impeccable and they make you feel like an old friend returning even if it's your first time :) Oh, and the history of the place creates a feeling of being brought back in time......a little Midnight In Paris feel :) but i am a hopeless romantic :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BlackLabel Burger didn't disappoint
    BarbaraVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    First visit to Minetta, but we'd seen several segments on FoodNetwork featuring the restaurant and their Black Label Burger. It's expensive; but turned out to be worth every penny! Ate there with 3 guy friends. We all had the burger and there was nothing but praise around the table. The rest of Minetta's menu looks really awesome so we can't wait to go back and sample some of the other dishes. Last comment; you need to be in the mood for tight seating and a somewhat "boisterous" atmosphere. Lot's of conversation and laughter all around you make for a fairly noisy environment, but it didn't detract from our overall enjoyment. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, but won´t go back
    CYAKP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    A friend recomend this restaurant. We toke a taxi just to go there, with a 3 years old girl. But, it was not that amazing Black Label Cheeseburguer. The fries were fantastic. The pasta...good...but you can find better easily. The service was not that good.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Although the food and service were excellent, the noise level was unbearable and the tables were on top of one another. If you want to talk, don't go to this restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cote de beouf
    Steak
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This place is snotty, but it's still a cool place. We enjoyed everything very much. The steak we had was just the best thing ever
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Cyn23
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We told them we had to leave at a specific time and they were very cordial about it. The food was very good, especially the side dishes.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and Service Quality Clashed
    NotDismayed
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The food is always spectacular at Minetta Tavern and normally the service is always attentive and pleasant. I recently have my first 'poor' service experience at Minetta Tavern, when my guest asked for an extra napkin after having enjoyed the black label burger (which I strongly suggest you try). She was meet with a look for annoyance and flat disgust by the young waitress with glasses whose facial expression looked as through my guest had spouted a vulgarity at her. I was shocked because this is not what Minetta Tavern is about. It is one of the most pleasant and well managed restaurants I enjoy eating at. I was surprised by this experience but will give this restaurant another try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worse than plane economy seating
    Ladditionsvp
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    I was so looking forward to this dinner, but left terribly disappointed: restaurant noise-level like a baseball stadium & you are packed like sardines. On the banquette, no exaggeration, only 4 inches bet the tables - if you have to get up, people on either side of your table have to move as well. Ambiance of plane economy section. Appetizers were good, bone marrow and beet salad, but the entrees, lamb and beef, were diner-level in quality & taste. Both pieces of meat far too fatty, over-cooked, under-seasoned. Only 70% of portion edible, rest was bone and fat. The saving grace were service, very attentive, and their wine list. But not even a good bottle of bordeaux given free would induce me to go back. For 2 people, a waste of $300.
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  • Best Meal Ever
    Skoop32
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Cote de Boeuf was Ah-maze-ing!!!! Best steak I've ever had and the Chocolate Souffle for 2 was other worldly. I'm still dreaming about going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome burgers plus
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    I remember this space when it was the traditional Italian spot, and I'm so glad they decided to leave the décor. It's truly a New York classic. Everything is good here, but we love the burgers - both of them! Also are suckers for the marrow. It's more than dinner - it's a real dining experience! Recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Old world New York- New world buzz
    WillajaneVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Great food and lively room Always a wait which is very annoying But if you don't mind that it's a fun time
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • smart looking
    normiedoo
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    service very good, food very good, mixed young and older crowd
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    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good mix
    Kirre
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Superb burgers and the fish was exelent! A bit tricky to get a table reservation. We hade to pick a time the same day as we arrived and due to this we were quite tired after traveling from europe. However the service and food was really great. Hope to be back soon again! //Erik
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Packed us in. Service not Michelin
    NYCoriginal
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Cote de Boeuf was good. But how hard isit to cook a steak medium rare...especially for $150. If you are in the neighborhood late it's worth stopping in for a bite.
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lives up to reputation
    tmf4
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Minetta was a great experience--the food is really the star of the show. The black label burger lives up to the hype, and everything else we had was delicious as well, especially the pommes aligot. I found the wine list slightly inaccessible--lots of great bottles, but many of them are priced higher than the same bottles on other wine lists around town. Service was prompt and friendly, though not super memorable.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Interior good food
    AlexHamburg
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    We have been at Minetta whilw our stay in New York City and we are absolutely positive surprised. When we stand in front of the restaurant, it looks very dark, no windows... you come in you see an absolut hot spot with cool people and a relaxed atmosphere. food was good, it was a little bit sad that the filet had a strong bacon taste even we ordered the filet with no bacon.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Hot Spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodieVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    The tables are a little too close but I understand why. Great Great burger! Excellent service. Anna was a pleasure to have.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Magnificent Minetta Tavern
    Sweethatttrick418VIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Fabulous Sunday Brunch! Warm, welcoming maître d'. Impeccable, fun waiter. Oh my God Brunch---- we loved or omelet, scrambled eggs & must-get thick bacon. Memorable meal. Beautiful decor & ambiance. We're coming back for cote de boeuf dinner! Must go restaurant! Don't wait like we have as Manhattan natives!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Touch of Tavern
    jvcancun
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    We had a lovely lunch; we were looking for an alternative to Balthazar, our favorite spot for Sunday brunch when in NY. Food quality, service and ambiance were very good, we sat in the back room and it definitely had the feel of a British Tavern. Overall very good experience.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Absolutely Perfect!
    Cihan
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    One of the best service and Burger I ever had! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expected Better
    FoodieLawyerVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Given all the hype about this restaurant, I would have expected the food to be excellent. I am by no means saying that the steak and lamb was bad, but it was about as good as you would expect from a place selling $20 steaks. If you are going to be selling high priced steaks, it should be at the same quality as other high end steak houses in the city. It was not, and therefore I feel this place is simply not a good value.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • foodforthought
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Minettas Tavern is an old school charmer, excellent food, great service and throw back ambiance. Bone marrow appetizer is superb, and not found prepared like this anywhere else. The famous burger is famous for a reason ,enjoy the juices running down your chin as you applause your choice of dining at Minetta's Tavern. You will not be disappointed .
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable evening
    Steffesu
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    This is the spot to have Your steak in NY, it was fantastic! The atmosphere was just as great as the Food, and if I go back to NY this would be a Place I'd be sure to try out again.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday at Minetta
    Ron22
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Great Restaurant, the Service is impeccable and the food is great.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.