Papa Razzi- Boston
Papa Razzi- Boston

Papa Razzi- Boston

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.paparazzitrattoria.com/
  • Phone: 6175369200x
  • Hours of Operation:
    All OpenTable reservations are for inside dining only

    M - F 11:30am - 11:00pm
    Sa - Su 11:30am - 11:00pm (brunch until 3:00PM)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Vegetarian / Vegan, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Corey O'Shea
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events: We have premium space for private events accommodating up to 100 guests. To view our private event menus visit our website at www.paparazzitrattoria.com.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Newbury Street
  • Public Transit: The Copley stop on the green line is right across the street.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There are several public lots nearby the restaurant.
A word from Papa Razzi- Boston
Papa Razzi offers the best of Italian scratch cooking: simple recipes, fresh ingredients, and passionate chefs. Inspired by the modern trattoria, each of our convenient locations makes it easy to enjoy a heart-warming meal from our wood-fired ovens. Everything from thin-crust pizzas to favorite pastas are made to order in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. We look forward to your next visit!
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Papa Razzi- Boston reviews from OpenTable diners
114 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (52)great for outdoor dining (51)good for groups (32)romantic (29)special occasion (29)great for lunch (29)fit for foodies (28)great for brunch (17)kid-friendly (17)notable wine list (16)late-night find (15)hot spot (10)vibrant bar scene (6)scenic view (3)Show More
  • All Good
    BelGufo
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    The menu offered a wide range, including ideal selections for the dieter among us. The service was prompt and attentive. It was just what we had hoped for a relaxed weekday lunch.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 73 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 456 reviews are from the Papa Razzi- Boston reviews archive.
  • Great Italian on Newbury
    bostonfamily
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Commencement weekend dinner. Excellent food although on Sunday night they had run out if veal and steak and our first choice of wine. But meal second selections were all good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian food - outside the N. End!
    ButterfleyeVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    THERE IS GOOD FOOD OUTSIDE OF THE NORTH END! - and this place is one of them. Is it a little more "trendy" than some might like? Sure - the Newbury Street location means that you're going to get tourists, and it's also a local chain, so there is that - but you certainly don't FEEL it when you eat the food. I have recommended the caesar salad to virtually everyone that goes to Papa Razzi - it's amazing. Actually, all of the salads are - and that's coming from someone who doesn't LOVE salads. The service is good - depending on the time of day you go - Fridays and Saturdays are always a little slower - because the restaurant is HUGE...but we love to go here - it's a great standby and worth a trip!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Paparazzi
    Lupe
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I went to Paparazzi for mother's day and we had a really good dining experience. The place was very crowded, given the holiday and a gorgeous spring day, but the staff was very accommodating given we were a bit early for our reservation. The menu only had a few brunch items but the food was delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not up to Boston Standards
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Visited Papa Razzi - Boston but thought it was just okay. We waited a bit for our waiter but was to be expected as it was Friday night. After ordering, however, we waited quite a while for our drinks and had to ask for bread. We ordered soup - ministrone which was okay and Pasat e Fagoli which was awful. It tasted like chili!! For our entrees, we ordered Chicken Sorrento, Penne con Pollo and Rigatoni con Luganega. Each one was 'fine' but nothing to write home about. It was a one and done for us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    30Nothing
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Came here due to the Gluten-free menu options noted on their website. Located on vibrant Newbury St. it has a large and nice interior but dining experience was overall disappointing. Servers seemed confused and generally "tuned-out" Took them about 15 minutes to track down one dog-eared gluten-free menu. Why not asterisk the GF options on your regular menu? My husbands bread arrived at the table before his meal - they promised to bring GF bread but it arrived long after my entree. The GF pizza crust was ok, but the pizza tomato base was heavy on the oregano and tasted like Prego from a tin. When I think wood-fired thin curst margarita pizza I think fresh DOP tomato sauce, buffalo mozzarella and fresh basil - this was poor interpretation
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was unbelievable!
    VIPOTVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    I took two business associates for lunch yesterday. No water for 20 minutes, got our soup in about the same amount of time. Lots of angry diners! No bread basket either, and no wine that was ordered. Other waiters had to help and they were not happy about it to the point of being rude. The food is so delicious that I can't figure out why they can't hire enough employees to serve patrons. Maybe call and get to-go food! Very sad!
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  • Poor service and experience
    JKBostonVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Have been a loyal customer for many years but won't be returning. Had a server who was also waiting on a table of 14. Which meant terrible service for us. Had to ask for water 3 different times from 3 different people. We ordered pizzas that took 1.5 hours to come out. Life is too short to wait that long. No attempt to make amends from the server. Had to wait 15 mins just to get water. If you can't handle that many people in your restaurant then don't accept more reservations
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great date night!
    lp928
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    As someone who does not get to go out with my boyfriend regularly, we had a very nice date night here on Sunday 4/27. The host was pleasant and our server Paul was amazing. He was exactly what both my boyfriend and I look for when we go out to eat. The food was delicious as well! Overall it was a great night and we will definitely be returning soon :)
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorite brunch spots
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Great food and great service. Always come to have aldo as my server, he always remembers me, what I ate last time and it's so considerate. I have absolutely loved both brunch dishes I've had so far and always look forward to my weekend mornings here
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good lunch!
    ParthosB
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    I had a 12:30 reservation on a Tuesday and I'm glad I did because the restaurant filled quickly. The wait staff was highly attentive. Food preparation was slow (32 minutes for my chicken parm Panini) but the portion was huge and delicious. The ambiance is nice. I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First impressions were right
    Not2old2eat
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    After an impromptu lunch or was it brunch we thought that we should really see what they could do and so made a reservation for dinner a few days latter. It was a good decision and we thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Writing these comments in New York we are able to put the attitudes and service levels experienced in Boston into context. On bangs for your bucks it's Boston by a country mile!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We totally enjoyed everything about this restaurant. Will definitely go back next time in Boston.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We booked our table a month in advance through open table and they did not have it when we went to eat our pasta dinner the night before the marathon. Needless to say we were very disappointed. The hostess did not suggest any alternative for us. Luckily we spotted two seats at the bar and ate there. Unfortunately this made for a disappointing dinner. Our trip to boston included 3 bookings through open table and there were no problems with the other reservations.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Italian Pasta
    EmHope64
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The Ravioli with spinach was amazing. The waiter was extremely friendly and sociable. The setting was a dimly lit dining room with dark furniture and decor. I highly recommend it for great Italian pasta dishes.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Impressed
    PhillC
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The place was way too crowded and extremely noisy. I could hear conversations from several surrounding tables. Wait staff was not very attentive and the food was good, but way overpriced.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My pre race carbo load
    hungrydude
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Love this restaurant. Great gluten free place for my daughter with great dining options for me to carbo load prior to running the Boston Marathon. Only had penne pasta available for GF, hopefully they can have more options next year.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy atmosphere on Newbury
    Michael
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    This was my first meal after getting off a 7 hour flight so I was quite jet lagged. I was expecting a quiet, cozy bistro type atmosphere but the place was packed and very, very noisy. I didn't mind too much as it kept me awake. The service was very attentive from the hostess to the waitress. I ordered the spaghetti bolognese. It was ok but as with most restaurants in North America had far too much salt. I also ordered a green salad but they used iceberg lettuce which made it very watery. Good place to for a drink at the bar with your mates but as a romantic dinner for two, I would choose elsewhere. Finally, the manager kindly waited with me to flag down a taxi which he didn't have to. Overall great service with ok food.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Italian food, nice atmosphere
    Gnir12
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    I ate here with friends before the Boston marathon. I had made reservations. We were seated promptly, service was good. I had the potato gnocchi and it was excellent. My friend asked for some changes to the menu and the chef was very accommodating.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok experiance
    IJB1
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    We had Sunday early dinner at Papa Razzi. The service was good, and the waitress was friendly.We sat outside on Newbury which is always nice.. The appetizer Calamari was just ok, however the entrees were very greasy. each and every one of us had a different dish...Only my 7 year old enjoyed her cheese ravioli (it was with butter, no red sauce) . My and my wife risotto were barely edible. My 10year old son would eat anything with red sauce in it...He could not eat his spaghetti with meatball ..
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I've always loved Papa Razzi!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    I've always loved Papa Razzi but I hadn't ever been to this location. Great spot!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Night out with friends
    Khrystyna
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Excellent place for dinner! Even though we show up 30min earlier then our reservation, we were immediately given a table. Our server was really nice and accommodating. It was my first time and I'm coming back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Satisfied/ Returning Customer
    Buddahman
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    I came here to treat my girlfriend out to a nice dinner. Prices seemed fair for what was being served and certainly can get to be expensive depending on what you get, just don't drink a lot or you'll be looking at a $200+ bill. I ordered Lobster tortellini which was much better than I expected. The dish's seem to be well proportioned so you wont leave over stuffed but certainly full. We went on a Friday evening around 6:30pm and were out by 7:45 which brings me to my next point. The service was FAST, possibly a little too fast but okay none the less. They looked understaffed but our waitress was still a stones throw away and continually checked with us. Great place to eat when you're feeling semi fancy and want good food that's not a chain.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Does not disappoint
    Richard
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    I've been going to Papa Razzi for years and it is always consistent, flavorful, affordable (compared to many other Back Bay restaurants) and I always seem to get a nice table (that part could be luck, or possibly even related to OpenTable.). Their Chicken Parm is the best I've ever had and the people I've taken have really enjoyed their meals. (The piece of salmon was quite big). Making a reservation through OpenTable could not be easier. My only disappointment is they closed the one in Chestnut Hill.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a delicious meal!
    Mona
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    This is our go to restaurant when visiting Boston! Always a great meal! Staff is friendly and knowledgable, the specials are delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and great service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    Great food and great service. Been multiple times and will continue going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very poor service
    joyce
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    We had a lovely dinner at Papa Razzi. The service however was very bad! Although the restaurant was not very crowded at all the waitress could not wait to get us out of there. She was rude, got our plates from the table while we were still eating and brought the check without being asked for this. We were going to order coffee but the check was already on our table. Fortunately the food was oke so I will recomend this restaurant but hopefully the waitress will be fired soon!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and even better service
    Paras
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Before even beginning to share the specials, the waiter asked for any dietary restrictions. Such a simple question to ask, but it made us feel very comfortable that the restaurant would be accommodating. The food came out and the gnocchi was simply incredible. The Quattro Formaggio pizza had an overwhelming amount of garlic, but the kitchen was more than willing to take it back and remake it. All in all great food and even better service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boston's Best!
    DruLaduke
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Calamari was the best, ever! Service: Jordan made us feel welcomed and very comfortable. Staff was engaging but not hovering. I look forward to bring friends the next time we are in town, maybe even a special trip just for dinner. Salmon was heaven.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food needs upgrading
    Patrice
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We had simple pizza and risotto and the food was fair at best. No excuse for that and I won't recommend it.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place for a good meal
    Houseman
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Papa Razzi somehow seems to be able to maintain a casual yet upscale feel without the outrageous pricing that seems to be the norm in the Back Bay area. Décor was very comfortable, quality and quantity of the food was very good and the service was outstanding. The waiter was knowledgeable and patient with the 5 of us and we saw a team working to get things done. Very satisfying experience and a place we will continue to go to when in the City.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliable Fare
    AlCathVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Lobster tortelloni is superb here. This was our third time at Papa Razzi, a restaurant we visit every time we're in Boston. Well-situated in Back Bay smack in the middle of excellent shopping, it's a great place for lunch or dinner. The vibe is energetic on weekends, so if you're looking for intimacy, choose a less busy time. The decor is lovely, and there are nice wines by the glass. There's something here for pasta lover who's after a special meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and food! The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    Great service and food! The parm veal and calamari was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing pasta!!
    YummyFoodaddiction
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Went to the restaurant with a good friend to celebrate her birthday. Were pleasantly surprised that the food stood up to the hype. Really good pasta. The thin crust pizza was good too. Was a little too noisy in my personal opinion.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Average is not good enough...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The experience was average and with so many great restaurants near by, average is not good enough. We had to wait 10 minutes for our reserved table time. They did not bring us our bread, our waitor was not knowlegeable and I had to prompt him for the specials.They brought us a 2010 vintage on a wine where we ordered a 2008. They did, however, take 10 dollars off the price. For the rest, the food was good and the atmosphere generally energetic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Papa Razzi = Molto Buona
    ACBklyn
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    I enjoyed a very nice lunch at Papa Razzi with 5 co-workers. This was our second group lunch and we will go back for a third. The service is friendly, the food is fresh and serving size is plentiful. I don't think you can go wrong with Papa Razzi.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Papa Razzi is AMAZING!
    DaveAndLisa
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Papa Razzi offers the best Italian cuisine in my opinion in Boston! Not only is the food delicious, but the ambiance and service is not to be overlooked! The wine list is huge and the prices for their meals are VERY reasonable for the portions and quality of food. I will definitely be back here again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was ok
    Melissa
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went for Valentine's dinner. Tables were you cramped, you could hardly move or hear in the restaurant. Actually, as I was trying to take my seat a bottle of sparkling water was brushed off the table next to me because there was no room and my jacket hit it and it fell. They served bread. Was like a long thin stale breadsticky thing. Gross. I ordered the asparagus and tomato with chicken penne in cream sauce. The tomatoes were raw, and the asparagus was undercooked. Sent back to kitchen and ordered the chicken parm, too flat and dry for ny likeing. Sauce was nice thou.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistent quality
    Chrispie
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Food and service are always great here. Staff are friendly and attentive. Great location and reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok but nothing special
    Minxy
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Food was ok - potatoes undercooked spoke to our excellent waiter who changed them immediately - unfortunately for over cooked ones. Having said that the beef tenderloins were delicious
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.