Vidalia
Vidalia

Vidalia

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.vidaliadc.com/
  • Phone: 2026591990
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday Closed until September 12, 2010
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jeffrey Buben
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Vidalia is now doing off premise catering. Call Jacqueline Herrera for your special events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 20th St NW
  • Public Transit: Dupont Circle Red Line
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking available for $8.00 per vehicle. Local parking in garages are also available.
A word from Vidalia
Chef/owner Jeffrey Buben's Vidalia features an expanded bar with 30 wines by the glass, a beautiful private dining room for groups up to 40 people, our wine room and a soft contemporary dining room featuring warm, rich fabrics incorporated in new booths, banquets and comfortable dining chairs. We look forward to seeing you and also invite you to Chef Buben's second restaurant, Bistro Bis, located next to the Hotel George on Capital Hill. Visit our web site at www.vidaliadc.com or www.bistrobis.com to find out more about both Vidalia and Bistro Bis.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Vidalia reviews from OpenTable diners
229 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (155)fit for foodies (146)romantic (101)notable wine list (50)great for lunch (50)neighborhood gem (40)good for groups (30)hot spot (8)late-night find (6)great for brunch (5)vibrant bar scene (5)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Just go there
    LisaSilv
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Delicious food. Great vegetarian options that can be made vegan. Classy atmosphere. Excellent service. Don't let the fact that you have to go downstairs off M Street scare you. You will be wowed when you get down there.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Good food but staff was pretentious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Dined for restaurant week. Started off with the Pork Fritter. Flavor was ok. Enjoyed the fried green tomatoes more. Shrimp and grits was delicious. Peach dessert would have been more enjoyable with more crust. Front staff were having conversations that should take place in a break room not in front of guests.
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  • Simply the best!
    BuckerVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Every lunch at Vidalia becomes an occasion. No wonder it's my #1 choice for lunch -- great food, polished service, tasteful ambiance. Vidalia has it all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Classic
    WDC1VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Vidalia remains a classic in the Washington DC dining scene. Vidalia has the absolutely best lunch menu in DC filled with regularly updated fresh ingredient offerings. The most recent treat was a peach gazpacho which was truly heavenly. Service is top notch without being intrusive, provided by wait staff that know their menu inside out. Don't miss an opportunity to enjoy Vidalia.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It Was Just Ok
    britccVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I was excited to try their shrimp and grits as the server said it was their signature dish. It was just ok. Not very flavorful, the shrimp were not seasoned. Quite a disappointment if this is what they are known for. The center of the restaurant is quite nice, but we sat in the side room which was bland at best. After clearing the table after appetizers, they brought out the dessert menu, not even noticing we have not had our main yet. This is supposed to be a fine dining experience, right? Dessert... what a disappointment and it could have been so good! Cold cobbler and pies with ice cream?? Cold peach cobbler? If this is a southern fine dining experience, you should know better; it should be warm! All in all, just ok.
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    special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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  • Great Restaurant Week Find
    LauraVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Decided to try Vidalia for restaurant week. It was my first visit, and I was pleased to see a VERY robust Restaurant Week menu. I dined with a friend and between the two of us we ordered the Steak Tartar and Smoked Salmon appetizers. Both were tasty, but neither "wowed" us. However for our main course we shared the Porkbelly and Salmon entrees, which were both absolutely delicous. The best part to the meal by far was our dessert, the Pecan Pie, which was absolutely the best I've ever had. The peach crumble was tasty, but didn't hold a candle to the pie. Our server was excellent and made great suggestions. I would definitely go back outside of restaurant week.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost Perfect
    JustKaramel
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I visited Vidalia during restaurant week and it's a fabulous value. Our server extrodinaire, Larry was great and made wonderful recommendations. The macaroni and cheese, succotash (lima beans/corn), collard greens, crab-watermelon gazpacho (I know, right) were spot on. My colleagues enjoyed their entrees but there were 2 dishes that just didn't' make it. The short ribs while tender were bland. Not even the nice sauce could help them. And the dessert, the country peach crisp tasted like a healthy version of what one really desire. Despite those 2 dishes, the pork chops, flourless chocolate cake, crabcake appetizer and the salmon were all divine. Would I come again - you bet!! But, I'd steer clear of the short ribs and that dessert.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Southern food
    JPPL2000
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The fried green tomatoes were the worst. Coated batter was hard, very tough to eat.
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    romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I had a bad experience at Vidalia many years ago and hadn't been back since. But some friends wanted to go there for Restaurant Week, so I decided to give it another try, and was very glad I did. The service was excellent and the food was wonderful. I would certainly return again.
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  • Fabulous Find...
    FedFoodie
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I'm so glad Vidalia participates in DC Restaurant week...my two colleagues and I all had lunch here, and they made their entire menu available to us for our 3-course luncheon. The food was fabulous (only complaint was that the catfish filet was a little small), beautiful presentation, service was great, and we all plan to return with our sig others to share this fabulous find! Thanks so much!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NJfoodie
    NJfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Excellent as always! We have been coming for 15 years and the food, service and attention to detail have never wavered. The shrimp and grits is a perennial favorite. The cocktails in the bar were very nice due to the fact that it was not overly loud or crowded. True to character, the wait staff brought us a beautiful cookie tray gratis when they found out we had a wedding in the near future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, value and atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We had a great lunch - and they were particularly accommodating given that we brought a baby with us. Delicious and good value for the 19.90 menu.
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    great for lunch
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  • Excellent dinner
    Mimix2
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We celebrated a birthday at Vidalia's.... the waiter was wonderful. We had the five course tasting meals which were each unique and delicious. I have an allergy to cow's milk and the waiter/staff did an excellent job making sure that my food was perfect. It is so enjoyable to have a meal and not have to worry about a problem. I am looking forward to returning again... The summer truffles were excellent!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cooksalot
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The food is excellent. My group was very happy to be able to carry on a coversation without having to raise our voices to be heard. The service was some what indifferent and the manner of the servers was too casual for this restaruant. When I make a request of the server I expect to hear "yes (or no) Ma'am" not "no problem." Same for the busboys.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect evening
    bptoe
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Visiting DC, Vidalia was recommended by a family member. We had an early dinner with with our hosts. Happy hour cocktails at the very nicely appointed bar in comfy sofas were followed by a fabulous meal. All of the selections were outstanding. The crab cakes were perfect with appetizer or entree size plates. The oyster pan roast appetizer was melt in the mouth perfection, as was the lamb ribeye entree. The ahi tuna entree was also excellent. Our service was gracious, knowledgeable, and spot-on with wine recommendations. Prices were moderate to upper moderate for a DC restaurant. An elegant treat for anyone with a curious and discerning palate.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Salty Shrimp and Grits
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I've eaten at Vidalia a few times in the past and have always had an excellent meal. However, last Thursday broke that streak. I was extremely disappointed in the Shrimp and Grits. Since I had ordered this entrée before, I didn't think twice of suggesting the meal to my husband, who was visiting the restaurant for the first time. Although the shrimp were very large and cooked perfectly, the shrimp were VERY salty - almost inedible. Also, the chef has changed the recipe a bit - definitely not a fan of the new version.
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  • Flawless dinner performance
    DrCheenius
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The tasting menu was excellent and the wine pairings were very well chosen. Our server was a true professional - her pacing left us relaxed but not ignored and she was very knowledgeable about both the menu and the wines. Really quite pleased I chose this restaurant and will return the next time I'm in town.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Top Notch
    PaulG
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    It's been several years since we dined at Vidalia and this is the first time we've had enough advance planning in our recent visits to DC to be able to secure a reservation (Friday night, no less). As expected, the food was excellent, the menu intriguing, and the service was great. Food prices were about what one should expect at this level restaurant in the District, but liquor and wine prices were too high. We'll be back for our next special occasion, but will enjoy a beverage or two before the restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Wonderful anniversary dinner!
    EmmylovesYummies
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Vidalia went above and beyond my expectations for accomodating us for our anniversary dinner with only two hours notice. They printed a special message on our menus and then gifted them to us, brought a free dessert tasting plate with "happy anniversary" inscribed in chocolate, and the manger himself came to help choose a wine from their abundant list. He was knowledgable about each bottle and personally decanted it at our table. Service was extremely attentive without being obtrusive and the food was amazing. The five course tasting menu was well worth the price. My boyfriend and I will spend every anniversary dinner at this restaurant!
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service, Better Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    It's been several years since I visited Vidalia, but just ate there again on a recent business trip to DC. The service remains oustanding - attentive but in no way intrusive - and our server made a number of great suggestions that we were glad we followed. But it was the food that I remembered from my last visits and it was as good as I remembered! A great blend of seasonal favorites with a southern flair - everyone at the table was thrilled with their choices. I'll make it a point to return.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Vidalia never disappoints. Great good. Great service.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Stpauljoe
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Everything about our experience at Vidalia was worth noting. The food was fantastic and the service was equally good. Highly recommend Vidalia.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • vtfoodie
    vtfoodie
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great experience, waiter well versed in all aspects of menu and wine list. Service was discreet and unobtrusive. Food was over the top
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Birthday Celebration
    PMFC
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Had been to Vidalia before and knew it was a great place to celebrate a birthday. We both had the Chef's Tasting Menu and it was fantastic! Service was great and personalized for our occasion.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Very good food, outstanding service
    JayH
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I was very happy with everything. Food was delicious, our waiter was superb and the ambience also pleasant. Great place!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliably inventive
    DinnerDivaVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The $20 3-course weekday lunch at Vidalia is great. I ordered spicy watermelon gazpacho, nouvelle etouffe, and a cheese plate dessert -- all with memorable flavor combinations. One can converse easily in the dining room. The service is reasonably attentive. What's not to like?
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Incredible Experience
    Magnificat2005
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We came here to celebrate an anniversary and Vidalia didn't disappoint. It was top-notch in every regard. Charleston Tea, oyster pan roast, and chess pie were real stand-outs.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING!
    ShirlandAprilVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This is my all time favorite restaurant. I would travel to DC just to dine at Vidalia. The roasted vidalia onions with oxtail butter were divine. The sweetbreads were perfect. Hooray for food!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dctraveler
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Beautiful dining area. Outstanding, creative appetizers blending old southern cooking with modern cuisine. Great selection of main courses. Every dish well prepared and beautifully presented. Outstanding service; attentive but not intrusive. Fabulous pecan pie!!
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  • Always wonderful
    nobhillgem
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    As usual everything about our recent meal at Vidalia was topnotch. The best bread basket ever - for any city and every dish was delightful. The service is attentive and professional but not "stuffy." A DC treasure and we try to dine there whenever we are in the city.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Always good
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I get there about one time a year. Went with a couple this time and we each had a terrific meal. Nice selection of wines by the glass and of daily specials. Possible to order things that are not over the top fattening, but lots of such dishes on the menu. Nice decor and quiet and comfortable. Very good service.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great to re-visit
    RicinVa
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    It had been awhile since dined here. The food was great as I remember. The Shrimp and Grits were as remembered - excellent. The Rabbit Loin was also a very nice dish. The pecan pie was delicious. The surprise dessert was the grapefruit one. Really good and accented with grapefruit pop rocks.
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  • DuckSoup11VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    As always, great food. Our party of four variously enjoyed wonderful squid-ink tortellini stuffed with crab and garnished with pickled ramps; an excellent tilefish preparation; loin of rabbit, and several other interesting and original dishes. Service was knowledgeable without being distant. There's a large wine list with lots of choices, though many seem on the high side. Also, Vidalia is offering special cocktails as aperitifs, have a look at the choices. Side note: Almost every time I go to Vidalia I overhear somebody expecting classic "Southern food", and being disappointed not to find it. So be forewarned: that's not what they do here. This is contemporary cuisine, sometimes inspired by southern tradition.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very complex menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    As someone who eats in a lot of towns around the US and Europe I found myself having to ask about numerous items on the menu. I had no idea what squid ink, ramps, and Ox tail butter was and when I asked it was like "how do you not know that". So great for foodies who love that. Food was very very good but place was dead and the service was slow on a Friday night.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food at Vidalia
    JakeFoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I hadn't eaten at Vidalia for over a year when I recently had dinner there. My meal made me realize I missed dining there. Excellent from start to finish. The duck entree is extraordinary.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed
    Lazlo
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Took business clients there anticipating great atmposphere AND food. Two of us had steaks . The expense would have been justified if the food wasnt AWFUL. I could get better, more tasteful, less chewey steaks at Outback. I was frankly appauled, and totally underwhelmed. Dinner was $300 for three people. But I felt like I was payging for the ability to say I went to a restaurant that the Clintons and other famous folks have been too. Signed letters, a wall of fame photos and some really not good food.
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  • A real treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    The melon soup was a delight! Loved the friendly service. P
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Solid Serene Performer
    Annemddc
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    They've never dropped a stitch. They had artisanal cocktails way back before it was cool. The dining room is underground, I find it cool and comforting on a hot day, cozy on a cold one. As a southerner, I can vouch for the biscuits.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We had a wonderful evening at Vidalia. We had Shad Row Salad, crab cake and Chilled Strawberry Soup for appretizers. All delicious! Our entrees were shrimp and grits, vegetable medly and branzino, with sides of corn and vidalia onions. Again, all excellent. Desserts were caramel cake, pecan pie and lemon chess pie. Ditto. But as good as the food was, the service was even better. Jill took care of us - including our special requests - every step of the way. She was pleasant and knowlegable and let us dine at our own pace. We were celebrating two birthdays, and I could not have asked for a better way to do so!
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  • Still great
    Food4life
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We've been going here off and on for 17 years and they manage to keep the quality high. Our most recent time was for lunch. Service was perfect - we had the $19.90 3 course special, and each dish was just wonderful. Fresh ingredients, good presentation, flavorful and appropriate size portions. They offered some nice wines by the glass at a decent price point (good for lunch). We'll make it a point to get back for dinner again soon.
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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