Flora
Flora

Flora

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.florarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7816411664
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday 5:30pm - 9:30pm
    Friday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Sunday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Bob Sargent
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Flora is happy to cater events of any type and size. Please contact the restaurant for more information.
  • Private Party Facilities: Flora offers a private dining room that can seat up to 36 people! Other options include reserving the bar, cafe, main dining room or the entire restaurant! Choose from one of our preset menus or order from our seasonally changing restaurant menu! See the Private Dining link on our website or contact our Event Manager Megan Harrington for more information at floracatering@gmail.com
  • Private Party Contact: Megan Harrington 7816411664
  • Entertainment: Flora's Music Series - Live and Free Music performed while you dine featuring great local acts every Thursday! Most music starts at 8pm. Dinner Reservations are recommended for the best seats!

    Flora features an upscale, white tablecloth dining room dramatically housed in a restored bank with 30' vaulted ceilings, 20 foot windows and an open kitchen!

    Flora also offers a more casual option in their Bar and Cafe with lighter fare options and high top tables that look out over the bustling town! While there is a TV in the bar, it only goes on for our local teams! ;)

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lake St.
  • Public Transit: 77 Bus runs right past us along Massachusetts Avenue out of Harvard Square.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking is available on Mass. Ave. and on any side streets.
    Please use the parking lot behind the Cambridge Savings Bank next door.
A word from Flora
Chef/owner Bob Sargent creates menus drawing on American classics with French and Italian influences. Many of his dishes include seasonal vegetables and local foods, especially seafood and farm products.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Flora reviews from OpenTable diners
81 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (52)fit for foodies (50)special occasion (50)romantic (36)good for groups (29)notable wine list (11)kid-friendly (7)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (3)great for brunch (3)hot spot (2)great for lunch (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Floras
    cracker
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Service was very nice and amenable to splitting entree and salad. Food is routinely good. The negative: good food was served on cold plates which I really hate........and the haddock was a little overdone.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • floras
    lovegoodfood2
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    as always the food was wonderful -E2aster dinner-the menu is always a surprise and the flavors and combinations are exquisite-the service was lovely and from the time we walked through the door to the time we left everyone made sure our dining experience was just a joy-thank you for being in my neighborhood and for your take on what a restaurant should be.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • RELIABILY GOOD
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed our Easter meal. Flora has reliably good food and service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I have never been so warmly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I have never been so warmly greeted at a restaurant at which I have made an OpenTable reservation. We were shown to a lovely window table. The restaurant was busy but there were a few unoccupied tables. The fish special was sold out by 6:30 pm so we ended up ordering a couple of the delectable scallops, a sweet potato gnocchi and a fried haddock with potatoes gaufrette. For starters we tried the carrot ginger soup and several of the wonderful salads. Everything was delicious and well-prepared. I wasn't hungry enough for a big entrée and appreciated the portion of gnocchi afforded by the middle plates category. The space is very charming and the service was attentive, well-informed and much appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • At the Bar at Flora's
    JoanieCVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    My husband and I are regulars at Flora's and we always really enjoy our time there. The food is excellent and I really like how you can choose between small (appetizer), medium and entree size dishes. Whenever we can, we sit at the bar. Ken, the wine manager and bar tender is super, and always makes our visit even more enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always a great experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    always a great experience! Ive never had a bad meal or experience here over the many years....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flora is an expensive restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Flora is an expensive restaurant. The food is usually very good, but I was disappointed with the food choices on the menu this time. I had the beef this time and the portion was ridiculously small for the price. I received two tiny pieces of pot roast.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful dinner with friends.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Delightful dinner with friends. Table by a window which is always nice. Tables spaced far enough apart so that our conversations were private. Delicious assortment of salads with nice choice of small and larger size of main plates. Grilled lamb was cooked just right. Pear crisp with ice cream was scumptious. Espresso creme brulee was not creamy or flavorful enough. Good and friendly, helpful service! A favorite place to dine out with friends!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful but pricey!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Excellent food and service. Pricey but worth it once in a while! The wait staff was extremely nice and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food was great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    but the service was off. during the meal we discussed how it ranked with Bergamot, our favorite. Agreed that food was comparable, but service fell short. Took three times to get my drink order right (I ordered one of their cocktails, they sent prosecco, returned that, a second more senior waiter came back with ... prosecco. That was kind of funny. We paid, though, in part with a gift certificate from WBUR donation. the hostess brought the cc slip back for signing and lectured about how to tip on the full amount, not the discounted amount. Which I knew, was prepared to do, and did, which I told her. She explained that some don't understand, and the servers get shortchanged. And that's why waiters should be paid fare wage, not on tips.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Flora is a great choice for all
    Celebrator
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We went ahead of a show at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, and it was great. I had an amazing pan fried duck breast that I'm still relishing in memory. Strongly recommended. Also: great bourbon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still a gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Flora continues to be a wonderful and consistent choice for excellent food, a lovely atmosphere, and friendly but professional service. It is a great spot to catch up with friends or your significant other. It is one of those restaurants that every time you go, you think "Why don't I come here more often ?" The room that was the old bank is my favorite, as it is beautiful and unusual, but the newer portion is lively and attractive too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    The food and ambience are always good....and the service is always terrific, especially the service provided by the thoughtful, engaging waiter who served us on the evening of Friday, March 28....he should get an award for thoughtful attentiveness and his engaging sense of humor..
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Arlington Gem
    Malcolm
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Flora is the standout of the Arlington dining scene. Great food, knowledgable servers, and a fantastic ambiance. Whether you're dining out for a special occasion, or you just want to cozy up to the bar for a drink and a bite, you can't go wrong here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    BsotonBean
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    We dined for Restaurant Week. Each course featured was also an item on their regular menu. Making the experience even more disappointing. The first courses, ginger carrot soup with maple crème, and beet salad with goat cheese, were enjoyable. The main course of Haddock was terrible. As was the accompanying pickled shrimp salad - honestly this salad tasted bland, soggy - like something in your own refrigerator that was on it's way to the rubbish. Unfortunately we both ordered the same main course which essentially ruined the dining experience. We both enjoyed the pear and cranberry crisp. Given this entrée is featured on their regular menu, we are unlikely to return anytime soon, if at all.
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  • Almost great
    sushifan
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    This is a lovely space with good service. The three course prix fixe meal was decent but unimpressive. The soup was OK, but lacked depth of flavor. The beef was basically pot roast--some fresh herbs might have made it special. Similarly, the dessert was palatable but did not taste especially fresh. If you're not a foodie, this would be fine. Since I am a good cook myself, I kind of felt I could have had this same food at home.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice meal
    Lisa
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We hadn't been here for some time, and were glad to see that they've kept the up the qualities that were so clear from the year they opened. We were glad to be able to order from the Restaurant Week menu, which had good variety and included many of the items we would have ordered anyway. This was an excellent value. Every we ordered was quite good, especially the ginger carrot soup.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flora is Fresh
    Tilda
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    I love Flora for every occasion. You want a cozy nook - they got it; You want to see and be seen - they got it. The atmosphere is welcoming, warm and vibrant. Flora's food is authentic and prepared with love. They source from local farmers, fishmongers and vegetable growers. The beet salad was a perfect starter - honey roasted beets, spicy greens, a dab of goat cheese and toasted walnuts. My husband always order the 'mostly boneless' half chicken - try it and you'll keep going back. Flora offers a range of middle plates that are great to share at the bar with a tasty signature cocktail. Deserts are sublime - from homemade granita to a creme brûlée. Service is attentive but not over done. Dining at Flora never disappoints!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not up to Par
    Sall
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Having been a fan of Flora for a long time, I was disappointed in this year's Restaurant Week experience. The woman who brought us our bread and gave us our menus, sat us at a table missing silverware and bread plates. They came AFTER the bread. The waiter himself was excellent and fun. The first courses and desserts are our table were excellent, but entrees were disappointingly ordinary unlike the food we have had in the past at Flora.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistent
    kentharborVIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    We hadn't been to Flora in a while but the food was wonderful as usual and the prices reasonable for an upscale restaurant. No hype, just a satisfying and comfortable experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You pay for what you get...
    ladiesdudinner
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    High prices, small portions. Tolerable if you find yourself seated in the ambiance of the main dining room and not the bar, considering the near empty restaurant on a Wednesday night I would have expected the better seating. The daube of beef, was a dab of beef, barely enough to satisfy even a petite appetite. With tax and tip a $280. tab should have sent this party of 4 out the door raving about the food and the overall experience but we departed with a ho hum, one and done attitude.
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  • Restaurant Week night out
    AnnT
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    Interesting choices for restaurant week. Started with the carrot/ginger soup which was delicious. Entree of haddock (unfortunately fried) with pickled shrimp (not a good side). Venue is an old bank. Very comfortable and lovely inside. Room for larger groups if needed. On street parking only. Server was wonderful. Food was only fair. Would recommend to folks to give it a try.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food in East Arlington
    Finefoodlover1
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    The price-fix menu provided something for everyone. The soup was just right temperature-wise and very tasty. The beef main course was tender and had lots of flavor and the cranberry crisp with cinnamon ice cream was excellent. I ordered a glass of wine (they weren't stingy with the portion) and I ended my meal with a decaf cappuccino. Great overall eating experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another special event at Flora
    BearVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We had a wonderful birthday dinner for my wife. Food and service great as usual. The two youngest kids enjoyed the chicken fingers, while the older two kids and adults enjoyed the savory fare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love Flora. The attention
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    I love Flora. The attention to detail from the freshness, creativity, even the temperature of the food, to the décor and the staff has never disappointed us - and we go often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a bit harried
    CantabrigianVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We had an 8PM reservation, and got there at 7:50. There was a table ready, we could see it. They even pointed it out to us, but then, announced that, due to 'overwhelming the staff', they would seat us at 8. Interesting, yeah? We also sifted through three waitpersons during our stay, one of whom brought me the wrong order. As to the food, it was all serviceable, but the sides lacked either skill or concern, hard to tell which. One of our party described her vegetable portion as 'cafeteria-like'. That said, this is out in the 'burbs, and has parking....
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The group was split on the
    Washashore
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    The group was split on the food. The salads were very tasty as were the chicken and Kale ravioli entrees. The lamb chop middle plate was 1 chop on a mound of something which our dining companion did not enjoy. The other person ordered the prime rib special and described it as OK. The salads and chicken and kale ravioli entrees were beautifully plated. If possible when making a reservation, request the main dining room. We were seated in what is a private dining room. It was very noisy, a tiny candle on the table and very bright overhead lights. In the past we have sat in the main dining room which is very nice.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Come Back to Flora
    elout
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    This is our favorite restaurant for excellent food, often locally sourced, a nice wine selection, lovely ambience in which one can have a good conversation. The consistency of quality is remarkable over the many years that we have enjoyed Flora. Some other places are trendier and fancier, but the food here always leaves me feeling good, and the flavors are creative and well done. Bravo Flora!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, as always. I love
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Excellent, as always. I love the new small plate option.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • expensive edible
    Ruth
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    I got duck breast that was cold and tasted like left over from Saturday. My husband got haddock he said was very average. The service was good, they were friendly and helpful.
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  • Have had better...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    I have had better meals than this night. Others in my party enjoyed their meal more than I did, I think and that is fine. I had sort of a fried fish thing which was not memorable. The waiter seemed a little confused...maybe new?
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pretty Good Food/Fair Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    I really enjoyed my entree duck breast, as did nmy husband, but overall service a bit scattered. I asked for dipping sauce for calamari appetizer - we almost finished it before they brought it out after 2nd request. I asked for pepper, as I saw others getting a fresh grind, instead was brought a bowl of red pepper. One of my guests did have pasta, so maybe that's why. Rigatoni was to have sausage, it was minimal. I would definitely steer away from the pastas. Desserts were good, my capucciono was luke warm. People who were serving us kept changing. Based on prices, I was expecting more and would not rush back.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    hatenicknames
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    The food was okay, but none of the five dishes we ordered was great, not as I had remembered from a previous visit. At those prices I expect at least three of five to be a treat. I was disappointed and will not go back.
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  • Good food
    lynchies
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    The menu is unique and everything was tasty. They are willing to mix up sides and do a great job on presentation. Wine by the glass was just ok. The better wines are bottle only. Watch out on the soda as they charge you for every refill and you don't know it until the end.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Back to an Arlington Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    We had not dined at Flora in quite some time and were so happy we returned. We had a wonderful meal and introduced friends who really enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Sometimes, the weather situation makes for exploring your own town and great venues there. All the choices were great and the staff was pleasant and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere very good food
    SuburbanGourmet
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We ate at Flora on a snowy Saturday night . We'd eaten there before but not for several years. The service was friendly and efficient. I had bay scallops and risotto, my husband had the pan-roasted duck. Both were well prepared and tasty. The food quality/ambiance and value are solidly above what is normally available out here in the NW suburbs. I would definitely look forward to going there again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentin's day meal was double
    Cecia
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Valentin's day meal was double the regular price but I suspect it's like that many places. Wait was a bit long even with reservation but had a delightful time, good food. Would go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Uneven experience
    DiscerningDiner
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Valentine's Day: The main courses (bay scallops and beef filet) were good, but the other coureses were not. Chocolate bread pudding was not chocolatey -- tasted like it was missing an ingredient. The appetizers were served before the wine and the prix fix menu did not include coffee. It was not a good experience for the price, and we will not be making the drive from Wellesley again to go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely decor, disappointing meal
    Celebratingout
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Only one person in our party of five enjoyed their food. We each left a puddle of oil at the bottom of our plates. Two people had stomach aches -- not from the taste, but from the abundance of oils used in the preparation. The presentation was appetizing, the staff was quite nice, the decor is lovely, and we even found convenient parking on-street. But we won't be returning.
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  • bank on good food
    prose
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    the squash apple soup was creative & delicious, the haddock equally tasty & all presented beautifully
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.