Rendezvous in Central Square
Rendezvous in Central Square

Rendezvous in Central Square

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rendezvouscentralsquare.com/
  • Phone: 6175761900
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner is served nightly. Sunday-Thursday 5:00-10:00pm Friday-Saturday 5:00-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Rendezvous is available for private events during the day 7 days a week. We can accommodate groups from 10-70 people, with options ranging from a "4-Course Lunch" to a "Casual Cocktail Party" - a great venue for business or social occasions and celebrations.
  • Private Party Contact: Roz Beauchemin 6175761900

Getting there

  • Public Transit: We are located steps from the Central Square T and bus stops.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking in Central Square is easy, convenient, and inexpensive. A parking garage with an attendant is located at the intersection of Pearl Street and Green street for only $1 per hour. Massachusetts Avenue is lined with metered parking and additional public parking is available in the nearby-metered lots on Bishop Allen Drive. One lot is located behind Blockbuster Video and the other lot is behind the McDonalds. In addition, we offer valet parking on Friday and Saturday for $12 per car.
A word from Rendezvous in Central Square
Rendezvous offers a comfortable dining experience with all the nuances of fine dining in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The menu at Rendezvous is inspired by the flavors and aromas of the western Mediterranean -- Italy, France, Spain and North Africa. We place an emphasis on the market approach to cooking, using only the freshest products and working with local farms and specialty purveyors. Our menu changes regularly according to the seasonal availability of ingredients, about one third changes each month. Our wine list is carefully chosen to compliment our food, and represents numerous small producers, which use high-quality winemaking practices. The Rendezvous has an attractive custom-made counter-height bar, where the full menu is available. The bar offers an intimate and comfortable experience with plenty of room for plates and glasses of wine. We look forward to meeting you at the Rendezvous! !
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Rendezvous in Central Square reviews from OpenTable diners
34 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (22)neighborhood gem (19)special occasion (12)romantic (7)good for groups (6)hot spot (6)notable wine list (4)vibrant bar scene (3)great for brunch (2)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • super restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    always a good meal at the Rendezvous. Excellent friendly service to provide it to you.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Will Be Missed
    jackVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Superb food will no longer be at this location as lease not renewed 7/1/14 :-(
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good New England/Medi fusion
    ProfPatPending
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Rendezvous is a great place to dine of an evening -- we had a meal for a group of 4, which worked very well. The atmosphere in the restaurant is good, albeit the acoustics are such that the place is pretty loud. The menu was a Prix Fixe Sunday night, but the selection was good, and everyone found something to tempt them. My squid starter was really excellent, and my Moroccan chicken main was pretty good too. Nice sourdough bread, and a good dessert selection topped off a nice meal. Good wine selection too -- we enjoyed a bottle of Californian Cab, which was very good for the fairly modest price. Definitely recommended.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Steve, staff, & experience the BEST
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Creative and wonderful food preparation, friendly service and care to details in a comfortable setting kept us returning for years! Such a treasure! A consistent for years, thanks to Steve and staff. We will follow to Southern shores!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite spot !
    Bistro
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Chef owner Steve Johnson always impresses us with his unique combinations and spices! The food is so flavorful and so fresh that we keep going back for more!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DicksdotVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    As usual, every dish was beautifully prepared and luscious. Service warm and attentive. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    LadyLiberty
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    I took my significant other here for a special birthday and was underwhelmed by the food. I'd been here several times before in the past, the last time being a year ago, and found the experience great. But this time the food just didn't live up to my expectations. The roast chicken I ordered was very dry. The salmon was so-so. The coconut flan was he only young that was delicious. Although the restaurant did accommodate my advance seating request, I wouldn't risk another important date here.
    Special Features:
    Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • CONSISTENTLY GOOD
    jackVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Can't find a more comfortable place to enjoy a great meal.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We are booking again!
    thoughtful
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Had a wonderful meal! Boston lettuce..scallops...salmon!!! The only thing that was a bit confusing is that we ordered from a wine menu and got a taste (delicious) then got two glasses which we thought we ordered a bottle. Our waiter turned it into a carafe. But then as we looked at our menus, there was a larger wine menu that we didn't know about. Next time we will talk to the waiter about the food and wine.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding food in Central Square
    debb
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    we went for a birthday dinner on a Sunday when they have a fixed price menu with three courses. We had a salad, a cheeseboard and a vegetable antipasto, all of which were wonderful. All our main courses were interesting and delicious. Desserts were lemon pudding, a pear pastry and a coconut caramel concoction. Attention service, but not hovering, Outstanding food, and a lovely atmosphere. They even put a candle in the birthday girl's dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • an adult restaurant
    TriksiVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Not only is the food delicious (that Bibb salad is perfect), but despite being completely filled my friends and I could actually converse, an increasingly rare experience these days. I don't live in Cambridge, but the trip is definitely worthwhile.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gracious Owner
    cincia
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    My friend and I monopolized our table too long on a Saturday night. The owner was very gracious in letting us linger until it started to cause problems. He was very gracious in moving us along.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    DecadeinNaples
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    We had a spectacular meal at Rendezvous. The service was attentive and recommendations were spot on. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good easy dinner spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Comfortable and convenient with an ideal menu. Just the right amount of selection and everything is reliably cooked and flavored.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An asset to Central Square
    oldtimer
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Although there are concerns about Central Square becoming too upscaled, Rendevous adds to the vibrancy and specialness of the area. The prices are certainly not cheap but the atmosphere and service are homey and comfortable. Food was interesting and varied - attractive to people with different tastes. Glad to have it in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hold the salt
    holdthesalt
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    We went out to dinner at Rendezvous expecting a nice ambiance, professional service, and good food. While we felt that both the ambiance and service were pleasant (though a bit awkward at times), the food was very very salty. The sauce on both appetizers ordered (ox tail gnocchi and torteglioni) were so overly salty we could barely taste any other flavors. Our skirt steaks were cooked to perfection, but accompanied by blobs of mashed potatoes that might as well be chunks of salt plucked out from the tiny clenched hands of the cute little Morton girl. The dressing on the salad was quite acidic, though among the leaves hides super salty guerrilla troops. Rendezvous might want to consider charging for tap water with every meal.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect
    sopleased
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The food is fantastic and the setting handles anything from low-key to boisterous without one affecting the other. This place is perfect for two, or small groups, or big groups. The staff is great- attentive but relaxed, sense of humor but unobtrusive. It is our go-to place for taking friends out, getting together with family, special events. There is something on the menu for anyone's taste, and we always end up wanting to sample someone else's meal. The desserts are divine! Highly recommend this awesome restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Well Done
    Greg
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Everything was great. Casual but attentive service and great food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We have been going to Rendezvous since it opened and it is a wonderful place to enjoy a good meal. The menu changes seasonally, the bartender invents new libations, and the food is always good. The owner uses local produce, grows his own herbs and has created a first-class place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Meal in a Casual Room
    LeeLeeVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We arrived early and although there was no room to have a drink at the bar, the hostess took our drink order and served us in the waiting area; it was a nice touch. The food and service were outstanding. The atmosphere was too casual, though, to feel like a special night out. Still, it was very comfortable and quite enough for good conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service, terrific food
    BostonJS
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    I found the hosts very welcoming and helpful (particularly about parking). The waitstaff was lovely. I had the duck and a salad. Very, very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rendezvous sings and you smile
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Since rendezvous opened we've never been disappointed coming here. Every one welcomes you. You can come here alone and feel perfectly comfortable. That is the mission of all the staff. The culinary strength is in all sections of the menu. The cold starters are as good as the warm ones, the entrees shine and it is hard to skip dessert. Each dish is executed to perfection. Not overly complicated but always interesting. This is the kind of restaurant every neighborhood needs: one that makes you happy when you walk in the door and look forward to return to when you leave.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    dine4fun
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We had a great table, and our waiter, Shannon, was very attentive and gave wonderful recommendations. The food was delicious, and we will definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious and gracious
    lwh61VIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We went to Rendezvous for dinner as a respite; a family member was having major surgery at MGH and once all was well, we wanted to get my sister-in-law out for a great meal. The staff at Rendezvous was so accommodating as we had to keep shifting the time due to complications; they were gracious and helpful. Once we collapsed in our chairs, the food was excellent and the service attentive. I started with the charcuterie platter, a perfect selection of house-made rillettes, mousse and pâtés. The other two had seared tuna and salad, both wonderful. For dinner: skate with cauliflower, duck three ways and salmon, all perfectly cooked and plates licked clean. As longtime fans, we're grateful that Rendezvous continues to excel in every way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Duck!
    Veteranooooo
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    The tapas were, OK, but the duck I had was outstanding. Good atmosphere, as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great dining experience,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Always a great dining experience, always. Never a miss.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    savoryeaterVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I love the casual warm atmosphere and the excellent ingredients, but the food didn't really wow me.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Review
    David
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    All four of us thought this restaurant was excellent. We enjoyed the food and service very much and we will certainly come back again (hopefully soon!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid delicious contemporary
    Jane
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Solid delicious contemporary American food at reasonable prices! HIGHLY recommend the vegetarian 'misto' entree with polenta and delicious broth - whether or not you're vegetarian. Interesting wines by the glass and bottle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunday night prix fixe
    MarsVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    What a wonderful dinner. We both had salads - his simple and mine was with squid. Excellent! The for dinner - the cassoulet and seafood stew. Both were terrific. We had the chocolate and mousse desserts. It was all delicious and a real bargain on the prix fixe menu. Rendezvous is one of the few restaurants in our experience who let you choose from the whole menu for the prix fixe, which is just a great deal and a wonderful way to make it thru the menu. I just ate here the other night with a friend and saw the little ad card for the Sunday night special. So I came back again...and I will return! And the atmosphere is so relaxing and comfortable. GREAT place.
    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.
  • Casual dining at central square
    WallyVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Our party of four enjoyed the prix fix dinner with a carafe of Sangiovese and we found the appetizer selection to be quite varied and tasty, even for the vegan among us. The main course choices were very good except the vegetarian choice, polenta, that was rather bland. All four dessert choices are delicious. I love the Bosc pear crostata with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. Service was excellent!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rendezvous is fab food and friendly
    marydeVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Rendezvous serves up warmth, inventive and delicious fare, impeccable service and memories all in Central Square. This is the place where everybody could and would "know your name." A fave rave!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful place to celebrate
    Food4thought
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    I have come here a lot and it is the restaurant we go to for special events. We have never been disappointed. The food is lovely, fresh and original from The tuna appetizer to the two desserts the four of us shared. It is creative and beautiful. The timing of the meal was perfect, allowing time for us to be leisurely even with a late night reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great!
    MarsVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Took a good friend to dinner for her birthday and Rendezvous was a great choice. We had the scallops and squid for apps - both dishes were terrific! Dinner was salmon and skate -- again the fish was perfectly prepared and delicious. I always find great dishes on the menu here. I love the comfortable atmosphere and the service was perfect too. Can't miss with this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this little gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    At Rendezvous the food is outstanding! Everything is simply delicious and screaming fresh and clean. Don't tell anyone, we don't want to have to wait weeks for a reservation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always wonderful
    StephenVIP
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Dinner with friends on Thursday evening before Symphony. Our server was charming, helpful and efficient. Salads and entrees, as always, were beautifully prepared and everyone was pleased. Excellent cocktails and a very good, fairly priced wine selection. What can one say: Steve Johnson's Rendezvous is one of the loveliest dining experiences around. Great for a casual dinner or an event.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food
    Fourfoodiesmeeting
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Between four of us foodies we had the skate wings, salmon, seafood salad appetizer,vegetable lasagna appetizer, tuna crudo and butternut squash soup! We all tasted everything and thought every single dish was extremely flavorful without being pretentious or overwrought! Very interesting combinations made for exciting eating. All the fish dishes were tender and flaky. Skate wings were a real treat. Drinks were very good and unusual. Buttemilk pudding and pear crostada were well executed. Based on our experience, you can not go wrong here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 4 ladies in search of a good meal
    foodlover1
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    I took two friends -- 92 and 93 respectively -- and one of their daughters and they loved the restaurant. They especially commented on the service, which was the best we had had in quite awhiie. For sure I'll be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dependably excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    It's always a pleasure to eat at Rendezvous. The food is always excellent, the service impeccable, with Steve Johnson always around, always making sure that every detail is attended to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • greatevening
    annnichols
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We have been to Rendez Vows several times a.We have always enjoyed the food and restaurant.The staff are very accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.