Doc Magrogan's Oyster House - Sansom Street
Doc Magrogan's Oyster House - Sansom Street

Doc Magrogan's Oyster House - Sansom Street

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.docmagrogans.com/philadelphia/
  • Phone: 2153823474x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Come visit us Monday-Sunday for Lunch starting at 11:30am-4pm or Dinner from 4pm-10pm. Late night menu till midnight on Wed-Thur-Fri-Sat from 10pm to 12am. Brunch is served Saturday & Sunday from 11am to 3pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Chef Amanda Dipascale
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering is available. Please call for details.
  • Entertainment: LATE NIGHT WED TO SAT $1 Buck-A-Shuck starting at 10pm to 12am.
    Wednesday: Quizzo starting at 9pm.
    Thursday: Late Night Menu with Drink Specials featuring the $3 Fishbowl.
    Friday: DJ/Karaoke & Drink Specials. Late Night Menu.
    Saturday: Drink Specials & Late Night Menu.
  • Special Events: Monday Buck-A-Shuck starting at 4pm.
    Tuesday Lobster Fest $16 a pound; reserve your Lobster now!
    Sat/Sun Brunch Featuring Limitless Mimosas/Bloody Marys/Madras till 3pm
    Sunday All-U-Can-Eat Crab Legs, reserve your table now!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 34th Street
  • Public Transit: 36th and Sansom, Trolly Green Line
    34th and Market, Market Frankfort Line
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public garage outside lot on 34th and Chestnut for $10 along with street parking around restaurant.
A word from Doc Magrogan's Oyster House - Sansom Street
We are a fresh Oyster and Seafood House with the largest selection of oysters in the area! Anywhere from 10-20 different varieties that arrive daily and are shucked to order! Enjoy our extensive raw bar along with craft beers, superior wines and seasonal drink list. Our large outdoor seating and patio make any lunch or dinner special.
Enjoy our Buck-A-Shuck $1 Oyster menu starting at 4pm on Mondays and Late Night Wednesdays to Saturdays starting at 10pm.
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Doc Magrogan's Oyster House - Sansom Street reviews from OpenTable diners
106 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (47)great for lunch (38)special occasion (34)good for groups (32)great for outdoor dining (32)fit for foodies (30)romantic (27)great for brunch (20)vibrant bar scene (15)late-night find (9)notable wine list (9)hot spot (8)scenic view (6)kid-friendly (6)Show More
  • Let the celebrations begin….
    FoodieKAM2VIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    It was a girls night of laughter, love, GREAT seafood, great drinks, and celebration as my some of my dearest girlfriends and I celebrated my birthday and that of my dear friend, Lisa. We could not have asked for a better location. The food was wonderful from beginning to end…appetizers to entrees to dessert, we were very happy! If you want excellent seafood, then this is the place to be!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Displeased
    Howd
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Found the food very average. Ordered wood-grilled ahi tuna,medium rare, and considered it tough and tasteless. Likely that I will not return. Also ordered a Caesar salad, as I often do when I dine out, and found it very mediocre. Just a unsatisfying experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great for our monthly dining group
    vell
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    This was my choice for restaurant of the month for our ladies dining out club everyone loved it and our waitress Maura was wonderful. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The serious review
    drakes
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    We were told that your place merited a dinner visit on the next pick up of our son at Drexel U. We found your establishment to be above and beyond our expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Recovery
    NewCustomer
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    Had reservations for Valentines Day wih my girlfriend. They had no electric, so they had to cancel. The host was very apologetic and gracious. We sat at the dimly lit bar and had a drink or two at their bar. There were a few couples in the same situation. We all had a good time together while the host made reservations for us at another restaurant. My date and I never made it another place, we went bar hopping. However, we did make reservations on the 19th. The food was great, I had the Lobster Ravioli. She had shrimp, scallops and salmon. Everything was cooked perfectly and the wait staff is very attentive and helpful with suggestions. Oh, the lobster bisque is a must try.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What happened
    LongTimeCustomerVIP
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    great food but the service was atrocious and the restaurant was not that crowded. in fairness the server did apologize and did comp parts of the meal that never made it out on time but this turned into a very long/drawn out/frustrating process. this was a group reunion and in the end the service/experience made us cranky. for the food that did make it out on time however, it was really great. their oysters are bar-none some of the best in philly, salads were great and filling, great clam chowder and great crab cakes. just wish i got my bread in time to eat it with my soup b/c when it did finally come out it was great.
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  • Great food and service
    MGoldfish
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    All the good we ordered between 4 people was great. Lobster roll was filled with lots of meat and the roll was fresh. Appetizers came out quick and hot. Everyone in our party like all the food they ordered and there we no issues with the service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seafood delight!
    Ivorybird
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Doc's has the freshest seafood along with wonderful apps and salads. From oysters, clams to crab arancini and Mahi( cooked with a butter herb sauce), everything was delicious. Our server was knowledgeable and accommodating. I would recommend Doc's for a great meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A++++
    JerryBerry
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Oysters were absolutely brilliant, great wine list and drinks hidden jewel in U CITY
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommend.
    phillydocs
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Our food was very good. I had the seafood cappino and my husband had salmon. Both were done to our liking.Our only complaint was our seating. The room the host chose to seat us in only had one other table of guests in it. He chose to seat us right next to them. They were a party of 8 loud and obnoxious people who tried to out do each other on who's life experiences were better! Even though we know the Host has no control over their conversation, there were plenty of tables in the area where we didn't have to be RIGHT next to them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our new favorite place for seafood!
    catr1018
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    It was a great dining experience and our server was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu and made some good recommendations. We had oysters to start and my husband had surf and turf while I had the tuna as a main course. All courses were excellent and our entrees were perfectly cooked. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Service was well timed and
    Peggy
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    Service was well timed and friendly. The Spicy Crab and Tomato soup was excellent as well as the New England Clam Chowder. The oysters were fresh and delicious. The food was prepared as requested and excellent as always. We have been to this restaurant many times and it never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My New spot
    SJC2013
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    I was very hesitant about eating raw clams but they looked a bit tasty not to mention my boyfriend was demolishing them lol... They were so good! The service was awesome my meal was delicious! I will be dining here often. They even have all you can eat snow crabs on Mondays!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YUMMM
    gr8foodVIP
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    I had the seabass special and my boyfriend has the seafood Cobb. Everything was delicious and very quickly prepared. Good beer selection too. Service was good and the music was fun. We'll absolutely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh seafood and great service....
    tf111VIP
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Fresh seafood and great service....great for lunch too
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Can't Wait to go Back!
    lovesteak
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    From the moment you walk in the door, greeted with a smile, to the moment you leave was an experience that won't be forgotten. The staff was knowledgable and friendly and the food was amazing. I can't wait to tell all of my friends about this place and come back again soon!
    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.
  • My boyfriend and I live in
    gr8foodVIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    My boyfriend and I live in center city so we go to the same places in our area often. we've been to docs a handful of times now and it is worth leaving center city! Everytime we are there either the bartender or the server is very friendly and the food it always great! They have a great wine list at great prices and seasonally changing cocktails, which is always a plus. Docs is always a two thumbs up!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great oyster selection
    Tchamber79
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Great restaurant tucked away down Sansom Street in University City with ample street parking. Great choices of fish and preparation options. 9 different oysters were offered at reasonable prices. Sam was a knowledgeable and attentive server. Seabass special cooked perfectly. Request the lower dining room seating area if available for privacy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    Friz
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    A sizable restaurant with an intimate feeling because of it's many smaller dining spaces, each one decorated differently. For seafood lovers, a wonderful find.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    one of my favorites in the area. love the great service i ALWAYS get.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't wait to go back!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Recently went to Doc's for the first time--and what a nice surprise tucked away in West Philly! For openers, our cocktails (Bloody Mary and Cuba Libre) were generous and delicious. What followed was a flavorful meal, neatly served by an efficient and personable server named Todd. Truthfully, I wasn't expecting this level of product and service at a campus restaurant. My wife and I had an enjoyable meal at Doc Magrogan's on the U of P campus, and we will definitely incorporate this spot on our regular treks to Penn.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Needs improving
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    I ordered fish and chip. Half way into my eating appetizer, the waiter came to tell me that they actually didn’t have fish and chip that day. My son ordered fried oyster with fries and it came with salad instead. The fried oyster had too much batter. The crab appetizer was just fried rice balls. There was no flavor and no crab. The grilled mahi-mahi was tender, but the green beans was absolutely horrible.
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  • First time at Docs!
    PhillyMatt
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    The service was excellent. The waiter suggested some oysters as a starter and he was absolutely right on with his description of the food. They were delicious. The food was outstanding. I can't believe I've never been here, I've missed this gem or too long. I had the blackened salmon and finished with the rasberry parfait. It was a perfect lunch. I loved it so much that I insisted my sister and her husband try Docs. They had dinner there on Thusday night and had a similar experience. You'll surly see me again, maybe for happy hour this week!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • five star lunch
    linda
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    the service is very attentive and friendly. The food presentation is excellent, the portions are very generous and the quality of the food is excellent especially the fish selections which are always fresh! I have never been disappointed with the service or the food. One of my favorite things about Doc Magrogan's is the atmosphere and decor which I just love.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Oyster Selection
    Donnie
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Had choice of ten different oyster selections. Was a little pricey at $2.50 each. Good Though. Don
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food!
    Chris
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    We had an excellent lunch. Food was delicious. Enjoyed the crab cakes!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun!
    Yarbrough96
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    Great service and food was very good! Definately will go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING SEAFOOD AT ITS FINEST!!!
    cal1dineVIP
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    IT ALWAYS GREAT TO TRY A NEW RESTAURANT BUT WHEN ITS BANGING THAT SAYS ANOTHER. TODAY AT DOCS THE RESTAURANT JUST ROCKED OFF THE HOOK FROM THE AMAZING AMBIENCE -SERVICE-FOOD. FROM THE FIRST COURSE THAT CAME OUT WHICH WAS THE DYNOMITE LOBSTER SPRING ROLL,2ND WAS THE GOD KNOWS HOW MANY PERFECTLY COOKED SUPER JUMBO SALT WATER SHRIMP,3RD WAS THE BANGING 3LBS MAIN LOBSTERS AND PROPERLY THE MEAT TAKEN AWAY FRON THE SHELL,AND FINALLY 4TH WAS THE OYSTERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD CHEF CHOICE DYNOMITE. THIS RESTAURANT TOOK ME BY STORM I JUST LOVED EVERYYTHING ABOUT DOCS WELL TO SAY THE LEAST THE ONLY PLACE TO EAT SEAFOOD IN PHILA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great
    goodtogo
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    Great place host was awesome knowledgeable of menu. Would do again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lobster Month Luck
    GTiceman
    Dined on 11/27/2013
    Went in for lobster month and ended up loving the food, drinks, and service. Had raw oysters, a 1 lb lobster, and an apple caipirinha tht was wonderful. Our server Brian was friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The lobster was good and the
    madraka
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    The lobster was good and the salmon was really well cooked. I got a big private booth for a party of two even though they seemed reasonably busy. The interior decoration and woodwork are beautiful. The menu is straightforward and the portions are generous. I didn't feel like I was paying for pretty garnishes.
    Special Features:
    romantic, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good time with friends
    Angela
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Bar service before dinner was quite pleasant. Food as always was very good. Service was good as well. We had a nice time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 70th Birthday Celebration
    Cookie
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    I must say I made the perfect choice in picking Doc Magrogan's Oyster House - Sanson St. My Husband and I had a wonderful time we were treated with excellent service and the food was wonderful. It made my surprise celebration for my husband a night for him to always remember. Thank You!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Ucity Resturant.
    PhillyguyVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    Took my son here who goes to Penn. Great meal and service and the food was well prepared and tasty. We look forward to coming in again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance
    2phoenicians
    Dined on 11/19/2013
    Doc's has a fantastic building nestled in a great area. The food is phenomenal. I had the crab cakes and they were meaty and delicious. The slaw wasn't anything special but their presentation was simple yet lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, service ok
    AnniversaryDiner
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    The food was good but the service was a little disjointed. We were never offered rolls/bread. Not much dessert selection (4 to choose from). Wait staff was a little too efficient in clearing, made us feel rushed although there were many open tables at the time we were there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best oysters!
    PhillyguyVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    Best selection of oysters I've seen in this area. They even had ones from New Zealand! Fish was perfect also. Def will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was fabulous. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    The food was fabulous. The chef stopped by our table. She was delightful! We have eaten here several times and always love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was just right!
    Sabrinadrvr
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    We were seated inthe front room of the restaurant and saw many people come through over the course of the evening. It was HOmecoming weekend at Penn, so the place was crowded, but no one waited too long - even those without a reservation. The service was provided at a good pace, we never felt rushed nor did we ever have to wait too long for anything. The server provded us with some great choices - his personal favorites as well as what are popular choices. Everyone ordered something different and everyone loved their meals. One man in our party commented that the entrees were just the right size, not too little, but you felt you could finish your meal. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Came in for lunch. Our server was very friendly and knowledgable. Food was great, especially the lobster bisque! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate