Riverboat Landing

Riverboat Landing

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://riverboatlanding.com/
  • Phone: 910-763-7227
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday: Brunch: 11:30am - 3:30pm; Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:30m - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Southern
  • Executive Chef: The Morgan Brothers- Alex and Nate
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Water
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Riverboat Landing
Downtown Wilmington's landmark dining destination. At the foot of Market Street with balconies overlooking the Cape Fear River, a second floor "al fresco" dining room and views to the Battleship North Carolina. Built in 1854, the unique blue building is featured in countless renditions of Wilmington's historic waterfront and endures as one of the areas most recognized restaurants, not only for the character of the architecture but the quality of the cuisine.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Riverboat Landing reviews from OpenTable diners
63 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (48)romantic (38)great for outdoor dining (33)special occasion (26)neighborhood gem (13)fit for foodies (8)great for lunch (7)good for groups (6)great for brunch (4)hot spot (3)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Great find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    My husband and I were looking for a place to eat on the waterfront with a view and this was it! Food was great and the staff was very friendly. They had private balcony ice that you could eat on overlooking the river. Very romantic.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definite couple restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I went with a girl that I have liked for a year and a half and she loved the place. The balconies provide very exclusive and private dining. Recommended for anyone looking to impress their dates with an inexpensive menu.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My wife and I had a great time. I reserved online and after I did I read that you could not reserve a balcony seat. I did ask for it in the comment box and they made the arrangement for me...Thank you, it was a great view. Food is very good, overall I defiantly would recommend eating here
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved It
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Excellent food and great service! We will dine again and bring friends to enjoy this fabulous place.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Make a reservAtion
    Samlf90
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Make a reservation so you can sit at one of the outdoor balconies.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and view!
    Cricket
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This was our second trip to Riverboat Landing-- their food is outstanding, and the balcony seating that overlooks the river amazing and very romantic for couples looking for a special night out. The only disappointment I had with the experience had nothing to do with the restaraunt itself, but rather that we could smell the sewage from beneath the city street since we had one of the awesome balcony seats. That can be a little unappetizing-- we did not notice the smell the other time we went. Again, nothing to do with the restaraunt- they are amazing on food quality and we would recommend this place to anyone looking for a romantic night out in Wilmington.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had a lovely time at the River Boat Landing! The two person balcony setting was perfect for my boyfriend's 30th birthday celebration. Tyler, our waitor, was also awesome. He was personable, funny and made some great food recommendations. Definitely recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Romantic Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    A great corner spot and if you are lucky enough to get a balcony spot, you have gorgeous views. Clam chowder was great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Service, Great View of River!
    HealthyVegetarian
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I haven't been to Wilmington in quite some time. The traffic near the University seems to have increased, but this was a busy weekend. We had lunch on one of the Balconies overlooking the riverfront. It was raining, but that didn't deter the experience. We read some of the trip advisor comments about other local restaurants old and new. Most who did not enjoy the experience seemed to comment on staff. The restaurant host and staff were great. We were seated quickly, had a phenomenal waiter, Tyler, and great food. Still, the friendliness of staff is always paramount to us and The Riverboat Landing did not disappoint!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food. Off night for service?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Got a outdoor balcony for 2, which was quite romantic and provided a great sunset view and ability to listen to the nearby concert. Our good was really good. I had a burger and my girlfriend had a salad. Service was subpar. Our waitress was polite. But nonexistent at times. I had to go down to the bar to request our bill after waiting for 20 mins for it. Will definetly try again. Hopefully just a off night for the service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • People watch yes, food no
    rodandterriVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Location is great but food is not. Steak was very tough and chewy. Salad had very wilted lettuce. Sides were very bland. This was my third visit here because I believe in giving a place multiple times before I go to the trouble of writing a review. I stand by this one.
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  • Great place!
    Herfnerd
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Right in the heart of the Historic District overlooking the water. Excellent food at a fair price. Very casual. Would definitely return!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Looks Better from the OUtside
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Alsways wanted to eat here on visits to Wilmington, especially the outside balcony's with view of the river and downtown. Unfortunately, everything about the restaurant was blah. Very old inside and dated (not in a good way). Table was sticky. Silverware was dirty. Waitress was nice but didn't know anything about wine. Although the Left Bank Pinot Noir was chilled properly. Food - yuk. Caprese salad was not cold, Shrimp & Grits were terrible with clumpy grits. Will never go here again.
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  • Nice view but...
    Someday
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Good was seriously lacking. Had the grilled mahi which was over salted but, more importantly, was clearly not fresh and had to be returned. Got jambalaya as a replacement dish which was also over salted. The balcony seating was lovely but the interior decor lacked Ny sort of charm. Service was friendly and nice.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what we expected
    Rarelyreview
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We had reasonable expectations due to trip advisor and yelp reviews. We should have clued in when we arrived at the restaurant for our 7:15 reservation 30+ minutes to find a nearly empty restaurant. We requested a balcony seat and were told we'd have a 20 minute wait. We waited at the bar to order a drink and no on was there at first to take our order. We were seated on one of the private balconies and noticed every one of the approximately 6 private balconies were emtpy with available tables/seating. Our waitress Kim was pleasant. We ordered salmon and steak. We didn't wait long for our food to be delivered to our table but had to ask for utensils. The presentation of the meal was good but the food itself was bland. The salmon was thin.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice menu
    Alexwilmington
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Food always good but Sunday night wham we went the menu was more limited than I had hoped. Web site listed a great variety of choices but when we got there we had hard printed menus that looked dated (dig earred) not the paper menus I was used to. Last times there were more imaginative choices on a Saturday and even week night. Seemed to have more tables than servers. Will return but maybe not on a Sunday night
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu completely different vs online
    Jerzsubbie
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The menu was drastically different compared to what was on their site. Different seafood dishes and different cuts of steak. Neither of the dishes we wanted from the online menu was on the menu at the restaurant. We almost left, and had we known the service would be so poor, we would have. Our server was very nice but never brought us a bread basket, even after asking, though every other table had 1 and got seconds. Twice our drinks were empty and she was nowhere to be found for about 3-5min. Honestly, I've gotten better service at Friday's. The food was great and is the only redeeming quality to compliment the great location.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The hostess and wait staff seemed very frazzled and a bit overwhelmed. But once we finally got seated, our service was adequate and the food was delicious. The two of us shared the arancini appetizer and an entree -Sirloin medallions with garlic mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus, and were completely satisfied.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Location Great, Food OK
    RaleighJacket
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    On the plus side, our server was excellent and very attentive and we had no problems getting a seat on a Sunday night. The food was not bad but just OK, especially considering the price we paid. We both had the sirloin steak with a side of seafood (shrimp and salmon) and it was good but not outstanding. We compared it with a dinner we had in Swansboro the next night and, for the same price, it was no comparison. It was too hot to sit outside, which was the main reason we made a reservation here, so that may have made a difference. I would say to go either later at night in the summer so you can sit on the balcony without roasting or visit in a cooler season of year to really take advantage of the restaurant ambience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great
    sb63
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Had a wonderful experience here. Food was very good and our waiter was very friendly. Will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great room with a view!
    Suzanne64
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Got reservations here the day before meeting some friends for dinner. They wanted someplace with a view of the river and Riverboat Landing did not disappoint in that category! Arrived early and were given the intimate upstairs room - perfect for us, as we had not seen our friends in awhile and welcomed the chance to actually hear everyone in our party of 8! The host and our server were very friendly and helpful. Started with cold NC craft beer and Crab Dip appetizer - good. My husband and I had the Shrimp & Grits - would have liked the grits to not have been so runny, but good flavor and nice sized shrimp. Vegetarian daughter had Spinach Ravioli - good. Desserts - ok. Only negative is that I don't think our friends liked their steaks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    FernB
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Every time I eat at the Riverboat Landing, I tell myself to come here more often. The service is top-notch, and the cuisine is excellent. Our knowledgeable waiter Dave made excellent menu suggestions, and everyone in our party was delighted with their food and the attentive, though not intrusive, service. The gazpacho was a must-have, and the fish and pasta dishes always excel.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    The outside patio view was amazing. The food was great. Our server was just outstanding. She went above and beyond and had a great attitude.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for date.
    Bakerboy828
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Saw this place when on vacation in Wilmington off the riverboat ride from battleship. Saw people eating on balcony and wanted to try it. Best decision ever bc the view was amazing over the water and the sunset over the battleship. My date and I enjoyed the amazing food and it was moderately priced and didn't take to long. Repeat coming here when ever I'm coming thru town. A++
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great; service stunk
    JdbWilmington
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Arrived to find rude bartender and missing hostess. He actually told us to find "Stephanie" to seat us. Asked for booth; given table even though two booths were open and remained so during our entire dinner. Menu was filthy and not the same one posted on website. Food was good and arrived without much delay. Returned cocktails as they were too heavy on alcohol.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience and food
    charlie
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We ate at one of the outdoor balcony tables for two and enjoyed the music from the downtown sundown concert. The food was great and service was fantastic! Great experience!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice find
    rjnieder
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Not the talk of the town but not horrible. The food was above average and well presented. I would not go out of my way to return BUT I would return if I was in the area.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday romance
    JenJen
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I chose this place for the balcony sitting to view the river scene. It was a gorgeous sunset. It was my boyfriends 50th birthday and we really enjoyed everything. The food was perfectly prepared! Great favor and portions! The waitress was very attentive. Definitely suggest for anyone on a date or for just a romantic night out!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I was disappointed this year.
    Sadmountaineer
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Two years ago this was one of my favorite places to eat in Wilmington. This year many of our favorites were missing from the menu. The lighting was too dark and the service was lacking. My family and I were very disappointed and will not return next time we are in the area.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved it!
    floridagal
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I picked out this restaurant based on the reviews, and it was even better than expected. The view from our table by the window was beautiful. We watched the sun set over the cape fear while enjoying the most delicious food. The mozzarella balls (sorry, can't remember the real name) were amazing! We had everything from steak to burgers and it was all fantastic. Would highly recommend and will definitely visit again on our next trip to Wilmington.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Balcony seating is great for two
    FrenchFan
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The private balcony dining is the best part of the experience. You're suspended over a vibrant part of the downtown scene, which makes for great people watching. And at the right time of day, you can catch the sunset over the Cape Fear River & the Carolina battleship. The food is good--I had a chilled seafood & rice-noodle dish that trumped the shrimp & sausage my husband had. We did get a very fine bottle of wine (& tasty cocktails) & enjoyed considerate if not always prompt service. Very recommended for its unique atmosphere for couples; not a must for larger groups for dinner at least.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun and romantic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I was on vacation with my girlfriend and we were recommended to eat here. The food was cooked really well. But the selling point is definitely the private balcony tables. We thought if was really romantic and added to the experience. My only negative would be that they didn't have daily specials....you're located right next to fishing boats, why not have a catch of the day at least. Good stuff otherwise.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service sucks, food great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    My first time at river landing. I book this party for some of my wedding party. I was reading the reviews and they were great. Food was awesome. The service was not up to par for 20 people reservation. I would appreciate more if they would have told me that they could not service that many a week of head. We ordered food and it took an hour to get it. I have been to places where the party was bigger and service was better.
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    scenic view
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  • Service
    neecee
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Food was great. Server was too much in a hurry, offered dessert before entree was finished, frequently cleared table of items. Food came quickly also. Only obe other table of diners so they were not 'busy'. We were in and out in 45 min. Not a relaxed experience. Also....requested a nice table for 4 via Open Table.......don't think hostess was aware if request. There were 'nicer' table locations than we were seated at.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming and Delcious
    PGHfoodlover
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    My experience was very positive at Riverboat Landing. The food was delicious, the service was prompt and not overbearing. The atmosphere of the restaurant was historical and very charming. If I am ever in the area again, I will be sure to eat here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • River View
    Mike
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Great view and privacy on outside balcony. Friendly and courteous staff.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Favorite place for lunch
    Sary
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    This is my second time at riverboat landing. I had the opportunity this time to sit at the balcony. My food was wonderful, my waitress was great. Beautiful view! Highly recommend this place. I will be back again!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not good
    horrible
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Ran out of menu items and waited till we ordered to say " we are put of that food item". $30 bottle of wine does not have a cork! Food was cold and very bland / not seasoned! We payed for wine and left!!!
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  • Beautiful and Romantic!
    Pocimancio
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    My wife and I went there while we were visiting Wilmington, and it was an amazing experience. You can see the sunset on the harbor from the balconies, and the balconies are very private and romantic. The view from the balconies was spectacular, and the service was also great! I just wish they would expand their menu a little bit more.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 348 reviews are from the Riverboat Landing reviews archive.
  • Wonderful Place to Eat!
    KMMandAWM
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Riverboat Landing was a great place to eat we got the fried pickles as an appitizer.. They were pretty good the chili sauce was amaze. And for or main course we got the riverboat burger and fries. The plate display was gorgeous and the food was to die for. I would definitely recommend this place to everyone I know. We set on the balcony over looking the Cape Fear River and Riverwalk and the view was spectacular. It was definitely a romantic type place which was perfect for us because me and my husband were on our honeymoon. I would definitely love to eat there again and this time maybe do dinner. I know that it would be even better to sit on the balcony and eat at night with the whole town lit up.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.