Rosa Mexicano - Riverside Square
Rosa Mexicano - Riverside Square

Rosa Mexicano - Riverside Square

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rosamexicano.com/
  • Phone: 2014899100x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Friday - Saturday 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Contemporary Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Andre Meza
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, 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: For Large Party Reservations, please contact Amira Gertz at 212.397.0666 x29 or email at agertz@rosamexicano.com.
  • Entertainment: On special occasions, we frequently have guest musicians and/or mariachis present to heighten the festive atmosphere. Please contact the restaurant directly with questions.
  • Special Events: HAPPY HOUR AT CANTINA BAR | DAILY, 4-7 pm
    Half-price select cocktails and appetizers will make you very happy for much more than an hour.

    FESTIVAL DE HELADOS | JULY 31-AUG 24
    Desserts inspired by classic savory dishes such as guacamole, tamales and empanadas, and paired with handmade ice creams and sorbets infused with Mexican flavors ranging from prickly pear to chili-spiced chocolate.


Getting there

  • Cross Street: Route 4
  • Public Transit: Bus 756 Fort Lee (exact fare, $5.55) to Hackensack Ave and Commerce Square, walk to The Shops at Riverside Square straight on Hackensack Ave.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There are designated 10 minute pick up parking spots for Take Out as well as many parking spaces near the restaurant.
A word from Rosa Mexicano - Riverside Square
Our first Rosa Mexicano to open in New Jersey is located at The Shops at Riverside in Bergen County. The 160-seat restaurant features a spacious bar and lounge area, as well as outdoor and private dining options. Under the creative direction of architect and designer Timothy Higgins, the décor features vibrant colors such as vivid pink, deep maroon, rich butterscotch and warm yellow. Traditional craftwork and adornments include Oaxacan wood carvings of mythical animals, custom wax-dipped artwork, Mayan Indian textiles, and folk art masks. Tortillas are fresh-made on-site at a station featuring colorful tiles and a hammered copper hood. Through the unique designs and cuisine, all will encounter an authentic Mexican experience at Rosa Mexicano.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Rosa Mexicano - Riverside Square reviews from OpenTable diners
44 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (21)special occasion (16)fit for foodies (16)great for lunch (14)great for outdoor dining (12)great for brunch (9)romantic (8)kid-friendly (8)vibrant bar scene (8)hot spot (7)neighborhood gem (3)notable wine list (3)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Consistently Excellent!
    SuzeshoesVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Our thanks to the hardworking staff who work so hard to provide an exceptional dining experience! You feel well taken care of as you dine on the tastiest fare! Loved the tableside prepared guacamole and the pomegranate margaritas! The chefs special cerviche appetizer with truffle oil was delightful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PeterD
    PeterDVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This restaurant used to be a favorite, but they have changed the menu a couple times and taken off several favorite food and cocktail items. Their guacamole made at the table has typically been amazing most vistas, but this time was just okay. The chili relleno was very good. The service, which has historically been a highlight of Rosa was vey poor on this visit.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a pleasure!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I've never had a bad experience at Rosa Mexicano, at any location. The most fun part of any meal there is the guacamole, made-to-order right at your table. Fun to watch and delicious, and the server will make it hot or not, according to your preference. The restaurant feels spacious, the booths are comfortable, and while the bar scene is lively you can be seated far enough away to not feel bothered.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best guacamole!!!
    campmom22VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Rosa Mexicano is really good. They offer finer Mexican food, and their guacamole is outrageous - made at the table fresh. Another great feature is a gluten free menu for those of us who cannot have gluten. We have been several times and plan to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Frequent Visitors
    ToineVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We frequent the restaurant quite often; it's our favorite Mexican restaurant. We travel 45 minutes for this restaurant, and it's well worth it. The service is always impeccable and friendly. You cannot go to Rosa and not have their fresh Guacamole. They come to your table and make it table side. They will make it exactly to your liking. For us, that means no tomatoes, and extra cilantro. We have tried many of their dishes, and they have all been equally good. Some of our favorites are the Tablones (short ribs), the chicken tacos, and the Costilla de Res Enchiladas. Even their Caesar Salad is delicious, with a bit of a Mexican twist. We highly recommend this restaurant to all our friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Mexican food
    FoodieDanVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I really enjoy going here.. the mango drink is great!!! The guacamole is actually my favorite!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable experience
    Ang1459
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Great service and food! Drinks were very good too! Overall a good find close to home , near the mall :)
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    fishingfoul
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Everything was perfect, outstanding service. The only thing was I think who ever washed the cilantro that day missed a bit of sand. Guacamole and rice had some grit. I have been in food industry 30 years and know this can happen and did not really bother me that much but other patrons might not feel the same way. Overall will definitely be back. The margaritas rocked!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great guacamole
    Stace
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My husband and I are always looking for good restaurants with Gluten Free Menus and this restaurant is one of them. We have been there a couple times and always get a good meal. They also make guacamole right at your table, so you can decide how spicy it is.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Outstanding margaritas. Fresh tortillas were delicious as was the chile relleno and tacos.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Old time favorite will definitely return. Great for groups.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great management!
    Vbustamove
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Thank you to Paul and staff, my fiance's birthday was a hit! We were pleasantly surprised with an awesome table set up, the sombreros, and the awesome "cake". You went above and beyond our expectations and made our experience truly special. PS- Guacamole was amazing...so fresh.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprised by the quality & service
    amylynneVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Chain restaurants aren't always known for high quality and innovative menu selections but Rosa Mexicano delighted with the yes it may be corny but it's superb make at the table guacamole, followed by ceviche tacos and the taco specials that are on a par with Manhatta's finest and trendiest taco cucinas. Meats and fishes that fill the tacos are the freshest and highest quality, service is friendly without being cloying, the choices of tequilas and the ability to get flights of tequila all make this a place fit for foodies as well as those who simply want to ramp up their Mexican dining experience. Come to Manhattan or visit in New Jersey, Rosa Mexicano proves that gourmet Mexican food is right here, right now.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicous as Always
    MrsWoods122014VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Rosa Mexican is a staple for when my fiancé And I are in the mood for Mexican. The food is guaranteed to be delicious and the guacamole is always made to perfection! The service is great as well, very attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mexican outpost in mall
    lfreckle27
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Three of us went here to celebrate a birthday on a Saturday night @ 6:30. Once seated, the waitress efficiently asked for our drink order. We decided on a pitcher of sangria and she attentively served it throughout the meal. We had the guacamole dip, not outstanding but nice touch. We each ordered a different dish, fish tacos, brisket and pulled pork tacos. Only the pulled pork was disappointing, a little dry. Without even a reminder, except for what I wrote on my Open Table reservation, the staff came out with a cupcake and candle for the birthday boy. We finished off with Mexican doughnuts, which were excellent! Parking is fine as long as you park in the garage (not a problem!)
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SledgeBrother
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    My wife and I had a very good dinner and experience. The staff was polite and attentive. We have recommended the place to our friends and will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Rancheros
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Interesting, tasty recipes. Extensive tequila menu is fun. Our service was very attentive. We enjoyed our evening (and the leftovers the next day!) We will be going back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RyanTP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    I gave the food 3 stars simply because of the guacamole, that was delicious. The actual meal was ok, I've definitely had better Mexican food, especially at this price point. The location is in riverside square mall which tends to be on the higher end, wish the food followed suit.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 501 reviews are from the Rosa Mexicano - Riverside Square reviews archive.
  • Servicable
    Whitebread
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    It is a chain; the food is adequate. For authentic Mexican food, visit El Bandido.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BobbyG's
    BobbyG
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I am always satisfied with food quality and service. It is a favorite of mine for it's diversified menu and you can't miss out on the fresh made Guacamole at tableside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My happy place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    We are regulars at rosa but it was a special treat for cinco de mayo. Our server was outstanding and recommended the special holiday menu. We had our favorites, guacamole, enchiladas, with an added bonus of Flautas, and Churros for dessert. Exceptional! Add a full pitcher of sangria and that's all you need for a happy Monday! Thanks Rosa Mexicano!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rosa Mexicana - Jersey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Enjoyed the NJ experience of Rosa Mexicana. one of my favorite places in Manhattan, this suburban version did not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Restaurant at Riverside!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Rosa Mexicano has become my new favorite at Riverside Square. A cozy, inviting room, outstanding food and great service! A fantastic evening! THANKS!!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Excellent
    Duggan
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We love Rosa Mexicano! The food is consistently good and so is the service. Lovely ambience. Fabulous margaritas and guacamole. Little known fact: vegetarians can feast here, too.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unica Margaritas are sensational
    SimpleDinerVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We go for the guacamole and the margaritas. The dinners are excellent too. This last experience was a little disappointing because the entrees came as we were taking our first tastes of the guacamole. Suddenly everything was on the table. We felt very rushed. I had the baja tacos which were excellent. Husband had some sort of layered chicken dish that also looked yummy. Salsa should be better for a restaurant of this quality but the chips are crisp and salty and don't taste greasy and the entrees are fresh and bright.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kitchen problems
    mrwineVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    A dish we both ordered came out partially filled and never arrived despite my complaints. The manager apologized and said the chef screwed up but he did take the cost of the two items off the bill.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great menu
    KenParamus
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We were very impressed with the gluten free and other special diet offerings. The service was excellent, the food tasty and the atmosphere fine for a casual night out. The only suggestion would be to improve the bar which provided us with some poorly mixed drinks.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gets My Vote
    teach29
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I'm a frequent visitor at Rosa Mexicano, both Lincoln Center and the Riverside Mall. Often times my husband and I go for the guac and the signature margarita during happy hour and other times we go with friends and family for dinner and lunch. They never disappoint. Service is exceptional and so are the different entrées.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Made a reservation 3 weeks ago
    MarMar
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    But was given a broken and dirty table. Near the door and children. Asked for Guacamole but server said they could do it by a table side, which is part of the point of it. She ended up doing it at our table because we begged. The food was good. Chips were really salty, but then told that they had ones with no salt. Drinks were great. Waiter was pleasant. I would go again but ask for a table not near the door. May even try it in the summer when we could eat outdoors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Manager
    Lois
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The best guacamole and sangria around. Our salmon was a bit undercooked and it was taking a while to be returned to the table. Theanager stepped in, gave us a new portion on the house and even sent over dessert. The entire dining experience was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lovely lunch
    DelishdishVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    My girlfriends and u shared a lovely lunch here. Chips and salsa were fresh and tasty. We ordered chicken quesadilla which came with spur cream and oniony guacamole; carnitas and short rib enchiladas. The order came with warm corn tortillas, flavorful rice and black beans. Only negative were the overly salty carnitas. Everything else was delicious. Service always attentive and pleasant. Very quiet at lunch - go!
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  • Very nice assist for party
    Mama45
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    It was my daughter's 15th birthday we did and it was wonderful supports for 12 teenagers this restaurant . The wonderful food and birthday entertain such as fake large cake and real inside
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice evening!
    ffergVIP
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    consistent service and food quality as my last visit.... thank you!!! . very nice evening!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Rosa Mexicano -
    Evey
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    The food was very good and their guacamole, made fresh at the table, was excellent. Service was attentive and helpful. Prices were reasonable.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New Menu
    LorraineVIP
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    This is the second time in about 3 months that I visited Rosa Mexicano. I found this time that the menu had been changed but am happy to say I was not disappointed! Service was great; fresh tableside guacamole was outstanding; Shrimp Ceviche awesome--not to mention the top shelf marguerita and Sangria!! I finished it off with the dessert special of Tres Leches Cake and a scoop of sea salt cajeta. My only criticism was that the tres leches was a bit too citrus (I've had it in Mexico and Costa Rica without any hint of citrus). Citrus wasn't a flavor expected. At any rate, I'll go back and bring more friends!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow Service
    ECFOOD
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Dinner started off promising with the guacamole coming out quickly... Little did we know that our dinner would take over an hour to be served. I planned the dinner to celebrate a friend's birthday and was embarrassed that the service was so slow. The waitress and manager were nice and sent over free sangria without our asking because the food was clearly taking way too long. I expect dinner to take over 3 hours at a high-end pre-fixe restaurant in New York City but it is unacceptable at a chain restaurant like Rosa Mexicana attached to a mall. Come to think of it, I've never left the restaurant pleased with the service in the few times I've been there and have no plans to go back.
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  • Guaranteed Good Food
    teach29
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    I love going to Rosa Mexicano because of the service, food and warm ambiance. The waiters are friendly and attentive. My favorite indulgences are the guacamole, empanadas and the pomegranate margarita.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great new menu
    LoriNYCVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I used to love this place and then it started to go downhill. We decided to give it another try and I am so glad that we did. The new updated menu was amazing. Right from the start, we noticed the new salsa and had to ask for thirds, it was so good! The entrée choices were better and the portions were very generous! We had enough for lunch the next day and I rarely don't finish everything on my plate! Can't wait to go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wow
    Dangot908
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I loved this spot. It's so well designed, the food is amazing. I don't give this restaurant a 5 star because parking is not the best. If you don't want to park yourself, valet is available.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always happy with the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Always happy with the food and my experience at this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.