Rustico (Westlake Village, CA)
Rustico (Westlake Village, CA)
  • Address:
    1125 Lindero Canyon Road
    Westlake Village, CA 91352
    Neighborhood:
    Agoura Hills / Westlake Village
  • Cuisine:
    Italian
    Price: $30 and under

Rustico (Westlake Village, CA)

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rustico-restaurant.com/
  • Phone: 8188890191
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 11:30am-2:30pm Dinner Daily: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Maurizio Ronzoni
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact the restaurant for details on private dining.
  • Special Events: Our October 2012 Gourmet Cruise Party Join us Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 at 6pm to 7pm for a complimentary Wine/Champagne Apertif and Special Hors D'Oeuvres at Rustico Restaurant in Oak Park. Representatives from Regent Cruises will be on hand to answer any questions you may have regarding our October 2012 Mediterranean Culinary Adventure!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lakeview Canyon
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Rustico (Westlake Village, CA)
A very special neighborhood Trattoria nestled below the North Ranch Mountain Range. Relax and enjoy being pampered with a warm and friendly service that captures the Italian spirit of hospitality. The menu is filled with wonderful selections made with the freshest seasonal ingredients. A bustling Monica's Bar is ready to take any request for your favorite libation and Roberto Giliberti our expert Sommelier can recommend the perfect wine to go with your meal from our Wine Spectator Award Winning selection.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Rustico (Westlake Village, CA) reviews from OpenTable diners
71 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.7
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (50)special occasion (37)fit for foodies (36)good for groups (17)romantic (12)great for lunch (11)hot spot (11)notable wine list (11)vibrant bar scene (9)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • SUPERB
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Still our favorite after all these years! Always delicious and beautifully served!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LAST FINE DINING Restaurants!
    Stargazer
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I search out for NON "KID-FRIENDLY" restaurants that allows patrons to enjoy fine dining, superb meals and wonderful service without the annoyance of SCREAMING BABIES, BRATTY TODDLERS and STRESSED-OUT, RUDE PARENTS. RUSTICO is one of the few that has a wonderful, romantic dinner, quiet and peaceful environment and friendly, professional staff. The menu has a enough selections to please any taste. I love the Gnocchi Bolognese and my wife adores the Chilean Bass dish. Full bar too. Absolute bonus: Parking lot is ample so you can park car without being dinged and vandalized by the ravages of rude and Neanderthal FAMILIES with unbridled wild kids that abound in disgraceful suburbia today.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing Gnocchi
    Beez
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Gnocchi is absolutely my kryptonite and I won't dine at an Italian restaurant unless it is included on their menu. Their gnocchi was DELICIOUS and the meat sauce was to die for! Definitely up to par with my own mother's meat sauce recipe. Our waitress was sweet and accommodating, not up in our faces every 2 minutes but not neglecting either. I have heard from an Italian friend of mine, who definitely knows his food, that their pizza is to die for, so I will have to go back soon! All around I had a great meal at this restaurant and I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My meal was utterly delectable. I had the Chilean Sea Bass and it was moist, flavorful and totally scrumptious. My husband had the surf and turf and also liked his entrée. Our server was engaging but not overly solicitous. This is our 2nd visit and we would definitely return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Local Gem
    whocareswhoiamVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    A local favorite for us. Chef knows how to make excellent soups - so if you are in the mood for soup, definitely try the soup de jour. The heirloom tomato salad was just ok today, probably should have tried the gazpacho soup. Escargot is served with lots of garlicky butter. The special lamb entree = DELICIOUS! Pasta's are always a great choice, especially the daily specials. Rustico is our favorite for "take out pizza" - they are small, thin crust, healthier and tastier. Definitely a local gem of a restaurant. Service is nice. Casual dining in a nice environment, lots of locals.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Italian bistro
    Adnill
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Highly recommended by several friends. Went there for my birthday. Large menu and many specials. Easy to make substitutions. Very well seasoned and tasty. Good wine list. White tablecloths, California casual but did not see jeans. Has outdoor patio. Gave us a choice of tables. Service very attentive. Has a brick oven for pizzas. Terrific neighborhood restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent
    DDDM
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Specials are always creative and better than the regular menu. Very tasty with nice combinations of flavors. Great service. Always busy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, as usual
    MHJinTOVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Dinner was once again great! We come frequently, and always try to sit with Carla. She's a gem. She thoroughly entertains us each time we come in and remembers our drink and food preferences to a tee! This past night there was a very grumpy man, on his phone the whole time, sitting next to us. He was so rude to his wife and cussing at whomever was on the phone. Thank goodness for Carla and the other wait staff! They got them out of there quickly. My only complaint is food related. They really need to have better coffee and serve it with half & half, NOT milk. Also, some new and more seasonal desserts would be really nice. We love it there though!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday Night Special
    Foodie21
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a 6pm reservation which was perfect. Service food and placement were great. By the time we left after 7;30pm, the place was jammed. Soup, salad, pasta and seafood were all excellent
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food!!!
    Addie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    great food , ambience, and service. This is a popular neighborhood restaurant. Quiet, white tablecloth eatery with diverse choices and great wines.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • terrific
    gibson
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Everything was wonderful as usual! We took people there who had never dined at Rustico before and they loved it too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Enjoyable
    whocareswhoiamVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    One of our favorite neighborhood gems! The octopus salad special is a favorite. The regular menu has plenty of excellent options, and there is usually a fairly extensive list of specials too. The chef is great and will often honor special requests providing he has the ingredients and it is not a time consuming preparation. Our server, Emma, is lovely and we enjoy being seated in her section. Although there are other servers here too that we love as well. Service is friendly and they treat everyone well. It is mainly a locals place, but anyone dining here will receive equally nice service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amfo
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    the food was good; the service was great! my granddaughter and i had a "special occassion" dinner together, and the staff (thte wait person in particular, but all) was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An Outstanding Experience
    TheFoodRatVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We were treated to some fantastic, creative items. The staff treated us like family, they are truly great people. Give them a try, you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Pleasant
    WineLoverVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food is quite good and the wines are reasonably priced. We had the Chilean Sea Bass special and the Branzino on the regular menu. Both were very good and the fish was fresh tasting. We shared a creme brulee for desert that was good and correctly prepared. The portion size is rather generous, so even with skipping the first course, we had more than we could eat. The service was attentive without being obtrusive. The markup on the wines is smaller than most restaurants. We had a Grgich Hills Chardonnay for $60, which is the best price for this wine that I have seen in a long time. There are plenty of good wines in the $30 to $50 price range.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EAFF
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The Veal Chop was amazing. Everything was delicious as usual.
    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.
  • One of my favorites
    Optocc
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I've been to Rustico several times and will go back. The food is always great and the attention from the servers is great. The reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 is that the specials are rattled off so fast and there are so many, you simply cannot remember them and while the servers are attentive, they can be a bit snooty.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Frequent diner
    Gary
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    This is one of my favorite restaurants. This visit at lunch .. four of us .. wonderful in every way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and drinks.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Everything was prepared to perfection. Basic dishes like ravioli were as special as the specials.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Frequent Customers
    Gary
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    This is our go-to restaurant for special occasions .. I think this is the only place I know of where the food is truly authentic Italian. From Salads to Pastas to Entrees .. everything is made with a true Italian flair. This time was my birthday and it was a special evening indeed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lolly
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Food very well prepared. A little noisey (open kitchen) but not blaring. Appreciated absence of TV.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad experience
    LVfishVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We should have left or informed management. We usually have great food and service but on a busy Friday night things went south and ruined our evening. The waitress was annoyed and clearly bordering on rude. My wife and I looked at each other like 'is this really happening?' Service was awful and we should have complained. We love the food at Rustico and go almost every week, but will give it a rest and will never be seated in this waitresses section again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tried the server's recommendation
    rkbkVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Three of us dined. One had the fish special Halibut, great, second person had bolognese, great, third person had the recommendation by the server, pork chop breaded and pounded parmesan style, excellent, the vegetables that came with it was a great variety, squash, asparagus, broccoli and they were delicious. I am definitely returning. FYI fish special $32.00
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    This was my 3rd visit recently and again very enjoyable! The bartender is always pleasant & she greets us immediatley which is a plus. It is so nice to have a neighborhood restaurant with such class!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great evening
    foodlvr
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Table location as requested was good. Food and Service- excellent. Our favorite restaurant in area
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • gibson
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    we loved it here as always - friendly, wonderful food and wine, great vibe
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of our better resturants
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We eat at home so want a special treat when we go out. Your place is one that fits the bill
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food is great, noise is not.
    between4and25characters
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This was our second time eating at Rustico. The first time (~1 month ago) was for an 8:30 reservation. The service was good and the food was terrific. Which is why we decided to go back a second time. The second time was for a 6: 30 reservation. The noise level in the restaurant made it impossible to have a conversation. In fact we couldn't even hear the daily specials as our server recited them. Oh, and they has SO many specials it would have been impossible to remember them anyhow. Why don't they just print them out? So, after waiting 20 minutes for our server to come back, we ordered off the menu. My suggestion....go for the excellent food, but go later in the evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • stilesVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    AS ALWAYS IT IS TOP NOTCH. THE PARPADELLA BOLOGNESE IS TO DIE FOR AND ALL THE FISH ARE GREAT TOO. CAN 'T GO WRONG HERE.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 42 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 417 reviews are from the Rustico (Westlake Village, CA) reviews archive.
  • Graduation Dinner
    CollegeGraduate
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    We were celebrating my son's college graduation. I booked our 7:00pm reservation on Open Table one week prior and requested David for our server. When we arrived the restaurant was packed. We were not happy to hear that we had to wait around 20 minutes for our table. The place was packed and there was barely standing room. Thank heavens David was there to greet us and make us comfortable at our table. The food was excellent and as usual, David's service was superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a great experience
    Kathy
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Rustico is a lovely restaurant for lunch and/or dinner. The menu offers choices for any palate. It can be romantic and/or a great place for conversation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mother's Day
    food4thoughtVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    there was either too many people or not enough waiters. very, very slow service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mother's Day brunch
    Gary
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    A great brunch .. We've done this for Mother's Day several years now. Food choices are excellent .. And quality of fod the best. But I guess due to the nature of it being a Mother's Day family event .. There are just too many small children to allow it to be a peaceful event.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant
    Lovetheocean
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This is one of the top restaurants in Westlake Village, which is saying a lot. The service is friendly and very accommodating. The menu is quite varied and delicious. Roberto, the manager, is a very gracious host. All in all, a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • downtowndiner
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Each of us ordered something different and everything was delicious. I'm looking forward to the nice weather to dine on the patio. The ambience was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local Gem
    whocareswhoiamVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Continues to be a favorite of ours. Soups are always D-lish. Pizza's are excellent, I prefer the Pizza Margarita with extra cheese! Often we get pizza here "to go" as it truly is the best pizza in town. The pastas are all very good, portions are sized for sharing as an appetizer. Generally the specials are the way to go..but everything and anything on the menu is quite good. Not a fan of the pheasant, pretty lackluster and not nearly as good as duck. While I do love duck, here it tends not to be as "crispy" as I prefer. Short Ribs are always excellent. Linquine and mussels or clams are a personal favorite. The staff are all friendly, the kitchen knows how to turn out fabulous dishes. Service is usually attentive. Bar is fun!!
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  • Amazing for 18 years'
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Had our twins one year birthday celebration and rare s restaurant can actually be just as fabulous 18 years later! Thanks committed staff at Rustico. Oak park loves you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Suprisingly good/great
    Steve
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    After being somewhat underwhelmed but its suburban strip mall location, we were surprised at the outstanding meal we had. The salads and homemade pasta were excellent and the double cut pork chop better still. The wines by the glass were impressive and rounded out the meal very well. I would highly recommend this to other foodies who really appreciate a great dining experience even if the ambience lags the cuisine.
    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.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    The food was excellent! Definitely would like to go back. Our waitress was on point with dish descriptions, answers to questions and helping to select a wine I really liked. The only reason I did not give 5 stars for the food--rating deserved in every aspect but this one, is that I ordered sockeye salmon. However, as someone who has spent many years in islands of Washington state, and for whom sockeye is a favorite, I do not believe that was the salmon I was served. I would guess it was Atlantic salmon instead. Meanwhile, again, the food was excellent, as was the over all value of the meal.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Comfortable anytime
    Augustus
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    My Husband and I eat dinner here often but when a girlfriend wanted to go to lunch someplace I thought was special, I made reservations at Rustico. The food was great as well as the service. She loved it and would love to go again.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.