Ryan Michael's Riverfront Grille
Ryan Michael's Riverfront Grille

Ryan Michael's Riverfront Grille

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://ryanmichaels.net/
  • Phone: 7327013313
  • Hours of Operation:

    Breakfast: Tuesday - Sunday: 7:30am - 12:00pm.
    Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm.
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Ryan Barnhard
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: We have a complete catering menu available for Private Parties in our Dining Room for up to 70 Guests or for Off Premises parties as well.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Parties for any event, including Christenings, Baby Showers, Bridal Showers, Communion, Confirmation, Graduation, Family Reunion, Special Birthday can be arranged by calling our catering department.
  • Private Party Contact: Roger 7327013313

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Ryan Michael's Riverfront Grille
Ryan Michael's Riverfront Grille serves Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner in a Clean, Comfortable Marina Setting with a Scenic View of the Metedeconk River. We are Family owned and operated. We are a Full Service BYOB Restaurant. Our Menu includes a wide variety of Freshly Prepared Items using locally purchased products. During the Summer months, we offer Dock and Dine accommodations as well as Outdoor Seating. In addition to Open Dining, We can accommodate Private Parties for any event for up to 70 Guests. We look forward to serving you in the near future.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Ryan Michael's Riverfront Grille reviews from OpenTable diners
27 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.3
  • Food3.6
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.2
    Noise LevelModerate
66% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (20)neighborhood gem (10)good for groups (8)kid-friendly (4)fit for foodies (4)special occasion (3)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (2)great for lunch (1)romantic (1)Show More
  • Always Delicious
    Maureen
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    They have a wide variety of delicious food - all fresh and made to order. From pasta to pork chops, to steak to chicken to seafood ...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Coastal Chaos
    jackVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    It took awhile to find this restaurant as it does not go by the name Ryan Michael's but Coastal Chaos. We went for brunch and it was fine. We were just expecting more. It is a breakfast place for the kids and you can roll out of bed and go. It is a diner. The staff was very helpful, the basic American breakfast food was good and the limited view of the water is fine. It just should not be on open table.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Improve first impression
    LparsaVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food was good we would return. Just a few suggestions. Glasses of water on table, offer ground pepper and grated cheese, we had to ask for both. Little things create nice atmosphere for diners. The service was prompt, we were the only ones there . Just lacked a few things you expect especially if restaurant wants to be known for fine dining.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was great, still is!
    Byelyse
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    My husband and I have been to Ryan michaels a number of times. Since changing owners and the name to coastal chaos, this visit was our first time. I was happy to find the menu very similar and any changes made were delicious ones! The crab bruschetta, shrimp appetizer, and paella main course are my personal reccomendations. I will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed diner
    Food4thought
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Host/manager greeted us at the door with a a less than friendly attitude. We were with our children as we just got back from the Jersey Shore pirate excursion located downstairs from the restaurant. One would think a restaurant above a children's attraction would be kid friendly; unfortunately that was not the case. The host immediately took my 3 year old's toy sword from him as he gruffly told him he would get it back at the end of the meal. The waiter was young, nice, and competent. Unfortunately the food was bland and uninspired. I was completely turned off by the host/ manager's attitude and the food was nothing special. It is a beautiful spot and could be something special but as it is I will not be returning.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Poor Food
    Foodies11609
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Tried find Ryans and GPS said you're here? Called the number and the person said the name is now Coastal Chaos? Odd Name! Waiter was very nice and attentive. My friend had the onion soup which looked nice but was tasteless, the calamari was the frozen kind and tough, I will say the shrimp appetizer was good. I had the sesame tuna it was salty and over cooked, my wife had pasta it was greasy and no taste. My friend had a chicken Murphy dish over mashed potatoes which was swimming in a watery sauce finally his wife had a lobster sandwich again no taste. The chef needs to stop using frozen items because everything looses it's taste. He/she should also taste there own dishes for flavor.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New Name: Coastal Chaos
    karnakdav
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This restaurant has changed it's name to Coastal Chaos, so not sure why they haven't changed all the Ryan Michael advertising. No matter the name though, this was the absolute worst dining experience I can ever recall. Our entire office went out for lunch so we had a good number of dishes that we tried. We ordered fried calamari for starters and the serving portion was so small that most of us were outraged. There was barely a handful of calamari on each of the three orders. 4 of us ordered burgers -- 3 of which came out completely raw; not undercooked, RAW!! One ordered scallops, they too were completely raw and yet the "ahi" tuna was overcooked! It was a an absolutely terrible experience never to be repeated.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Casual Dining
    wineanddineVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    First time here and I went with my waiter's recommendation to try the Chaotic Paella as it was one of their best dishes (he said). I started with a bowl of their Triple C soup. Both courses were plentiful and pretty good; I'd say 3 1/2 stars on the quality. The service was friendly and casual, but also attentive.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't Get Beyond the Noise
    MariaVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    While the food at Ryan Michael's was good, the noise level was deafening. There was a party going on when we got there but lucky for us they were all about ready to leave. But before they did, they had no regard for other diners nearby. I think we would have left if the party was in full swing. We couldn't hear ourselves talk and hardly was able to listen to the specials as told to us by our server. In all, I don't think we could go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Close by
    angiono
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    took guests to our local retaurant for a nice evening, the lobster roll is terrific husband had crab cake, friends had scallops/rigatoni in vodka and paella everyone enjoyed the meal
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • beachlover
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Very disappointing. Over priced and the portions were tiny. Left hungry: (
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great View and food
    Bill06
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    BYOB with a nice view of the water. Service was great, all enjoyed their meals. We ate outside on a beautiful day
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Father's Day Breakfast
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We went there for Father's Day Buffet Breakfast and all of the food was great. This is a great spot to stop before heading off on a Pirate Adventure, which is just down the path from the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Hidden Spot
    Scott
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Enjoyed dinner with another couple. We were seated next to the windows which gives a view over the marina and on out to the river. Our party enjoyed our selections. Fried oyster app special was great as was my fish special. There is a nice bar that is not being used as the restaurant does not have a liquor license and is BYOB. If the bar gets a license it would be a great spot for a drink,
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant changed name
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Name change not noted on web site. Confusing for friends meeting us there for first time too noisy.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DeeRock15
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Had a great birthday dinner at coastal chaos! Food was really good and we had great service! Will definitly be going back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as great as other visits
    shorediner
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    We have enjoyed eating at this restaurant when it was Ryan Michael's and again when it became Coastal Chaos. The food has always been excellent but neither dish we had this time was very tasty. The potatoes with the salmon dish were very oily and I didn't eat them at all. We are hoping that it was just an off night and we will try again. We have brought many friends to your place and many of them now bring others friends so we hope that it was just an off night.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • mother's day
    erika
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This restaurant accommodates for large parties. Great first experience. BYOB. Nice view. We will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The food was great as was the service. We always enjoy the view!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent surprise
    musetta3VIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    A friend recommended Coastal Chaos to us which is the new name for Ryan Michaels. Everything was delicious. My only complaint was that some of the leaves in the salad were wilted and had black on the edges which for me was a no no and the others in my party didn't finish their salads for the same reason. The salads were not included so they need to work on fixing that. Other than that all was great.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good - but not great
    NJTomVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Portions were on the small side (calamari portion was small, but they were tender); crab cake was good, but too much tartar sauce on it; lobster mac & cheese was just OK; fish and chips - small pieces of fish; scallops were tasty & cooked nicely, Deserts were the best part - almond cake and chocolate cake
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 6 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 45 reviews are from the Ryan Michael's Riverfront Grille reviews archive.
  • Food
    JrzySteelerGrl
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Went back for a 2nd time and both meals were outstanding. The view was peaceful. the service was good too. will defiantely go back again
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed with the meal.
    Jeanne
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    My husband and I went for the first time during restaurant week hoping that we might have a nice little gem in the neighborhood. Unfortunately that wasn't the case. We are big foodies and cook quite a lot so when I eat out I expect the food to be at least as good as mine or better. It was clear that the breaded shrimp we had were frozen and the lemon sauce on the artichokes was very floury. The salmon was okay but the lobster mac and cheese was a huge disappointment. There was no melted cheese to be seen in the dish. Nothing on top and very soupy. Unfortunate.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was my first time there
    Gooftrp
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    It was my first time there and my table said the food was great,I will be back again when it is not rest week to see if it is still the same.Would like to know if they will be getting a Liquior Lic in the furture.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We will come again, for sure
    Renee612
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Went with a party of 8 and had a great dinner. The BYOB makes it an inexpensive night out! I had the Flounder Milanese and it was perfect. The portion was large enough that my husband got to enjoy it too : ). Others in my group had the salmon, scallops, pork chop, chicken ... All were pleased, service was great. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I thought the menu and food
    ShannonTim
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I thought the menu and food were fabulous! I know they are redoing the inside and updating the menu just hope they do not change it too much ! It was fantastic the ribs omg the ribs!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place
    vicco
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    My wife and I had dinner there the other night and it was terrific. The ribs melted in your mouth and my wifes fish dinner was exceptional. great place and they make you feel very comfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing dinner after
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Disappointing dinner after I've had heard so many rave reviews. My dinner was excellent but my husband's was a disaster! It came out cold, the fish was slimy and no one in the restaurant could open a corked beer bottle. The people serving were friendly and dessert was great. When the bill came, it had charges that weren't ours. There was no simple fix-the transaction couldn't be voided and redone so we had to take cash back.... After all this I thought the espresso (which was ice cold) and dessert should have been "on the house"....
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Valentine's Day Success
    Fesh
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My wife and I go somewhere new every Valentine's Day. This has led to some...less than great Valentine's Day dinners. But not at Ryan Michael's! The decor isn't the greatest, but it has a certain charm to it. That's really the only "negative". The food was delicious, the service was great. There's not much more to know. I had scallops & shrimp, she had Mahi Mahi and we both loved our food. We also had breaded squid for an appetizer that came with both a red sauce and a Sriracha mayo. Delicious!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ryan Michael's Riverfront Grille
    BillandChuck
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    As a first timer I enjoyed the where is it, oh back here, oh over there, oh I see the lights!!!! I love Marinas in winter at night, the sound of sailboat mast hardware clanging in the breeze. Always reminds me of the uniqueness if the jersey shore. Parking lot gravel is a bit unfriendly for good shoes if it's been raining or snowing. Remember to drive up to restaurant entrance and drop your pals off and then go park. Service was good. All the staff friendly. Food is the big draw to this little casual dining spot. Very good selections. Everyone in our party praised the flavor and portion size. I recommend they and lobster tails to their menu. We went at night but I image the view during the day is nice if the river
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food, Awkward Ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went to Ryan Michael's Riverfront Grille after it was recommended several times by a friend. The food did not disappoint. The avocado crab bruschetta was the perfect way to start. All our food was incredible with vibrant tastes, and were nicely complimented by a BYOB bottle. The only thing we were confused or disappointed about was the dining room itself. A recommendation to the owner: throw a few white table cloths over the outdated 90s tables, spruce up the hard chairs, and settle down on the strange combination of paints. The causal atmosphere did not seem to match the higher-end prices, but with a few cosmetic changes it will all make sense.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We've been to the restaurant
    Curlybob
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We've been to the restaurant before and have always been very happy with everything. A little pricey, but a nice place with very good food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    I've been to their breakfast place when it was in point pleasant, and this place is just as good. The choices of entrees are different and delicious. We got the blueberry baby back ribs and the meatloaf. The ribs were sweet but had a little spice to them. They weren't over powered by blueberry, they were great. The meatloaf was very flavorful. The other couple with us got the pasta with vegetables and that was outrageous! The food was great and I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A+++
    Hajji
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    I can't speak highly enough of our recent dinner at Ryan Michael's. My husband & I took our daughter, her fiancé and our close friend, all of whom are discriminating foodies, to this unpretentious gem on the waterfront in Brick. The rave reviews that they gave to the food, the service and the atmosphere confirmed our own opinion: Ryan Michael's is the best restaurant on the Jersey Shore!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hard to find but worth it
    NJBlueskies
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    I am not familiar with Brick and found Ryan's through Open Table. We are so glad we went there. For being a "grille" hidden behind a marina we were so pleased with the food we bought a gift certificate as a present for a cousin's upcoming birthday. Highly recommend this restaurant and I plan on going back again during the day to see the marina views since it was dark when we were there this weekend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely try it!
    Out4Dinner
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    We had a very nice evening: great food, pleasant, helpful waitstaff. If you've been wantig t try a new place with great food and a menu that has a variety to offer. I would recommend you try Ryan Michael's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Brickgurl
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    It was excellent, but we were disappointed that we had to rush because they didn't have our reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Need a veggie
    Outnabout
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I really liked this place. Friendly waiter with good suggestions on the menu. Food was really good. I had the flounder picata. The sauce was really tasty but I would have liked less of it to taste the fish more. My fish was drowning in the sauce. This place was a bit pricey I thought. It is BYOB which helps if you drink. But for the price it should have come with a salad or 'chefs choice' of vegetable. I didn't like having to order a vegetable. Although the dish came with a side my choice would be rice or potato. So I think it was overpriced.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice local place with fresh seafood
    bilberg
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    The food was well-prepared to perfection and served piping hot. The shrimp & scallops were fresh as can be and the herbed rice was delicious. Our waiter was a friendly young man, very polite and efficient. The hot bread was superb! The views at sunset were outstanding. The only reason for not giving 5 stars is, for the entree prices, they should be able to afford tableclothes for a better appearance and dining experience. Perhaps the prices are based on the wealthy neighborhood surrounding the marina.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Find in Ocean County !!
    Crazy4Food
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Ryan Michael's is tucked away off the main road but well worth it when you arrive. The restaurant was decorated for the Christmas holidays and it was great atmosphere to dine with our family. Their service was fantastic (Courtney, our server) and the food was great as well. The Clam chowder was obviously Home made and delicious... and the Crab French fries were pleasant a surprise. Overall our Main dishes were great...including the Shrimp & Scallops, the Apple cider ribs and the Salmon with the flash fried Spinach !! We intend to go back again during the daytime to enjoy the water views and select something else off the menu !! Thanks for a great experience !!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.