Saffron Restaurant & Lounge
Saffron Restaurant & Lounge
  • Address:
    123 North 3rd Street
    Suite 101
    Minneapolis, MN 55401
    Neighborhood:
    Downtown / North Loop
  • Cuisine:
    Mediterranean
    Price: $30 and under

Saffron Restaurant & Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.saffronmpls.com/
  • Phone: 6127465533x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Happy Hour: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Dinner: Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Sameh Wadi
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Saffron is pleased to offer off-site catering in the convenience of your home or office.
  • Private Party Facilities: Saffron offers dining room buy-outs with a food and beverage minimum. Multi-Course menu and wine flights to suit the most discerning tastes are available upon request. Buffet Style private party are available to.
  • Private Party Contact: Saed Wadi 6127465533x
  • Entertainment: Chef's music selections.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 1st Avenue & 3rd Street
  • Public Transit: If you are taking the light rail to downtown Minneapolis, we are only 2 blocks away from the last stop at first Ave.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is metered parking on 3rd St & 2nd Ave $1 per hour (meters enforced until 11pm daily for 2 hours). A convenient secured & well lit parking ramp (Ramp C) is located on 2nd Ave between 3rd & 4th St (just across the street from our building).
A word from Saffron Restaurant & Lounge
The critically-acclaimed and award-winning Saffron Restaurant & Lounge is the brain child of brothers Saed & Chef Sameh Wadi. Opened in February 2007 and now nationally recognized for their fresh interpretation of traditional Mediterranean cuisine, featuring a seasonal menu with a strong emphasis on the old world tradition of sharing a meal, from the delectable Mezze/Tapas to the unique selections of Tagine and Entrées, you are sure to find something to crave.

The bar at Saffron is an ideal location to sit and relax while enjoying unique, hand-crafted cocktails, craft beer or enjoy a glass of wine from the perfectly adapted wine list with selections from around the world.

The space itself boast a vibrant, warm and inviting atmosphere, while staying casual and fun, which makes it a perfect location for dinner with family and friends, business associates or an intimate night out.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Saffron Restaurant & Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
123 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (109)special occasion (77)romantic (60)neighborhood gem (33)notable wine list (31)good for groups (29)hot spot (20)late-night find (14)vibrant bar scene (13)kid-friendly (4)great for lunch (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Fun dining experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Two of us made a reservation at Saffron before heading to the Fine Line for a show. We were both so impressed with this restaurant! The drinks, the food (seafood tagine was excellent!), and the service were all great. The owner even stopped by our table to see how we liked the food. I recommend this restaurant for those looking for a delightful and fun dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Far East without being too far
    PGMe
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    As a foodie, I want a dining experience unlike what I will cook at home. This restaurant hits the mark. We tried the lamb brain (which I'd recommend as it was perfectly cooked), the foi gras and figs, and the fried cauliflower (excellent tempura) as appitizers. Each slightly twisted from the norm with great flavor. We tried the lamb and seafood tergines which were uniqe but so close to comfort food. Warm, with plenty of meat and actually contained a great amount of vegetables. The bases in each went perfectly with the meats. The pita for sopping up the juice was a great accompanyment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Good vegetarian options. Food came out quickly and everything ordered was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a winner!
    Timmer
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The entire experience at Saffron is the Easy Button. The service is top notch. The front-of-house staff is warm, authentic, and professional. The kitchen is filled with skilled artisans bringing uber-delicious food to what my coastal friends call fly-over land. We are fortunate to have such a gem right here in our town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun Sharing Plates
    maltesa
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Waitress did an excellent job explaining the concept behind the menu and that it was best to focus on the sharing plates. Loved the concept. Our fave starters were the fried cauliflower and the croquettes. But my favourite menu item was the chicken entree. Who knew chicken could be so delicious. The ambience was beautifully suited to the middle eastern themed food. Romantic and exotic yet modern at the same time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome!
    Sparky
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I've eaten there before and thought the food was great, but last Saturday the seafood tajine and vegetable tajine was over the top.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well with it.
    Bigragu
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    First time visitor to Minneapolis and we decided to try Saffron on strength of favorable Yelp recommendations. We were not disappointed. Favorites were roast cauliflower (incredible) and lamb tagine (a must). Friendly owner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the Best in the Cities
    Gary1950
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Great food, great service--very good moderately priced wines--what more could you ask for. You won't find food like this anywhere else! Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saffron Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Fantastic food that is beautifully presented. The service was lovely. We were thrilled to have the owner stop by to ask us how our meal was. He was sweet and funny and very entertaining. I am looking forward to going back and trying some of the other entrees.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Foodie's delight!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Delicious & non traditional! We had almost everything on the menu & loved it all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Even my dad loved it
    Geo44rey
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Went with my wife and daughter, dad (obviously), his vegetarian girlfriend, and my 16 yo. Shared small plates of suvee octopus, fried cauliflower, meatballs, really good hummus with Caramelized paprika butter. Main courses of tagine cooked veggies, duck meatballs and lamb in a spicy green chili (oh wow) were all great. We will be going again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saffron
    RichH
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    A place for those who want something different than the usual fare. Unique items on menu and new takes on familiar items. Late night lighting was dim--very dim.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saffron is an Excellent Choice
    Diner
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I took two out of town guests to Saffron's on Friday night. We had a great experience. The staff was attentive and pleasant. The food was delicious. We ordered the sea bass (perfectly cooked), octopus (great flavor and texture) and seafood tagine (nicely spiced).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, good service
    CheddarWhale
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We've been here a few times and enjoyed each experience. The server is always helpful and is willing to suggest house favorites. I've also never felt bad for asking what a certain ingredient or dish even is. Our service started out great, but the server seem to get busier and we waited a while at the end of our meal for our check. But overall, a very nice experience with good food. Also, this isn't a kid-friendly place. And noise travels very easily within the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great location
    cakebaker
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Great food: the four of us shared octopus and spreads appetizers and the lamp and seafood tagines. Oh, and a melon salad. MMMMM! with 2 bottles of 2001 Bodegas Faustino rioja. Wish we could have stayed longer and savored the evening, but we had tickets to the Lynx. Close to parking at Ramp C. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yes!
    PdFoodie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Very pleased with the unique flavors in the lamb shoulder tagine. Excellent service, friendly staff. Desserts were also wonderful. Non-alcoholic drinks were unique as we'll.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My No. 1
    joodyb
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I do not get to dine at Saffron enough. I love everything about this restaurant. Some exciting exotic entree always awaits. Servers are informed and helpful, but never pushy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent and Inventive
    LisaWB
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Really enjoy Saffron and have been there twice. first time while at a conference in Minneapolis earlier this summer and was thrilled to return with my partner just this past week while traveling through Minn. The menu is creative with wonderful Middle Eastern type dishes. We loved the variety of hummus to try and lovely spices that were impeccably used on artichokes, eggplant and chanterelles that had been very recently foraged. We shared tapas like dishes as well as a main dish. The wait staff were friendly, efficient and knowledgeable about the menu. Highly recommend Saffron for a small bite or a special dinner to remember.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find and great food to share
    Yummy
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We made a reservation mostly because the location was close to the stadium, and we were so happy with choice! The food was wonderful, and the server was very knowledgeable to help us make choices. The small plates for sharing were delicious. We really liked the fried cauliflower. The lamb chips was the big hit of the dinner entrees. The cappuccino was amazing and frothy, and it was perfect with the assorted traditional pastries.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Wonderful
    goodeaterVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    One of our favorite destinations in the Twin Cities. Attentive staff, great cocktails (try the Vieux Carre, even if it's not listed on the menu). Food is expertly prepared and delicious. Highly recommend the meatballs, gnocchi, and any lamb preparation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Great food. Good cocktails. Ok service. Insanely expensive wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • rest. week at saffron
    misho5
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    great crafted cocktails offered here. food is very tasty and creative. portions not sufficient but maybe because it was the restaurant week menu. service is great here. at least the waiter I had. rather dark place,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food - great service
    Kevin
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We had a great time - enjoyed the food and received great service - although parkign was a struggle. Thanks to the staff
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    LoveRestaurants
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We went for Best of Restaurant week and the food was fabulous. From the Zucchini and Spinach Soup to the Chocolate Bread Pudding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable Meal
    Melkeillor
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Amazing combination of ingredients made the meal very memorable. Would highly recommend this restaurant for foodies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow!!
    Ligits
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We were here for Restaurant Week, and holy smokes this was amazing. Even though fried cauliflower is not on the menu, we ordered it up and the flavors and spices were incredibly well balanced, perfect batter on the outside. The chocolate and brioche bread pudding was the best dessert I've had. Seconds please :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Simply Amazing
    JustMarried
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    This was the second time my significant other and I have been to Saffron and we weren't disappointed. The first time we ate there we ordered 2 tangines not realizing it would be more than we could eat. Great service, amazing food, and a romantic atmosphere.
    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
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saffron
    Sandy
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We took advantage of restaurant week menu and it was great. We were early diners so place was initially pretty empty. Perhaps that is the reason the wait staff was so eager to clear our plates ......we still had appetizers left on serving dish when waiter came by and whisked away our plates, leaning us with flat bread and spreads but no plate to put them on. Kinda over zealous but not by any means enough to detract from the really excellent food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My new favorite restaurant
    FilboidStudge
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    You might think: how special can hummus be? but their hummus is unlike anything you can make at home or get in a store or typical lower budget lebanese restaurant. Get the "turk" preparation, with smoked paprika oil and za'atar. Also loved fried cauliflower (the batter is light and spicy) with yogurt sauce. Perhaps best of all were the slow-cooked green beans in a rich mildly spicy sauce, and our (shared) entree, a tagine with duck koftah and chickpeas. The food, while rich and flavorful, is not in the super rich every-thing-pork-belly style that has come to characterize many high end restaurants. The food at Saffron satisfies but does not leave you with a belly ache. Cocktails great, too. Outdoor seating would make this place perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super food and better bartender
    Kgtrekin
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The food was delish - hummus (how can you go wrong), meatballs (good all around), lamb BLT was Yummy but could have had more B - and the dessert (senifreddo sweet corn) was AWESOME. The bartender was impressive and she served great drinks! She also was creative for our guest that was pregnant and wanted a non-alcoholic drink.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saffron
    heathglen
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Great Food, Great service, and wonderful changing range of cocktails
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Husband and I went to Saffron to celebrate our anniversary. We shared the octopus and the duck tangine. Both were absolutely delightful. We would definitely go back just to have the duck tagine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Wonderful
    goodeaterVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We can count on Saffron for a wonderful meal every time we go. We took a group including four people that had not been before. Universally positive reviews from all. Tagines were great, especially the nightly seafood special. Parisian gnocchi is a must-have, along with meatballs. Cocktails are creative and delicious.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    DCRENVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Outstanding food, attentive & friendly service, and beautiful decor. All-around a lovely experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Deserves Every Award
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Full disclosure, I served at Saffron when it opened in 2007. Working with Chef Sameh was an exciting new adventure and I quickly fell in love with his expression of Mediterranean cuisine. Having moved to Chicago at the end of 2007, I haven't been back for some time. It was so great to see the quality and passion is still there even with all of his new concepts. Some of the new dishes on the menu were the best I'd ever had, and my favorites from the original menu were as good as I remember. Kubeh are as good as I remember and the koftah were a favorite of everyone in the group. Of the new offerings the green pea flan was the most beautiful dish Ive ever had and as delicious as it looked. Always have the features, never a disappointment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Disappointed
    Purplehibiscus
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Great food, good service. This place has been a go to when I want a trip down memory lane back to my life in Morocco.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you love Tapas and Variety
    Ashley
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Our group of 4 enjoyed sharing a variety of several small plates, salads plates and 2 main meals. Everything sounded so good we didn't want to miss tasting anything. The food was all well prepared and worth trying, definately a great place for light lunch all the way up to late night dessert or apps. Some items were slightly over priced for the quantity all though some would think 3 figs stuffed with foie gras is worth $13, I was hoping for at least 4 so we all could have tried one. These are small details so for around $70 a person with 2 drinks each (minus the sober driver) not a bad experience. Would definitely go again just to eat the desserts, amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go here!
    Maysolver
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Delicious food and super attentive and knowledgeable waitstaff. I recommend going family style here and ordering several small dishes -- it's very fun, but still feels elegant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply the Best
    Gary1950
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Saffron has long been a favorite--great, healthy food, friendly people and although the wine list is long it always has some gems on it. Highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My go to place.
    PopeyeVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I can always depend on the food being great, the service top notch and the ambience conducive to conversation. We had a party of six and all raved about their meal. This place is a no brainer when wanting or needing a lovely , enjoyable night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate