Salt Wine Bar
Salt Wine Bar

Salt Wine Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://saltrestaurant.ca/
  • Phone: 4165337258
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Dave Kemp
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Dundas street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Salt Wine Bar
Located at the top of the Ossington strip, Salt wine bar offers a modern progressive approach to Iberian/Canadian tapas. Salt is a bustling, cozy, communal tapas bar with great energy. Our guests enjoy artisanal cheeses, Iberian charcuterie and an excellent variety of small plate dishes. Chef Dave Kemp is strongly committed to using seasonal and local products whenever possible. Our cellar contains an extensive list of Portuguese and Spanish wines which complement each and every dish.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Salt Wine Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
49 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (43)notable wine list (33)special occasion (24)romantic (23)neighborhood gem (23)good for groups (18)hot spot (12)late-night find (8)vibrant bar scene (5)great for lunch (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • I wanted to impress and I did
    Renata
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I took a very important business partner who is Spanish-Portuguese for dinner there and wanted to have him impressed. He knows his wines and loves cooking - we spent an awesome night there and were very pleased! Filipe is always such a great person to have around, to make suggestions, to talk to - he's the best! Thanks for the awesome service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    we enjoyed the ambience and the food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tremendous Tapas, great service
    Getouthere
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I have been tapas 3 times now the first 2 times for drinks while we waited for a table at another restaurant. The bartenders there are very knowledgable and Salt offers many unique drink recipes The latest visit we dined and enjoyed at least 5 dishes, which is recommended by the server as being suitable for 2 people It is tapas so don't expect to fill up your belly but it is tasty and we can all learn some moderation after all The Patatas Bravas was very very tasty prepared in a red tomato sauce with potatoes it was a great dish I also enjoyed the lobster salad it had a nice kick to it All In all a good time and a good meal
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Touch of Spanish Portugal
    Haggis
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Excellent experience at Salt Wine Bar. From the moment you step through the door. The warm welcome at the bar. The great wait staff. Food delicious and a very enjoyable wine list. Will recommend and will return a lot
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A gem
    Trueax
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    It's so good I don't want people to find out about it, however it's too good not to share. We keep going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • International Host
    Bellafonte
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I was hosting a couple from German and i wanted to give them a taste of Toronto's sophisticated dining experience. Salt was a great choice because it offered a varied wine list and a nuanced food menu with portioning options that encouraged sharing. Also, since there was a language barrier between me and my guests, the intimate ambiance facilitated conversation. Top notch for intimate upscale dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic Tapas
    Healthyyogi
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We went there for a date night on a Sunday and had such a great dinner! Loved the cerviche (grouper), the pork belly was devine, tartare as well. They had a good variety to choose from and our waiter made great recommendations. We were looking for "paleo" options as well which was totally doable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Salt - Amazing
    BermudaAlan
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We booked Salt via opentable, very easy. Received a very polite call a few hours before our reservation reminding us of our booking. Upon entering we were made to feel extremely welcome and the level of service throughout was fantastic. Each course was brought to the table at optimal times so that we were never sitting waiting for a course nor were there courses backed up filling the table and going cold. The ribs were just to die for although it was hard to pick a favorite course as honestly the food was that good. When you dine with a Spaniard and Portuguese and they rave over how good it was then you know Salt are on to a good thing. Would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone and will definitely be going back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chrazz
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This restaurant will be enjoyed by those who like to share and sample a number of small plates. A group of 4 or 6 is ideal as you can try a good selection of varied items. I particularly liked the patates braves and the venison sausage. Having said that, the scallops were perfectly cooked and the accompanying cauliflower was delicious. Our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable reccomending a wine that was very suited to the meal and not overly expensive. Overall a very pleasant experience. The one criticism I have is the volume of the music. The locale is very energetic and fun but the music was so loud it made conversation nearly impossible. This is not a dance club. Turn it down folks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun tapas on Ossington!
    DWMJVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    First time at Salt & we enjoyed our evening & most of the dishes we tried. Our server was distracted as it was busy & we did feel a little hurried but other than that it was a fun restaurant. Not sure we would return so quickly as so many other great tapas places in the city but glad we tried it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Salt is a Ossington gem.
    Dlw0925VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Delicious small plates, strong, reasonably priced wine list with emphasis on Portugal, friendly service and great vibe.
    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 night, great food, great wine
    Twamz
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I reserved a table for 6 for my partners birthday. We had a great night, ate pretty much everything on the menus and had 4 or 5 bottles of wine after a few delicious cocktails. It was all fantastic and the service was friendly, attentive and terrific. My only comment would be to drop the music down a notch. It was just a bit too loud for those at either end of the table of 6 to hear one another. The other nice touch was that they add 18% to the bill (table of 6 +) and they remind you that they have at the time of payment...many times I've mistakenly over tipped without knowing or remembering that the tip has already been added so I liked that touch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    SarahFab
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This was my second time at Salt and as expected, it didn't disappoint. Food is amazing! Doesn't matter which of the small tapas style dishes you order, I haven't had a bad dish there yet. Make sure you make a reservation as both times I've been there (Friday and Saturday night) it's been full. We will definitely be heading back, maybe when the seasonal menu changes again. It's like a new restaurant each time with the same high quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food!
    TanyaVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Visited Salt on a Friday night. Food was really good. Fried chicken and gnocchi were my favourite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice place
    LB83
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food is fantastic and flavorful, service quick and staff intelligent and attentive. Previous reviews make note of the tables spaced closely together, which is true, but we didn't find it an issue. People need to quit being so anti social. Grouper ceviche + Portuguese Verde Vino = fantastic
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • exquisite fare
    tedsmac
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    salt was overall a great experience. Amazing service all working together and the food (tho maybe you'd want to order a couple of each if you're hungry ) was very tasty. My fave was the pork ribs mmmmmm. They let us sample a couple of their house wines before we made up our minds .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • culturelle416
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Service was helpful and friendly. The food was great: we shared several different dishes and each one pleased.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as always!
    TweetyVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I love this place and so does everyone I tell about it. Just tried out their summer menu which was delightful. Highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exquisite!
    Lovegoodfood
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We went to Salt Wine Bar for our first time on Friday night. (July 11) I don't know that I had expectations, but even if I did, Salt would have far surpassed them. From the ambience to the impeccable service to the sumptuous food we were totally blown away. One thing most appreciated - I asked about wine, mentioned the kind of wine I like and the waiter recommended two wines (one red, one white) both of which were exceptional. And they were at the low end of the price range. That's always a bonus when not just the high priced stuff is pushed. It's pricey but well worth every penny for the quality of food and attention if you've got something to celebrate or feel like a splurge!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ossington Gem
    thornhillfoodie
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Salt Wine Bar has definitely earned our respect. The food was amazing! The staff was welcoming, attentive and knowledgeable. We shared 5 menu items(one too many) plus a dessert and each one was a gastronomic delight. We were a little gluttonous due to the fact that everything looked tempting. Great wine list as well. The ambiance was lovely. It was a perfect evening all around. We will most definitely return to indulge in some different choices. It was a wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 66 reviews are from the Salt Wine Bar reviews archive.
  • tdotdinerVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Its a cozy restaurant decorated like a wine cellar...very fitting as its a wine bar. Food and service was very good. However, the portions are exceptionally small....hence the server suggested at least 5-6 dishes for 2 people. We ended going to another restaurant down the strett for a second dinner.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Party of Nine
    confirmedfoodie
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We were a table of nine for my wife's birthday celebration and the venue was perfect for a casual gathering. David did an excellent job of explaining the menu, emphasising that the items are meant for sharing and did a great job of pairing wine with the event. Given the context of the menu being made for sharing it meant an evening of tasting and experiencing many different dishes amongst the party. Great food, great service and a fun and spirited atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Tinks19
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Service, Food and wine were all exceptional. We were so suprised by the size of the food portions for Tapas, they were much larger than expected, beautifully prepared and full of wonderful flavour
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Awesome
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    By far one of Toronto's unsung great restaurants. Everything about this place is great. Also, I'm gluten intolerant and did nt have to worry one bit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Who put the sugar in Salt?
    Strawblad
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Outstanding night out. We love this place. A model of what restaurants in Toronto can be if they try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ossington Oasis
    happyhost
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    I was introduced to Salt when my daughter's boyfriend suggested we celebrate her birthday there a few months back. When my wine discerning colleague from Montreal was looking for a dinner meeting location close by a following concert at The Garrison, we booked a reservation. The combination of a great server, abundant wine and cocktail choice, delectable tapas choices, hit the evening out of the park. My visiting guests were thoroughly impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    gotthemunchies2nite
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    This was our first time for visiting the Salt Wine Bar and I was a little nervous given some reviews that indicated the food was over-priced, the service poor and people being rushed to leave for the next seating. We didn't experience any of these things. Food was great and the portions relatively small but that is what tapas are supposed to be. Our waiter was very attentive and food arrived at a good pace. Would definitely dine here again. Thanks for a great experience!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Late-Night Find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pleasant surprise
    scarlett1
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    we had been told that Salt was an "OK" option for dinner. Although the portions were on the slightly mean side, the taste of the dishes and the quality of the food was dynamite. it will keep us coming back!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Salt - tapas bar
    Carrie
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Great food, great service; however the dishes came one after another and it would have been nice to have a 5 - 10 min break in between some of them.... They need to learn how to pace their food delivery.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Food!
    Muffy
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We really enjoyed our dinner here, and the tapas-style was fun and the cocktails were AMAZING. Neon City? That cocktail was delicious! The only issue we had with our visit was that we were basically rushed out; the waiter brought over our check just as we were about to order more food and drinks. The place is so busy with every table filled, it felt like we were being cleared out for the next seating. Still, it was a great experience with great food and I expect we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Mich
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Salt has very good food with a mix of Spanish and Portuguese. Very lively atmosphere but can be a little too loud at times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was mediocre
    Elcee
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    I've been to almost all the restaurants on that ossington strip and I have to say that salt did not impress me. The food was okay but it was nothing compared to the other tapas style restuarants in that area. The crab avocado salad came with three pieces of tiny avocado. The one at foxley tastes way better an gives you half of an avocado. The ceviche and tuna were good but wasn't mid blowing. Our server recommended the salt cod stuffed poblano peppers and it was just mashed up fish stuffed in a pepper that wasn't that good either. They were really nice and the restaurant was beautiful but I wouldn't go back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Salt experience
    Barstool
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Arrived here exhausted/overtired. The comfortable barstools and the fabulous bartender, who asked me to describe elements of drinks that i like and then spun me up something to match called the Toronto cocktail, were the perfect antidote. Had a great night here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Took our foodie friend to eat at Salt for his birthday and he was happy with the evening. I found the food to be better then average but nothing "wow". Not huge portions which I understand given the tapas style but I think portion sizes could have been a bit more generous. Ordered the paella and wasn't overly impressed with it, however, the rest was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mediocre food at high prices
    Bombi
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    The food was mediocre at best, we had the lobster paella which was soggy and bland and the salt cod filled poblano tasteless! Service is acceptable and desert was good. Overall way too pricey for the quality of food, I would not recommend it to anyone. I'm not going back
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tapas Delight
    SenorTomasVIP
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    Every dish was unique and well presented - need to come back to taste the rest of the menu options. Did wines by the glass and the two I tried were excellent matches for the food we ordered. Lots of unique wines by the bottle, many Portuguese but some good California as well. Monday night was quiet so the service was extremely attentive but I expect it is the same all week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This place was amazing
    ReviewerNickname
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    So- went here with two friends and didn't know what to expect. I've heard the buzz about this place and was excited to try it. Loved that there were lots of veggie options. The churros were ridiculous. I'm doing this no drinking thing and so I was disappointed that I could not partake in the amazing bar, or receive the immense gifts of the (famous) bartender, Nick. He did, however, create a non-alcoholic drink that was so delicious, I could have had a dozen. So yeah- go. If I could bring any food with me to a dessert island it would be the gnocchi. Seriously- it was soooo delicious I dreamt about it that night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mouth Watering Experience
    Priscilla
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Everything from the friendly, attentive service to the bustling energy of the patrons and the ambiance was splendid. Every dish, every succulent ingredient that graced our lips was phenomenal. The winter menu features gnocchi in a porcini cream sauce and the tenderness and texture absolutely melts in your mouth. The braised short ribs were sweet, tender and fell right off the bone. Scrumptious. Worth every penny. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    angela
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Many of the tapas need to be eaten straight away (shrimp, venison, tacos) which is difficult when you have 4 plates in front of you. this means by the time you get to each plate, you have spaetzel that has gone soggy, tacos that are a dripping mess with tortillas that are disintegrating and fried shrimp heads that have lost their crunch. The food was good, but by no means memorable.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Taco
    ELLotus2014
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Great service and ambience. Amazing taco - love the duck confit! D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.