Sava's

Sava's

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://savasrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7346232233
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Everyday: 8:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Everyday: 10:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Everyday: 3:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Sava Lelcaj
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Our simply elegant and affordable catering style is suitable for all of your specific needs. Please look through our catering ideas at savasrestaurant.com while keeping in mind that menus can be tailored to your specific needs. We invite you to create a menu of your own or work
    directly with our staff to design the perfect combination for your event. If interested, contact us via savascatering@gmail.com
  • Private Party Facilities: We host parties of 20 in a secluded back room as well as an upstairs mezzanine with a capacity of 75.
  • Private Party Contact: Felicia Viening & Sarah Fennel 7346232233
  • Entertainment: Information available at www.savasrestaurant.com.
  • Special Events: Join us for happy hour, Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 6:00pm for half off of all wine by the glass, half off of our entire beer selection, and $3.00 off of our specialty cocktails, mixed drinks and spirits.

    Feeling a bottle? Each and every Sunday evening from 5:00 until 10:00pm we offer half off wine by the bottle. Can't finish it? Don't worry, we will cork it and send it off with you to enjoy the rest at home.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: State & Liberty / Huron
  • Public Transit: Lines 609 and 18 stop less than a block the the North on Huron, and Lines 4 and 3 stop on Liberty. Also, the Blake Transit Center located at 4th and William have regular incoming and outgoing buses from the greater Ann Arbor area. More information is available at www.theride.org.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street and Ann Arbor Public Parking are both available within steps of Sava"s. If you can't find a spot out front, the Liberty Square and Maynard parking structures are just a block away. Maps can be found at www.a2dda.org.
A word from Sava's
Sava"s Restaurant, originally Sava's State Street Cafe, opened June of '07 at a small location across from our current space. We started small, every year adding, changing, and working with our customers to achieve an atmosphere and menu that we were proud of. The quaint cafe was merely a jumping off point for the elaborate expansion that later followed. In August of '09 we opened Sava's Restaurant in the beautiful location we're in today, making a name for ourselves based on great service, a young, welcoming atmosphere, & delicious dishes.
We cater to a wide range of clientele, including students, professors, townies, out-of-towners – we open our doors to everyone. From our eclectic menu our best dishes are homemade, with quality ingredients from local vendors. We like Michigan beef, produce, and beer! Join us and experience Sava's for yourself!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Sava's reviews from OpenTable diners
167 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (85)great for lunch (68)great for brunch (63)neighborhood gem (59)great for outdoor dining (57)special occasion (55)good for groups (46)hot spot (40)romantic (32)vibrant bar scene (31)notable wine list (23)late-night find (22)kid-friendly (15)scenic view (10)Show More
  • Food that melts in your mouth
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We had short ribs, tuna tartare, a panini, brussel sprouts and the tacos to share. Everything was great. We will go back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • localdiner
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We have eaten at Sava often. It is the only restaurant in the area that will take a reservation. The food was overall good, but one person's chicken was not cooked through. I had a delicious pasta dish that I have almost every time I eat there. The service is always good and we get the booth which we ask for when we make the reservation. the restaurant is very pleasant but very noisy. We are all older and there are a lot of young people there who don't mind the noise and have a great time!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Full Moon Cause of Bad Night?
    Zita
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We were looking forward to a nice pre-concert dinner, but ended up with a very disappointing meal. Service was extremely slow. Our choice of appetizers sounded great, but were poorly executed. Short rib pierogies were dry on the inside and the dough was too thick and dry also. I doubt if they were ever boiled. The tuna tartar was served poke style with seaweed and taro chips, but the tuna was totally lacking seasoning, cried out for soy. The goat cheese tart was heavy, more like a cheesecake. Entrees were better but overpriced, as was the wine. Half way through we were assigned a new waitress who worked hard to turn it around and comped us a few of the items we had complained about. I'm glad the concert was fabulous and saved the night.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find
    Ggwillis
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We stumbled upon Sava walking from the Campus Inn. We went before the game, after game and for a night cap after dinner! Then back for brunch the next morning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favourite Spot. Love Sava's!
    hg80
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Excellent food, excellent drinks! The place gets very busy so either make a reservation or expect a short wait. The bar is, conveniently, right at the entrance for you while you are waiting. Just about everything is worth trying. Haven't been disappointed with anything yet!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bill
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    When visiting Ann Arbor we always visit Sava at least once, it never dissapoints
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love Everything Here
    newfavplace
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The restaurant is beautiful and although busy made my fiance and I feel special and focused on. The food was extravagant . . . If you like basic foods it might not be the place for you as they think outside the box and give many choices, but everything is exceptional and a new experience! I would reccomend Sava for romantic evenings as well as friends getting together tasting and trying new things and wine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good!
    lorch
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food is always good and service nice…portions are a bit small for the price but it's worth it, anyway.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Trendy Spot
    Fashionista365
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Stylish place that's convenient and open late with interesting casual fare.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best in Ann Arbor
    MNFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I have been coming to Ann Arbor for four years and during each stay will eat at Sava's. The meal selections have always been eclectic, well presented and most importantly tasted great. The service is attentive and the atmosphere in the restaurant is inviting and fun. The menue is always being updated and the food quality and dining experience has been consistently great since my first meal.n If you are looking for a great meal and evening out in Ann Arbor, Sava's is the place to go.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautifully decorated
    FriendswithFood
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I reserved this restaurant for a Girls Night Out - party of 4. The restaurant is just as beautiful as the pictures show. One surprise was the quaint outdoor seating. The unfortunate surprise was the inconsistency in quality of food. Two of our appetizers had great potential but ended up way over done (the server also asked for our opinion so this was explained to her). Everyone enjoyed their entrees - portions were mediocre. Our server was attentive and professional. I would try this restaurant again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not entirely pleased
    windancer17
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I was celebrating my birthday and for an appetizer, we ordered their risotto balls, they were out of them. For an entrée, I had miso salmon which was undercooked, the broccoli was barely blanched and took forever to chew, and the whole dish was drenched in salt and decently over seasoned. Had their house class for a drink and it was extremely strong. I'm a rum drinker and thought it was in excess. Overall, wasn't thrilled. The only thing going for that place on that particular night was the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding brunch!
    coachsok
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    First time for the Sunday brunch and it was everything and more that people said. Outstanding selection of nicely displayed foods -- something for everyone!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice lunch spot
    mj2203
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This was our first time at Sava's. It was recommended by friends that live in Ann Arbor. We wanted a nice place for lunch before the soccer game. It was perfect. The food was delicious and the service was great. After we were seated, we had to move from a table to a booth, so that they could accommodate another party. We received complimentary desserts for that. That was a nice touch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pettimaxVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Excellent as usual Always enjoy your new selections
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Nothing great but nothing bad. Would stay away from the brussel sprouts though - too greasy. Overall, significantly overpriced for the quality of food and experience.
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  • great experience
    SpringskierVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    THE FOOD at Sava's is remarkable! each dish is made with attention to detail. the service was just about perfectly timed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Nice setting and good service . Food was good and prompt.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Robbie
    Yummy
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Delicious food. Great combinations and choices. Colorful presentation and portions generous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as always
    Magglio
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Have been to Sava's several times and it NEVER disappoints! The menu is interesting, but has plenty of classics with/without a twist for those not so daring. The service is ALWAYS excellent and when the weather cooperates, it's lovely to dine outside.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CitychicVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I've been to the restaurant many times but this was my first trip to the Sunday buffet breakfast. The food was fantastic and very obviously all made in-house. Everything I sampled was delish. There were many choices on the day I was there including several egg dishes (scambled eggs, strata and a lovely egg casserole made with phyllo dough), chicken piccatta, a fish dish, pad thai, and all the accompanying side dishes. Starters included oysters, peel-and-eat shrimp, grilled vegetables, salads, deviled eggs and many more. The desserts won my heart. I loved the small sizes as it allowed for more tastings. The buffet price includes basic beverages - coffee, tea, milk and soda. For a $1 you can also enjoy bloody marys and mimosas.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner post AA art fair
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Food was excellent, server was cold and offputting. Would not respond when you asked for something or placed an order for food, just stared at you, which was strange. The food was fresh and very good however and that's why we go there. Fresh flower displays throughout the restaurant were a nice summery touch as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but pricey
    ypsiguy
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food was good. Not phenomenal, but definitely enjoyable. I was expecting a little bit more quality for the price, honestly. The ravioli was good, but not $2 per each little ravioli good. The seafood pasta was very expensive. There were a couple pieces of seafood, but the pasta was nothing special. The polenta fries were the only thing we ordered that I felt were worth the expense. The atmosphere was also a little too, I don't know how to put it... yuppie? modern? The music was mostly inoffensive techno, the seats are all upholstered in pleather. Like maybe well-off Gen-X professionals would enjoy it. I personally like a little more of a rustic feel. The staff were very friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love this place!
    JimLevVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Every time I travel to Ann Arbor I visit this place... Love the brunch!!! Sever was great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always outstanding
    foodfanatic
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Always my first recommendation when people ask about Ann Arbor dining. Great wait staff and amazing food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beware
    Mick
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We enjoyed the food and the atmosphere at Sava's, but I feel compelled to warn future diners that the menu on their website contains lower than actual prices. Every item I wanted to order cost more at the restaurant than I expected from viewing the web menu. Wine especially was more expensive, and the bottle I pre-selected was no longer available. One other thing - they do not serve bread! Nothing to eat as you sip a pre dinner glass of wine unless you order an appetizer. I had the capellini (which was wonderful) but without bread, I felt like a heathen. We also had the feeling that we were being rushed through the experience (no time to enjoy). Again, we enjoyed the food, but I feel like the price changes should be mentioned.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • amazing and unique!
    chellelouise
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Sava's was excellent. I went with my mom and we ordered delicious fish tacos and very flavorful wild mushroom spaghettini. The creme brule had an interesting balsamic glaze and it was the best creme brule I've ever tasted. It was so good, we went back a couple days later and got drinks. I recommend the margaritas, it may be the strangest Margarita recipe, but it works very well and it's well worth the 9 bucks. If I'm ever in Ann Arbor again, this will be the FIRST place I go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • chic in every category!
    findsinfoods
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    we found Sava's online randomly when visiting the city for a concert. What a lucky find! the specialty drink menu was so unusual that I tried two different cocktails and usually only drink wine. Both were amazing. Our server was efficient, friendly, and very knowledgeable regarding food and drink. Although obviously busy, she treated us like we were her family. The food is exotic but domestic enough to be very enjoyable and in a satifying portion; and I can't adequately describe the artistic presentation. We dined outside and it was casual but classy and very European in ambiance. I specifically recommend their rendition of Long Island Ice Tea called State Street Tea. Will try to copy it at home!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Find
    sunnydiva72
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    This was an amazing restaurant and the food was everything I expected, if not more. We had an amazing time and out hostess, Martha, was so friendly and funny. Will definitely recommend and visit again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food but service is not
    Oozie
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Brunch food is excellent. But not friendly service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Lee96
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    It was my friend and I's first time at Sava's. We were nervous about the different flavor combinations on the menu but the food was delicious. The restaurant was beautiful and lively and it was a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • one good, one bad
    Michael
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    My wife had an excellent salmon here, but I had a very disappointing burger. I asked for medium rare and got something past medium. No juice left in burger, which was also a very small one for the price.
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  • Great food, decent service
    Elle
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    The menu is creative and unique. The hostess was incredibly friendly and accommodating. However, our waiter forgot our drinks and food requests. We would still go back though!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    JohnnyB
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We just had dinner for the first time at Sava's on Saturday, June 28th. LOVE it! Our food was very good. And the service, JB was the best! Great ambiance! Will definitely go there again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible service and mediocre food
    Chem4life
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    All of my dishes were mediocre. They were not great but not horrible. However, the person I was eating with had a terrible lobster ravioli. It was borderline inedible and she left more than half of it on the plate. It was also a very small portion size. The service was bad as well. Our waiter seemed to really rush us through dinner, bringing our main courses out when we had eaten less than half of our appetizers. He was also very inattentive, only around to take our order and bring our food. This was the second time I've been to Sava's for dinner and while the service the first time was better, the food was equally subpar. For the price and quality of food, there are many other restaurants I would much rather go to in AA.
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  • Really, really great!
    EktehVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Went there for a late breakfast/early March in late June Friday. Not crowded at all. Service was wonderful food was terrific even the soft-rock music was absolutely great. Sat indoors, outside look lovely as well. Very clean, really nice ambience. Looks like it could be very noisy when busy.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food & even better service !!
    JohnnyB
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Johnny B was our waiter, very fun & had great suggestions! Would definitely dine here again (& request John's section)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A home run!
    coachsok
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Sava's never disappoints. The attentive service and outstanding food and drink brings us back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • one of our faves
    foodvacation
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Always accommodating with great atmosphere and even better food. We love this place and always have something new every visit and it's always been delicious.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sava's spreading herself too thin
    silverfoxaa
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    When it started out, Savas food was consistently good...... Now it!s slipping...... My hamburger was pretty good and medium rare as I requested, but we should have sent the beet salad back......it was totally over saturated with dressing and had some nasty little brown, mushy balls of something about which we never did get an answer from the waiter . Noise level high even though it wasn't that full....
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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