South Park Cafe
South Park Cafe

South Park Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.southparkcafe.com/
  • Phone: 4154957275x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Ward Little
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: Private parties require a "buy-out" of the restaurant.
  • Private Party Contact: Marty Berg 4154957275x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 2nd & 3rd, Brannan & Bryant
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is generally easy.
A word from South Park Cafe
South Park Cafe has been serving rustic French cuisine since 1985. Gourmet Magazine called South Park "One of the best little French restaurants in San Francisco". Michael Bauer says "Feels like a little slice of Paris and the food is as good as ever".
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South Park Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
71 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (54)romantic (35)fit for foodies (35)special occasion (22)notable wine list (12)great for lunch (7)scenic view (2)good for groups (2)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (1)hot spot (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Nightmarish from start to finish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Three of us wedged in at a table designed only for two. Ambient noise level at disco levels, making conversation impossible. My dish, duck confit, advertised to come with potatoes and lentils, was roughly 20% duck, 5% potatoes, and 75% lentils -- a more accurate description would have been "lentil stew". Amiable but forgetful waiter, we had to ask three times for water, lapse between first request and its arrival was over 30 minutes. Cheese plate consisted of one smallish wedge of goat cheese, served with "brandied fruit" (11 raisins soaked in brandy). This place seems vastly overrated.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bland and soft.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Started with the scallop pate. It was a white gelatinous rectangal sitting on a white plate with a thin white sauce, bland and no texture. Should have served with toast as you would real pate. Or not serve it at all! Main course was the "cod served over a crab bisque". Cod skin was burnt black, as if they cooked it under a broiler. Even though it was chared black, it wasn't crisp! Cod skin should be crispy! Then the bisque was actually pinkish broth with overcooked slices of carrot and something that used to be white, maybe onion? Not sure. Finished the meal with apple crepe. Filling was applesauce, not apples! Only hilight of the evening was the nice bottle of wine we picked out. Recommended if you have no teeth.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A bit of Paris in SF
    MamaG
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Right on South Park, a good little restaurant where you feel like you're in the middle of Paris. Food is consistently good and wine list is reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice romantic place
    rb25
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Came here on a Saturday night and ordered the lamb and steak. The lamb came with lots of beans and potatoes, but the lamb itself was a bit of a disappointment as it was covered in sauce and the meat was dry. The steak on the other hand was good and came with a bunch of crunchy fries that my girlfriend really liked. For desert, we had the apple crepe with honey ice cream. The crepe was decent but I really liked the honey flavored ice cream. The lights inside the restaurant was a bit too dark and made me really drowsy but overall it has nice and romantic.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mini French Vacation
    joy2din
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    A wonderful French Bistro in the City for a mini French Vacation. Yummy food, delicious wine, and excellent service. With the fresh rose on your table and the romantic lighting you may fall in love again. And it is even a great place to dine by yourself. The neighborhood makes you feel like you are walking a side street in Paris. I shall be returning for many mini French vacations in the City; and it is a short walk from public transportation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Five Stars
    RegularDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Five stars says it. Their price listing is $$$ which about right in comparison to other SF restaurants I frequent in this category. The competitors tend to be bigger, are in higher-rent areas, rely on a faster turnover of tables and draw a less sophisticated clientele overall. South Park Café offers a price-fixe which is a darn good deal. Alcohol (as everywhere) can quickly bump up your tab. South Park Café comfortably sustains a five star in food, service and ambiance over several years. Bravo to that great team.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorite SF restaurants
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    WE had another excellent dinner here. The food was excellent as usual. Our server was great. She was very helpful & attentive to our requests. This is one of our favorite restaurants in SF. We try new ones about 50% of the time but this is one of the ones we keep coming back to due to the consistency of the food, the small neighborhood feel & the staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming neighborhood cafe
    BerkeleyFoodie
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I brought foodie friends from Japan here on their last night after a month-long visit. They loved the setting, the small scale, and the food...and discovering a spot their guidebook would likely not have suggested. We found the prix fixe 3-course option quite reasonable and left satisfied, not stuffed. This is not the place for a quick bite, though; with only two waiters, our three courses (no wine, few questions) took two hours. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Merci!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden SF gem
    BerkeleyDave
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Wonderful food, not flashy but expertly prepared. And a great value by SF standards. This place reminds me of small family restaurants in France in both spirit and execution. Wonderful service, and an atmosphere that allows conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great afordable french cusine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Super from great bread and butter to delicious dessert. Duck confit was remarkable. Will go with friends and family again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • diner99VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    A really nice place in a hidden park. Food is not haute cuisine, not "foody modern", just very well prepared and delicious French favorites. Ambiance is quite French and staff are pleasant and professional. We liked it a lot. (Obviously)
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice French Bistro in SF
    Dinerpro
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Really nice, cozy restaurant with good food very reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place, wonderful service
    CSA7
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Food was great, atmosphere was great, and they were very accommodating when one of us was running very late and had to push back the reservation.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unfortunate Fist Experience
    tccruns
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Had to send the shrimp back twice because they were cold in the middle and our female waiter never said I am sorry or apologized. Then when the check is presented, not even a thank you. Why are restaurants and there servers like this. Will not be returning.
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  • grrrrreat!
    knetwothree
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Stew was awesome! My boyfriend keeps on asking me to make him more:) I wish there were more vegetarian options though!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific neighborhood spot
    ChuckZVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Always one of my favorites in San Francisco for an informal dinner. The food is interesting and variable, and never disappoints. Not pretentious or super fancy, just good and tasty. There is always something everyone will like. The wine list is short, but very well chosen, interesting, goes with the food and fairly priced. Everyone who works here is friendly and a pleasure to deal with. The chef and the host have been here for many years, as have some of the waiters. The location on South Park is pleasant and convenient, at least when there is no Giants game. This restaurant has a very friendly and relaxed vibe. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This restaurant has a nice neighborhood kind of feel, food and service were good. Prices were reasonable and worth the effort to get there from across town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Traditional bistro
    Feldman
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Maybe the best of South Park is that it does not fall in many of your above categories. Just a good french-style bistro fare. Well prepared food without attempting to be flashy. No square plates or oversize bowls. For my taste, I consider South Park a true "gem".
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorite restaurant
    Foodlovers
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We keep coming back to this restaurant for his constant quality of food, service and ambiance at a reasonable price for SF. We always love the pig salad, and the variety of entrees. Keep up the good work and we will keep coming back. Annie and Michael
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perennially reliably good
    Beeniles
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    When I lived in the city, South Park was a favorite little known secret on the edges of no mans land. Now as a result of development, it's central and accessible from South Beach and the ballpark yet it somehow retains that hidden gem appeal. This restaurant has been a go to favorite for literally decades. I had not been there in a long time and it was as good as I remembered. The prix fixe for $39 gets you three courses and wine is generously poured by the glass. Tables are closely placed but not too close. Intimate surroundings. Great service. The only demerit was the warm goat cheese salad. The crouton was burned. I would not have served it and there was slightly too much dressing. Otherwise a lovely meal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • persistantly great
    fussbudget
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I've been coming here, when I could, for nearly 30 years, and have never had food or wine that weren't very, very satisfying. Same for service, ambiance, cleanliness, variety of preparations, etc., etc.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cute, tucked away place in SOMA
    Alfie
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Food was great, service was fast, and overall, it was a reasonable price (at least by SF standards). I wouldn't call it a crazy standout, but definitely an enjoyable evening and a solid meal! Worth a visit if you are in the SOMA area.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Feels like a French cafe
    JanButlerVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Pig salad was wonderful! Main course was hanger steak which was also delicious. The big disappointment was the salmon. It was fishy - not fresh. Service was great.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely, tasty and quiet
    eatwellVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Enjoyed a quiet, delicious meal in a small, neighborhood spot. Food was prepared simply and well. The pate appetizer was excellent as was the duck entree. The salmon dish was not quite up to par. The zucchini accompanying the salmon was not great. Otherwise our dining experience was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • SOMA delight
    donald
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    After reading the Yelp reviews on South Park, we decided to have dinner there and were not disappointed. Our server was friendly and engaging. The food was an absolute delight! We had The Pig Salad and Pork & Duck Pate to start and both were equally amazing but the dressing gave the salad the edge. Mains were duck confit and hangar steak. Again, duck confit was moist and full of flavour with the lentils soaking up all the jus and the steak was tender and done just right. Kudos to the chef and staff for a true french bistro experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EddieVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    South Park Cafe is one of my favorite restaurants in the neighborhood, with friendly service and consistently reliable food that is simply prepared and delicious, every time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Local favorite!
    Flowergirl53
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    This is another lovely local place, like a little French cafe. South Park is an oasis, (if you can overlook the local seedy characters) of a quiet park setting amidst urban sterile buildings. The food is so delicious and reasonably priced. The best deal in the City may be the prix fixe for $39. Octopus salad is wonderful. The crispy pork belly appetizer is a must. The food is carefully prepared and presentation is outstanding. A great spot!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • comfy and cozy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    This restaurant is a hidden gem, with great service and park location it's ideal for a romantic 'get away'. The food is suburb and constantly changing which can both be bad and good because your delicious dish that you order might not be there next time around!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A bit of Paris
    Fernando
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Returned to S.P.Cafe after many years! It is a gem hidden in the south part of the city! Expect that my 82nd Bday will be spent there! When I was working, it was a lunch destination and occasionally for dinner. Glad to have rediscovered it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • South Parky
    Andy
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    This restaurant fits South Park like a nice garden party hat. The food is tasty, the choices just right. The staff are friendly, neighborly, in fact, and seem interested in making your party happy. It is noisy, mainly because of acoustics, but also because they have a lot of tables in a fairly small space. It is part of a neighborhood restaurant ambience, so in most cases it is not so bad, except for the occasional screechy laugher (screech laughing on both inhales and exhales LOL).
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love South Park Cafe
    joanne
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    I have been going to South Park Cafe for many years. I love the food, the ambience, and the owners (Marty and Ward, the chef). I always get the three-course prix fixe menu, and I always start off with the Pig Salad ... it's delicious. Then I usually get the fish entree, which is always great, no matter which type of fish it is. My favorite entree of all times was the rack of lamb with baked macaroni and cheese ... alas, not on the menu now, but hopefully will return some day. I also usually eat a good sampling of everything my dining partner orders ... last week's veal ribs were terrific, as was the smoked trout appetizer. I also have a glass of Sancerre, a really tasty white wine. I feel at home there, and welcomed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 40 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 556 reviews are from the South Park Cafe reviews archive.
  • best kept secret
    cbgb2VIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Most people don't know that South Park even exists. For a relaxing, neighborhood restaurant with fantastic food you can't beat it! I hope it never gets too popular as tables will be hard to get :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gem
    Cat11
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    A secret spot located on a hidden park in the City. Small selection but the dishes are well prepared and presented. Very friendly staff. Reservations are a must.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Choco
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Has been a favorite for more than 25 years!! The waitress is always good humored and fun, the food always delicious. Feels like you're in a corner of Paris.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Environment
    Jeffm
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The neighborhood and the restaurant and both attractive. We started with the pate' which was delicious. Then we split the mussels which were really good but a bit bland. Perhaps a little more garlic in the sauce would have made it better. I had the hanger steak which was perfectly cooked and the sauce was amazing. My partner had the duck breast. He loved the duck breast, it was perfectly cooked, but thought the sweet cabbage was way too sweet. The good thing about the sweet cabbage was that we didn't need desert. The wait staff was fantastic. Very accomodating. The restaurant interior is very warm and inviting. If people weren't speaking English, I could have imagined we were in Paris.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently outstanding
    Saundra
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We have dined at South Park for a dozen years, and have never been disappointed. Ward's amazing creations are consistently fresh and ever so French. This last visit was no exception: the meal shone, and the service was better than ever. Thank you again for a memorable meal and experience at So Park Cafe.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Elegant and Simple
    RegularDinerVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    It simply doesn't get better whether one is dining alone, as a couple or with a group of friends. They have a price fixe which is nice to consider if one is into adding a dessert.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It makes for a good dinner
    ARTFOCUS
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    It makes for a good dinner experience when the staff and kitchen are accommodating. I asked for something that was not on the menu and they delivered with a smile.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • We appreciated that South
    Choco
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    We appreciated that South Park Cafe accommodated our large party of 7. Our server was patient and funny and it was a great evening! Like being in a neighborhood in the 6th or 7th in Paris. Great food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was I in Paris?
    1santarosagirl
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    I had lived many years in the City, but was now out of touch with the restaurants. What a wonderful surprise! South Park was a charming little neighbor hood, and the Cafe was so comfortable there. The decor was minimalist but very tasteful and warm. Our meal was a a terrific hit. My friend and I ordered the 'pig salad' to share as it seemed to be a favorite in the reviews. The crispy pig morsels were amazing, especially when combined with the apples, frisee, and mustard vinaigrette. My hanger steak arrived perfectly cooked in a wine reduction sauce to die for. My friend ordered the halibut on a bed of spinach and she was totally delighted. Our service was perfect without being intrusive and the wine list was just right.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.