Sow's Ear

Sow's Ear

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://sowseardurango.com/
  • Phone: 9702473527
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: George Mehaffie
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, View, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Wedding receptions, company parties, family reunions, rehearsal dinners, birthday's, anniversaries. The Sows Ear is available for all type of private functions with the chefs creating personalized menus for you in a variety of price ranges. Renting the whole restaurant or just reserving a large table, your party will be delighted with the spectacular views, delectable food and excellent service!
  • Private Party Contact: George Mehaffie 970 2473527

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Located inside the Silver Pick Lodge
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Sow's Ear
Sow's Ear Restaurant, established in 1986, is located in the Silverpick Lodge, one mile south of Durango Mountain Resort. Set amongst the beautiful San Juan mountains, the Sow's Ear is the longest running restaurant in the area with a new owner and head chef George Mehaffie taking over in May 2008 bringing new ideas and fresh seasonal menus to the restaurant, while continuing the tradition of "the best steaks on the mountain". Come up and see us and enjoy a unique mountain dining experience.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Sow's Ear reviews from OpenTable diners
18 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (17)special occasion (11)fit for foodies (8)neighborhood gem (8)good for groups (5)romantic (5)hot spot (3)notable wine list (3)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • What's not to like?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This was not my first time at Sow's Ear but it was the best by far. Previously, my experiences had been marred by poor service and good but not superior meals. Not so this time. From the moment we walked in the door we were treated graciously and promptly by our excellent server. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. The Elk is one of the best meals I have ever tasted. If you are in or near Durango, this is not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem
    Queenone
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We travel to Durango several times a year and we never skip eating here. The food and service never disappoint. It is also wonderful that they always have several options from their small plates offering. This time we ordered quail and fish. It was all excellent. The view iand food is not to be missed!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine dining & kids loved it too
    Losttexans
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    After a few nights of family meals in Durango, we were looking for a step up. Sow's Ear came highly recommended by the folks we rented from, and it really delivered. From the moment you step in, you are captivated by terrific views of the mountains out the large windows on 3 sides of the restaurant. We enjoyed the fresh baked bread, and then the Ahi tuna special and the gorgonzola salad as starters. Kids menu offered everything from chicken tenders to filet, and our kids cleaned their plated. I had a delicious salmon entrée with corn polenta. My wife had the small plate salmon with a delicious risotto. We were delighted with the whole experience. We would definitely return on future visits to Durango.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Well, you ARE in Durango!
    PrimetimeVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Less than a mile from the "not quite Telluride, nowhere near Vail" ski area called Durango Mountain Resort is this delightful gem of a restaurant. Dine at Purgy's in the Resort and you get a $22 burger and drink that requires a thirty minute wait, NO follow up (never ask for ketsup!), and non existent service. The mountain staff is made up of youngsters who would MUCH rather be on a dirt bike or a pair of skis, and the resulting service reflects that clearly. So how in the world Sow's Ear - drawing from the same labor pool - pulls off the presentation of elegance, attentiveness, and great food (and wine) is a mystery. Great job, George, you are marvelous, keep it up!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MUSTGOTOSOWSEAR
    DINERDUDE
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Our third visit to Sow's Ear and it gets better with each visit. The menu is varied enough not to be the same things every visit. Best martini in Durango and very good wine selections. Top notch restaurant!
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant on the hill.
    BobG
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Outstanding.................................., as usual..............................................................
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    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Steak
    tandt25th
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Great service,fantastic view. Everything we wanted away from crowds.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We will return, again and again
    MountainLocal
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We have been going to the Sow's Ear for years and it gets better every year. We were there with friends Saturday night and booked our reservations for a group to return Thursday night. Looking forward to going again says it all!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    Hamilton2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We discovered this amazing restaurant a few years ago and we have been several times since and have never been disappointed...in fact it just gets better every time we go. The steak is to die for, service is always pleasant, the mountain views are amazing, very romantic, and the homemade chocolate chip cookie is always a great finish to a wonderful meal. I would recommend Sow's Ear to anyone in question. You have to try it for yourself to understand.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant on the hill.
    BobG
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Sow's Ear combines good food, ambience, good service (almost always), wonderful host, Chrissy. Our favorite restaurant near Durango Mt Resort.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pevish
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Whether visiting the Durango area or if you are a local celebrating a special occasion, dining at the Sow's Ear is a memorable evening that will bring you back again and again. The waitstaff is very attentive and the food preparation impecible. There will be something on the menu for everyone to enjoy. The Sow's Ear is located in the middle of the San Juan Moutains so the scenery is breath taking. Though the Sow's Ear can seat quite a few people, I would recommend a reservation.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food Decent But Service Lackluster
    sfdinerVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    The food here was not bad and the view quite nice. But the servers were just not well trained and committed a couple of my service "pet peeves." When will owner/managers teach their young employees that the answer to "thank you" is not "no problem" but instead "you're welcome" or "my pleasure"? We were treated to a string of 30 or so "no problems" in a row. And when will servers be taught that it's impolite to remove one diner's plate while another is still eating? Sure enough I was asked "can I get this out of your way?" when we weren't both finished. Am I being too harsh on a casual vacation destination restaurant? I don't think so. Service training and service etiquette is pretty easy to teach if anyone cares enough to do so.
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  • Another great dinner
    SueBVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We eat here every time we are in town. I love the small plates so I have room for appetizers and dessert. This last time we had appetizer of salami crisp with fondue. It melted in the mouth. We both had small plate of salmon which was delicious. Nice wine list
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Sow's Ear
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Every time we visit our home in the mountains we make it a point to eat at the Sow's Ear. It is one of our favorite eating places in Durango and highly recommend it for those of you visiting Durango for the first time. Keep up the great work George!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good!
    DenverVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We visit this restaurant every time we are in Durango. Food is consistently good, staff are super friendly and they have a great reasonably priced wine list. Views are amazing!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 3 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4
    • Service5
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 81 reviews are from the Sow's Ear reviews archive.
  • Night Out
    Happy
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Perfect for a night out in the mountains! Food & atmosphere were fantastic!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ScenicPurgatory
    Linda
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    We spent 4 glorious days skiing in Purgatory and had dinner at this charming restaurant on our last evening. The view is extraordinary!!! We had a table surrounded by windows to the snowy mountains and were never aware of anyone else around us. Our friend ordered the calamari appetizer and my husband ordered the roasted beet salad. The 4 of us shared both plates and weren't disappointed. The entrees and desserts were equally delightful. Loved our final dinner in this lovely spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Hidden Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    A little bit off the beaten path but well worth the drive. A classy little gem with a touch of rustic elegance. The food was upscale, delicious, wonderfully prepared, and nicely presented. The menu offers a spectrum of beef, fish, pork, and elk with size offerings for the lighter appetites. Staff was very friendly and prompt.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love sows ear!
    Martha
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Sows ear is the perfect place for a nice dinner. Food is always amazing and service is great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome dinner!
    RoamingTexans
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    We had the filet mignon which was absolutely amazing! The view of teh mountains nearby added to the dining experience as the sun set behind us. Cannot wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We live several miles from
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We live several miles from Durango and my wife and I try once a month to go to Durango for a nice meal. Sows Ear is an extra thirty minutes from down town Durango but was well worth the time. The beef cuts are amazing as well as the sauces were very well prepared. We enjoyed the meal and the service was very good. Entrees came out at the right time and the staff never rushed us even for a busy Friday night. We will be back soon.
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    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food great, bar service...meh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We had a room and a reservation for dinner for Valentine's day, and the menu was delicious. We were seated next to friends of ours, and they had just received their drinks as we were placing our order. Our friend had a blue cheese stuffed olive in his martini, which is my husband's favorite, so he asked for the same. We were told the bartender "no longer wanted to make those, too busy", and we were refused. (strange, since it had been merely 2 minutes since our friend had been served) We thought that an odd way to cultivate a good customer service experience. The meal itself was good, the waitress was friendly and apologetic. I though that the bartender's inability to be acomodationg was an uncomfortable position to put her in.
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    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Restaurant on the Mountain!
    DenverVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Not to be missed if you are staying on the mountain. Steaks are perfectly prepared and much care goes into the side dishes. Great views.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was good. The wine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    The food was good. The wine list was good but every bottle we ordered they were out. They did give us an expense bottle for a lesser charge. They charged us to stuff 4 olives with blue chesse Not sure why. We had some questionable charges on our ticket but overall the food was good.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best on tthe mountain
    BobG
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Thanks to the careful attention of manager, Chrissy, the Sow's Ear is THE place to go near Durango Mountain Resort. We go every time we're here.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mountainside & Great Food
    nordicaVIP
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    Sow's Ear has terrific elk and the calamari app is well prepared and crispy. Enjoy well prepared steaks in a rustic mountain setting, good job to the chef and owners in keeping quality up!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    Had dinner with another couple at the end of a ski trip to Purgatory. Wonderful atmosphere, very good food and service. We highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth the drive up from Durango!
    durangogal
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    We had a wonderful evening at the Sow's Ear. The menu was interesting and the service good. We loved the 'small plate' option. As vegetarians, we chose roasted beet and chèvre salad followed by the ravioli entree. The fig and shallot white sauce on the raviolis was delightful. I would encourage the Sow's Ear to offer more meatless options on their menu. Our friends had the small plate tenderloin and were delighted to find the meat was perfectly cooked and each bite delicious. New York cheesecake with blueberries followed. By the time we were ready to leave, the restaurant was packed. Everyone seemed to be having a great time. The atmosphere is lively as it appears there were several large groups there from the ski area. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Night out
    Momsnightout
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Tasty steaks and sides. Great for a special night out but a little pricey for just a regular dinner.Will come again for sure when we come again to ski!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Excellent Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    Food, service and ambience were all great. We skied in the afternoon so that we could stop there for dinner. We had reservations for 5 pm but got there at 4:30 and expected to have to wait at the bar. However, Chrissy seated us at a table right away and attended to our orders without making us wait until 5, when the restaurant actually opens. We had the calamari appetizer based on an OpenTable review, and it was the best we've had anywhere. I had the baby spinach salad recommended by Chrissy, and again it was the best. I had the ribeye, a thick portion done to perfection, and my husband had the special, sea bass with crispy skin. It was fabulous, very tender meat and the crispy skin added wonderful texture. We enjoyed dining there.
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    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Sow's Ear
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    The dinner and wine was amazing and the soup (sweet and sour) was the best I've ever had! I love this place and highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our special Family birthday
    brian
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    Our special Family birthday dinner at the end of December..hoping for a great dining experience with our sons…but it was VERY noisy…food was fine, not great, but overpriced and overall not impressed. We did like the fact that all the food is local.
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  • No Personal Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    I made our reservation and had indicated we had just got married and this was our first dinner and was hoping for a nice quiet table. When we arrived, no one acknowledged us as a married couple, never once mentioned anything. In addition, it took 1 hr & 15 mins to get our food. It's like they didn't even care about acknowledging us for our marriage or that the food was late. They cited a 17 member table that caused our food to be late. It was very disappointing.
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  • Great Ambiance, Friendly Staff
    TeleMarkR
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Calamari appetizer was cooked to perfection, and was delicious. Beet salad and mixed greens were bountiful. Steak was very flavorful and cooked right. Wines by the glass were excellent choices. Only complaint would be that the Kale was a bit salty. Staff was very friendly and accommodating.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite place on the mtn
    Dgomel
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Great food great service... Anytime we head over the mtn to silverton we try to time it to eat at sow's! Worth it everytime
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect every time!
    local
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    Sow's Ear has never disappointed. Great food, great service. My longtime personal favorite is the Filet au Poive.
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    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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  • ok
    OkOk
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    We have been there many many times over the years and this was the worst experience we have had. Waited twenty minutes for our table and service was lacking. Out of several items we wanted and the food lacked. The flavor was just ok tasted this time more like a Omaha Steak.
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  • overall slow service. disjointed
    Troutlover
    Dined on 9/4/2013
    Our waitress was never around too much she gave us about 30 seconds each time and rushed off again. It is like we were always an afterthought other people were her priority not us. One gentleman didn't even have silverware by the time dinner was served he had to get up and get it - that is ridiculous. We were sold cookies that take eight minutes to cook but apparently it takes 24 minutes to be delivered. When we made a reservation we told them it was for a birthday celebration however they made no mention of this fact. They also could have sold more cocktails had she been a bit more prompt and attentive to our needs. Each time she came to our table we felt like she was just rushing over and rushing away as soon as she could.
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  • Consistently great!
    tiffmooseVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2013
    Been coming to Sow's Ear for years and it's still one of my most favorite restaurants ever!
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    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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  • Great cooking and mountain views
    nordicaVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2013
    Excellent cooking by Chef George Mahaffey, the roast quail w/ chanterelles was superbly cooked and the salads were flavorful and fresh. The elk tenderloin w/ blueberries was superb, tender and 'elkey'...as was the steak au poivre. Friendly service and great views. The desserts were the only disappointment, the carrot cake was moist and dense, pan-style but a bit simple in flavor. The panna cotta was a bit grainy and the gelée crown was a good idea but a bit sweet. I think the desserts can be refined to match the quality of the savory courses and all will be good at the Sow's Ear. Good job!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.