SPQR
SPQR

SPQR

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.spqrsf.com/
  • Phone: 415-771-7779 x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5:30pm-10:30pm and Sunday 5:30pm-10:00pm
    Lunch: Saturday and Sunday 11:00am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Matthew Accarrino
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Bush & Pine
  • Public Transit: Muni 22 Fillmore, 3 Jackson, 38 Geary & 1 California.
  • Parking: No
A word from SPQR
SPQR is a Northern California restaurant inspired by Italian cuisine and wine.

An acronym for Senatus Populesque Romanus, SPQR translates to “The People and Senate of Rome” and was the emblem of the Roman Empire.

We strive for a balance in offering the highest quality of food, wine and service we can for each guest’s experience in a relaxed, fun, and inviting atmosphere.

If you would like to dine at our Chef counter please mark your reservation. Please inform us of any allergies or dietary restrictions as we will try our best to accommodate.
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SPQR reviews from OpenTable diners
277 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (206)special occasion (142)notable wine list (135)neighborhood gem (121)romantic (88)hot spot (81)great for lunch (18)vibrant bar scene (16)great for brunch (11)late-night find (9)great for outdoor dining (5)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (2)good for groups (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The pasta was delicious. Loved the pig ear and corn salad. Everything else was really really salty. Service was good but a little slow.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Philly Phood Dude
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    SPQR was highly recommended and the food did not disappoint. We brought our own wine ($30 corkage feed). The service was very good and the food was too. If there is one complaint it's that you can't have a private conversation. Tables are less than 6 inches apart so you really do feel as if you are dining with the people sitting next to you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easy choice
    WTOB
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    If you are seeking review advice for SPQR I'm assuming you aren't from around here. The place is certified bomb.com with great food, wine, and service. Was surprised that the music was all modern indie rock for a classy Italian spot, but I was jamming out so no complaints there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meatballs of fire...
    MR99
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    A nice little gem of a restaurant. The meatballs that came with the lasagnette we're simply put the best I ever had. Creamy and with a little dash of heat. The restaurant had one of my favorite wine, the Bastianich friuli. What more can you ask for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nanceVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Really delightful interesting food....everything was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • good food, expensive
    KaSa
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I had a lovely experience at SPQR. The food and service were very good. While it's obvious there is a lot of detail that goes into the food preparation, I felt it should have been slightly cheaper for what you get--entrees are definitely worth the $25-30 range, but not above. There are other places in the city with comparable quality that are not as expensive.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Was left wanting more.
    whatsupwiththat
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    SPQR is super famous now in SF. Everyone's talking about it. For $150 for 2 people, I left a little unsatisfied. Also, the service was SO slow. I understand the care and craft involved in making every dish, but by the time the main entree came, I was already over it. Also, don't get the lamb. It was $50 and came with two little medallions.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Experience at SPQR
    emeraldcitydiner
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The most notable thing about SPQR is the food. I did the sampler menu with wine pairings and found it to be just fantastic. The wines were notable and the pasta was fresh, the flavors were new and exciting. I dine out frequently and this is one of the best dinners I have had overall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrific menu, service
    Larry
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Excellent dinner, unusually wonderful service from the several knowledgeable and charming waitstaff. Fresh imaginative dishes. (One - fusili with a 'white Bolognese' sauce - was too bland for my taste - our server graciously exchanged it for a delicious quail egg ragu on angel hair pasta.) The voluminous Italian wine list will satisfy those aficionados out there; our server steered us to an excellent Sicilian wine that went very well with our dishes. All in all, a great evening. I'll be going back and soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just good
    JRenato
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    It was good but my wife and I were expecting more.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service
    AJB435VIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The food is always fantastic, though they lean a little too much toward exotic and overly fancy dishes, where I think they would do better to prepare some more traditional fare in their own style. It's a pretty noisy place as the bar is so close to all the other tables and they really pack you in. This should be expected from a place that is more european in style though, so don't go expecting a quiet romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    This restaurant seems to be more about hype food and service was quite poor.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Italian restaurant
    Palmtenor
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    If you can, sit by the chef's counter, very unique experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    NDeatswell
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    A wonderful dining event! Staff provided excellent guidance in creating a true gourmet experience - every course a wonderful mix of flavors and textures, complex but not trying too hard. Sommelier hit a home run when presented with our likes and our budget. To top it off, the timing of each course was right where it needed to be. Definitely on our list of "will return" restaurants in SF - Worthy of all of the accolades!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    BertVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I had been to SPQR a number of times in the past and had always enjoyed the restaurant but it had been several years since I had had an opportunity to return. I had been reading all the favorable comments in recent years about SPQR, and after seeing that its chef for the past several years had been selected as one of FOOD AND WINE magazine's chefs of the year in its July issue decided it was past time to return. SPQR and its chef more than lived up to the great reviews they have been receiving! I took a friend of mine who lived close to the restaurant and we both enjoyed the fabulous food and the whole dining experience. SPQR now rates among the best of the many great restaurants in San Francisco.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    RMcGVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Perfect mix of great food, professionalism, and service in an intimate setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My favorite restaurant in the city
    Latep
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    SPQR is amazing, definitely my favorite restaurant in the city. It never ceases to impress me!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian food turned on its head
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I love the inventive Italian cuisine at SPQR. They take pasta to a whole other level. Using ingredients such as sea urchin, blood sausage, duck, persimmon, they transform the basics into food that is as inventive as it is unforgettable. Try the pasta tasting it is available. You will leave feeling quite full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect
    DACO
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Not a thing was out of place here. Not in a stuffy sort of way but just a really good overall experience. The Meyer lemon and squid ink pastas were delicious and the chicken liver mousse was an unexpected treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • An experience
    gilvic
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I won a gift certificate for SPQR and decided to use it for a birthday celebration. We sat at a counter watching the cooks work and that was fun. Down side was, the restaurant was so crowded that we were bumped, nudged, aware that traffic was always behind us. If we go back we'll sit at a table. Menu was an adventure but the wait staff helped. All in all, an interesting nite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beyond delicious!
    FoodpornmakerfromWI
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyed the innovative food pairings. Who knew that peach and tomato soup with shrimp could taste so good? Definitely a yes for the adventurous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just can't beat it!
    SFfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Our favorite place...hard to get into....worth the struggle.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FailedtoimpressVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Unfortunately, this was the second time dining at SPQR and both were not very good. While the appetizer dishes were outstanding, the pastas were not at all. One arrived cold and the other salty. I know that SPQR is rated one of the best in San Francisco, but my husband and I both have no intention of returning, despite the fact that it is less than 2 blocks from our home.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    foodadventurerVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We had high expectations for the restaurant because of the good reviews. When I call to make the reservation, they asked if we were celebrating anything and I told the person on the phone that we were celebrating our wedding anniversary. But nothing special was done at the dinner. My veal was really dry and my husband's tuna had a smell. We had to remind the waitress to get our drinks after ordering. The duck liver appetizer came with croutons that were hard and stale. We could not bite into them. there was no bread brought to the table for us to spread the duck liver pate on. The tomato peach gazpacho with fried shrimp was good.
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  • Excellent Food, Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food was knocked out of the park. Simply delicious and unique. We sat at the Chef's counter, which means we got to salivate while watching the beautiful kitchen ballet spin out dish after five-star dish. They are quite the team to watch, doing amazing things in such a small space. Service was spot-on and friendly and professional. We ate until we couldn't eat any more! Much appreciated the pate app compliments of the kitchen staff, plus the low-key birthday dessert was perfect for my partner's special day. Overall, one of my favorite restaurants in SF!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Guess the A-Team is at Burning Man
    Netzard
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Chose SPQR to visit a place not in our usual haunts. Had heard good things from people I trust so was excited to visit. We opted for the pasta tasting menu, as tasting menus can be fun. We had the wine flight chosen to go with it & they were all great. Service started well, but deteriorated as the night wore on. Timing between food & wine was off & delays between courses yawned ever further apart. As a tiny restaurant, we were seated cheek-and-jowl with another couple doing the same menu. Instead of comparing food notes, we discussed service problems. Then the food. House-prepared pasta was grainy. It all felt heavy. Flavor matches between pasta & sauce were hit-or-miss. Tiramisu was inedible. To think what $300 would have bought at Zuni!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Tasty!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Had heard many great things from friends about this place for a while, and we finally decided to check it out yesterday. Reservations were tough to get, only 5:30 and 9:30pm time slots are available 1-2 weeks out. Restaurant is Italian-themed (supposed to stand for "people of Rome" or something like that), with homemade pastas and fresh meats/vegetables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A well deserved Michelin star
    evamarieVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Wow! Everything we ate was delicious. Don't miss the chicken liver with stonefruit appetizer. Our waitress was very helpful in pairing wines with what we ordered and even anticipated our needs at one point by bringing another glass of wine when she noticed the entrees had taken longer to be delivered than she had expected.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BebeSharkVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    A great dinner out. The brassicas and grains, burrata, avocado, green goddess and olio verde appetizer was delicious...my wife and I shared that dish. My wife had the bucatini pasta dish while I had the semolina gnocchi dish. Both were terrific. A couple of glasses of Prosecco to start the evening with two glasses of Gaglioppo from Calabria went perfect with the appetizer and the pasta. In short, the food is terrific. A little cramped, but the food is worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good value for Michelin Rated
    RubberbluesVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This is a great reatuarant and definitely a foodie must! I was shocked at the size and quality of the dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SPQR Encounter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We two "foodies" read about SPQR in a recent Food & Wine Magazine article. After looking at a sample menu on the website, we immediately made reservations for an upcoming trip to the SF Bay Area. We'd never considered carmalizing a radish. Or braising an artichoke. Or cooking pesto atop a rabbit terrine. With our foodie creativity tweaked, we happily & gratefully departed the 5 star SPQR ready to get back to Santa Fe and begin some new culinary challenges. Do yourselves a favor - do not even think about missing this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodProfessor1VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We have eaten twice at SPQR. Both meals have been enchanting. The chef's pride is obvious in each dish beautifully put forth. The unique tastes are a delight to the palate. How fortunate to be able to dine in a restaurant of such superb quality.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    SusanVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    If in San Francisco this is a must! The service was terrific; the food over the top!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FOOD WAS RIDICULOUS!
    littled00d
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    ..RIDICULOUSLY DELICIOUS! I made a reservation for this nice restaurant because my foodie girlfriend was dying to try this place out. The moment we walked in we were punched in the face by the nice and relaxing dim lit ambiance. We had arrived half an hour early and they already had a spot awaiting for us. We were given the option to either sit at the table or at the counter area in front of the kitchen where you can view the chefs cook. My girlfriend excitedly chose the counter area so that she can watch the chefs work their craft. I ordered the Buckwheat Tagliatelle while my girlfriend ordered the duck cannelloni. Both were out of this world. Both dishes were filled with flavor that I cannot describe. Definitely coming back again for more
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Extraordinary
    KellyD
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The staff memorable The food mind numbing The wine list interesting Unreal
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gnocchi light as a feather!
    FlfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Really tasty gnocchi with a lamb ragu. Wanted more! Duck liver appetizer and prosciutto with melon were good but nothing special. Tables on top of one another, but plates were creatively garnished.
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  • Well worth the visit!
    2forever1VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had read about SPQR but never made the effort to venture over to Fillmore Street. Last week we did and it was well worth the visit! Three things were outstanding for us: the duck liver pate (simply the best), the black truffles on our pastas (lots of them), and Kristin, our server (delightful). The restaurant was charming; it is small and intimate (unfortunately for us, the people on either side of us took the liberty of adjusting their tables for their convenience making service to them affect our space, but that was no fault of the restaurant, just the rudeness of the other customers). The food was delicious and beautifully presented (we prefer food a little less involved, but you do not get a Michelin star for simple, direct food).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Everything about this restaurant is outstanding. The staff was excellent and we got to speak with the chef, who was extremely gracious. If I lived in San Francisco, this would be my favorite restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, good food
    Sara
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I previously had amazing experiences at SPQR but this last time I went, I was honestly a bit underwhelmed by the food (the service was on point as usual). We ordered the regular tasting menu (not the seasonal truffle tasting menu) with the wine pairing. The squid ink chitarra was very interesting and delicious but the rest of the dishes were meh. The black truffle raviolo ($50 additional) was cold in the middle so the waitress brought us a complimentary dish, which was a better. The tuscan blood sausage ragu and the eggplant agnolotti were pretty bland. I have to say that I really did love the food here prior to my last visit. Perhaps avoid the tasting menu until the new one comes out..
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great pasta spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Outstanding food. We ordered an appetizer, 5 pasta entrees, and a dessert to share between 4 people, which we felt was enough. The food was amazing, and very reasonably pried for its quality (we didn't have drinks and the total came out to $46 before tax / tip). Only thing I thought was lacking was the service -- for a Michelin starred restaurant, the servers sure took their time...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic