Sycamore
Sycamore

Sycamore

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sycamorenewton.com/
  • Phone: (617) 244-4445
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday-Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm; Snacks until 11:30pm Tuesday-Sunday; Bar open until 12:00am Every Night

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, French, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: David Punch
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Big Trouble in Little Sycamore is an ongoing series every Monday night from 9:00pm - 11:30pm. Sous Chef Daniel Scott serves up his house ramen and a rotating selection of Asian soul food. All seats for Big Trouble in Little Sycamore are first-come, first-serve.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Langley Road and Sumner Street
  • Public Transit: We are located across the street from the Newton Centre Green Line T Stop. When you exit the station, turn right on to Union Street. Beacon Street and Sycamore Restaurant can be seen directly across from the park.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is metered parking along Beacon Street and 1-2 hour parking on nearby side streets. There is also a public lot between Beacon Street and Langley Road. Most meters in the area shut off at 6:00pm.

    The private lots behind the restaurant and adjacent buildings are not Sycamore's own and are not recommended for parking. Cars may be towed from these lots.
A word from Sycamore
Sycamore is a seasonally inspired, chef-owned neighborhood bistro in Newton Centre. Emphasizing locally sourced produce, fish and meat, our menu draws on classic European country food; rustic and wholesome. Our beverage program is designed to complement the cuisine. The wine list focuses on passionate small producers, our beers are by and large domestic craft selections and the cocktail list highlights classic drinks and sipping spirits.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Sycamore reviews from OpenTable diners
182 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (150)neighborhood gem (144)special occasion (73)notable wine list (40)romantic (36)hot spot (30)vibrant bar scene (24)good for groups (8)late-night find (6)Show More
  • Loved it!
    tryingNewplaces
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    We drove from boston to try it and we had a great time! We loved the cranberry collins cocktail, the mushrooms croquettes, and the eclairs!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow Service, Cold Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We arrived at 7:30 for our dinner reservation on a busy Saturday night. The meal got off to a good start having a few of the snack options with drinks. Afterwards, we placed our dinner order for the duck board, which had great reviews. Our food didn't arrive until 9:00 pm (over an hour) and was literally cold to the touch. If you are paying $66 for an entree it should be cooked at the right temperature. Management and waitress were very willing to remedy the situation, but at that point we just grabbed pizza next door. Maybe it was an off night for them. Maybe I'll give it another try in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friendly and attentive Waitstaff
    TheHungerPaines
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We were greeted with a genuine hello and great detail was taken towards my garlic allergy. The entire staff was courteous and well on top of things. Food was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food in Newton
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Loved our waiter who got to know us and was great with recommendations. Loved the food and the novel
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    Sticks
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    If you are lucky enough to get a reservation, you will not be disappointed. We tried for months and could only get a reservation for 5:45 or 9 pm, so when we snagged one for 6, we leapt. We had a delicious dinner of charcuterie appetizer. Entrees were Faroe salmon and roasted duck - both FABULOUS. We like that local providers are being used for their produce. Our server was delightful in pairing wine with what we like to drink and with our food selections. We can't wait to go back and just wish this 11 table restaurant had more openings for dining!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad experience
    Fussy
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    The only good thing I can say about sycamore on the night we were there is the waiter was terrific. The noise level was so high that our party of six could barely converse. The food was ok. My swordfish was over- salted. We have been to Sycamore before and were very disappointed this night. We will not return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was AMAZING!
    KKnowsFood
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Though I am gluten free and would have appreciated being able to have gluten free bread when my partner was served regular bread - I am still giving this place 5 Stars. The food was outstanding. Service could have been a little quicker but the staff was very pleasant. I am going back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A gem
    Mark
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We had already been to Sycamore once before and loved the meal and the service so we decided to have a small birthday celebration there. We were not disappointed. It will now be our new special occasion restaurant. If you go in pairs you have to try whatever "board" for 2 they have on the menu. So far we've had the pork and the duck. The only risk is you can't stop eating! Excellent drinks selection too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Warm and frieendly
    KirasamiVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We reserved at Sycamore, on a tight schedule, knowing we had only a little over an hour for dinner. Staff were very accommodating, food was very very good. The entire experience was excellent.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Again, an enjoyable meal and time at Sycamore. We brought a friend, who had not been yet, and she loved her food, the wine, and our waiter. We were glad "the board" was duck. Yummy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    excellent food. excellent service. a delightful meal. open kitchen, bare floor, bare tables, bare walls . . . . noise level was high enough that it made it difficult to hold a conversation
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I was looking forward to the green circle chicken; however, it was overcooked. The Moroccan spices were not really evident. My husband enjoeyed the pork special. Maybe it was an of night because it was Halloween.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great first time visit
    Stinkinbadges
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Pumpkin soups was light and delicate, one of the best I have ever had. Service was attentive, friendly and very helpful with the menu and bar items. Highly recommend ending the night with "The Revolver"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food
    Mrlowpost
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Sharing menu was excellent. Might have included a salad or additional greens for the price
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Lee123VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This is the second time I have eaten at Sycamore. My husband and I were celebrating our Wedding Anniversary. As soon as we were seated the waiter came over with a complementary glass of Champagne for us to toast our special day. The food, service and our evening was delicious and wonderful! Lee123
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently good
    jamesVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Every time I return to this restaurant my regard increases. It's particularly nice that it is reasonably close to my home, because it surpasses the "top spots" downtown that require an awkward commute and difficult parking. Getting reservations for larger parties is somewhat problematic, but a table for two is not that bad. The food is a touch on the heavy side, but it is absolutely delicious. The wine list is pleasantly idiosyncratic. You can easily find something very worthwhile to add to your wine-tasting dimensions. The head waiter knows his products well and it a big help in picking. I still wish they'd get an espresso machine, but their regular coffee fare is quite good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot for a great meal
    ChicagoMomVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Newton is lucky to have such a wonderful restaurant in the neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    lolamadigan123VIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    always makes my friends happy that they came out here from Boston!
    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.
  • inventive and interesting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Very nice collection of menu choices, and overall a very inventive mix of flavourings. Well prepared - nice ambiance - pretty good wine list. A very nice addition to the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Needs a more accessible menu
    KoreanderVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I've been to Sycamore a few times and the food, service and ambiance are consistently excellent. My one issue is the menu. While I appreciate the cachet of having an haute cuisine, artsy menu, Sycamore's menu is a little too food-forward for its own good. That night, my husband and I looked at the menu and realized that there was nothing on the menu that either of us really wanted to eat so we left. Usually I can find one or two things that I'd like to try, and admit that I don't necessarily have the most sophisticated palate, but that night nothing was appealing. I think that it would help to broaden the menu by simplifying some of the dishes. I would definitely go back again but would check out the menu before making the reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just as good the 2nd time!
    PeteeyeVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    This was our second time at Sycamore and it was just as delicious as the first. How nice it is when a restaurant lives up to your memory! I think this is quickly becoming our go to date night restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The carrot appetizer was sensational. Fish cakes were very good but not exceptional like the carrots. Excellent, pleasant service without an arrogant attitude. This is an all around great restaurant. The menu changes often so it doesn't get boring.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • another outstanding meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We eat here a lot and have yet to be disappointed. On this occasions, all of our dishes were outstanding and our waiter was very good. The mushroom and leek pot pie was amazing, and the whole wheat tagliatelle with ragu was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely no down side.
    Oysterman1
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Sycamore is a perennial favorite that continues to improve with every visit. Duck sausages, Skate wings and seafood cakes were all outstanding. Service was great; casual and professional without any intrusion. Our server was very comfortable with the menu and had no problem offering cocktail and wine suggestions that were spot on. Pear tart for dessert was a perfect close to a perfect meal and a perfect overall dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    alalalalalalewife
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I read a lot of really good reviews for this place, and decided to take my girlfriend for a special occasion. The restaurant was packed, but the tables are spaced very well. The drinks were amazing, the food came quickly and tasted great. We had the pig board, 3 preparations using pork. It was creative, well portioned, and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stupendous meal, service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Stupendous farm to table food. The best service I have had in recent years at a Boston area restaurant. Great vegetarian (root pot pie) and fish options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I love this place. The menu changes quite frequently, but there are always great options and good variety with lots of seasonal offerings, inventive preparatios, and great execution. The sservice is always helpful and the wine list is eclectic but good and reasonably priced. The cocktails are great too and the main bartender Scott is inventive at making anything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • even better
    doctorwindVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Been here a couple times but seems to have gotten much better. Food very good, appetizers better than entrees but quite good. Hip hooray for good local newton restaraunt.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous meal
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    This place is perfect for foodies! Everything is fresh, tasty and each dish has a beautiful presentation. Highlights include the pumpkin soup, carrots with a walnut miso purée with other mystery toppings, halibu over fennel and incredible peanut butter caramel sauce paired with either bread pudding or beignets. The dark chocolate eclairs were outstanding! Share your dishes to experience this outstanding restaurant!!! Reservations are a must!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food and great atmosphere
    WorldTraveler
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Every time I have eaten at Sycamore, the meal has been a success regardless of what I order. This time my colleague had the tuna ahi appetizer and halibit, which were excellent. I had the pumpkin soup, which had a lovely flavor and the fishcakes which were scrumptious. My husband had the pumpkin soup and sausage. The service was timely and informative (available but not overbearing). The night was a success!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a gem!
    jude
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    sycamore is an all-around pleaser. the menu is very creative and the food, itself, is amazing. taste combinations are brilliant and presentation is beautiful. staff are eager to help you and take great care of you. we love it here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I've been to this restaurant a number of times and it is consistently excellent with a varied menu, interesting wine selection and knowledgeable staff. It's a lot of fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BerkerycVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We waited about 30 mins for a table even though we had a reservation, which was frustrating, but the bar & wait staff was great and good was good. Nice spot.
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  • Great, inventive food
    urbangardener1
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    For a person who is not much of a meat eater I found plenty to interest my palate at Sycamore, even with its fairly limited menu. I had the spicy vegetable pancake, which was light and ethereal and full of big flavors hard to define. Delicious and not something I would ever make at home. The Cabernet by the glass (Sharecroppers from The Columbia River valley) was so good I went searching for it on line. My companion had the roast chicken which was done to perfection but not necessarily something we couldn't do at home. The 4 folks at the next table had the charcouterie of pork, etc and seemed to love it. Chacque a son gout! Prices were on the high side but not wildly out of scale for the popularity of the place. I'd go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I wish they'd move next door to me
    DiscerningDinerVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Well, here's another really good reason to live in Newton, as if they needed more. What about the rest of us in other suburbs? Why no Sycamore here? Delicious, unpretentious, food. Well crafted cocktails. Delightful service. We were dining early - very early. So perhaps our experience of the service was a bit more relaxed than if we'd arrived at a busier time. Not sure. But on this occasion, the service was gracious, relaxed, genuinely friendly, well-informed, attentive but not intrusive. Professional. Not typically suburban. As to the food - their baba was fantastic with a real char on it and seasoned beautifully - served with nice hot-off-the-griddle flat-bread points. The Pig Platter was worthy of the pig, and our pig-out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Get Real
    Lady
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Noise level was annoyingly loud, not "energetic." Detracted from the experience. Also, it's annoying that your rating choices don't permit a negative opinion on noise level. Unless everyone else understands that "energetic" is code for "too loud for reasonable conversation, making for a lot of irritation and stress."
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great new find in Newton Center
    drpombe
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    This was our first time to Sycamore's and it will not be our last. They have an excellent selection of wines and beers. The pumpkin soup was amazing. We had three different main courses among the four of us. Everyone was pleased with both the quality of the food and the portions (not too big, but not one of those fancy restaurants that gives you a minuscule entree. Desserts were also excellent and substantial (probably should have shared them).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    tess
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The first thing I noticed about the restaurant is that was particularly small, including the bar size. It is a must to have a reservation or don't bother taking the trip to come here. The service was good and the food was delicious! Two of us had the herb chicken which was so moist and flavorful and the roasted potatoes, just as tasty. The skirt steak was over the top yummy as well! We didn't try the dessert since we were on our way out to have our favorite espresso martinis which they were unable to make at their bar. Overall, if you are a foodie this might be the place for you!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding food
    Lollo
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Sycamore is a small restaurant in Newton Center. We've been to this place few times and we've never been disappointed! Food is absolutely amazing, prob the best in the area. The menu is seasonal so it changes constantly but personally that's a plus. I strongly recommend the "board", a great selection of specific meat or fish prepared in different ways, sometimes it's lamb, sometimes, fish, last time I went was pig. Delicious!! Great wine list and service! Reservation is a must even on week days as place is small and always busy. At the same time very quiet and cozy. Prob not great for kids though. Last note is that Sycamore is a little on the high end when it comes to price but considering the quality, it's so worth it!! Thumbs up!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious!!!
    Honest89
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Incredible food!!! Small menu (which is always a plus) ... A must try.. Service could have been better.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.