Tabaq Bistro
Tabaq Bistro
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Tabaq Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.tabaqdc.com/
  • Phone: 2022650965
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday through Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday through Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: We offer full catering including all of our menu options along with custom made cakes, Weddings/Corporate Events and such.
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer full party accommodations. Glass Terrace is the only one of its kind in the East Coast providing spectacular view of the Washington Monument and the Capitol as well as the DC skyline. We also have exclusive private room accommodating up to 100 people seated. Live DJs, 40 different kinds of Hors D'euvres and full menu sit down dinners are few of the things we can offer to our clients. It is the perfect space for any event of any genre! Our helpful staff will cater to any need. Just let us know what is desired and we will make it happen!
  • Private Party Contact: Allison Jabaly 2022650965
  • Entertainment: We provide DJ's mixing TOP 40's, plus international mixes on Friday & Saturday on our enclosed rooftop from 11pm - 3am. If hosting a private event at Tabaq Bistro, you are most welcome to bring outside music in form of DJ's, live bands or an iPod.
  • Special Events: Tabaq Bistro can also host your next event. Private or semi-private event, we provide our rooms for any Special Occasions. We host parties like Birthday, Anniversaries, Bridal Showers and Graduation party. Tabaq Bistro is one of the great places to host, Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Reception, Bachelorette party and other Venues like Christmas party, Halloween party and New Year Party.

    We offer private rooms to hold any event. Capacity varies. Contact info@tabaqdc.com for more details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 14 & U
  • Public Transit: 5 min walking distance to Metro Rail U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo Station on the GREEN Line.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking is $20 (Available on Fridays & Saturdays after 5pm). Public & Garage parking available half a block away from the restaurant.
A word from Tabaq Bistro
Located on the trendy U Street Corridor, Tabaq Bistro features one of the unique rooftops along the East Coast.
Halfway retractable, fully enclosed glass rooftop lets the diners enjoy the Washington DC views year around.

Embracing the flavors of the Mediterranean from Morocco to Spain, Tabaq’s tapas style cuisine offers an exquisite blend of fine taste and elegant presentation. Tabaq features food served in small portions to encourage a sampling of many flavors and ingredients of the Eastern Mediterranean.

Small plates include a variety of vegetarian, meat, and seafood delicacies. Our talented chef prepares traditional Mediterranean specialties such as Manti, Dolma and Lamb Kofte alongside seafood delights such as stuffed mussels and fried calamari. Savory sauces enliven many of the dishes. Full sized entrées are offered as well, including lamb, beef, and stuffed chicken. We also do private events for any occassion.
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Tabaq Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Loud screaming women, mediocre food
    DarrylVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    If you are after a night with the girls, and obnoxiously loud screaming, this is the place for you. If you want authentic meze, you may need to look elsewhere. If you can brave the four flights of stairs to get to the roofdeck seating area, you will find a small, cramped, loud and busy restaurant that has seen its better days go by. The bar/seating area is easily 80% women and with that (and cute small stiff drinks) the volume goes up and you may not hear the person in front of you, especially ife runners and servers whiz by with meza that are likely cold. Do, however, try the lamb kabobs ($7). They are small, but full of flavor. Overall the location is the best thing about Tabaq. I wouldn't mind missing another year or two before I return.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was good but the
    SWAtlantaFoodiesVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    The food was good but the service was pretty slow. It was also very crowded and loud because of the club music below.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I used to like eating at Tabaq,
    MMBBVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2013
    I used to like eating at Tabaq, but I hadn't been there in a while and won't be back any time soon. My water glass came with a weird, sticky substance on it. I was served a cocktail on the rocks in a martini glass. The tuna tartar was gray. The stuffed dates were burnt (actually charred on one side). All of our dishes came out at the same time, which is fine I guess but a bit unusual for small plates. And after delivering our food, our waiter somehow seemed to forget that we were there, which must have been a challenge since we were only one of two tables.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed on July 4
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2013
    I learned about Tabaq Bistro through web searches and was excited to find a place with a fireworks view on July 4 in Wash, DC, so much, that I agreed to the fix price of $75/person; was assured that we could see fireworks. Seated at a two-top up against the bar; however, were at the end of the bar by dumbwaiter and the sound of ever clanging dishes resonated all night. You could see the fireworks, if you were in 20% of people seated in the front of the restaurant. To top it off, a rude person decided to stand in front of us with his child on his shoulders. I was very disappointed in what happened and expressed this to the mgmt which did nothing but charge us $75/person. The food was good, but not worth $75/person for what we received.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not bad but hoped for better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/4/2013
    Lets start of with the service. EXEMPLARY!!! Glass never got below half. Waiters came by just enough to ensure we were taken care of but not too much to wear we felt bothered. The food was a 3-course prix menu and the food was 3 out of 5 in my opinion. I will go back to try their regular menu items to see if there is anything else. The view was nice however I couldnt see all of the fireworks due to a building that is being constructed but I saw about 75% of it. All in all I would go again just without high expectations for the food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice for fireworks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2013
    The chilean sea bass was very good, not quite as good as some other restaurants, but very good nevertheless. The service was very slow and I'm not sure I'd really recommend it. The view of the 4th fireworks wasn't as good as I'd hoped.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awful Service
    clindsayp
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    I made a reservation for a night out on the town. Came all the way from Virginia and when I arrived with my reservation confirmation via Open Table they had given away my table and made no other accommodations for my party. They were preparing the space for a private party and could not honor my reservation. I then had to spend the next 2 hours searching for another location and waiting on a table. Why take the reservation if you cannot fulfill the agreement?! I refuse to ever come here again! The hostess was rude and had to find a waitress to help her try to resolve the issue. AWFUL SERVICE!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The main attractiveness of
    Villita
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    The main attractiveness of the place is the roof top. However service is bad and the food is just ok.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun Views
    kfrav
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    Went here with a group, everyone loved the views and retractable rooftop. Cocktails were expensive, but overall the place was reasonably priced. We ordered a bunch of tapas and liked most of the offerings. The lamb shank was a favorite of everyone in the group.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were on a U Street DC historic
    sen2007VIP
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    We were on a U Street DC historic walk on a hot summer afternoon when we dropped by for a late brunch at Tabaq. The climb to the roof top was tedious- but we loved what we saw there- the glass roof was canopied over with white canvas and we got warm filtered sunlight with the ac buzzing away. The food was delicious- really loved the mediterranean salad with much argula and feta cheese and the salmon tasted good too. Service was warm and friendly, the terrace views were nice, ambiance intimate and cheerful- quite a pleasant dining experience in all.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent place, with sunlight
    Jugz
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    Excellent place, with sunlight streaming in, good food served with a smile
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • meh
    Disappointed
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    We went there for a late brunch on a Saturday. The space was way too hot, the 4-story walk up to the roof was long and not really worth the view, food was good but not anything to write home about. At 1:30 the place was weirdly empty, but got a few tables of big groups by the time we left at 2:30.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful views of DC
    AngelikaVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2013
    Stunning views of Washington Monument and the Capitol from the rooftop. The service at the bar was SO slow. The views made up for it though. :) I definitely recommend this for a night out on the town with friends or a special romantic dinner with an significant other.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tabaq
    SMcLaughlinVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2013
    Tabaq has been a weekend brunch favorite for years. The menu is simple but pleasing. The food always seems to taste better than you expect. Just wear sensible shoes for the walk to the roof top. It's worth it though, the view is awesome. The staff are always friendly. Groups seems to do well also.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • When we went the restaurant
    melissa
    Dined on 4/21/2013
    When we went the restaurant was pretty empty, but we got there at sunset and saw the lights of DC come on. The roof views were beautiful and there was definitely a candle lit ambience goin on. We got several small plates, all of them absolutely delicious. Service was friendly and speedy. What a great find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • not especially kid-friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    not especially kid-friendly (one highchair is wobbly)....but great atmosphere w/o the kids.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is a very casual place--in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    This is a very casual place--in decor and food style. It's best visited on a warm day when they can open the windows...the alfresco with a neighbor hood only view is more about the fresh air than the view. Convenient to U street clubs. Not so convenient to hotels around the National Mall. Reasonable prices for reasonable food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall my group really enjoyed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/21/2013
    Overall my group really enjoyed the food and the service was great. We were seated early with no problems.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I picked this restaurant primarily
    EpgvaVIP
    Dined on 3/11/2013
    I picked this restaurant primarily for its proximitiy to the 9:30 club (about 6 blocks away) and secondarily for the menu. At 6:00 on a Monday the place was empty, but we had a nice dinner with an interesting view. the small plates that we ordered were all good, although the risotto was not worth ordering.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • While the food was delicious
    DebraVIP
    Dined on 3/10/2013
    While the food was delicious (loved the chicken/waffles), the service is lacking. Be sure to make reservations for weekend brunch/lunch, even with reservations we had to wait because the line into the roof top restaurant was long and unorganized (granted, not much space and the line is really standing on the steps). But, once we were seated, it took some time before anyone came over to even ask us for drinks...luckily it was a lunch with a friend and we had catching up to do...so, if you have alot time and don't want to be interrupted by the servers, and enjoy good food this is a place for you. However, if you're in a rush, or expect utencils on the table, a cup of coffee within the first 5 minutes of sitting down maybe not.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They didn't honor our open
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    They didn't honor our open table reservation, and made no attempt to compensate us whatsoever, not even an apology.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Wow ... Such a wonderful glassed
    squinnVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    Wow ... Such a wonderful glassed in dining area and no wait for Saturday brunch
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • VDay Love
    Sundown
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    We got the valentines day tasting menu, which on paper looked great. Crab cake(s), lobster bisque, sorbet, and a steak. The 1 crab cake I got was crunchy and awesome. The Lobster bisque on the other hand was the worst I ever tasted, as in, I took two bites and then pushed the bowl away, so did my date. The sorbet was alright, we were busy talking, didnt pay attention. My steak was room temp and i didnt get a steak knife. They were busy and my server was really cool so I didnt care. The view and the atmosphere ... 10. The view of the capitol building and Washington monument look great, so does the rest of the city. They play that relaxing, trendy, chill vibe techono music that all hip restaurants do. I recommend eating there at least once
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tabaq was a fun, funky place.
    DCDiner
    Dined on 2/10/2013
    Tabaq was a fun, funky place. The food was decent and it has an interesting ambiance. The only downside is all the stairs. It's probably a better place for the young and/or fit. If you have problems handling stairs, I don't know that it's worth climbing four flights of stairs for.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Sunday Brunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/3/2013
    The food was great, we went for Sunday brunch around 2:00 pm and surprising it was not that packed! We did however, wait a minute before someone came to great us! Also, they have 3.00 Mimosas they are not endless :(I would definitely check it out again I had steak and eggs and it came with a lot of food (make sure you tell them you want home fries if you do not want french fries with your steak I thought it was a little different)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We went for a late brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    We went for a late brunch and it was pretty empty as there were only 3 tables of guests. However, the food and the service was amazing. I highly recommend the chicken and waffle brunch and you can never go wrong with $3 mimosas. My friends and I will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious Food, Service needs work
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/20/2013
    I've walked by this place a million times and never noticed it, and I'm glad I did. Great for eating late at night, and the food was absolutely delicious and great for date night. The one complaint I do have is that the service was horrible. It took forever for the waiter to take our order, he was unfriendly, never checked up on us, and it took forever for the check to come. Luckily the food was all correct and came out quickly, otherwise I absolutely would've complained. The food is absolutely delicious though, so I would definitely go back for that reason.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent restaurant - we
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/20/2013
    Excellent restaurant - we were there during the height of the DC presidential inaugural weekend - the restaurant was filled to capacity and several groups waiting for tables. Our hostess noted we had a reservation and worked hard to get us seated as quickly as possible. The food was terrific and we did not wait long to be served - remarkable considering the restaurant was completely filled - every table was full. Maybe because of that we had to ask twice for a refill on coffee. Otherwise it was a terrific place and one we will return to enjoy again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This place is a hidden gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/18/2013
    This place is a hidden gem - I can't wait to go back. Getting to the restaurant is a little confusing - finding the place is easy, but then you have to walk all the way up to the 4th floor and there isn't any signage once you're inside the building. Walking up those stairs is definitely worth it! You have an amazing view of the city as it's a glass enclosed space with views across U street and stretching back towards the National Mall. The food was delicious (since it's small plate style I would suggest going with friends and sharing) and the wait staff was just the right amount of attentive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Probably wont return
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/13/2013
    The food was passable, hitting ok on some and missing on others. The rooftop is quite nice though the furniture is looking worn and has the slightest feel that late night partying took place there the night before. Great coffee btw but the syrup and BBQ sauce served with the chicken and waffles not very good. Eggs and bacon good though and prices are appropriate.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great tapas and a new drink
    TacoTuesdayVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2012
    Great tapas and a new drink menu that is much better than before...one of the best views of the city.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best U view & chew !
    RandPVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2012
    U Street heights & dining delights! We loved the caring service, well prepared small plates and private party vibe.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Keep the food, leave music alone
    JSDC
    Dined on 12/19/2012
    Very good food, as always, and decent service. Meal marred by the bartenders constantly changing the music playing, usually in the middle of a song, and often brought our conversation to a halt. So annoying that I'll think twice before returning.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Place. They had given
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/1/2012
    Nice Place. They had given the "nice" tables away to walk-ins. So, we had to sit in the middle of a high traffic area. The hostess acted as if they were confused about my reservation. They also ran out of menus at one point. they also ran out of certain alcohols (it was only 7pm).The food was great and our waitress was sweet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I don't think I will go back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/30/2012
    I don't think I will go back to Tabaq. The place was overcrowded due to a happy hour downstairs and made a lot of people go to the restaurant on the Terrace. The service was not good and the noise was high. The food...well it was ok.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The brunch was really great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/21/2012
    The brunch was really great. I had a fantastic omlete and mimosas were only $3. Only con is that it can be a tight squeeze in there.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was fantastic. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/19/2012
    The food was fantastic. The owner was very friendly, and it was great fun watching him flirt with women that came in for dinner or drinks (which he seemed to do a lot). Our waiter, however, was horrible, and asking another server when you needed something didn't seem to help either. Not sure if it was just their second string wait staff or what. I "recommend" this place only because the food was awesome, and you might have better luck with service than we did. If we went back to DC, I might give it a second chance, but not a third.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We ordered handful of small
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/22/2012
    We ordered handful of small plates and shared among four people. Everything was fantastic, generous portion, and service was outstanding. I was hoping for more outdoor view as it was advertised but the place was covered with window glasses and it didn't have that patio feel to is as expected. It was bit noisy but vibrant atmosphere and we would definitely go back there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service & food
    EAO27VIP
    Dined on 9/8/2012
    The service here is some of the best I've had in DC! They are so accommodating and helpful with recommendations on the menu. The food was delightful and fresh - hummus is out of this world awesome. Lamb kabobs = delicious. Great rooftop view and a cool, energetic ambiance. Will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The waitress didnt know their
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/18/2012
    The waitress didnt know their work, they were not professionals. The manager has to come to our table and we didnt complain. The place was too tiny, the tables really close to each other and the food was good but nothing to die for.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic