Taberna Tapas
Taberna Tapas

Taberna Tapas

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tabernatapas.com/
  • Phone: 9197971457
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch & Dinner:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm

    Dinner only:
    Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Market St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Taberna Tapas
Spanish Tapas, serving lunch & dinner.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Taberna Tapas reviews from OpenTable diners
75 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (55)neighborhood gem (37)special occasion (23)romantic (22)notable wine list (14)great for lunch (12)good for groups (11)hot spot (8)late-night find (6)vibrant bar scene (5)scenic view (3)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Incredible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    So perfect for veg and non veg groups. Food was outstanding, sangria was epic and service was top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HaysVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My husband and I have recently enjoyed Spanish flavors, from cheeses to tapas to wine, of course! Our first trip to Taberna to get our "fix" was very worthwhile. The tasty food was served quickly and timely, so that we never felt rushed between tapas. The server was knowledgeable about the plates, and we opted for some of his recommendations. The ambience was easygoing and friendly. We look forward to a return trip to sample additional tapas treats.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lost in the shuffle
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had a good experience being seated quickly with a window seat. However, the waiter seemed overwhelmed by tables. The bartender and host helped clear tables and refill drink orders. The waiter forgot half our orders and had to be reminded about drink orders. The food was very good though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Gluten-Free Pre-Show Dinner
    kwix
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food of high quality (with price to match). Wood-paneled Old World vibe. Good wine list & bar. Great slow-cooked short ribs. Good butternut squash with nuts, herbs & relishes. Service o.k., except really lousy water service: hard to enjoy food with no water. We will return. Tapas is perfect for a pre-show meal, since each small plate comes out when it is ready, some in just a few minutes. I ate here instead of the other tapas place nearby specifically because Taberna is responsible enough to mark on their menus what foods contain gluten (although our chatty self-focused waitress didn't really seem trained to know GF) -- which keeps those of us with celiac disease from having to spend 5 minutes explaining & questioning -- yay!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    disappointed. expensive and mediocre food. I thought it was going to be a good cheaper alternative to Matheus, but not even close.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sharing is fun
    Travel4foodVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The small plates are fun to share. The bacon-wrapped dates are a great way to start. Pork shoulder was substantial and tasty. The Valencia paella had good flavor. One serving was shared by the table. Heirloom tomatoe salad was simply and fresh. The manchego was an unexpected bonus. Server was excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded my expectations
    Mussadiq
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Was the highlight of of our evening. We enjoyed the food and service and were pleseNtly surprised at how fast the service was on a Friday evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A hidden gem!
    sunny
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    You may have heard more about another nearby Tapas restaurant, but after several visits at both places we give this our #1 rating. The food is wonderful: well prepared, flavorful, and lots of variety. Service is great: attentive but not bothersome. And it is not noisy and overcrowded. We love it, and recommend it heartily.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good choice for dinner
    LovelearningNCVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We had a VP in town from Chicago and wanted to try something different. I felt like it was risky since I hadn't tried it out but this was a great choice. The brussel sprouts were a server recommendation. It was a winner. Croquettas were so good we had to order the 2nd one later. Paella was worth the wait. Salmon had a delicious salsa. There wasn't anything we didn't like and the four of us had at least 8-10 tapas. Will definitely be back again!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth the trip!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We drive to Durham to attend DPAC events and this restaurant has become our favorite. Fabulous service every time we have gone, excellent food- staff incredibly knowledgable about what they serve- both food and wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gotta get the Brussels sprouts!
    Oysterlover
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Dinner was delicious and the service was outstanding. Highly recommend the roasted Brussels sprouts and crispy pork shoulder!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Perfect for our out-of-town guests. Dan helped us out with making our moving target reservations work with company driving in from Richmond. Thanks, Dan! Food was terrific, as usual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, terrible service
    Deiger
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I went there with a friend and had a reservation confirmed at 7PM. Get there and they don't have a table for us so we sat at the bar and waited for 30 minutes and then finally got a table. We placed our first order of tapas which came out pretty quick and the food was great. We then placed our second order of tapas and had to wait 45 minutes for it to come out. The whole experience took three hours and was not worth the wait, if the service was better I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, nice space
    DrFoodie
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Good food, great list to choose from, great wines. Waiters were great--nice recommendations for food and beverages!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Food!
    Anthony
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Wide range of tapas and the menu does change and new dishes appear. Can't go wrong with any tapas selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great way to try different tastes
    DurhamFoodie
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The more the people, the more choices you can try. Just remember to save room for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas
    Grilli
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We had a very enjoyable dinner at taberna Tapas on Sunday. My husband and sons had been there previously and it has bevome one of their favorite places. The croquetas amd paella were particular standouts. Excellent wine choises and attentive, knowledgeable service. We will return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always have great food here
    NOLAvisitorVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Located just down the street from the more publicly acclaimed tapas place Mateo, Taberna is a much better choice if youw ant a nice dinner rather than a crowd scene. The management and wait staff are friendly and knowledgeable, and our food and wine delicious. We will be back,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taberna Tapas
    FoodieGirl
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Wonderful food, friendly atmosphere. We needed to be on time for nearby concert and staff was most accommodating of our schedule. Bacon wrapped stuffed dates were marvelous. Evening special of kale and oyster mushrooms was wondrous. Also loved the grilled shrimp with saffron. Salads were over the top fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good meal before the show
    eatinit
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had a group of 3 going to DPAC and the location was great- 5 min walk. Food was very good and fresh. We enjoyed the red wine sangria with the meal. Dishes came out quickly and were all very good. Waiter was helpful and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just ok
    Wckdpssa
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Food was mediocre, we ordered two of the daily specials (salmon and pork shoulder) Both were extremely overcooked and dry. The cheese plate was decent but not worth $16. I wouldn't rush back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Downtown gem
    Durhammomof2VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great for tapas very in tune to accommodating allergies. Arugula salad is amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food and service
    Do10hedron
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We picked Taberna Tapas on a whim for a date night and couldn't be happier with the results. We shared multiple delicious dishes and enjoyed an excellent wine selection suggested by our wait staff. Service was prompt and attentive without hovering. I would definitely recommend. Be sure to try the bacon wrapped dates - delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great tapas
    floridaguy
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Was in Durham for one night, picking our daughter up at Duke. Found this gem through Open Table. Waiter was great, explaining the menu and specials. Sampled several dishes and especially loved the braised short ribs, crispy pork shoulder and the bacon wrapped dates. Too bad this restaurant is 450 miles from our home.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good
    Bubs
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    My wife and I love tapas and Taberna was great. The bacon wrapped dates are a must get. The chicken and bacon croquettes are great as well. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming find in Durham
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We had a wonderful time with family at this quaint little place in Durham. We would definitely recommend to anyone appreciative of light tasty food served with a smile.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NCMusiclovers
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    In downtown Durham, convenient to DPAC and other downtown attractions, Taberna Tapas is a small, comfortable restaurant with an excellent array of reasonably priced Spanish wines by the glass ($7 and up) and by the bottle (starting at $28) and a very nice array of tapas, pintxos and even an array of paellas, one of which would make a decent entree for two or easily round out a meal that started with tapas. The desserts are good, though not as distintive. Service is thoughtful, savvy and attentive without being fussy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas Turn on
    FoodCritic
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Delicious food, knowledgeable waiter (unfortunately not Spanish or Spanish-speaking as I had hoped), loads of vegetarian options which are usually lacking in Spanish cuisine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paella and more
    Loretto
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Delicious small plates. Wonderful manchego cheese in two different presentations-- sliced with heirlooom tomatoes or deep fried with relish--don't miss this. Traditional paella, braised short ribs that melt in your mouth and serrano wrapped dates were also favorites. I highly recommend this restaurant for tasty dishes and excellent service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Taberna Tapas Experience
    KyFriedVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Having seen several reviews of this restaurant, especially praising its food, I was excited for my taste buds, and the only "issue" was the ambiance of the restaurant itself (my wife is the real critic on this topic!). Turns out the restaurant ambiance, to me, was far superior than the deliciousness of the food. The bacon - wrapped dates were set up "to die for"; they were OK to good. The shrimp did not seem really fresh; they had that typical "freezer" burn, "fishy" taste. The paella (the tapas one) was again just OK. That particular dish I was so looking forward to and was disappointed. I don't know what to say; was the REAL chef off that night??? I doubt we'll return any time soon. The service and ambiance did make it enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great place!
    durhamlocalVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    We love Taberna--it's much more relaxed and comfortable than the competition down the street, and the food--though not groundbreaking or astounding--is delicious and varied. Excellent service, excellent wine, comfortable seats (unlike the other place!) and a great atmosphere. Our (minor) complaints are that we wish they had more specials, we think some of the dishes are a little too potato-heavy and the flatbreads are a bit dry. Otherwise top notch. We also appreciate all the vegetarian entrees--we brought a vegetarian friend there recently and had more than enough dishes to choose from. Taberna is a hidden gem.
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  • Visited by Train
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We live near the train station in Cary, so we took the family on the 20 minute ride to Durham for fun and food. The restaurant was accommodating with our reservation despite our train arriving 20 minutes late. Great seat by the window, really cool ambiance that took advantage of their old brick wall inside to give a modern feel to a neat, old building. The server knew the menu well, and the staff were all friendly. We enjoy ordering a few things at a time until we're full, so this kind of restaurant was fun. The food was excellent. There's nothing on their menu you will get at a chain restaurant. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect
    KittyCunningham
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Taberna is halfway between the Carolina Theater and DPAC. You can park and walk to dinner and the theater of your choice. When you come in the evening, they check to see if they need to help you get out in time for a show. Service is always helpful, friendly and knowledgable. Food is delicious with MANY vegetarian options clearly marked. The wine list is interesting, the bar is well stocked and they have a small but varied collection of craft beers on tap. Not designed for the entertainment of children.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 42 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 97 reviews are from the Taberna Tapas reviews archive.
  • Anthony
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Great! night out and fantastic food and great service. A touch of Spain in Durham!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • vibrant and tasty tapas
    sruss
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    We ordered a nice mix of grilled seafood tapas, a kale dish and some green beans with anchovies. All were fresh and flavorful. We also ordered Paella which was lovely - the perfect mix of warm, comforting and savory ingredients. the restaurant has a cozy, intimate atmosphere, quiet enough for easy conversation
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Started out iffy but they recovered
    DJDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We arrived 5 minutes before our reservation and where told it could be 30 minutes or so before a table would be ready. This was in the view of 3 empty tables. We were told we would have to sit at the bar even after asking why we could not sit at one of the empty tables. About 10 minutes later they moved us to one of these open tables, explaining that someone with a reservation of an hour ago had not shown up so we could have their table. So I guess if you are on time you are punished at this restaurant and if you are late they will hold your table for ONE HOUR! The food arrived quickly and was tasty. We ordered a selection of tapas and they were very good about spacing them out so we were neither overwhelmed or waiting between dishes.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, solid tapas place
    cbkem
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We recently had a late lunch at this spot. The white sangria was delicious, as were many of the tapas dishes we ordered. Others though, were just so-so. Additionally, they were out of flatbreads that day, and the flatbreads make up about 1/3 of their menu. Overall, we had a nice lunch and left feeling satisfied.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • so tasty!!
    tapasfor2
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Restaurant was very busy, however we were seated within 2 minutes with our reservation. I appreciated the hustle of the staff all night. Everyone was extremely friendly and welcoming. The waiter offered great menu suggestions and everything we ordered was amazing. The mussels, brussels sprouts, tomatoes, shrimp flat bread, i can't remember the others. I will definitely be going back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Tapas Bar
    Randy
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The food was excellent and the service was great. We had a 2 hour dinner and the tapas kept coming at the right pace. Paella was great as were the various tapas. Bacon wrapped dates and the Serrano ham coquettes were the star tapas. We will be back for more!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tapas with a Southern twist
    FineDine
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We booked Taberna Tapas for a graduation meal and had excellent tapas with local ingredients. Favorites included the Salmon with honey chipotle and brussel sprouts with pine nuts (save the honey chipotle for dipping the brussel sprouts). They also have authentic Spanish croquettes and pintxos and excellent sangria. There was beautiful Spanish guitar music playing in the background that stimluated but did not command the conversation. A notable restaurant among Durham's exploded food scene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet