Table Fifty-Two
Table Fifty-Two

Table Fifty-Two

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.tablefifty-two.com/
  • Phone: 3125734000x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm

    Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 1:30pm

    Closed Monday

    Holiday Closures: New Years Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Chef Art Smith
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Table Fifty-Two's upstairs dining room is available for private events of up to forty people for dinner or fifty-five for a reception.
  • Private Party Contact: Morgan Oliver or Chas Hambright 3125734000x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Clark & Dearborn Streets
  • Public Transit: CTA Red Line Trains to Clark/Division stop
    #22 Clark Street Bus
    #36 Broadway Bus
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Table Fifty-Two offers valet parking. There is also an unaffiliated parking garage directly across the street.
    This is an historic residential neighborhood, available street parking is always an unexpected bonus!
A word from Table Fifty-Two
Welcome to Chef Art Smith's signature restaurant, Table Fifty-Two, the home of Southern hospitality in Chicago. Whether you are dining in the high-ceiling elegance of the upstairs dining room or the cozy, gathered-around-the-hearth comfort of the downstairs dining room, you will feel the warmth and welcoming spirit of Table Fifty-Two. His cuisine, sourced from the finest organic farms in the Midwest and ranging from Low-Country Shrimp with Stone-Ground Grits to Pistachio-Crusted Chicken Breast with Coconut-Ginger-Chili Sauce, Table has received raves from the public and food critics alike. Chef Art approaches cooking and dining the same way his mother and aunts and grandmother did, in the grand tradition of the South: use the freshest seasonal ingredients, prepare them lovingly and share them with your family and loved ones.
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Table Fifty-Two reviews from OpenTable diners
194 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (127)neighborhood gem (104)special occasion (98)romantic (93)great for brunch (44)notable wine list (31)good for groups (20)hot spot (19)kid-friendly (10)great for lunch (7)great for outdoor dining (5)vibrant bar scene (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Amazing food...
    cj60609
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The only reason you want to come here is if in fact you're in love with good food. This southern style menu is just the right touch for the big city. I'll be back for sure...
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Great for brunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We booked for Sunday brunch with the girls and had the first seating at 10:30. The service from host to server was excellent and the food was absolutely amazing. Our server made a couple of suggestions that we all enjoyed. The apple fritters and the chicken and waffles were to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    If you are not a fan of fried food, you will have a difficult time finding something eatable on the menu. Fried green tomatoes were tasteless. The fried catfish was all breading an no fish. Beet salad was decent but nothing special. I've eaten better southern cooked meals with a plastic fork. The open oven adjacent to the seating area made the restaurant uncomfortably hot. By the end of the meal I had a stomach ache and wanted to go home.
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  • A hidden gem
    adrie
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Delicious southern food in the heart of Chicago. We will definitely be back
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • A wonderful dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Great food and generous portions! Don't miss the fried chicken!!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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  • Art Can't Do Wrong
    kwoman
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Seriously, if you haven't been here for brunch you are doing a disservice to yourself. The chicken and waffles are on point; pear pancakes w/ ricotta topping are good but a bit rich for my blood; the shrimp in the "shrimp and grits" is amazing the grits are only okay; and their newest dish the brisket w/ a poached egg is phenomenal. The mac n' cheese and biscuit and gravy sides never disappoint so be sure not to skip those. And even though the staff can be a little slow, they are super nice and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but not great
    Sjbailey
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We enjoyed our brunch but it does not compare to some other great spots in Chicago, Iced tea for $5.00 seems a little high to me, service was okay, no sweeteners on the table and took forever to flag a waiter. my poached eggs were well prepared but barely warm and the English muffin was less than 2 inch diameter, with very little meat...for $16. Yolk had huge delicious portions for a much. Lower price, probably why there is a line outside and this restaurant was not packed or folks waiting.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FrequentFineDiner
    FrequentFineDiner
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We arrived 5 minutes before our reservation.. Made 2 months in advance.. Only to stand on a curb and be treated very rude by the hostess which later turned out to be the manager.. Pretty sad! By the time she was finished being rude we were about ready to cancel and walk out! A huge part of the dining experience is customer service. I never have to dine here again. Not to mention it was a 110 degrees in the upstairs dining area..You can take a chance but beware it could ruin your disposition for the entire night! Proceed with caution... Rude people ruin my tastebuds!!!!!
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  • Mediocrity at its finest! Overrated
    Crewof16
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    arrived 15 mins early. We were greeted with a snappy tone and the hostess (black male) was very pushy. He and his (manager) were confused by the 3 different reservations we had (larger party) all at 830pm. We didn't mind being split as we had 3 separate reservations. She (manager shirt with dark hair) refused to sit part of the party even though she had empty tables. Basically acted as if we were inconveniencing her. As I arm wrestled her to give good service, I noticed she was verbally expressing her frustration to her staff while we watched. Super unprofessional. Catfish was under seasoned and a very thick cut. Yuk. Greens were good and vinegary. waiter was rude charged me $80 for a $34 bill and said it was my fault. Dispute. Never again.
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  • Really wanted to like it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Almost 30 minute wait despite reservation. Our group ordered a variety of dishes. Menu online at their website is not accurate. Long wait after ordering. Complimentary small herbed biscuits were tasty but only one per person....and no more. Hoped they would be more flexible given the wait. Shrimp and grits was good. Deviled eggs disappointing. Mac and cheese not as great as other reviews. Frogmore stew was tasty but portion size was exceptionally small. Fried chicken was just meh. Collards were a bit too salty. Service staff were not particularly friendly or customer oriented. Couldn't get separate checks which was difficult. We enjoy Art Smith on food TV channels. Can only believe he would want better for "his" restaurant.
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  • Alcohol prices out of line!
    MSBBQ
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our southern inspired meal but were put off by the outrageous prices for drinks and wine! The prices for food were fair, but $17 for a martini??? Give me a break! We won't return!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale Southern Cooking
    RichVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    8 of us went and had a wonderful meal and a lot of fun. Everything was well prepared, flavorful. Particularly enjoyed the corn fritter, mac and cheese, fried green tomatoes, catfish, shrimp and grits.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great cocktails, disappointing food
    IHdinerVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Nice restaurant in an interesting edge location. The cocktails were very good - exactly what you expect from a high end Chicago spot. Unfortunately the food was not great. We had the deviled egg appetizer which was pretty good and interesting, but after that the food was under-seasoned, or ill-conceived and the service was lacking. In gerneral the food was OK/good, but I would not go back for the food at that pricepoint
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  • Beautiful and delicous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I was recommended to Table Fifty Two and I was not disappointed. I was dining alone since I was on a conference; they have a small bar area and it was perfect for me. I felt comfortable and staff were attentive but not overpowering. The restaurant is beautiful and cosy and the food was delicious. Apparently it is a Sunday tradition to have the Fried Chicken; Yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Service and Food
    ChefColin
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The food was perfect, the quality all around was extremely high, the service was friendly and enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 5 stars
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Impeccable service and even better food! I will recommend to all who ask.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional!
    Millie
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Exquisite food and service from a top notch restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Impressed
    DinedSolo
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I really liked this cozy spot. I was grateful for the well cooked fried chicken and greens with turkey. And thank you for acknowledging my friend's birthday.
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    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Left feeling disappointed
    NicoleBVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Greeting upon entering the restaurant was nice and waiter promptly visited to go through the specials. Yet, after we placed our order, we never saw our waiter again, only the assistants. The starter provided by the restaurant of cheesy biscuits was delicious and our fried green appetizer was great. My pork entree was disappointing and I've never seen pork served so rare with a cold center, but the fried chicken entree was good. Overall, didn't feel like we got good value.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious food!
    Nigelladelia
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The food was so good. The Pecan Pie was amazing. The service was really fantastic and friendly.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great southern twist!
    TexasDiva
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I am from the South and love the cuisine of my home. The chef at Table Fifty-Two did an amazing job of taking the typical flavors of the south but using them in combinations that I have never had before! Everything was excellently executed and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance...good food
    JenlindseyVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Loved the dining room, good service, but the food was very salty!! I had scallops which I wouldn't normally salt and they were covered in a salty seasoning. The pork tenderloin was fairly salty too but nothing in comparison to the scallops. Deviled eggs were great!
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and good atmosphere
    Chrane
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We tried the buttermilk fried chicken, and the catfish entrees. The catfish was seasoned beautifully and the fried chicken was the best I've ever had. Definitely two awesome dishes.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Great Food
    EmNo
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This was my second visit. First time absolutley fabulous, this second time the food was great but sadly the service was lacking. It took our waitor a while to remember my friend's coffee and then when we added on a mac and cheese he was no where to be found so we asked the gentleman when he came to refill our water. Overall the food was excellent just wish we had a little bit better sevice since I bring guests who are in town there.
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    great for brunch, great for lunch
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I have enjoyed an Art Smith cookbook, Kitchen Life, for many years so was excited to discover this restaurant. We went as a group of five and had an excellent evening of visiting. A special favorite was the shrimp and grits appetizer. We had a very good waiter which added to the fun of the evening spent with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • goodfoodfirstVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Having lived in North Carolina for several years, I truly appreciate Southern cooking. Table 52 teased, but didn't quite deliver. Corn fritters were tasty, but shrimp and grits was just OK. we never got the heirloom tomato salad we ordered. Fried catfish, fried chicken and three-cheese mac likewise were OK, but both were too bland for my liking. Is there any red pepper in the kitchen? Collard greens and Art's hummingbird cake were the hits of the evening. All in all, it was struck me as too expensive, especially as it is a la carte. At $24 for fried chicken, you'd think you'd get a couple sides, instead of just mashed potatoes.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Allen brothers ribeye was awesome. Mac n cheese perfect blend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sindy
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The restauranr was charming but the wait staff was a disappointment and therefore we were frustrated.. The restaurant was NOT crowded so there was no excuse to wait 15 minutes for a cocktail. At the end of the meal we had to ask for the check 3 times. The staff was kind but there was no reason for the over all delay. By the way, a local vodka martini $15! You have to be kidding
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  • Table #1 in my book
    MBeatsout
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The traditional favorites are scrumptious. If I could cook like this, I'd never go out! The service was impeccable as well. We had pork tenderloin with grilled cauliflower and a saucy with a touch of heat. From a woman who never eats cauliflower, I couldn't get enough of this pairing. Watermelon & basil gazpacho. Pimm's & stormy. Never a better mid-summer meal. Yumm! We will be back again, and again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVED IT
    shrenster
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Table Fifty-Two was our favourite dinner on our most recent weekend in Chicago. My husband had the seasonal scallops which were "the best (he's) ever had," and I tried their watermelon gazpacho (yum!) and famous fried chicken which is definitely famous for good reason. Delicious. The one dish that kept us talking all weekend was the sweet corn succotash my husband chose to accompany his scallops. It was perfect in every way and I will be emailing dear Mr. Smith for the recipe very soon! Not to mention the location and ambiance is purely and perfectly Chicagoan. Five stars across the board.
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but nothing special
    Lejla
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    It is an OK place. Interesting setting inside remodeled house. Service was a little bit slow, but everybody was friendly. Food is OK - we like to eat food that we would have hard time preparing at home but nothing on the menu is out of ordinary. And the menu is very short/small. The lights are dim, too much for my liking, couldn't read menu. Some awfully loud guests there (read young woman with annoying laugh) but nothing that restaurant can do about this. Guests were middle / upper class. Won't be back because of food selection - really limited.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • BareFoot Billy
    BareFootBilly
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Neck and neck with Commander's Palace in New Orleans for the best meal I've ever had.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow!
    Rita
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The dinner far exceeded our expectations. From start to finish, every bite was a taste sensation. Service was exceptional ..... Attentive, friendly but discreet. A kind of restaurant that we'd like to keep going back for everything on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad service
    ScarrollsVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We were sat 45mins after our reservation. While waiting we asked if we could have some biscuits and the waitress told us no. She then brought them to us but after she said she shouldn't be. She countinued through the entire with the same rude behavior. She ignores us and She threw our dessert bites on to the table. Can't say I'll be back.
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  • Party of One
    Woolly
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    As a party of one - I was on business travel - being seated at the bar by the wood oven was a great treat, after adjusting to the heat. The chef was friendly and answered my questions about the food while he kept orders moving. The meal was amazing. Two words: Duck bacon. That still makes me happy, weeks later.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Truly a great meal
    BrianVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Came here on a trip from out of town. Fantastic, as others have said. From the fried green tomatoes, to the amazing fried chicken, to the tasty risotto, we didn't go wrong.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was fresh an service was great
    Nik2
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We had a great time. Many selections of wine and the food was great. We also had a bonus of having a live piano player which made the night even more special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Timer
    FirsttimeChicagoans
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    In Chicago on vacation, my husband and I were looking forward to brunch at Table 52 for weeks. Reservations were for 10:30 and the weather was fantastic! We were seated immediately and very quickly waiter asked for our drink order. Waiter was very polite, knowledgeable and attentive, atmosphere was great. The complimentary sweet potato bread and cinnamon butter was astonishingly good! I had the fried chicken and waffles which were sadly only average. Chicken lacked seasoning. Nothing to make them stand out. My husband had boudin vert, which was good, and elegantly prepared, but again nothing that made it "pop" - the boudin was surprisingly bland. Were expecting more from a restaurant associated with the respected Art Smith.
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    great for brunch
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  • So romantic
    JerrySusanVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great restaurant all-around. Our starters were beautifully plated and dressed with the right amount of dressing. Our waiter was excellent- attentive to our wine and water glasses, etc. The ambiance on the second floor was energetic but still romantic (lighting at just the right setting, etc). Entrees were excellent; they somehow make fried fish not taste heavy. As for dessert, the pecan pie is a must. We really loved Table 52. An intimate restaurant that does everything very well.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Adorable
    Cinnamonstick
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My sister and I chose this restaurant because it was near our hotel and they had a vegetarian option for me to eat. We were both extremely happy with our meals. I had the risotto and my sister ordered the fried chicken. Both were beautifully prepared and delicious. The place was small and sweet, probably a little better suited to a romantic evening out, but we enjoyed ourselves regardless. Go for the hummingbird cake, if nothing else;)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.