Tavern 1903 at the Alberta Hotel
Tavern 1903 at the Alberta Hotel

Tavern 1903 at the Alberta Hotel

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tavern1903.com/
  • Phone: 7804240152x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 2:00pm (2-5 pm snacks)

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, (Bar till Midnight)
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm-1030 pm supper, Bar and Snacks open until 1 am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Canadian, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Larry Stewart Chef /Proprietor Tavern 1903 and Hardwaregrill
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: N/A

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 97th Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Tavern 1903 at the Alberta Hotel


Tavern 1903 in the Alberta Hotel is where the evolution of excellence in great food continues. The name pays homage to the year the Alberta Hotel was originally built, Tavern 1903 will embrace the culture and diversity of the region. The stunning vintage long bar restored to its original grandeur, complemented with a contemporary modern restaurant will provide a classic and energetic setting celebrating Canadian culture and the diverse cuisines of the world. Tavern 1903 is the place where people gather for food, conversation and fun,naturally.

The menu at Tavern 1903 will be comprised of local and national products. Influenced by the season and what’s growing, our menus will feature classic Canadian fare with a modern twist using, where available sustainable, locally and regionally sourced products from small growers and producers.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Tavern 1903 at the Alberta Hotel reviews from OpenTable diners
224 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (161)special occasion (123)hot spot (73)good for groups (67)great for outdoor dining (65)great for lunch (65)neighborhood gem (61)romantic (55)notable wine list (45)late-night find (28)vibrant bar scene (26)scenic view (16)great for brunch (9)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • Delicious food, great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Arrived with a group of 5 - we had a reservation and were seated immediately. The server was excellent, making good recommendations and making sure our drinks and waters were always full. All of the food was excellent - everybody ordered different things and nobody was disappointed. Interesting appetizers - enjoyed "The Luge" and the KFC quite a lot. It's not every day that you find a good restaurant that serves genuinely novel food, but this place delivered. Desserts were good however I was so stuffed by the time they arrived that I probably didn't enjoy them to their fullest. Altogether great experience that I would recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good thing the food's good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    This restaurant is not cheap (6 plates of shareables split among 3 people was over $100), but it's so worth it. The menu is innovative, and the portion sizes are decent. Just a couple of problems: 1) lack of free parking in the surrounding area and 2) service was a little under expectation (our water glasses were empty for a while and we had to flag our server down for refills). I would definitely dine here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Appies and wine
    Gottalovefood
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Always such an amazing food experience. The kfc cawliflower is so delicious. Very clean and great atmosphere
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Artistic presentation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    In addition to being very tasty, the food was presented very artistically. The mood music was OK, but do not let the volume get any higher.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Downtown Gem
    SmilingPatron
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Tavern 1903 is a quaint and welcoming restaurant that is very unassuming from the outside, offering a classy and warming atmosphere to its patrons. The menu is enticing for all and does offer some vegetarian options as well. Their cocktail selection is creative and in some cases quite humorous. Temperature of the dining room fluctuated quite often from comfy warm to very chilly only to warm up once again. We will be dining at Tavern 1903 again.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed
    TwinTurbo
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Tavern 1903's reputation as a delicious and popular dining destination has been secured. You really need to reserve a week ahead if you want a table for lunch at this restaurant. I can understand why. The menu is varied and interesting and the restaurant is beautiful. Staff greet guests warmly and service is prompt, efficient and pleasant. Our Thai salads were extremely generous and tasty portions. My dining companion and I are both healthy eaters and we came hungry, but we honestly couldn't finish our plates - leave that to the chef and manager to interpret... I will return to this spot and I recommend it without hesitation - but reservations are a must.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Server was super friendly, attentive and quick. Lunch was great, we shared a couple of appetizers (KFC is must have!) and the buttermilk chicken. Deliciious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth every penny!
    Jennyp
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    My boyfriend and I went to tavern 1903 for the first time with 0 expectations. It was absolutely amazing. Great service, food was delicious, and their chocolate cake for desert was the best desert I have ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Agreat evening at Tavern 1903
    Kathy
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Once again an evening of wonderful food and excellent service. The tomato burrata salad is my favourite appetizer and the pudding in a jar my favourite dessert. Entrees are always wonderful! Its especially nice to have unlimited sparkling water too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FANTASTIC experience, service, food
    lavenderfields
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I loved every aspect of dining at Tavern 1903! The food was thoughtful and delicious, the server was attentive and knowledgeable, and the overall experience was 10/10. This would be a perfect spot for special occasions, although I also really enjoyed it for just a night out with friends. Prices were reasonable and the food quality was vastly above other restaurants in a similar price range. Definitely one of my favourite spots in Edmonton!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I've been here many times for lunch and I love it. The food is so great. Great price point for high end food as well. I don't find the service to be all that great, but it has never been bad.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • love2dine
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food was fabulous. Our waiter was very attentive. Temperature of the restaurant was very cool at times
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Treat
    Nornironlad
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We went here to celebrate a birthday. This was our first visit and I have to say that the food and service were outstanding. The restaurant was very busy but our food arrived in a timely fashion. Unfortunately the stuffed marrow bone was sold out but the lobster roll was very tasty. The Pig-nic followed and did not dissappoint. We also had the potato crusted salmon. The Glenlivit butterscotch pudding was a treat. We would certainly go back and it is well worth a visit. My only complaint was that our table was below a vent and occasionally the air was very cold.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Expected more
    wantedmore
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Were so stoked to be dining here. Maybe just ordered the wrong stuff, but none of our party of four were blown away. Liked the cheese and the dessert a lot. After-dinner liqueur was served in a dirty glass, replaced quickly, but with only a verbal apology, no adjustment to the bill. Liked the ambience, but probably won't go back, given how many great places there are to dine downtown.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Eskimo game
    TFree
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We came for dinner before Eskimo game we had several shareable dishes which we all great, and we took dessert to go for hotel room after game. Dinner was great and the Eskimo's won who could ask for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    AlanaNichole
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This place was fantastic!! The mozza stuffed meatballs were one of the greatest things I've ever eaten!! Will definitely be returning! And our server was fantastic, I wish I could remember his name!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Food good, service pleasant and well trained, noisy at times.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yet another great restaurant.
    GrantA
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Had lunch with a friend at this new restaurant. The service was excellent and the food was outstanding. We both had the cedar plank salmon. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Really like this place!
    MissDuchess
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My boyfriend and I shared two appies- the crab cakes and "nice big salad". Both were amazing; the crab cakes came with a corn relish & chipotle aioli, it was a great combination of flavors. I would say these crab cakes were probably the best I've eaten in this city. The salad was also very good with the roasted edamame & vinaigrette. For entrees I ordered the lemon garlic chicken and my boyfriend ordered the curry seafood bowl. The chicken was very good; it was accompanied with goat cheese mashed potatoes (OMG) & veggies. The curry bowl though, was lackluster. The curry flavor was nonexistent, most of the seafood was overcooked & the noodles were chewy. We sent it back & they had no problem taking it off the bill. Server was great as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best birthday find
    hodgepodgie
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I had chosen to go out here with my family for my 21st birthday, and am I ever glad I did. The lobster mac and cheese was amazing, but the chocolate cake? Oh my god, it stole the show. Great place, and great prices for the quality of the food. Our waiter was super nice as well, left us alone when we were talking, but was readily available if we needed anything. Thanks for making my 21st a night to remember (and dream about coming back)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What is up with the servers?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Our server really did a poor job. I had been once before and the service was bad; I didn't think it could get worse - I was wrong. The food was okay. Half the dishes were enjoyable, the other half we didn't like at all.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Disappointed
    nomnom12
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Went for our anniversary dinner. My husband, being the burger connoisseur, said he had the best burger he has ever had. I ordered the Thai curry bowl and it was delicate, but I found it bland. We had the duck confit tacos and it was good. Too spicy for my taste, but still good nevertheless. The ribs with coffee bbq sauce was fantastic! We will definitely be returning to savor more goodies! Thanks for a great night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time to Tavern 1903
    Suzielicious
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    It was a great experience and the food was different and delicious! The only thing is that it was quite pricy...however, I'd go back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    Girlwithtaste
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Started off in the bar- waited 20 mins for our drinks - dinner menu limited. A/c was freezing, dinner mediocre. Lobster mac-fantastic. Would we go back? Maybe just for lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!
    YYZtoYEG
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Probably my favourite restaurant in Edmonton. Consistent, delicious, great vibe, wonderful waitstaff. Dining room can be a bit chilly by the windows, but staff are accommodating if you bring this to their attention.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • thedeliciousdiary
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food is well made and service is excellent. All the alcoholic drinks were excellent. Little disappointed that made reservation online and was still seated in the bar area. The bar area was tight and uncomfortable. The table we sat at was so close to the stools that were at the bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique and Creative Food and Drinks
    pipeliner80
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We loved the restaurant, great ambiance. The food was terrific with some very creative twists. The drinks were great. If you like scotch try the "Meat Hook"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    It was good, the food is always good and reasonably priced. Service has been amazing in the past but was mediocre at best this time. Nonetheless, it is a great place.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A midweek treat
    JacquieB
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Friends and I met at Tavern 1903 for a casual dinner midweek. The service was friendly, attentive, but not intrusive. The dining room was welcoming with a modern ambience, an interesting contrast to the traditional Alberta Hotel it was housed in. The salads were fresh and flavourful with seasonal veggies. The pork belly was pull-apart yummmy! Our entrees were varied, but each was well-prepared. The lobster mac and cheese was highlighted by the taste of truffle. The earthy taste could have overwhelmed the sweet lobster but didn't. The Thai seafood bowl had sophisticated flavours in the coconut curry broth, with great taste but not too much heat. The braised short-ribs were fall-apart excellent, accented by the BBQ sauce. An enjoyable meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The fries were not up to standard Rest of food was good carrot cake excellent
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lobster Mac 'n Cheese
    mommafoodie
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Absolutely amazing Mac'n Cheese dish. My partner raved about the Kobie burger being the best in the city!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Two words: Deviled Eggs
    dzed
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Everyone knows about the KFC, I've had it a couple times and it's certainly a favorite. But with my girlfriend being gluten intolerant I don't order it when I'm out with her. So we come for the deviled eggs. At $5 they're a steal, and the execution is fantastic. Bacon? Sriracha? Yes please. It's a double order for sure. I would personally take a pass on the Pig-Nic because I found the chop way too dry (serve that baby rare, I ain't scared) so just go straight for the ribs/pork belly which are deadly. Try the Arberg In the Morning for a cocktail, scotch based cocktails are the frontier! Staff is extremely gluten-knowledgeable, and that's a big reason 1903 is a regular return visit for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Food
    Dessertalicious
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My husband and I dined here for our 5th wedding anniversary. The food was amazing. I had the salmon, which seemed to be a popular choice for the ladies, and my husband had the short rib. We both loved the parmesan fries that came with his dish. He tried the chocolate cake and I tried the cheesecake parfait, which was a bit too sweet for me. We regretted having dessert, since we were really too full to enjoy it. I would definitely go back to this restaurant. The service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • creative cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    This was my second visit to restaurant and I enjoyed the food as much as the first time. Had 4 "shareable" dishes with my friend and we both enjoyed all of them. The salad we had with heirloom tomatoes was a bit disappointing as I found it a bit too bitter for my taste and slim on tomatoes and lacking much flavour in dressing but otherwise highly recommend the KFC, Meatballs stuffed with mozzarella and my fave was the lobster roll. Fantastic and don't share with your friend like I did!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ignored by waiter
    Bizfoodie
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I was hosting an out-of-town business guest for dinner with my colleague and the waiter ignored me when asking if anyone wanted anything other than water until I "raised my hand" and spoke up as he was about to walk away. My other two colleagues were also asked how they enjoyed their meals while I was ignored. I wonder if this has anything to do with the fact that I am female and my two colleagues are male. The service improved slightly by the end of the night as I was asked if I wanted another drink; however, by then I felt thoroughly diminished. I dine at many fine restaurants for both business and pleasure across North America and this is the first time that I have been singled out and treated this way.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Lunch, dinner or drinks is always great at Tavern 1903.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing Find!
    foodforlife
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    This restaurant had a great ambiance! The service was excellent and the food was even better! The Burrata, K.F.C, the Charcuterie Plate and the Mac n' Cheese were all amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    foodie1345
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I definitely recommend this restaurant, the presentation of the food was amazing. Great food, great service. The waitress was very helpful and the Korean Fried Cauliflower was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not the best!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The actual restaurant, itself, was absolutely beautiful; beautifully decorated with a lovely patio! I normally don't write reviews but I feel as though this place has potential so I'd like to help. Maybe our server was new, but the service was unbelievably slow on her behalf. We sat for an hour before everyone had a drink, and there were only 7 of us. We also wanted to order food but, since our server took so long with the drink orders, we didn't have time to all order food. We were also shocked at the 18% added gratuity ... that's a lot for an assumed gratuity, especially when the service was so very poor. As well, the receipt quoted a 15% added gratuity, but all of our receipts showed 18%. Very poor service for a very high price.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Maple Bacon Donuts...
    daringtotry
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Need I say more? Put these on your bucket list. They are a must try. I expected to enjoy the sweet/salty combo but when the donuts arrived warm as well, that just put them over-the-top good. Oh yes, the restaurant is not half bad neither. From the atmosphere to the food to the service, everything was top-notched. Give Tavern 1903 a try, you will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic