The Black Sheep Restaurant At The Kendall Hotel
The Black Sheep Restaurant At The Kendall Hotel

The Black Sheep Restaurant At The Kendall Hotel

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.kendallhotel.com/dining-events
  • Phone: (617) 577-1300
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from The Black Sheep Restaurant At The Kendall Hotel
Situated in the lobby of the historic Kendall Hotel, the Black Sheep Restaurant is dedicated to the building’s past as a Victorian firehouse and to fine dining in Cambridge, Mass. The firefighters of Engine 7 considered themselves the “black sheep” of the Cambridge Fire Department, and the Kendall honors their memory with our restaurant. The menu offers daily selections created by our chef using organic and locally grown produce. Our cozy dining room creates a welcoming atmosphere, with a menu offering both classic and innovative American home-style cooking. Our philosophy is simple: purchase the finest and freshest ingredients and let the food absorb them. We offer a full bar and specialize in a selection of locally brewed beers and selected wines from wineries around the United States.
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The Black Sheep Restaurant At The Kendall Hotel reviews from OpenTable diners
43 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (22)great for lunch (16)fit for foodies (14)great for outdoor dining (13)good for groups (5)special occasion (4)romantic (3)notable wine list (2)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)hot spot (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • MeganVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We had a great private team lunch in the private Fire Engine Room. The staff was friendly and attentive. Great food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unexpected pleasure in Kendall Square
    SeacoastFoodie
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    The intimate setting in the Black Sheep Restaurant delighted me, and was unexpected in a hotel restaurant. However, The Kendall is a small, boutique, historic hotel and the unique styling came through in the lovely soft lighting, comfortable bench seating and décor with charming nods to its history as a firehouse. The restaurant is set off nicely by the fireplace and seating in the small waiting area, and shielded from the hotel entrance by a sound-barrier half-wall which was very effective. We each had perfectly grilled salmon served with grilled asparagus and black wild rice, with nice presentation. My daughter's tomato soup had a pleasant sharpness - again - unexpected. Servers were solicitous and very friendly without interrupting our conversation. You can't beat the location near the bus and subway transportation, plenty of street-side free parking after 6 PM, and walking distance to MIT. Nice evening! We'll definitely be back and have already told friends about our new "find".
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet and a bit deserted
    CherryVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    A friend of mine visiting town and I went on a Monday night, and I was surprised at the complete lack of people in the restaurant. The place is cute, with some good standard New England fare, nothing too out of the ordinary. If you want a casual chill night out in the neighborhood, this is your spot.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Walked by many time decided to try
    RobSVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Really nice spot. Not a lot of tables, not a long menu, but really solid cooking done here. Cheese plate was also nicely presented and the wine list, while not a lengthy, is very smartly put together. The only downside was some clumsily done service, where not a lot of communication was done between the staff and simple things were forgotten or missed. The food is terrific, but the service could use a little upgrading. I'll not walk by however without stopping in when I am next in town. Deserves another try because the food and wine are terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent dinner!
    NoName
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The scallops were perfectly prepared; the mixed winter vegetables a lovely accompaniment and the quinoa was a welcome alternative to mashed potatoes (although the quinoa might have have had a little more flavor, maybe like a pilaf). All in all, though, dinner was very good and we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Black Sheep Rocks
    BravoVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    It never fails to amaze me how good the food at the Kendall Hotel's Black Sheep. Their chef is fantastic and always trying new and innovative food. The filet mignon is one of the best I've ever had as well as their salmon and scallops. The other night we had a crispy cauliflower appetizer which was excellent and the caprise salad with aged balsamic simply delicious and for my main course I had the ribeye which was off the charts!!! The Balck Sheep is a neighorhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Filet Mignon
    BritishBostonianVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    A friend and I stumbled upon the Black Sheep Restaurant (while trying to earn 1000 pts on Open Table). We were enticed by the menu, which among other dishes, listed an 8oz filet mignon for only $31 (including mash potato and vegetables). This seemed very reasonable compared to other restaurants in the Boston/Cambridge area. I'm glad to say that we were not disappointed. We greatly enjoyed our steaks, which were seasoned nicely and perfectly cooked (rare and medium-rare, as requested). Bread was provided free-of-charge, including warm cornbread. Service was good. Our only complaint is that the restaurant is tiny, and the tables are too close together. (Request a table by the wall, if possible). But the steak was well-worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • RoCrowVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We rarely go into Cambridge but had an errand- the restaurants in the area are many but we tried Black Sheep really for the location and that it's heading out of the town. We were very pleasantly surprised: we were very early for our res., but we were still seated almost immediately even though the dining area was not yet open. The service was helpful and considerate. We shared a cheese plate which was to die for- the cheese was a soft cake with a delicate flavor- delicious ! I had scallops and my husband had the cod- both meals were beautifully prepared to perfection. The wine offerings were not many, but we found a favorite. Such a lovely experience- I would have taken a room for the night, but we drove the 20 miles home, content.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small menu, well done
    Caca
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Tiny dinning room with short menu, but everything we ordered was great. Selection is the basics, nothing exotic. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy but good
    Rich
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    For four people lunch we had soups (chili, tomato) salads (cob, green) and a sandwich (tuna melt). All dishes were very good ( I tasted all). The bread in my sandwich was truly excellent. Our portions and those of other patrons were huge. I consider it a negative. You may want to order 1/2 or split a dish. Staff was accommodating and helpful and doing a good job, including enticing us to dessert menu. We resisted. At 12:30 the place was packed and very noisy, by 1:30 it was deserted. Delay your lunch if you can.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great first time visit
    bakster21
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Thought the ambiance and overall setup for the restaurant was great, and my veggie burger was well prepared. The salads are a bit expensive, though, for the price. Will try something new next time!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FMCHAPVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Food was surprisingly good. The restaurant is open to the street level, so the street noise is very obvious. While I enjoy the openness of the restaurant, you can't help but notice the gas exhaust from the passerby vehicles. The wait staff was very friendly and helpful. While the hotel entrance used to be an old fire station, the restaurant is nicely decorated and only a few memorabilia that give you the hint of its past.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Black Sheep
    LynnVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This restaurant was small, only about 7-8 tables inside and maybe 3 outside. And the tables were very close together. My husband and I had a hard time carrying on a conversation because we were between two tables of talkative people. We heard every word of their conversations without trying (or even wanting to!) The food was good, the service was good, but I personally wouldn't go out of my way to go to this restaurant. If you are staying nearby, or better yet, in the hotel (the restaurant is in the hotel lobby), then by all means, eat there.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful discovery
    Hungrymama
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    What a find- right under our noses! The service and meal could not have been better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vegetarian-friendly!
    MontomarVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Most restaurants don't offer many vegetarian options aside from the typical salads, but not Black Sheep. They have an amazing selection. Don't worry if you're not vegetarian, you'll find delicious items as well. The sandwiches and burgers should be noted as "big mouth".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Entree was great.
    scrappyinc
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The special ravioli entree was very good, however, the calamari was a little bland and the bread not to our taste. Also the cocktail I ordered was a little too sweet, although our server promptly made another one and brought it over as I think she may have over heard us discussing it. The restaurant was a little too open to the hotel lobby, could do with some glass enclosure on the hotel side, and was very quiet as there was no one there on a Saturday night, although a few people did trickle in a little later. I would think that's just Kendall as a location so would probably be much better during a work week lunch hour.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Hotel restaurants seem to get a bad rap, seems like a high percentage have poor patronage and so it was here as we were the only ones in the dining room for most of our meal. People in busy Kendall Square are missing a neighborhood gem, the service attention was great, the food was great, loved the quesadilla starter, my wife had the 8 oz filet- very tender and the salmon was also good. Conversation was-well easy, though the tables are very close together and if this place gets the attention it should it could get very hard to hear.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 155 reviews are from the The Black Sheep Restaurant At The Kendall Hotel reviews archive.
  • Great lunch
    DityVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Black Sheep has a great lunch...a nice selection of sandwiches and salads. Portions are large. I had the soup and salad combo. The cihili was excellent and the cobb salad was very good, I would have liked a little more lettuce and less of the bacon, tomatoes, eggs etc but it was very tasty and not overdressed. My friend had a chicken sandwich that was reported to be really good. The service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I highly recommend the Cobb salad here....great presentation and delicious. Ate outside on a Friday early afternoon (had a reservation) and it was quite nice...just a little noisy at times from the street ---occasional honking and what-have-you. The service was good. I will definitely be going back to the Black Sheep and the Kendall Hotel looked intriguing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nicole
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Beautiful outdoor dining area. Delicious local cuisine with wonderful service
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • fancier
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    I've eaten here several times and always the food and service are fine but the noise level is horrid. this may be the last time. We could not converse at all!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice place in the heart of Kendall
    Hmh238VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The crab cakes were amazing! Everything was served timely and fresh. Both the filet and the salmon were tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A nice spot for dinner
    EAshley
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Sophistocated kept simple was the tag line and it translated to a not too expansive menu of very nice entres. Everyone's meal was well prepared and presented. It made for a very pleasant dinner. Oh and my martini was supurb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great meal
    table4twoVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    What a wonderful find! We enjoyed dining outside, did not find the traffic noise to be a problem. Our server was attentive and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Surprise.
    letseatoutVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    I had had o.k. lunches here a number of times, but when I was looking for a less crowded place to meet colleagues for dinner, I decided to give it a chance. We were quite pleasantly surprised. The dinner menu, while not extensive, contained several appetizing choices. Two of our party had the special rib eye steak; both steaks were cooked perfectly to order and were flavorful and juicy. The roasted cod with mashed potatoes and asparagus was beautifully done and delicious! An intriguing and generous-portion kale salad was also a hit. All the dishes were artfully plated. The only negative is that we wish we had been informed that the poached pear desserts would take as long as they did and that they would come with a thick caramel sauce.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT VISIT
    HfrayVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    I have been to The Black Sheep Restaurant several times for lunch, but it has been some time since going for dinner. My niece treated me to dinner. This was her first visit. We were not disappointed. Happy about that, especially since she was paying. I will return, and also recommend this place to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • best food ever!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The food was very nice and elegant and the waitress was very nice.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Understated and Quiet
    e46iVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The dining area is small, appropriate for a boutique hotel; it was very quiet. The menu offered surprising variety, and the food was excellent, obviously prepared by an experienced chef with flair. The service was prompt and very attentive. I liked being able to see Main Street outside the window; I could imagine what it would look like with snow falling. Very enjoyable dining experience, and we plan to return in the future.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • nice place but call first if veggie
    LocalpatronVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We stayed at the Kendall and read good reviews about its restaurant, the Black Sheep, plus thought the online menu looked good, so we had dinner there. The waitress was friendly, the atmosphere was nice, and the food was good. But, there were very few vegetarian main course options, although there are appetizers and salads. The online menu showed more veggie options than there actually were that day, because it listed veggie soups & pastas that are really daily specials. The day we dined both soups and the pasta had meat in them, so our choices were limited to "kale bowl with meat left out" or "veggie burger." The veggie burger was tasty, but not quite what we had in mind for a nice meal out. The chocolate lava cake was average.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always reliable
    MiltonPickyEater
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Good solid food and great service. My go to for business lunches.
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Black Sheep: A Good Local Find
    daisy
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    We were very pleased with our dining experience at the Black Sheep, a newish restaurant in the lobby of the Kendall Hotel in Cambridge. The food is very good and the atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable. We are vegetarians and were happy to find many options to choose from. We had the crab cake appetizer, the seared cod, and the kale salad with blackened salmon -- all were excellent. The bread basket served with truffle oil was a nice, unexpected treat and the red wine was also very good. Attentive service, pleasant atmosphere, and tasty food: in all, a restaurant we would recommend.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't let the location fool you
    BarakbVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Black sheep is just a few (~10) tables in the fenced off area in the lobby of the Kendall Hotel. It might be hard to believe that they have some of the best food and service in Kendall Square, but they do. I have eaten there a few times and have never been disappointed. Wine list is creative and well chosen. Deserts are great too. Servers are beyond knowledgable and take pride in great service and great food. What more can you want. A place for a foodie dinner, lunch is simpler and accessable but still very good.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CAandMAVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Excellent lunch spot in Kendall Square with interesting salads and sandwiches, homemade potato chips. Service is always friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We could HEAR each other!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We chose to have a family dinner here because some of us are vegan/vegetarian, and some of us have food allergies, and the options seemed quite good despite the rather small menu. Everyone was happy. Best of all, the six of us ended up by ourselves in a private room, where we were able to talk around the table in a way that would have been impossible in any restaurant because there's always so much noise. The food and wine were very good, with some flexibility from the kitchen to accommodate our food issues. Our server was very attentive and friendly, and we had a really nice time. We'll definitely be back, hoping once again for that quiet little room.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    very consistent food, Atmosphere is warm and homey with the seating area attached to the dining room.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'll be back.
    carlickVIP
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    Traveling in Boston/Cambridge, we picked this restaurant through OpenTable reviews. They were good, positive, and we found, understatements. A very warm small, intimate setting, and charming staff. The menu items were all appealing to us; the dishes we tried were exceptional combinations of quality ingredients, skilled preparation, and inventive recipes.
    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.
  • Great night out!
    Mich
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    This was our first time dining at black sheep and it was great! We were able to sit outside on the patio and enjoy the night air. The food was beautifully presented and the portions left us feeling satisfied, not stuffed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We savored our Filet Mignon,
    OpTabVIPVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    We savored our Filet Mignon, Haddock, and special order Penne Pasta tonight! Love this place!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • closed for renovation
    RJones
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    They were closed and instead of telling open table they were not taking any reservations, they took mine
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Breakfast vs Dinner is... Night&Day
    FrenchieVIP
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    We really enjoy the atmosphere and decoration at the Black Sheep. Their breakfast buffet inside the hotel is a gem in my opinion, it's very affordable, especially for a buffet! We went to dinner a couple of times at night, because it was the only restaurant open relatively late, and we remember our good experience for breakfast. Unfortunately, the portions were very small, and extremely pricey. Though the food was very good, though.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.