The Plant Cafe Organic - Burlingame
The Plant Cafe Organic - Burlingame

The Plant Cafe Organic - Burlingame

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.theplantcafe.com/
  • Phone: 6503420242 x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: M-F 11:00am- 3pm

    Mid-Day Menu: 3pm-5pm Daily
    Dinner: Sunday and Monday 5:00pm-8:00pm

    Dinner: Tuesday through Saturday 5:00pm-9:00pm

    Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 10am-3pm
    Breakfast: Cafe- 7:30 am -10 am Daily
    Cafe Open Daily 7:30am-8pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, American, Vegetarian
  • Executive Chef: Sascha Weiss, Executive Chef -Richard Schoenacher
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: The Plant Cafe Organic is a great venue for all types of special events from a wedding rehearsal, a business lunch or dinner or a cocktail affair. Our Chefs will create a personal menu consisting of the freshest organic, sustainable and seasonal ingredients.
  • Private Party Contact: Jeff Walters at events@theplantcafe.com 4159840406x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Primrose Avenue
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is plenty of Parking spaces in all adjacent streets as well as public parking lots on Primrose and Burlingame Avenue.
A word from The Plant Cafe Organic - Burlingame
A California based Organic restaurant company, we offer all healthy dishes, fresh juices, salads, sandwiches, soups, entrees & desserts as well as Sustainable seafood and 100% organic poultry.

Extensive lunch and brunch menu with a distinct full dinner menu served seven days a week.

Cafe opens for limited outdoor seating and take out for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

We follow a farm-to-table philosophy relying on quality local produce. In many cases, food has been grown only a day or two before it is served to our guests. If it is not available locally, we search the globe in our quest for the best organic, natural or artisan quality ingredients as reflected in our coffees, teas, and spirits.

We host a full bar with organic cocktails and local, sustainable wines. We pride ourselves in offering food for all including sustainable seafood, local organic poultry, specialty pizza and delicious vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free choices.
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The Plant Cafe Organic - Burlingame reviews from OpenTable diners
67 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.9
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (31)fit for foodies (29)neighborhood gem (25)great for brunch (21)kid-friendly (14)good for groups (5)hot spot (5)vibrant bar scene (4)notable wine list (3)special occasion (3)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • KismetVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Sadly,I won't be back for a long,long time. Service has been going down steadily. When we arrived there was no hostess, only a person with bad English skills. And he could not find my reservation but lied and said it was ok and seated us. Later Open Table contacted me as a "no show" ! There seemed only one busser(same as at entrance and 1 waitress.Hostess came back though later. Food is fair not great.We were still eating our appetizer when they already brought the main course.My son had no knife and had to get it from next table.Really sad what's happening here. Wine selection is also not the best and many btg taste stale.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch special
    Chocolatelover
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Met a friend for brunch and had the special which was eggs and mushrooms and a fritter made of quinoa and other good stuff. Mighty tasty, and they have the best pancakes of any breakfast place I've gone to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great healthy food!
    Schoonman
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I've been here several times. Every time I try something new and am never disappointed. I highly recommend you try it, particularly if you're looking for healthy fair.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible on all fronts!
    JulesVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    When you ask for sweetener such as Stevia or Splenda and the server says, "I think we're out!" And then he proceeds to say, "We are out of a lot of things!" If we were not with another couple who wanted to go there, we would have gotten up and left. Then food was just as bad as ther service. The salad with chicken was totally tasteless--the chicken looked boiled in water. I have not been in a restaurant that was this bad in a LONG time. And it wasn't cheap, which was the least of our issues if it had been decent. I wouldn't send anyone to this place!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great first experience.
    Foodluvr
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The food was delicious. Loved the Dino Kale salad. My duck was delicious! Only complaint was the Clorox rinse left in my wine class...which I found after my wine was poured. Excellent wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst Service
    Fit4foodVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The service was terribly slow and the manager was ridiculously unattentive. 25 minutes to get water? We then ordered drinks and we watched our server walk away and continue to clear tables and socialize without putting our order in. Be warned.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    My friend and I hadn't seen each other for a while and it was a great place to catch up.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Plant Based Savior!
    LuckyMe49VIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    So glad to have a "green" place to eat! Great healthy choices and wonderful dessert as well. Will be happy to go back. Have been twice for dinner and once for lunch in ONE month! Great alternative in our new eating regime!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Overall, we enjoyed dining here! The quinoa and the halibut were VERY good...but my husband ordered a salad and was very disappointed. Servers were very friendly and we never felt rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for vegans - more ketchup!!
    wifeisvegan
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    My wife is hard core vegan and I am mostly vegan. Our sever was VERY accommodating and knowledgeable. She was passionate about good service and it really showed. She made a small mistake here or there, but it was great having a vegan server who knew what she was doing!!! The food was excellent too. My son (hard core omnivore) ate the plant burger and thought it quite good. The smoothies were outstanding. My only complaint was the tiny ramekin of ketchup. What is up with that? Is there a worldwide ketchup shortage? I understand not putting the Costco size bottle on the table, but maybe a bigger serving? There were four of us with potato fries (excellent by the way!). Give me some more ketchup!!! Otherwise excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Organic/Gluten Free
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We picked The Plant Cafe in Burlingame as it was convenient for us to come from different parts of the Peninsula, but especially because the menu was organic and had many gluten free options. It did not disappoint.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful organic food!!
    Dorenestable
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I am eating organic, and we had a delicious and innovative dinner at the Plant!!! It has a lovely interior and presentation and service were excellent!!! All the food was prepared very well, our favorite of the night was a roasted cauliflower soup, but everything was great! The pan seared coconut crusted halibut with mango salsa was great too!! We need a Plant in the South Bay!!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Two complaints
    gflo185
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    1. We ordered two appetizers and one did not get served. We had to ask for the second appetizer when they brought out our entrees. 2. My date ordered the cocount crusted halibut and found it to be bland, not flavor. The mango salsa was non existent. The ambiance was nice. Prices were reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem!
    LuckyMe49VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Recently went on a plant based program with many restrictions. I was able to have SO many choices here! Took an out of town younger friend and she was amazed, as was my husband. We even had a nut based non dairy dessert! Service was great, accommodated us with any requests we had and most attentive to our table the whole time there. We for sure will go back here again - we have to, in order to try more of their delicious menu! It's not "cheap" (about $80 tab for 3, no wine) but you get what you pay for in this life! It IS good, clean food however!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK
    dining101
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This restaurant is visually pleasing. However the seating is quite uncomfortable. There food is ok. I ordered the halibut and the fish was not so good. The first time it came out of the kitchen it was rare in the inside. And the fish itself was bland. I eat halibut in Seattle Washington which is always amazing, so maybe they just don't get the high quality halibut here.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • KismetVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Wine needs to get better or the bottles for the open wines are open too long and the wine looses its flavor. Everything else ok only some portions too big, ie the "small" Cobb Salad is actually big.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal with my vegan daughter!
    ViciB
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    This restaurant serves very fresh ingredients and the dishes are well prepared. It was wonderful to have the choice of vegan, gluten-free and regular dishes all on the same menu. We ordered a vegan salad to share, and it was really good. Then she was able to order a vegan burger and I had meat on my pizza. The staff was attentive and the cocktails were great too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    I have been the the Plant several times now, and most of the time things are great. Sunday I modified my order a bit due to dietary restrictions and yet they brought the meal as it was on the menu. :( My boyfriend ate his breakfast and offered to share as I waited. The bill came and there was no discount or anything...seems like they could have given me a free cup of tea or something for having to wait. I was a but peeved but it was still a good experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu is great
    Food1234
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I love having a healthy choice option for lunch on Burlingame Ave. Menu has enough variety for even my picky son. Food does not disappoint. However, as of late, the service leaves something to be desired. The last 2 times it has taken 15-25 minutes to place our food order and repeated requests for simple things like cream and sugar for coffee.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LRDiner
    LRDiner
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Great brunch menu - definitely want to go back for lunch and dinner! Service was excellent and all 32 meals were tasty and healthy. There were additional menu items we'd like to try next time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hot spot
    Luvvegan7
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I love coming to the Plant Cafe Organic the first time I went I had these incredible pancakes with coconut pineapple whipping cream! To die for! Very yummy! Other times I've gone I've had the veggie burger which is very different from other places very filling besides being very delicious. Overall the presentation of the food, the taste and the service is awesome. Great place for vegans!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh food but mediocre service
    ToniVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This was my 2nd visit. The first time I had the Cobb salad and it was delicious. Fresh ingredients and a fresh approach on presentation. Service was poor then too, even though it was a slow night. Visited again for lunch and had the beet salad and it was okay, a little overdressed. My friend had the Plant 5 salad and enjoyed it. We had to flag down our waiter and the busboy repeatedly to request water. I finally asked them to leave the bottle. They also have a brunch menu so you have lots of options.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quinoa
    wwhealthy
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Salad was delicious. Easy to share dishes. Nice atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Non-Vegetarian Eats No Meat
    BoilerManVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I picked the restaurant for a friend from New Zealand who is a vegetarian. The Plant is not just a vegetarian restaurant. I ate vegetarian and was well surprised. I had the Plant Burger and it was tasty. I actually left the restaurant with my unfinished burger and my son devoured it when we got home. My wife had the duck and it must have been good as she had no leftovers. We would revisit the Plant when in the area!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definately Popular
    BBoyVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Popular place, staff seemed hip to the needs of all the kids.. Menu was okay, but it may have just been me.. Nothing really sounded inviting.. a lesson in creative menu writing may have helped!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Healthy and delicious!
    marinbritta
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    I love Plant for their dedication to local, organic and healthy foods, including an amazing variety of gluten free and vegan options. This was my first visit to their Burlingame location, and on top of the delicious food and wine, we received truly outstanding service. Their food and service is so high end that my only wish would be for them to have a more elegant, white table cloth type of location as well for those special occasion dinners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Organicgirl
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We came for lunch for the first time - thankfully with reservations! The staff is warm and friendly and accommodating without hovering - which is great. The food is excellent - even my friends who aren't health nuts loved it. The prices are affordable, as well. The only downside was the noise. It was hard for my friends and I to hear each other - of course we were sitting in the middle and that might have had something to do with it. I hope dinner time is a bit quieter - can't wait to find out. Overall, I give our experience a 9.5. Thanks and keep up the good work :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 40 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.4
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 106 reviews are from the The Plant Cafe Organic - Burlingame reviews archive.
  • Brunch
    DolceVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    This was the third time I went to this restaurant. The food is ok. I prefer the juices and the coffee.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK restaurant
    LeungVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Food is OK. The kitchen closes at 9p.m. on Saturday, which I think is too early. I do not like the goat cheese. The scallops appetizer is great.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner at The Plant
    CatJxn
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    When we got there we seated promptly. When ordering drinks we were told that they were out if the options that my Mom wanted. It was disappointing that they were out of popular items. We ordered an appetizer, pea and burrata crostini, and our entrees, plant burger and halibut. From that point service was slow, our waitstaff was nice & friendly, but the dishes took a while to arrive. The crostini was unimpressive and the mint leaves on top were wilted and a little brown. My plant burger was the texture of mashed potatoes and really bland. The halibut was crusted with coconut and the sauce was sweet. All in all the food was not very good & while the servers were nice, they were not enough to make up for the food.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Healthy & Delicious
    anniep55
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    This is the third time I have visited The Plant Cafe Organic and I am a believer. The food is delicious and varied. Great for vegans,vegetarians, omni eaters and those looking to try something healthy. There is a bar and wine list for those wishing to drink. I recommend the salads and desserts as they are delicious and usual.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad meal in Burlingame
    peterVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Really disappointed in the food quality and vapid disinterested service! We've been before, and we've been to the location on the SF waterfront. But some of the food this night in Burlingame was shockingly poor. The soba salad with Salmon was bad -- they must have run out of soba noodles -- two at our party of four had this dish and between them there might have been 1/4 cup on noodles hidden in two big bowls of greens. The "cured" salmon was salty and fishy and in this case, not much of it was okay. One of our party was served Rock Cod as a (cheaper) sub for Halibut which was explained away as "more sustainable" -- Really just felt like "higher margin" for an expensive entree. Hard to imagine going back to The Plant in Burlingame.
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  • Excellent food
    Aloha808
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Great service, nutritious food, food is filling . I rather spend my money at the the plant cafe then a resturant who serves unhealthy food.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • otdinerVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    I had seen this restaurant when it opened last year and had wanted to try it for some time. My friend and I had a great lunch. The table I requested wasn't ready; we were directed to the bar where we could order a starter or lunch, and then move to a table when available. There was a slight mix up and our complete lunch was brought to the bar. We were enjoying talking to the server behind the counter and were very comfortable eating there, so we decided not to move when our table was available. We split our entire meal; spring rolls, the dino kale salad, and crab and lobster sandwich. The portions were generous and very tasty.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    Tyla
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The food is delicious and full of fresh produce and the service is exceptional. My teenagers love it and I feel good about the nutritional profile they get there. My husband and I had the duck and halibut for dinner and they were wonderful and we felt great afterwords, not bogged down from excessive butter and starch like most restaurants. My kids love the plant burger and the smoothies. They even have interesting cocktails which appeals to my husband who is interested in the mixology scene. I am gluten sensitive and try to keep my eating profile full of produce and this is one of the few restaurants helps me adhere to that without sacrificing taste. The hostess and the managers are fantastic, so friendly, efficient and professional.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not yummy
    YummyVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Gave ice in a dirty glass. Only saw the server when he took the order. Very bad service
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  • Organic paradise
    Johnny1965
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed the relaxed feeling of this place. The beet salad was excellent and our main dishes of Halibut & Pan Seared Chicken Breast were even better. Not only would I come back to this place (which I did the next day) I would recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great brunch near the airport
    etalors1
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    met friends from out of town on their way to the airport for brunch here. the staff was so accommodating even though we were late for our reservation. food was delicious, even the kids finished their plates. perfect location on the peninsula on burlingame ave, easy to park. beautiful restaurant setting, organic /locally sourced food so you don't have to compromise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was nice as usual but
    KismetVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Food was nice as usual but don't know what happened to service and kitchen. It took 20 minutes for appetizers to arrive and then again 15 minutes after our plates were cleared for the main course to arrive. Equally as long for dessert to come. ?? Hope they will fix this soon.
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  • improve on brunch on weekends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I recommened to my friends. We all disappointed on food. Nothing special but higher prices. Weekday lunch is worthwhile for prices and showed unique flavors.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic