The Saint
The Saint

The Saint

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thesainttavern.com/
  • Phone: (647) 350-2100
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday 4:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
    Friday - Saturday 4:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.


    Brunch

    Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Jesse Vallins
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Dundas St W
  • Public Transit: The TTC stops at the corner of Ossington Ave, and Dundas St W. a two minute walk north of The Saint Tavern. You can take either the Dundas W streetcar or the Ossington Bus.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Ample on street parking as well as a public pay parking lot at the rear of our building.
A word from The Saint
A modern take on a classic American tavern, The Saint is a friendly neighbourhood spot located on the very popular Ossington strip in Toronto. Our menu derives from ethically sourced ingredients, meticulously executed to best showcase the familiar flavours of North American cuisine.
With hospitality that provide all the comforts of home, our contemporary space evokes a nostalgic bistro-style feel. We offer booth seating for intimate evenings, a 20 seat zinc bar for those for those looking to sample a signature cocktail, one of our many featured beers or a casual dinner in a vibrant atmosphere while watching the game.
Paying homage to the Wesley United Church, the original Saint on Ossington and a pillar of the community built in 1875 on the corner of Ossington and Dundas, we value family and camaraderie. We honour that church, the neighbourhood and the community with a guild antique mirror that hangs behind the bar.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
The Saint reviews from OpenTable diners
57 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (38)neighborhood gem (31)hot spot (21)good for groups (19)vibrant bar scene (17)great for brunch (16)special occasion (13)late-night find (13)romantic (7)great for lunch (5)notable wine list (4)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Brunch on Ossington
    Ellou
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    We went for a Sunday brunch, two adults and a 6-yr old. Portions: excellent. The kitchen did a half order of french toast for child, which was appreciated. Service: our server was helpful and attentive. Lots of coffee and water top ups. Food: Super tasty. Looking forward to repeat visit to try other items on the menu. Ambiance: (morning) bright, clean and comfortable, booth seating for four available. Seating in front or back at table/chair for larger groups. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch worth repeating
    ECoastFoodie
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Daily donut specials!! Fun and unusual brunch menu (duck and duck eggs get extra points). Oh, and that breakfast corndog...so good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This Place Rocks!!!
    greatplace
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Chef Jesse never disappoints...one of the best burgers in the city...perogies, flatiron steak, fried chicken...the list of great food goes on...everything was cooked to perfection, and served beautifully...3rd time there, will go back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food pre theatre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Terrific resto bar down the road from the Lower Ossington Theatre. We had steaks and potato encrusted cod. The sides were delicious too- cauliflower with toasted almonds, roasted Brussels sprouts with squash, and of course skinny fries. All was terrific, just a little heavy on the salt.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, great service
    TTRKVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The Saint is always a good time - my only complaint is that the food is very heavy (but delicious). Service was awesome and we love the space.
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  • Elegant and lovely
    food4life
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    The restaurant was great. It had a wonderful atmosphere. The staff was so friendly. I have to really thank them because they tweeked there menu for me. That's what I call great customer service. Thank you!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Nimrod
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Great Service, Perfect décor, Delicious and neatly presented traditional bistro/Americana food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Some good, some bad
    416guy
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    As this place is owned by the Jacob and Company people (best steak house in the city) you'd think they would be able to do a steak, but not really. I ordered the Flat Iron at $19. First attempt was a stone cold little chopped up steak that I sent back. The replacement was slightly warmer, but just so small and plain, for $19 (comes with some kind of HP sauce). Add $7 fries and it becomes a bit of a joke. I used to love (and rave to my friends) about the steak frites they served here, but now it's gone for some reason. The good part was my friends all ordered the Fried Chicken and they said it was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Foodie
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Hip atmosphere, interesting menu and everything we ordered was delicious. Music very loud so not really conducive to conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    FoodAddict
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Initially booked here as the only brunch spot that seemed to be open on a Sunday on Ossington strip. But was pleasantly surprised that the food was really good and prices were reasonable. Had a great time with my gfs here. The bone marrow beans with the steak and eggs was super yummers. I only wish they had a specialty vegetarian dish like a special wrap or quiche.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hip dining downtown
    Getouthere
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We arrived at "the saint" and we felt a real nice vibe. The waiter was hip and was also very nice and polite Our meal was great we all tried something different. We started off with some oysters and then had the fried chicken, a burger, and the cod. Along with the sides we had a great dinner and finished it off with a fabulous pair of desserts "the sugar cake with pretzel crust and the chocolate mousse with ice cream both fabulous and very tasty I would recommend this place to anyone it can work for all ages and groups
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty good food
    GCTO
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We went on a friday night and it was quite loud. The food was pretty good although on the higher end of the price range. We would definitely consider returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great tastes for food and drinks
    EatDrinkEnjoy
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    My first visit and they were on their on their game. Tried the spicy cocktail (with cucumber) and the Bon Scott, the bread board (honey garlic !!), grilled bacon starter and the very delicious burger (have it medium rare cuz it's all made in house so don't worry). The fried chicken looked great. I'll go back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty good
    Lenny
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Interesting good menu but small wine list. The cheese plate was awesome but the rest was just ok. Very loud, not great for intimate dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too $$
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food was really good but I was a bit shocked when the bill came. Too expensive for the kind of resto it is.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good, nice decor
    princesstrudy
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    nice place, good lines in terms of decor and such. not terribly loud - felt like a French bistro, actually. Foodwise, the pierogies are to die for! and the griddled tomatoes - seriously delicious. However, I wouldn't order the steak tartare again - it looked more like a hamburger patty in shape and colour. All in all, we'd go back for sure - and try some different stuff. But pierogies are a must.
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  • A wonderful gem in the City
    Foodlover
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Our first visit there to celebrate my partner's birthday. Enjoyed the heavenly oysters pre-dinner. Our server was very friendly, knowledgeable and provided excellent service. Interesting design of the very long bar. Dinner was great- entrees are great for sharing between two and we really enjoyed the perogies, smoked duck nuggets, burger and fried chicken. Will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • welcome surprise
    burgernribs
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    the saint is a surprise hit, wonderful pockets of locale in Toronto, Ossington is defn a place to go, street parking is difficult to find hit the green P. Duck Nuggets home made mustard, excellent little treats from the pews, welcome and accomidating staff, menu is not what you would expect and something of a treat from the old staple chains.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 39 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 169 reviews are from the The Saint reviews archive.
  • Amazing Food
    pocs1415VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The food was what you would expect from the Jacob's team! The service was great, friendly and quick.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Birthday Brunch
    kylafilmgirl
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Came here specifically to try the French Toast, was not disappointed. Loved the Nutella mousse, though would have preferred slightly less of the fruit compote, but that's just personal preference. Nice, quick service in a great atmopshere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Menu changed for summer
    Loveweirdfood
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We went knowing what we wanted, and when we got there, not only were they sold out of buck-a-shuck, but they had pulled some items off their menu. I pouted to the waitress and mentioned that the website wasn't updated, so she talked to the manager, and he decided to give us a great deal! I hope they bring back their pâté though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service
    TODinerVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Returning to The Saint for another dinner was wonderful. The chicken and rib entrees for two were delicious. The service was attentive, knowledgeable And the server polite and attractive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for sharing
    HEATHERVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    A small efficient menu means everything coming out of the kitchen is well executed & delicious. My husband ordered the burger & it was one of the best he's had... They grind their own mix with brisket. I shared starters of beef tartare (well seasoned, balanced) , beet salad (delicious bursts of tangy & sweet with creamy & crunchy) and mains of fish (not over cooked, lovely light batter) & fried chicken (juicy, crispy) with a side of roasted cauliflower (addictive) . The most memorable dishes were definitely the sides for the fried chicken - excellent mac & cheese & a coleslaw my mom loved because it was more savoury then sweet & sour.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Special Treat
    EurasianSensation
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Great food, great service. The fries and marrow mayo were delicious, and the beet salad was excellent. My friends had the cheeseburger and the fried chicken - both looked scrumptious. The cocktails were great - not too sweet. The service was pretty good. The low-point was the pecan pie. The crust had been overcooked, but I liked that it wasn't too sweet!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Its All About the Donuts
    MB1977VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I had heard fabulous things about this place for some time, and when I went I was NOT disappointed. We went for brunch w/ a friend visiting from NYC ... and all of us fell in love with the Donuts. To the point we over indulged and had it at the beginning & the end of our brunch ... the Duck Eggs Beni were made to perfection ... they surpassed my every expectation... I would go back in a heartbeat!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Disappointed with the food. Roast beef so tough it could not be chewed and fried chicken overcooked and dry. Beet salad delicious.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Relaxed vibe and shareable plates
    vonnegutsandglory
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The menu at the Saint is great. They do brunch, which I hear is phenomenal. We came on a Friday night for a birthday dinner. We shared warm olives and a cheese plate, that were the stars of the night. Both delicious and generous in portions. Next I had a potato crusted trout, which sounded much better than it was and my boyfriend had the ribeye steak, which came with a melted herbed butter. It was perfectly cooked with a great crust, the flavors were fabulous. We ordered cocktails, which are extensive, unique and delicious. Our first cocktails took over 20 minutes to come so they were on the house, which was a nice apology. All in all, good vibe and great music. No patio and really cold but food was good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Fan!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Rob Gentile and team can really do no wrong. Casual dining atmosphere, delicious food, great drinks and friendly service. PS. they have $4 mimosas and caesars for brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Roast Chicken
    Bobblehead
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    My wife and I shared the delicious whole roast chicken, and there was enough to take some home. I would also recommend the Malbec. Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays feature $1 oysters. The service was excellent. Will return again and again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun place and really good food
    ASRQVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    don't miss the perogies! and the sides are delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice, local place
    LACanuck
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Went to The Saint on a Monday. Busy enough, but not overwhelming with people. Booths are large and the atmosphere is urban chic. One of the benefits of Mondays is that the oysters are a 'buck a shuck'. And they don't skimp. The oysters were huge. Tasty with a number of interesting sauces to make it different. The rest of the menu is short but the food is quite good. Had the potato-breaded cod, which was nicely presented. And the perogies and pork belly was worth it. All in all, this is a nice local place. It's a bit out of my way at Ossington and Dundas, but if in the area, it's absolutely worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty!
    James
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    As always, The Saint doesn't disappoint. Tasty food, good drinks selection and generally a great time.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friendly, delish dining @ The Saint
    vickiz
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Colleagues and I have met up at The Saint a couple of times in the past year for dinner before attending events in the neighbourhood. The beer selection is great, the food is delicious, with some surprise ingredients added to comfort fare, the setting is comfy and relaxing (love the semi-circular booths), and wait persons are pleasant, helpful and knowledgeable. I need to get back to this place more often and need to introduce friends to it.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • brunchtime's many hits / few misses
    GutReaction
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Enjoyed a great meal with my family last Sunday. Have go-to's in the Saint's bar and dinner menus, but found new favorites to start the day too. Scones were fresh from the oven and disappeared as quickly as they arrived. Loved the grown-up version of the breakfast sandwich - great sausage topped w a perfectly cooked duck egg. The berry pancakes also deserve special mention as much for the quality of the fruit as for their perfect weight and texture. Service was v. friendly and our waitress was helpful & knowledgeable about the menu, but service was a bit unfocused, forgetting 2x when table made requests; would be better if wait staff didn't all loiter at the bar, comparing notes about their Sat. night exploits...
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So delicious. So full.
    tronix
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Loved the ambience, food, and service here. Really quick on the food, and wow was it ever filling. The duck egg benedict (or whatever it's actually named) is very tasty and hits the spot perfectly for a nice stroll around the neighbourhood after. Trust me, you'll be good 'til dinner. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Keeps us coming back.
    JDrph
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Whether it's the buck a shuck, the fried chicken or brunch the food is always great! The bar is a great place to catch a game or catch up with friends or family in one of the booths
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not great service for brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I was told that the brunch was fantastic, so I made reservations for a friend and I to have brunch last Saturday @ 10:30am. The food was good, definitely. The service was bad. The waitress spilt the coffee all over the table and had to replace the unused napkins. Then we moved to the bar because there was more room, and the service was next to nothing. Took a while for coffee and a menu at the bar. 3 guys behind the bar and we didn't get any attention. Don't think I would recommend it, although the food was good. Exactly why I would go back, but don't want that experience again. I like to give second chances. I just wasn't impressed.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic food!
    Darseneau
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Went to the Saint on a Sunday for a few dozen buck-a-shuck oysters and a bunch of snacks/apps. We had the grilled salami, duck nuggets, steak tartare and the ruben sausage. The restaurant was pretty busy cnsidering it was Sunday and the food was on point as usual! The oysters came out quickly and service at the bar was very attentive. Thanks for a great night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lots of food, good fun
    justatethere
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We went on a Saturday night. Good points - hearty, interesting, well-prepared food. Very easy to order too much. Good value for money. Enthusiastic servers. Original cocktail offerings and the bartender even whipped up something interesting and non-alcoholic for a teenager. Downsides - gets very loud. And places that charge for bread are a pet peeve. Will probably go back just to try some more of the menu items.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Kevin
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Had the steak and it was awesome. Great food and presentation. A little pricey, but it was worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.