The Twisted Tail
The Twisted Tail

The Twisted Tail

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thetwistedtail.com/
  • Phone: 2155582471x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm; Brunch: Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Southern
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Twisted Tail is a bar, restaurant and live music hall that can accommodate intimate groups of 12 or larger parties up to 200 people. The bi-level space features three distinct areas: an expansive dining room with a Bourbon Bar, the Club Room with cozy fireplaces and a shuffleboard table, and the Juke Joint where musical acts perform.
    Whether you"re planning a corporate event, birthday party, business meeting, reception, baby shower or holiday party, we can make it memorable for your guests. Our menus and various spaces can be customized to fit your crowd. We offer a wealth of dining, or cocktailing, options as well as other amenities such as audiovisual equipment and live entertainment.
  • Private Party Contact: Danielle Fisher 2155582471x
  • Entertainment: Live Blues Music Wednesday - Sunday.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between South and Lombard
  • Public Transit: Metered street parking is available in front of the restaurant. The closest available parking garage is located on Lombard Street between 2nd and 3rd.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Metered street parking is available in front of the restaurant. The closest available parking garage is located on Lombard Street between 2nd and 3rd.
A word from The Twisted Tail
The Twisted Tail is a bi-level restaurant, bar and live music venue featuring a charcoal-fired grill, a wealth of bourbon selections and the rollicking ambiance of a "juke joint" (or old school Southern music hall). The inventive menu highlights ingredients in their simplest form, flame broiled over live coals for rich, authentic flavor.

Inside a warm, welcoming dining space makes The Twisted Tail South Street’s best place to catch a band - and a bite.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
The Twisted Tail reviews from OpenTable diners
67 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (37)neighborhood gem (33)vibrant bar scene (29)good for groups (29)late-night find (22)hot spot (17)great for outdoor dining (12)special occasion (11)great for brunch (11)great for lunch (10)romantic (8)kid-friendly (4)notable wine list (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great food, great music
    Amandalm1992
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I can't speak personally because I made this reservation for my parents but they said: The food was delicious. The service was excellent and the music was cool and entertaining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will try again
    FindingTime
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We went for center city restaurant week and it was a wonderful choice. My boyfriend and I often have very different taste in food so finding a place can be difficult. But they had such a great selection of options that there was plenty for each of us. Plus, with a four course meal we both left more than satisfied - everything we tried was noteworthy and I am happy to report that my steak was perfectly cooked. Also, there was live ,using and our drinks were greet (I had the Lynchburg basil lemonade and he had the whiskey, scotch, beer flight). We would definitely try this out again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, Great drinks
    Holly
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We went to the Twisted Tail on Friday night for a birthday celebration and Restaurant Week. It was a bit loud for some members of my party but for younger people it would be great. They had a guitar player and the bar scene seemed great. The food was good. The chirrzo tacos were way to spicy for me but the lamb meatballs and corn on the cob were excellent. The sausage app was great too. The ham was lacking. The kale salad and mac n cheese were good. The rice balls were very dry. The mains were very good but we had so much food before that that we barely finished them because we were full. The ricotta bignet dessert was very dry but they gave us more sauce. The drinks were the best part. Overall it was good and I would go again.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No Tall Tale!!
    MikeandJen
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We had a phenomenal experience from start to finish. We ordered off of the 4 course Restaurant Week menu (which was fantastic, but truncated); but we'll, be going back for more off of regular menu for sure! I don't think you can go wrong at the Twisted Tail!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find!
    Pittsburghfan7
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The Twisted Tail has an awesome selection of unique drinks and great food. We really enjoyed the chorizo tacos, crawfish mac & cheese, country rice balls, grilled corn, and the ricotta beignets. The atmosphere makes you feel right at home with a country feel. The service was friendly and quick. We would recommend it for a casual night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Danielleberen@gmail.com
    Dee111VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Twisted Tail could be great. This was my second dinning experience here and the same situation played out. I know reaturants are typically crowded during restaurant week however it took us 3 hours to complete our meal and there was a good twenty minute to half hour delay between courses. The main course for two of the five people dinning in our party came out cold and had to be sent back. There wasn't really an apology or a follow up after we received our reheated dish. We had to ask for our desert and water several times and our waiter was no where to be found at some points. The food was pretty good and could have been better if it was served hot and quicker.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • EBtrue
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The restaurant was very clean and everyone was polite. The menu is different than what I'm accustomed to, but I like to experience different tastes. Overall, it was a great experience and the atmosphere was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The food was outstanding and the service was absolutely awesome! The staff was so friendly and made sure we had everything we needed or wanted...will definitely come back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the Food; Loved the Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Delicious southern comfort food. When I asked for my filet to be cooked a little bit longer, the chef sent me a complimentary tomato and cheese salad that was out of this world! The servers continually brought water and clean utensils. I am thoroughly pleased and pleasantly surprised by the exceptional level of service and food quality. I HIGHLY recommend their beignets! The caramel bourbon sauce was out of this world delicious! A great place for a night out with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gluten and Dairy allergy review
    Jlmfitness17
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The place was very accommodating to gluten and dairy allergies. Their menu tells you what is or can be done gluten free. I had the chorizo taco and kale salad appetizer both were amazing. For dinner I got the pork chop which was good but a little on the fatty side. They also have an interesting green apple sorbet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Chaz
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    How about fantastic and great food! Presentation was fun and innovative. Will go back again soon
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Philly spot
    foodlover
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    It was my first time in Philly and this spot was recommended because I Love bourbon and southern food. I was not disappointed. The Phunk Band was great and the mint juleps were fantastic. I will be visiting again.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprising Find
    timidpalate
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Went for a birthday dinner. The short rib was so tender if you stared long enough it would just fall apart. I'm not an 'out-of-the-box' eater but I tried farro and didn't hate it. The Negroni was spectacular!!! Highly recommend going.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • one of a kind
    thebonus
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    gastro great with New Orleans flair. awesome ambiance with unique sophisticated earthy rough edge. staffed with folks who want to be there in each professional capacity I.cluding musicians who love and live their trade. excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and whiskey selection
    metallichyk
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I have been to the Twisted Tail several times for brunch and have enjoyed myself and my meal each time I went. This past weekend I decided to bring my boyfriend there for his birthday dinner, and we were not disappointed. The Prix Fixe option allowed us to try a variety of different dishes and each course was more delicious than the last. (We chose pork sausage and octopus for our grilled options, crawfish mac and cheese and crab cakes for our appetizer, Scallop Cassoulet and Braised Short Rib for our entrees and Strawberry Shortcake and Beignets for dessert) I highly highly recommend each of the dishes, but definitely explore this fabulous menu (of food and whiskey) for yourself!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Twisted Tail is a must!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    If you're in Philly, then you must go to the Twisted Tail! The menu has something for everyone. The Tuna Tartar; Crawfish Mac and Cheese; Scallops Cassoulet are absolutely phenomenal. The service is very friendly and not overbearing. While we were there another table was having a whiskey tasting. They were having such a good time that it made me want to give it a try. In a town that's full of great places to eat, this is definitely a favorite. Can't wait to go back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Find
    SteelerFan
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We took a chance on this restaurant and it was well worth it. We did the fixed prix for dinner, which was a great deal and a great way to taste many menu items. The first two courses were a bit large and I was worried that the entree would be big too but it was actually fairly small. This was good because it meant room for dessert. Dessert was a bit disappointing compared to the other courses. Definitely going back and recommending to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great menu
    WCGuy
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Quite frankly, I expected more barbecue but the food was great. The waitress did a really nice job of not bugging us too much but coming over at the right time. It got a little loud but that was because they had a band upstairs that we went to listen to after dinner. They were fantastic. Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • anthonyastroman
    Anthonyastroman
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    I did not order an entry but the bar choice as well as the appetizers were really innovative and tasty. Good drink menu as well as beer selection. If you have any trouble hearing do not sit at a table. You will not be able to converse with person directly across from you. Sitting att the bar works well. Really good food and presented well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very accommodating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We had diners with some tricky dietary needs and the staff was extremely accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small plates were perfect!
    ceds
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We had dinner here before heading to Penn's Landing for the concert and fireworks, and decided to share a few small plates rather than have an entrée. This wound up being a great choice! Each plate was delicious, and our server ordered them so that 2 came out together as an appetizer, than the rest as dinner. We also had one of the flights of bourbon, which was a fun way to taste something new. Overall, a great experience
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place!
    LadyChamps
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    If you want a great cocktail and great food, live music and casual crowd--GO HERE! I highly recommend. The food was great, I had the octopus appetizer which was the best octopus I've ever had! My only complaint was that the veggie burger really wasn't a burger. I probably would have ordered something else if I had known that it was pieces of grilled veggies with carmelized onions in a flatbread. True vegetarians would have loved it though and the flavor was really great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Highlight of our Philly Trip
    HappyDinerVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The food was interesting and extremely well prepared. I contacted the restaurant ahead of time to ask if they could accommodate special dietary needs--they rose to the occasion 1000%! We had fantastic food. The Harvest Veggie Burger is unique & delicious. Charcoal grilled asparagus & corn were similarly good. Although many restaurants treat our dietary needs as a bother, the Twisted Tail worked hard to make sure we felt pampered & left with belts filled with some if the best food we've ever had. We'll definitely return on our next trip to Philly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Drink confusion, good food
    JackieVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    One server was knowledgeable about their drinks, the other not so much, which made ordering a bit confusing. Food was good but extremely difficult to eat.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best I have experienced
    firstmeal
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    I'm wasn't sure what to expect, however my experience was over the top. Before I finished my meal I was looking forward to returning soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Just For Dinner
    MyFairLadyVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    This was our second trip to The Twisted Tail and we decided to try them for brunch. We loved brunch just as much as we loved dinner. The brunch menu is diverse and a nice balance of what you would consider breakfast and lunch dishes. We started with the pigs in a puff to share and it was a great brunch appetizer. For brunch entrees we had the steak and eggs. The steak was seasoned and cooked to perfection. The eggs were light and fluffy. We also had the sweet potato waffle and chicken. It was the best chicken and waffles I have ever had. The waffle was beyond tasty, the chicken fried perfectly and the syrup and grilled pineapple added a nice new twist on a southern classic.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real juke joint!!!
    2forreal
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    My family had a great time. There were 10 of us with 2 children under 12. The were kid friendly. My children had a ball. We will be returning real soon. Thanks for a great Fathers Day.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, not great
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Despite having reservations we were sat in the (empty, dark) upstairs bar, but we asked and were nicely moved back into the restaurant downstairs. Service was fine, though a bit unpersonal. Good beer selection, particularly with Beer Week going on, and my Old Fashioned was strong and terrific. Appetizers were delicious--the bbq ribs and ham were spectacular, and the complimentary popcorn was great too. The entrees were just okay at best: fairly dry salmon without much "glaze" and limp-skinned fried chicken with two sweet potato "fries". Not offensive, but certainly, for us, not worth $22+ per when you can better and more for less around town in a more relaxed atmosphere. Which, there is definitely some South Street crowd spillover here.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food was not good
    angela
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    In philly you have to have good food to survive as a restaurant. The food here was bland and not worth the money. There is nothing special about this place.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 151 reviews are from the The Twisted Tail reviews archive.
  • MMmmmm. MMMMmmmmm Mmmmmmmmmmm
    MahoganyMama
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The food hear is delicious!!!! It takes a while for the food to come out but it is sooooooo worth it!!!! The manager Daniel is AWESOME!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the food and drinks
    Timm
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Food and drinks were excellent. Generous portion of scallops, done perfectly. Wanted to try the famous cornbread, so we ordered it ... but it never came out! Live music in the bar area was great ... but the volume could have been reduced by about half.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This was our first time at Twisted Tail and I can't wait to return. We asked for a table close to the door because one of our party has a leg brace and the first table inside was ours. The food is great. The pulled pork Empanadas, pork belly and tuna tartar were to die for. If you order nothing else, you MUST get the crawfish mac and cheese. And the staff takes any criticism very seriously. An order of shrimp and grits came out a little cold and was sent back. Not only did they remake the dish the manager came over to apologize with another order of Empanadas!! The shrimp was cooked perfectly and the grits just melted in your mouth. This is a definite must when dining in Philly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best first date spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The service was fantastic with great food recommendations. Additionally it was quite and with some of the best food I have ever heard. My corn bread, which was the best I have ever had, got cold after a while so I asked them to heat it up. A few minutes they came back with a new one and complimentary baked beans just because the Cheif wanted to. Excellent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Twisted Tail is great. I have been here several times and will return. The whisk(e)y list is one of the best. Some of the food portions are a little small (like the octopus being one single tentacle...come on it's bait, don't skimp on it) and the pacing can be off on the courses. But overall, I highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BourbonTrailer
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Notable bourbon list. Great live music. Great deserts.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic bourbon list!
    Matt
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Great food, fun ambiance and fantastic bourbon list! Server knew her bourbon and was able to talk me (a relatively knowledgeable whiskey drinker) through the bourbon list. They had some fantastic rare off-menu bottles and will do custom flights if they're not busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We started with the infused Pineaplle Tequila on the rocks which was a wonderful drink. We continued with several appetizers and the cheddar cheese tasting, all delicious. I am a huge mac and chesse fan so I had to order the crawfish mac and cheese. The mac and chees part was among the best I have had in the area, however the dish could have used more crawfish. Our group had the fried chiken in the bag and the scallops. All were delicious. My only issue is that they did not have alot of side dishes and were unable to substitute a vegetable for the sweet potato fries. After dinner we headed upstairs, found a seat and enjoyed some great live blues music. A perfect night
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Southern Style Cooking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Ribs were falling off the bone; best sweet potato fries I have ever tasted and crab cakes were delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Brunch
    SullyVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    GREAT Place to Celebrate Mother's Day! Food was excellent, service impeccable, and just a wonderful place!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good foood
    CoolEarl
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This place is a gem. Good food, good drinks including large selection of beers and great bourbons. Good music on weekends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.