Toro Toro

Toro Toro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.richardsandoval.com/torotorodc/
  • Phone: 2026829500x
  • Hours of Operation:
    LUNCH
    Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

    BRUNCH
    Saturday – Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm

    DINNER
    Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am

    LATE NIGHT DANCING
    Friday - Saturday: 10:00pm - 3:00am

    HAPPY HOUR
    Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 13th and 14th on I (eye) Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Toro Toro
Across Latin America, food is more than a meal. It's an event. It's a celebration that's shared, savored and enjoyed with the finest spirits. Discover the tantalizing cuisine of Toro Toro Pan Latin Steakhouse, brought to the Washington DC area by acclaimed Chef, Richard Sandoval. Toro Toro combines the warmth of Latin American dining with a trendy New York City-esque lounge environment.
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Toro Toro reviews from OpenTable diners
207 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (105)good for groups (92)special occasion (83)hot spot (61)great for brunch (61)romantic (51)vibrant bar scene (48)great for lunch (39)great for outdoor dining (39)neighborhood gem (23)notable wine list (18)late-night find (16)scenic view (11)kid-friendly (8)Show More
  • MilanoVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Why are people not eating there? Ruins ambiance with no diners Hope it takes off Could be cool scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place. No complaints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This place was incredible from tip to bottom. I have nothing bad to say about this place. The seating was great, it was a beauieday out so that just added to what was already a great experience. Servers, waiters, are the best. Punctual and sociable. Most definitely choose this place to brunch. Its worth every penny. Luis was our waiter and he was great. Didn't let Ur drink get pass halfway before he start pouring again. Very clean, respectful, and good people.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week disappointment
    Morning66
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The point of RW is to entice new potential frequent diners to return, not mediocre samplings this menu didn't WOW me to want to return. The bay scallop ceviche, that was good, sexy, my Toro Toro salad nothing to rave about. The Churrasco steak medium was overcooked had to be sent back. The roasted chicken breast 'a la brasa' was tasty. For dessert the spiced brownie was so dry, hard and boring,we did enjoy the spiced pistachios. The panna cotta with roasted pineapple, too much gelatin, the roasted pineapple on top I ate off. Our server apologized and offrered a dessert off the a la carte menu. I ordered the Cortadito Bar which was beautiful and very delicious.The service was great, our server very attentive and that was rewarding.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Waitress
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Service by waitress was below expectation especially since we went with the buffet. We asked for bottled water and lemon and had to remind her twice for the lemons. Her excuse was she got busy.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Very interesting and unusual menu for both food and drinks. Exotic but accessible
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Dinner
    stephersonian
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I work right around the corner from Toro Toro and was inspired to check it out by both the menu and the positive reviews. I was not disappointed, everything we ate and drank was delicious. I enjoyed a couple of happy hour cocktails. We shared small plates including ceviche, beet salad, duck carnitas, octopus, and al pastor... it was all delicious. A bit pricey but I was very pleased by the food and service. Nice happy hour, I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best brunch ever!
    migs
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I am obsessed! Hope they keep the quality of the food and the service!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch Buffet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    One of the best I've had! 40 bucks for bottomless mimosas AND brunch is amazing! We had 3 full plates and too many mimosas to count. It's a must come!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Toro Toro is spacious with nice décor. Restaurant week menu was very limited.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious!
    Hungrybrit
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    A scallop ceviche that could have used a little more lime juice as the only criticism I can come up with. My hubby and I enjoyed an early sat eve dinner with the kids and loved the modern interior and very comfortable seating. Service was prompt and solicitous and the kids were well taken care of. I enjoyed the salmon with miso ginger which was cooked perfectly. Hubby chowed down on steak and was quiet chewing .. read enjoying meal. Yummy desserts , brownie and pannacpotte rounded put the meal ….. we will be back and will definitely recommend Toro Toro to friends
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • DC- Hot Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    very trendy vibe and atmosphere; the drinks are so good!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • loved it
    5yrsandcounting
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I work on 13th and decided to go for my 5 yr anniversary. Loved how the hostess called to make sure everything was ok when we were running late. The wine was incredible, place was gorgeous, and scallops were amazing. All of the food was delicious. Our hostess and waiter was wonderful and the manager was soo sweet. We are already planning to go back. P.S. there is a club downstairs with table service...loved it
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive
    Mickey
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    $9 for an 8 oz beer during happy hour? $12 for a glass of wine? Over $210 for three people who ordered the Fixe Prix $34 each off menu? NOT
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food service was lacking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Dined for restaurant week lunch. The buffet was great. Good variety and diverse items. Service lacked. Server wasn't on top of the job. Had to request water, silverware, plates to be removed, etc
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great costumer service
    Mariana
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    All the staff there is great! Plus the food is delicious
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Modern Latin at it's Best!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    From the Ceviche to the Miso Salmon and the Ancho Chocolate Brownie the food was a culinary treasure to be remembered. The excellent service and close proximity to the metro, make it even more worth while for a return trip. We dined early and the noise level was low.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Experience
    NYCchicaVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Good was fantastic, service was great, definitely will be back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food!
    DCfoodie0809
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Brunch and lunch amazing! I must try. It won't disappoint!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive and mediocre at best
    goingouthealthydc
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I went for restaurant week with a friend, and obviously they're not going to put as much effort into their menus for a cheaper dinner, but I think most restaurants would want to make their customers keep coming back for more. It was all just "okay." I had the ceviche which had an overwhelming passion fruit flavor/ not enough balance and the steak which was really just butter and meat and no other flavors. Why anyone would pay regular prices for those dishes, I do not know. The star of the show was definitely the chocolate cake with the spiced pistachios. I hear that the chicken is good though, so I clearly made the wrong choice. I was also not impressed by service. Definitely a one and done.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food, Great Service
    HungryForFoodVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I came here for restaurant week, so I did not get to experience their full menu. I will be back to do so. Arturo, our server, was attentive and informative. Steak and Salmon were delicious. I found the scallop ceviche to be bland and the desserts to only be OK. The service was truly good enough to send me back to Toro Toro. I am looking forward to trying their full menu soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant week menu not great
    mmchiquita
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I loved the very cool environment and they have a great happy hour. The cocktails were fantastic (especially the margarita and the raspberry collins) and my friend had two of the HH snacks, which looked incredible and she said tasted equally so. But, when we transitioned to restaurant week dinner, I was less impressed. The first course, the scallop ceviche, was the best, but usually ceviche comes with something to eat it with, like fried yucca strips, and this did not. The steak was fatty and the veggie dish bland in course 2. As for dessert, the brownie was dry and the panna cotta was a bit rubbery. I have a feeling that their regular menu is excellent, but the restaurant week dishes weren't up to par. I'd go back for the HH though!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun vibe, great food, but loud
    FedFoodie
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Although located in downtown DC near office buildings and away from Penn Quarter and other neighborhoods that one would associate with hot spots, this place was rocking with an international crowd of young, well-dressed drinkers and diners. Downstairs is a bar area with a few large, semi-circle couches around individual tables where large groups can lounge and drink (and shout over the noise). Looked very fun and comfy. Upstairs there is some sidewalk tables, and a bar that is again, very loud. When we headed to the table, the noise dropped off enough that we could have a conversation in a regular voice. Food was inventive and delicious with many seafood choices. Good happy hour drink specials in the bar area. Service was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, bad server
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Brunch is a buffet with bottomless beverages. The only thing a server needs to do is refill drinks and clear plates (and I think they had bussers for that). Our server was very attentive for the first half hour and then ignored us entirely. It was not busy in the slightest, so it's not like he dissappeared or was frantically helping or customers. He was within eyeshot, but chatting with another server and ignoring our looks or gestures. We had more drink refills from the manager than we did from him. I would definitely recommend the food, especially the achiote chicken, flank steak, and ceviche. But this particular staff member needed to be more attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lounge that can cook!
    SWB1VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Cool vibe with very good food and wonderful service and a legit wine selection. This place clicks on all cylinders.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect place for a celebration
    AlexisVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We had a great time, the drinks were delicious (though a little slow), the food was better than we expected, and the service was superb. If you like Sandoval restaurants, this is definitely one to add to the list. If you just like good food, go here. The sushi on potato cake is the best tuna I've ever had. The deconstructed key lime pie is amazing but a LOT, so split it or be prepared to just keep eating beyond what you need. Definitely go here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really Mediocre for Lunch
    OpolisVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We had the $28 lunch buffet and it was truly mediocre. Basically just a bunch of uninspired salads you could get anywhere, with the addition of some hunks of grilled meat. There wasn't even very much of that, so you were paying a lot of money for nothing. The shrimp tasted old, the salad was uninspired, and the desert (chocolate cake in a mason jar) really terrible. Looks cute, but tastes like dirt. We both left it unfinished. I found the decor just weird, with the prison bars separating the stairwell and grill area, and the hostesses wearing sleazy-looking, tight, floor-length dresses. This is DC at lunchtime. What the heck? As a woman, I was just offended. Here's a tip - go elsewhere if you want the latin steakhouse experience.
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  • Manager is fantastic
    Heidi123VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The manager Matt is excellent! He took care of my family and I on our trip to DC. Our server Arturo was incredibly accommodating. Their chef is creative, innovative and imaginative. We came for brunch and it was probably one of the best experiences we have ever had. We will definitely be back. Thank you Matt, Arturo and Chef Milanes for such a great time!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very good value for money brunch!!!
    Cfmj
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    the mimosas, the bloody mary bar, the hot and cold buffet are exceptional value for money. service is super friendly and surprisingly non-pushy (unless it comes to mimosa-refills). the homemade bread could be better (or i just happened to get a stale piece). try to get the waffles when they are refilled. the older and cold ones dont' do them justice.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, so-so Service.
    Frattik
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We shared 5-6 small plates and all of them were amazing. My fav's were the Tuna Ceviche and Flatbread with barbocoa but all the food was really good. Our server wasn't the best, especially for the price of everything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bottomless Brunch a Success
    gloria
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Came to Toro Toro for brunch on a Saturday with a group of 5. Website states doors open at 1130am however actual doors opened earlier. May want to get that fixed so you can get the early birds in. The brunch was buffet style which I am usually hesitant about due to food becoming stale and no replenishment if certain dishes become empty. This was not the case here. The food was consistently well maintained. The only down side was our waiter wasn't too consistent with refilling our empty water glasses. The place was about 50% filled so it wasn't a matter of being overwhelmed with other tables. We definitely had to flag other waiters and even had to walk up to one of the guys at the hot food station to get some water poured at our table.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great late night tapas/small plates
    tm2000VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Went very late on a Friday night since it was one of the few places near me with a kitchen open later in the evening and had out of town guests arriving from the airport late at night. The food was great. Had the smoked guacamole with plantain chips (excellent); Causa Toro Toro (raw tuna tartare on mashed potato rounds - which was excellent); mushroom and goat cheese flatbread which was very good); crispy shrimp (great - I would ask for large order of this and be very happy!) and the seafood arepas (topping good, but crust/bread not so great). Even though we were here very late at night after 10 p.m., the food was great as was the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food *** Great Ambience
    TriniSue
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I would definitely have to recommend Toro Toro. With every dish we ordered it left us wanting more. The food was DELISH. The ambience was nice.. very modern and relaxed seating. I will visit again in the near future. A must try restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Buffet
    VermillionFav
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    First time having the buffet at Toro Toro. It was good but I missed some of my favorites from the food menu. The service, although good, wasn't as wonderful as before. Although, the highlight on this trip was the desserts on the buffet -- little pots of deliciousness!
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  • It was la bomba!
    DCMcGVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Having read about the dessert "la bomba," we've been wanting to try Toro Toro for months. The dessert is hands down the best dessert experience in DC! It has the element of surprise, theater, and yes, of course, chocolate. Adding to the experience, was the wonderful service. Toro Tora has the friendliest, most accommodating staff we have encountered in DC!!! We had a slight problem (outdoor dining and birds overhead, you can guess what happened next), and the manager and staff went out of their way to help us fix the situation. The brunch was great, drinks delicious, decor is chic, but the service surpasses it all. Go and enjoy...and definitely save room for la bomba!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bougie Brunch
    nomnomnom
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Went here at the recommendation of a friend. So happy we did. With bottomless mimosas and a brunch buffett with anything but ordinary choices, easily my new favorite place. An added bonus was the amazing service. Every snicker member of the staff was more than helpful and attentive. No way could you be disappointed with your choice to go here.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love us some Toro Toro
    Versha
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Had an amazing experience at ToroToro celebrating my boyfriend's birthday. He was very pleased with the food and the drinks selection!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Nell
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The food was delicious, the drinks were great as well as the service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    Ruth
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The food is amazing, loved the empanada's, beet salad, Chilean Sea Bass...and of course cannot leave without having La Bomba for dessert- its an experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went in a group. Loved it!!!
    cathdavVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We picked this restaurant out over a month ago. We were going with a group and love tapas. They were accommodating and the food tastes were excellent. Loved our server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best latin food in DC
    GPVDinnerVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    This is by far the best restaurant from Richard Sandoval. Causas, Nikkei cebiche and arepas are simply amazing.
    Special Features:
    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, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet