UNION Kitchen & Tap
UNION Kitchen & Tap

UNION Kitchen & Tap

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.localunion101.com/
  • Phone: 7602302337
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 3:00pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jason Gethin
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Contact: Howard Solomon 7602302337

Getting there

  • Cross Street: J Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from UNION Kitchen & Tap
Situated at the southern end of Downtown Encinitas on the historic 101 highway, UNION Kitchen & Tap offers New American Cuisine in an inviting, warm, and comfortable restaurant setting. Executive Chef, Jason Gethin, created a frequently changing menu that relies heavily on local and organic ingredients. The menu features a variety of options to choose from including seasonal salads, hearty sandwiches, prime steak and chops, and a number of signature dishes for meat eaters and vegetarians alike. UNION Kitchen & Tap also offers a full complement of local craft beers, boutique wines, and signature cocktails. The bar remains open until 2:00pm for those looking for some nightlife.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
UNION Kitchen & Tap reviews from OpenTable diners
40 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
vibrant bar scene (29)neighborhood gem (27)good for groups (23)hot spot (23)great for lunch (21)fit for foodies (20)great for brunch (15)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (5)romantic (5)special occasion (5)notable wine list (4)great for outdoor dining (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Sports
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Great place to watch your favorite sports with a large or small group...Wonderful that they take reservations and the bar side is packed with fun loving people. The food is great and lots of it...We love to get a bunch of different items and share.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I've eaten at the bar plenty of times, enjoying some savory appetizers and haute-pub food, but this was my first time in the dining room. Service was excellent and our waitress was highly knowledgeable about the menu and beverages. The smoked pork ribs (appetizer) were some of the best ribs I'd ever had, and I am no rookie when it comes to BBQ pork. The entrees were rich in flavor and well presented. This was the type of food quality I'd expect from someplace more expensive. It's no wonder this place continues to do well. Please don't change a thing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Football Sunday
    Darrel
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We made a reservation for 8 and immediately got seated but couldn't see all the games and once we requested a different spot the staff really accommodated us and found us a great booth to see all the games. Food and drinks all excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Who says a Bar cant be great!
    PaycheckVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I was hesitant to go but let me tell you, the beef cheeks were expert, the gnocchi not so much that accompanied the plate, but this was not a big deal since our server was or could have been mistaken for an owner. She was so knowledgeable and on point with everything we ordered, recommended or tried. I would go back in a minute. What a find, from the drinks to the large tables with room to move. The Poutine was excellent, not mushy like most, but rather creamy with teh cheese sauce and thick trips of bacon., Try the Union Burger, WOW!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • California fare at its best!
    KulerfullVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Wanted a non chain local dining experience and found Union! Just what the doctor ordered!! Freshest ingredients cooked to perfection!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place to visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    UKT recommended by my niece and I was really surprised. The meal was better than I expected and the wait staff was among the best two or three I've encountered. If I ever visit this part of CA again, I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • San Diego Classic
    PapaGVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We are regulars here, so consider the source, but for those of you wanting the classic San Diego beach town brew pub married to a good restaurant the Union your archetype. Rotating selection of microbrews, with many local selections, interesting and creative food choices as well as standard classics--including one of my favorite seafood stews, great mussels, flat breads, burgers, salads, etc... Food prices are moderate, service is reliably excellent (ask them for microbrew recommendations). A great place for a casual meal, to catch a game, hang at the bar, or people watch. Strongly recommend reservations on the weekend and game nights. HINT: for the best sports and people watching, make sure you are seated in the main dining room.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mediocre
    HonestReviews
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    First time at this restaurant, with a party of three. Not a terrible experience, but I expected better. My order and assessment: CAB Filet Mignon (8 oz) $34 ordered at medium rare - served tough, overcooked & room temperature. Slice of the S'mores Pie $7 (not on menu) - crust tasted burnt, but the filling of the pie tasted okay. Sweet Potato Fries $7 -absolutely amazing. I would go back just for the fries. That being said, I would not go back for dinner. Fries, essentially potato and grease, should not taste better than a choice cut of meat. This is a happening place for beer and bar food, but don't eat dinner there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unexpectedly good!
    Docadi
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We have eaten here a few times and have been pleasantly pleased with the uniqueness of the menu offerings and the quality of the food. Everything we have had here is delicious! The restaurant is a bit loud and the bar scene is quite happening, but they offer tables in back rooms that are quieter if preferred. Great spot to gather with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good casual Gastropub
    DarinS
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Good casual Gastropub food. Noisy bar area. Lot's of the college set here on a Wednesday evening. Food was well prepared and service was good. The duck confit was not a true confit for me, skin was not crispy, but the dish was good. Portions are somewhat large, you get plenty of food for the price. Bar area is quite noisy and busy so not a great romantic spot. If you are looking for a good casual meal that is more upscale than some chain type food this is a good bet. Be sure to reserve if you don't want to sit in the bar area, but if you like the scene than the bar area is for you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best burger around
    SoCalEnthuVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I love the burger every time I'm here. Ok, sometimes I'm tempted to get other delicious main courses (which are also quite good), but when I come back to the burger, it never disappoints. Tip - substitute the grits for the fries - healthier and tastier too. We also enjoyed the scallops and the salmon. And the flatbread appetizer. And I've had the duck confit and the beef cheeks. It's all good! The main area is a vibrant bar scene and can be noisy, so if you want quiet to talk, go to either the far left room or the one on the right of the hostess stand. The one on the right is quieter, but you get less ambiance too.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorite local spots
    Luvgoodfood
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Always love the Union. They don't have outdoor seating - exactly - but because of the open windows in the bar, you don't feel far from it. Everything is always great at the Union. The crab claws are one of the best things I have had - ever.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of my neighborhood favorites
    FoodFan
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The food was delicious (I could eat the local greens salad and chipotle peach ribs everyday). The atmosphere was clean and well designed, but comfortable and not overdone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for lunch
    Waldo
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great atmosphere for dining with friends in lively surroundings! Great beer selections and very tasty food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place for out of town guests
    ladylimey
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had a friend and his 14 year old grandson visiting from England, and took them to the Union on a Saturday night. The kid loved the burger and watched basket ball, and we enjoyed the vibrant scene and great food. A great place to show case Californian people & food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly surprised!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We really enjoyed our time at Union. I had passed it several times on the 101 and was very glad we decided to check it out. As it was a Saturday night, the restaurant was very busy so it was great to have our table reserved ahead. I would definitely recommend it for the upbeat atmosphere, the staff was very attentive and friendly and the food was really good. Love Encinitas and we will be returning to Union again!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It all comes together very well
    vbubet
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The Union Kitchen and Tap name lets you know about the kitchen and the beer, but neglects the wine, at least in the name. My wife and I enjoyed the cheese plate as an appetizer, the scottish salmon and the beef cheeks. The meal was finished with two great desserts, their version of cream brule and a special with lavender candied fruit. My wife complained that the beef cheeks were too rich but was able to enjoy a nice pinot noir and was able to clear the palat. All in all, I would recommend this to friends and family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • phenomenal
    deliciousVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Always the best :) eaten there 20 times and I'll ear there 20 times more this month :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Notch !!! :)
    deliciousVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I'll say that I can eat breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and desserts with a dope drink menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always fun
    Brie
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Gumbo has gotten a little spicy and th eBreakfast Shot portions have gotten smaller, but this is one of our favourite spots. Best bacon in town. get it in your Bloody mary. Get it with your breakfast. Get a side order of it. Crumble and sprinkle it over the grits. Just eat it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorite places
    AlwaysSD
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Chicken and waffles are delicious, prices are reasonable and overall great setting. Kid friendly with kids menus and crayons.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, good drink, cool vibe
    ctmille1
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Enjoyed a terrific dinner and a few local brews at the sidewalk window table on a pleasant Monday evening. Had the brick chicken, colleagues had the yellowtail - loved all of it. Also had the meatball appetizer - delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bacon Bloody Marys are the Best!
    lcfoodie
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I try to stop by any time I am down south from Los Angeles--Everything on the menu is wonderful, and the Bacon Bloody Marys are out of this world!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Experience
    Squishy
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    No for children! :-) A friend recommended this place. Different kind of menu. Definitely edible choices for those that are picky eaters. Interesting food for those who are adventurous. Husband had the Beef Cheeks. Said it was like very flavorful pot roast. Me, Bacon Tomato Flat Bread. Yum! Open to street views. I liked the adult atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 157 reviews are from the UNION Kitchen & Tap reviews archive.
  • disappointment all around
    SDnative
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We went to Union Kitchen for my son's birthday dinner because he wanted a burger. We waited almost an hour and were finally served our undercooked burgers. On a Tuesday night when the restaurant was not busy, there is no excuse and none was given by our server. We had a reservation stating that it was my son's birthday and also told the hostess and waitress upon our arrival expecting some sort of recognition of the special occasion. Yet, the waitress presented the bill without mention. I had to track her down and ask her if she would please acknowledge my son's birthday and she said that they don't do anything for birthday celebrations! Needless to say, considering the poor food and lack of customer service, we will never be back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner with friends
    Foodnfriends
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    As always the food was fresh and delicious! So relaxed and casual!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really fun!
    tlfc4
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    We had excellent service and a great time sitting in the Tap Room area. Food is always excellent as well. Great vibe at Union!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch and Atmosphere
    DrRobinVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    A group of us were visiting Encinitas for the day and stopped in at UNION Kitchen & Tab because of their diverse menu items. We got seated at the open window which was great for people watching on Coastal Hwy 101. Our waitperson was very knowledgeable about the wine and beer list. The food was excellent. They were out of the turkey Rueben, but the fish and chips were a great substitute. The place was quite busy compared to other restaurants we passed so we felt it was a good sign. Would recommend for lunch and ask to be seated by the window.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just love this place
    SweetMichaelVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Great food, great beers on tap and great service. This place is one of my favorites in San Diego. We also went to the Gas Lamp spot the following day. Just as awesome.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great lunch!
    Foodnfriends
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I have eaten here twice and can't wait to go again. Robust and varied menu with so many tempting options! Casual and comfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it
    JImmyVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We have been here 3 or 4 times and have never been disappointed with are visit. The food and service are excellent. Just a great place for lunch. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great drinks & food
    Aimsee
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    This place has amazing mixed drinks & the food is great!! It's incredibly loud.. It's a giant bar basically. If you can get a seat for dining in the room to the right that's the way to go if you want a little more ambiance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good bar, good food
    Eric
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Great drinks and great food. It is my favorite spot in Encinitas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Union Encinitas
    VdayloverVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Great place for lunch meeting, good job. Good food and the service was awesome.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good lunch
    Van420
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    The menue is varied and the food was good and well presented. The server was outstanding. They have a great wine selection as well an extensive beer selection. All in all is was a pleasent place for lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for dinner too
    SoCalEnthuVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We've been here many times for lunch, but recently enjoyed a great dinner. The food was well prepared and very tasty. We liked all of our dishes - beef, fish, duck, and pasta. Don't miss the slider appetizer!
    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.
  • Great as Always
    EncDwl
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Great Mother's Day Brunch! This was our second year in a row and my wife loves it. Kids loved the food selection, including the beignets. Where else does an IPA go so well with breakfast!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LovesFoodVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Service was below average. The staff seemed to be too interested in what was going on with the gossip amongst their coworkers to have focus on their jobs at hand. Food was just ok. One bright note was the beer. Great selection.
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  • Been there twice will not be back
    CristalchampagneVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Great food and service everything we had was excellent. However, will not be back to dine and will not recommend to friends. The noise level in the dining room was ridiculous load large groups all around screaming, laughing and carrying on with no respect to smaller parties. We went early it was unbearable. Not only is the dining room small, crowded and loud add the noise from the bar and the music playing and you may as well be sitting in public walkway. Mention to the management that it was a little much and they seemed not to care stated that people are just having a good time. I am all for a good time but really yelling across the room and loud voices to communicate with people sitting next to you is a little much. Save your money!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great, interesting menu
    Flowergirl
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Fun, lively neighborhood restaurant with delicious food. Menu has a Southern flare. All meals we've experienced there were really good.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.