Union League Cafe
Union League Cafe

Union League Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://unionleaguecafe.com/
  • Phone: 2035624299x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:45am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Jean Pierre Vuillermet
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please inquire for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Whether planning a simple luncheon or an elaborate dinner, we look forward to taking personal care of every detail of your entertaining needs. Together these timeless entertaining spaces offer you and your guests a relaxed but elegant ambiance complimented by exquisite service & the refined cuisine.
  • Private Party Contact: Christina FitzGerald 2037722053

Getting there

  • Cross Street: College Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: The parking lot may be entered from crown street. Additional parking may be found at the Schubert Theatre garage at the corner of college and crown streets, or in an additional parking garage found at the corner of crown and high street. These parking spaces are less than a block away from Union League Cafe and all three are within walking distance of the restaurant.
A word from Union League Cafe
Reminiscent of a Paris brasserie it is where old world charm meets the new. Warm and welcoming to New Haven's cafe society, it is located across from Yale University old campus. The restaurant offers menu and ambiance in a casual elegant style. Always using the best ingredients of the moment, Union League Café's food combines French classical traditions with a more contemporary approach to flavors, textures and native ingredients. Local and organic fish, meats, cheeses, produce and rare specialty products from around the world help our chefs create our award-winning cuisine.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Union League Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
155 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (129)fit for foodies (102)romantic (90)notable wine list (76)neighborhood gem (47)great for lunch (42)good for groups (32)scenic view (9)hot spot (7)great for brunch (6)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (6)vibrant bar scene (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Exquisite
    t4twoVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Service, ambiance and most of all the food - perfectly prepared and presented. Late lunch with no rush so we had plenty of time for good conversation with Belon oysters, chilled lobster salad with a tasty glass of Sauvignon Blanc.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch, Friday September 26, 2014
    Clay
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We only had an hour to get to the Union League from work, order, eat, pay the check and return to the office. Amazingly enough, it was possible without sacrificing the food and the ambiance for which the Union League can be justifiably proud. The reason: impeccable first-rate service. It is true that my two colleagues had sandwiches, done to perfection, but I ordered two appetizers, a fabulous butternut squash soup and my default: duck confit galette. That day, as always, they transported me to a different galaxy! And yet, we got back to work, eight blocks away, on time! If only one could each lunch every day at the Union League! Thanks UL!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always great for a nice meal
    Jay1395
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Union league cafe is always great for a nice meal. The staff are very knowledgable and the food is something you can find anywhere else.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Jellybean
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Great food and service! Would recommend to anyone with great taste! Excellent for special occasions!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Lovetodoneout
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The food and service were outstanding!!! The scallop and bacon appetizer are a must have! Everything was perfect from start to finish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Urban League outstanding
    berle
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Wonderful food and impeccable service. The staff there has been very well trained and provides the type of service you expect to get at a fine-dining establishment. Drink prices are a bit steep, so your liquor bill can add up quickly. The high ceilings and hard surfaces make for a noisy room during peak periods, but the architecture is wonderful. Can't wait to back in the winter and get a fireside table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Redemption
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Our last dinner visit to Union League Cafe earlier this year didn't go well. The food was excellent but the sevice was terrible and I complained to the management. I thought I wouldn't be returning after many years of patronage. But to my surprise about a week later I got a call from the manager who wanted to discuss my compliants and after listening to my comments, asked us to give them another chance. They offered a luncheon complimentary visit, which we used last week. Am glad to say they redeemed themselves-not only was the food as excellent as ever but the service was the best. We will be continuing this fine restaurant on our regular visitation schedule-you should too!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the best meals I've ever had
    Teenfoodie
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I went here for my birthday and asked my parents to take me to a French restaurant. They brought me to the best one in Ct, it did not disappoint. The food was the best I've had since I was in France. The food, atmosphere, and service went beyond my expectations and I would recommend this restaurant to everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal except for...
    Cindyb
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Had a wonderful meal except for the chickpea fries. Unfortunately, they really had no flavor. The spinach salad and the duck were excellent. The desserts were delicious. Our waiter Samson was excellent and very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous French cafe
    ChrisO
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I admit I am no expert on French cuisine, however I can state that Union League is a fabulous restaurant that lived up to the high expectations I had for it. Ambiance is old school, Yankee Blueblood, however it never felt pretentious and my Converse Low Riders fit in just fine. Started with grilled octopus and squash blossoms. When you visit, GET the octopus. Succulent, tender, savory, just the best. Squash blossoms were good, not outstanding, but flavorful and uniquely prepared. My wife and I shared the Bouillabaisse and it was just amazing. Intricate flavors, fish cooked to perfection, a must order as well. A bit expensive, yes, worth it, absolutely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely Fabulous!
    KathyDVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Chose this restaurant because a former student had worked here and recommended it to me. I was not disappointed! To begin, the building itself is a gem, and the atmosphere is very beaux arts and beautiful. The service was attentive but not overly so, and the wait staff is knowledgable about all aspects of the menu and wine list. The wine list is not for the faint of heart, but there are some serious provençal wines to be found here. The food was wonderful, I had a tuna dish, and the quality of the fish was impeccable; it was prepared perfectly. A meal here is an investment, both in time and $, but well worth both in my view!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for a romantic birthday
    New2NH
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    It was overall a great night. The wait staff was courteous, responsive. The waiter even overheard me say that there was a birthday, and took the initiative to bring the dessert we had ordered with a candle on it (you prefer not to have the usual birthday shenanigans at restaurants). the food was excellent, and we ordered different courses they were nicely spread out. I'm not sure about how "romantic" the ambience is, but it certainly made the evening special. Absolutely go again for a special night out on the town.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • outstanding
    ExperiencedVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    from the warm greeting to the knowledgeable waiter we felt very welcome and the food was outstanding. Only quibble would be the small size of the cheese course.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special Occasion
    John
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Great food, attentive service, very knowledgeable abut wine. When I've invited guests new to this restaurant, they love it. One said: "I had no idea such a great restaurant existed in New Haven."
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for business entertaining
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Wonderful meal. Mussels app is a must!! The menu changes but is always wonderful with fresh food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner
    MrBob
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Put at worst table on corner of busy intersection even though we noted on open table it was our anniversary.Constant waiters going by on both sides often holding tray over my head.Service slow at first but towards end improved.Excellent food and presentation.when paying top dollar would like ambience to match food quality
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fantastique!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Expensive, but worth every penny. We loved the fine dining experience and the French cuisine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Union League New Haven
    Barry
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Prompt seating. Attentive wait staff. Good food. Main room was exceptionally noisy. If possible dine in the back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The service was wonderful. Great experience as usual!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Actually, not all that expensive for what you get.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still our favorite
    twodox
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Whenever we have an event to celebrate, we have dinner at the Union League Cafe. We know we will have a marvelously dinner, beautifully served in an elegant setting. We have never been disappointed, and our most recent visit was no exception. A true gem. My wife's lamb was beautifully presented and succulent, and my tuna was perfectly spiced and melted in my mouth. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food, wonderful time
    shellaphant
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Easily the best lobster I have ever had. all courses were delicious, the food is pricey - but we expected that. got all dressed up fancy and went for a nice romantic dinner. Waiter was attentive and helpful, wine was delicious, atmosphere is calm and personal. Zero complaints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous French
    ilikefoodtoomuchVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Fabulous French food, transported to Paris. Delicious duck confit, pasta with truffle oil, lobster with chanterelles. Desserts to die for-strawberry tart, grand marnier soufflé, profiteroles. Ou la la !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sadly disappointed
    VeggieFan
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Over the years The a Union League Cafe has been a very special place to dine when we celebrated wonderful occasions. So it was with much anticipation that we brought some friends who had never been to the Cafe previously. Two of us had the risotto. It was bland. Two of us ordered the chicken. One serving was under cooked and neither serving was prepared as described on the menu. The wait staff was less than attentive. I can only hope that it was just an off night at a usually fine restaurant and not that they are resting on their laurels. Unfortunately, I do not think we will be celebrating again at The cafe.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Splendid as usual
    SimplyDevine
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We ate dinner probably for the 12th time in the last 3 years and, dinner has always been excellent. The duck confit watercress salad was absolutely delicious! The salad is a signature dish and it never fails. The gazpacho was very refreshing on a warm night topped with avocado. The filet of beef was cooked to perfection with a side order of French fries. I will be back in New Haven in 3 weeks and will definitely be back for dinner. I have never had a bad meal at Union League!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food
    foody5
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was absolutely fabulous and the occasion was memorable. I had the filet mignon and my husband had the lobster. The service was excellent. We were delighted with our dining experience and would definitely dine there again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gourmet food
    goodfood
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The taste of the food was truly on a gourmet level. Complex mixture of flavors for a gastronomical experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous Meal at Union League Cafe!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    My son & I enjoyed a wonderful dinner at the Union League Cafe to celebrate the beginning of his Grad school year at Yale. From the appetizers to the dessert - everything was fabulous!! Dennis was a great waiter who went out of his way to make sure we had a memorable evening. We are already making plans to go there again in the near future!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better every time
    Lovetodoneout
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Excellent service, excellent food, consistently the best ct has to offer!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Usual Outstanding Experience
    Willie
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Certainly one of if not the most outstanding restuarant in New Haven - the food is always terrific and the service is at the top - lucn is a special joy.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Worth it.
    ctahoreman
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    A special occasion turned out very special indeed. Beautiful and stately dining room. The foie terrine is exceptional, the potato gnocchi clouds of perfection. And the waiter was good humored and extremely knowledgeable. It's expensive, but like too few restaurants today, it's well worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always wonderful
    sshelley
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This restaurant never disappoints. Everything is delicious. I always look forward to eating here. It is a place that creates an environment of being cared for with professional service and delightful cuisine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wildly overrated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This place is a joke. Food was boring and executed inconsistently, e.g., duck trimmed badly and two items overpowered by garlic. But real problem was condescending yet incompetent service. E.g.: appetizers served nearly 40 minutes after orders taken, but then amuse bouche was served *during* appetizer course; waiter spilled one amuse while serving it, then knocked over water glass trying to catch amuse, but didn't apologize or clean anything until *after* appetizer course, when water started streaming from table all over wife's dress; waiter finally said, "I guess I should clean this up," to which I responded, "You need to move us to another table"; he did, and only then did he finally bring us the alternately flaccid and stale bread.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely dinner in New Haven
    WestportDiner
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Very good restaurant in the heart of New Haven with a surprisingly excellent vibe, decor, menu and wine list. Especially noting the variety of mains including vegetarian and will make specials for those with specific requirements (such as vegan, gluten free etc)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Dinner!!
    Rom1FR
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My family was visiting for few days, I brought them to Union League Cafe knowing that my parents love French food. I couldn't be more right, really nice ambiance, amazing food and service. All the ingredients united to spend a night out and enjoy a dinner together. Thank you to the UlC Team, well done guys!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Maintains consistently high std
    RistoranteUomoVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    One of our favorites. Union League is one of Connecticut's top restaurants and has been for years. The food is always exceptional, the service impeccable and the place itself beautiful. Menus change seasonally and there are always two or three special selections of interest, not just the same "specials" that are read over and over again like many places. We eat here often (1++ times a month) and it is consistently good. One thing that i have noticed lately is high staff turnover. While the new wait staff appears to be well versed in the menu selections it is like restarting at a place you've never been to each time as new people get to know you all over again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Haven gem!
    medalperson
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    As as Yale graduate with many connections to the university, I have traveled to New Haven often, and have done so in the past. There has been no better or more consistent restaurant in the city than the Union League Cafe. As the restaurant scene in New Haven has improved with the addition of a number of good choices, the Union League Cafe has maintained its position at the head of the list. The ambience is tranquil, comfortably decorated, and conducive to fine dining and conversation. The food is always excellent, both for lunch and dinner. I have dined there both individually with friends and as part of a group, and the quality never flags. In addition, the service is impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A New Haven classic
    Wiltondiner
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The Union League Café is the go to spot for my wife and me for special occasions. The food is always outstanding, the service attentive and the surroundings have an old world charm.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Classic Experience
    Bacchus
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Went to UNC to celebrate two birthdays, an engagement and an anniversary. It was a great experience. The food was creatively prepared and cooked to perfection. The service was impeccable. After we had selected a great bottle of wine for under $50 our waiter recommended an equally priced, and delicious second bottle for the same price. He didn't suggest one out of our comfort zone. It seems like a small thing but it reflects badly upon a restaurant when the waiter is more of a salesperson than a host. We appreciated his sensitivity and professionalism. It's a bit pricy but worthwhile for a treat or special occasion. If you're a foodie then ULC is a "must" destination.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unexpected Find
    Bistroman
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Having just moved to Connecticut from Los Angeles we were anxious to find an exceptional restaurant that we would be able to rely on in the future. We had to be in New Haven on business, and checked the Zagat Guide for dining in downtown New Haven. The high Zagat ratings for the Union League Café were well deserved. Exceptional wines were complemented by very well prepared dishes. My marinade appetizer was subtle but especially flavored with fresh herbs. My main course of steamed striped bass was perfectly cooked with subtle but aromatic seasonings. My wife's zucchini flowers were exceptional, although her steak entrée was difficult to cut. Nonetheless it was very tasty with the nicely prepared Béarnaise sauce.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.