Valley Green Inn
Valley Green Inn

Valley Green Inn

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://valleygreeninn.com/
  • Phone: 2152471730
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm, Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Kate Harron 2152471730

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Valley Green Inn
Located in the Wissahickon Valley, the inviting atmosphere of Philadelphia's last remaining roadhouse is one of the city's best kept secrets. The Valley Green Inn is just waiting to be found in the bustling metropolis of America's Birthplace.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Valley Green Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
63 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (53)scenic view (52)great for brunch (35)special occasion (33)romantic (31)great for lunch (28)neighborhood gem (24)kid-friendly (13)fit for foodies (13)good for groups (12)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Beautiful Setting;Good Food
    frequetflyer
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    If you are looking for a science view with good food at reasonable prices... go to Valley Green Inn. We enjoyed lunch, outside on the porch... it was a perfect early fall day. This place allows for wonderful conversation. It just doesn't get any better than this venue for lunching with friends. Go! You will be so glad you did. Did I say... good food... but the setting makes you focus on your surroundings. Prices are very reasonable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nanof3
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    For our lunch, the food was exceptionally good and creative. The crab cakes were wonderfully full of just crab and seasoning. We enjoyed eating outside viewing the scenery. We would return for lunch and/or dinner anytime. In addition, our waitress was pleasant, friendly and well-informed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a beautiful setting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    valley green in is a nice restaurant in a beautiful setting - the food quality and service was very good, the menu a bit limited but seasonal. We felt the restaurant could have been a bit cleaner and in better repair.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorite lunch places
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The service is good and you can't beat the scenery. Plus the grilled cheese sandwich is to die for.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valley Green Inn was great.
    Calvinsdottir
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The waitstaff was excellent, friendly, funny, made us feel like they really were happy to serve us. Food very good. I had the Eggs Benedict and my friend had the Very Berry French Toast.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will not return
    PointsPleaseVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I was intrigued by the setting but ultimately turned off by the food. Our calamari was clearly out of a frozen bag and my husband's duck was well done (not the medium rare he asked for, nor the way it should have been served by any chef). My lamb dish was okay, but definitely not worth $29 (maybe $15). All in all we spent $95 on a meal for two. Our money could have gotten us a much nicer dinner in the city. I'm sad to write this review because I had high hopes of it being a good find.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful experience!
    Granny
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    A terrific choice for a friend's birthday lunch...wonderful menu, perfect view, excellent service...can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun lunch with my sister
    HelenV74
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    My sister was visiting from California and we had a wonderful lunch together. The food was very good and Todd, our waiter, made the experience fun and delightful. The only negative was that the restaurant and restroom could use a more thorough cleaning. There were cobwebs hanging from the railings on the porch and the restroom floors and paper and soap dispensers were very dusty.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was terrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The hostess and waitress did not offer my 7 year old a kids menu. We went to snack bar to get a hot dog for him. Tuna sandwhich was chopped Ahi, it was not as advertised. Menu should have been clearer that the Salmon was smoked lox. Imagine our surprise when the table next to us was given a kids menu. I do think they had to ask for it....
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Philadelphia Treasure
    luvphila
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The lovely historic building in a secluded wooded valley beside a river in the middle of a major city could be enough but this place has excellent food and fine service. It is quite a package. A fabulous experience. Great also for out of town guests. It will wow them.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch by the Wissahickon
    Beachmom
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Enjoyed a delicious lunch sitting outside on the porch on a cloudy Saturday afternoon. Delightful atmosphere watching bikers, joggers, and walkers of all ages enjoying the park and Wissahickon Creek. The service was excellent with our waitress explaining the varied menu and making some recommendations. The lemon squash soup was fantastic and my fiance's grilled cheese sandwich oozed with the variety of 4 different cheeses. We finished our lunch sharing a homemade blueberry cobbler topped with vanilla ice cream. We left ready for a walk in the park to eliminate some of those extra calories we had just consumed. Can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Overall we enjoyed the dinner especially the food and location. We ate outside and it was nice to walk around and watch the ducks before dinner but the prices seem inflated for the actual dining experience. The staff appear generally like diner waiters - they are polite and helpful but too casual in discussion and appearance. Nothing was bad but nothing was exceptional either - if you're not eating outside I would say you can get a better experience at a different restaurant or perhaps come for brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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  • Awesome venue for ho-hum food
    HonestAbe
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The location is amazing and really can't be beat. Our waiter Scott was great, but the food just isn't that good. While the view was amazing, the porch stank of rotting garbage. While eating we watched an employee drag two bags away leaving a rotting trail of juice behind him. I had the crab cakes and my wife had the ribeye. The steak was grossly overdone and totally unappetizing. Rather than brown with sear marks it was grey. My crab cakes were ok. We've been here before and the duck was great, but overall, it's just way too much money for food that is ok at best. I think we'll be giving this location a break for a while until they can bring the quality of their food up.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great ambience, lackluster food
    Rawb22
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The ambience at this place is great. The service was adequate, but definitely not outstanding. I got a filet which I ordered medium-well and it came out well. On top of that, it was extremely tough for a filet. I know it isn't going to fall apart at that temperature, but the quality of the cut was just awful. My date had the scallops and she complained of the texture being off and that they were slightly undercooked. She posited they were cooked from frozen, as opposed to fresh. She enjoyed her French onion soup, and the wine was great. Maybe it was the time of day we came? Our reservation was at 8:30 and it seemed much if the staff was leaving. The poor-quality food and so-so service will prevent us from going back, however.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    nottobecritical
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We came for a birthday brunch and everything-food and staff- was fabulous! I need to go more often.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The location is on the center of a park. It's a very quiet and relaxing location.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really nice get-together
    DrRonVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Valley Green Inn's location is pristine. Sitting on the porch, enjoying the view and the company was topped by the excellent service and quality food and beverage. Very, very nice day.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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  • How did I not know
    HonestAbe
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    This place is absolutely awsome. How it took me 34 years to discover it is beyond me. Absolutely fabulous location along the Wissahickon. My daughters loved the sucks and wildlife. My wife and I loved the bianco as we dined on the porch. If you've never been, you owe it to yourself to give this a shot.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disapointing Brunch
    lawthomas
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The food failed to meet our expectations. While initially slow, the service improved during the meal. There is no dedicated parking nearby. There is just one handicapped space. Fortunately, a member of my party drove the car to a far away and up a hill space. What would a handicapped driver do if other members of the party did not drive? There is too much included in the brunch. Just one of the four of us opted for juice and coffee. Alacarte pricing would make sense.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic
    DCares
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We had a wonderful lunch at the Valley Green Inn after a nice family walk along the Wissahickon Trail. The staff were extremely accommodating, as we had a stroller, and our server, Tia, was outstanding. Everything was perfect. We will be back soon! Thanks!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Enjoyable atmosphere for lunch...little musty smell in dining area.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
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  • Great character
    David
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    The outdoor patio dining provided a peaceful ambiance to a wonderfully prepared meal with attentive service. The rich history of the Inn also provided a special touch to the evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We've eaten here a number of times, brunch, lunch and dinner, and it is always a great choice. We prefer to sit outside whenever the weather allows. On June 22 we had brunch on the porch and it was wonderful. I usually get the waffles and fruit because its my favorite, but my husband gets something different every time. This time he got eggs and smoked salmon, which looked really good! We had several people serving us, and we never felt rushed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not a happy camper
    Skipper1
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We had paper napkins!food was just ok but very small portion for the price.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • a disaster
    disaster
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    We are old friends of Valley Green Inn. We took a friend who hadn't been there before to lunch the other day. Seated in one of the two small rooms . Also in room as a table for 10 or 12 filled up promptly with group of happy talkative and loud women. We couldn't hear ourselves think. We just gave up talking. The ladies were having a great time. As we left man at desk said there was nothing he could have done. a waitress apologized etc but said couldn't help it. Never should seat small tables in room with large group. It will be a long time before we go back.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very peaceful.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Perfect experience for a family. Great surroundings, food, and the drinks were very good. Because of the surroundings, its easy to keep children entertained before, during and after the dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Treasure in the Phili Wilderness
    Jimmy
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Drive into a valley and over a creek to a location you may not think would be part of a major city. Spend time walking along the water. Quality and preparation of menu items are very good. Staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. Atmosphere inside is traditional, elegant, quaint, and relaxed. Seating outside is more relaxed and great as long as it is not too cold or too hot/humid (small flying insects can be an annoyance). No children’s menu but they seem to happily accommodate children with high quality items such as chicken fingers and other options. For the quality and portion size, prices are reasonable. Seating seems somewhat limited so making reservations may be a good idea.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Great brunch menu perfect for a scenic date! Definitely a more dressed up atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall a Good Experience!
    Babskie
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The service was warm and friendly. Our food was served in a timely fashion, but not rushed. We went for brunch; we would do that again, and may even try dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Wonderful for lunch on a nice day and excellent service (Kathy was great!!). Food was fresh and delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • Romantic and peaceful
    Diana
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    I've eaten dinner and lunch here a few times over the years, and always it is delicious. Inside the old, renovated building is romantic, outside on the veranda is beautiful and peaceful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • Great Sunday Brunch
    MrsSunshine
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    I already had brunch at Valley Green Inn three times. The last time, we were seated outside, which was nice because it was a very sunny Sunday morning. The place is a comfy old house with very pleasant servers. The food was great and I love my cappuccinos every time (I just wished that they were included in the price of the brunch). I highly recommend this place for a delightful morning with your beloved ones.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 31 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 585 reviews are from the Valley Green Inn reviews archive.
  • Delicious food and Amazing setting!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    The brie stuffed french toast are to die for. It was an amazing plate. Even the scramble eggs taste better at this place, they were delicious! Everyone in my party loved their food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JimboVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Always a great spot for brunch. It was graduation weekend and there were groups to be attended to but that left us small tables lacking in service and even when the order was messed up they didn't recover very well. The waitress tried to make amends by coming to our table many times but she should have been in the kitchen resolving our issue rather than trying to chat us up.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great setting, mediocre food
    GoodFoodgoodcompany14
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I wish I could rate this place better. The atmosphere is terrific and the service is good. Unfortunately, that's where the good news ends. It took a very long time to receive our food despite the restaurant being near empty on a Friday night. All 4 entrees ordered by our table were disappointing. The lamb was gristly and needed to be sent back. The risotto was undercooked and flavorless. Too bad as the location is truly unique.
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    kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view
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  • Sadly, not impressed
    disappointed
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Had friends visiting from out of state and wanted to show off the unique location of Valley Green Inn. It's true I had read it was better for brunch, but our time together was a Friday evening dinner. Soup was slow to arrive (we were almost alone in the restaurant at 6 p.m. ) The waitress spoke so softly, and to the rest of the dining room rather than to the four of us, and did not give the impression she cared about the food, or us. The entree's we each ordered were average, and pricey. . . .. . We left as soon as we were finished eating.
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  • Anniversary brunch
    Betsy
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    My husband proposed to me at the Valley Green Inn. So every anniversary we have brunch there. It never lets us down and everything is so delicious . Crab cake Benedict ! Almost sinful. The help is also very good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • Beautiful!
    Looking4Gems
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    I arrived at 5:30 for 7:30 reservation and took a walk along Wissahickon Creek to the nearby dam and beyond. It was 63 out and beautiful day. I had the lamb, mashed potato's with pears on top which was delicious. As a visitor to this area the BYOB situation is confusing so I was very happy with the house cabernet. It was a sublime evening!
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    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Valley Green!
    Glaesers
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    My husband has fond memories of VG since he ran through here often as he practiced for the Roxborough Track Team in high school. Being from California, when he first brought me here, I found it to be not only beautiful and peacefu but with the added bonus of a wonderful place to dine! We took my daughter and her fiance here to celebrate their engagement and this April we took my brother who was here on business. It was sad that he did not get to see VG in Spring splendor due to the late winter but the experience was enjoyable nonetheless. Our waitress was outstanding, friendly and efficient, even giving my brother a brief oral history of the origins of the VG Inn. Always a great place to visit when we come to Philly! I highly recommend it..
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    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • A special occasion gem
    WyncoteJim
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    A marvelous dining experience. A gemstone of charm and ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.