Vault 164
Vault 164

Vault 164

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vault164.com/
  • Phone: 6503488164
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-4:00pm

    Dinner: Mon-Thurs 4:00pm-10:00pm

    Dinner: Fri-Sat 5:00pm-11:00pm

    Dinner: Sun 5:00pm-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Gerardo Garcia
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 2nd Avenue
  • Public Transit: CalTrans stops just blocks from us
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Night Valet available in front of the restaurant - Monday through Saturday, from 5:30 pm

    For daytime parking, there are numerous lots and parking on nearby streets
A word from Vault 164
Welcome to Vault 164, located in the heart of downtown San Mateo. Set in the old Crocker Bank on the corner of 2nd and B, the décor uses many of the building"s antique vault pieces sprinkled throughout the dining room and bar. We feature an eclectic and contemporary American cuisine, using sustainable seafood and organic produce when possible. Stop by and enjoy our bourbon and maple glazed pork chop, served on sweet potato mash, or a savory Caramelized Onion, Applewood Smoked Bacon, and Cambozola Cheese Flatbread. We offer a wide range of aged steaks and whole roasted chicken, fresh pasta, and unique salads. Our bar is great place to meet friends or watch a game, and it features a variety of classic and new cocktails, handmade to perfection, a large selection of beers on tap, and over 20 wines by the glass.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Vault 164 reviews from OpenTable diners
171 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (83)neighborhood gem (76)good for groups (72)special occasion (66)great for lunch (41)vibrant bar scene (37)romantic (26)hot spot (23)kid-friendly (18)notable wine list (17)late-night find (13)great for brunch (8)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Yummmm...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We had a family dinner there and were blown away! We ordered the Crab Dip, Ahi and Brussels Sprouts as an appetizer for the table. Every thing was delicious! Their entrees are a great size and almost big enough to share! We will be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Place
    Foodie24
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I was really expecting better food here. Their menu looked great with a lots to choice from. I had the skirt steak from their special of the evening. I asked for medium and it was over cooked for me. I like seeing red in my steaks and this didn't even bleed! The only thing I can say is they have very good service. I'll have to try it one more time before I cross it off my list.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • xvraptor
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Came for an early dinner with the family. Started with crabcakes and the brussel sprout chips (free if you check-in on facebook and is stated on the menu). Crabcakes were decent though the brussel sprout chips were the clear winner between the two, albeit a bit salty. Ironically, the service was slower at the start (only 2 other parties) compared to when the dining room was full. Entrees ordered: filet mignon, the special of the day filet mignon chop steak (aka burger in the shape of a steak), maple salmon, and the chilean sea bass. Both fish dishes came out juicy while the steaks came out more well done than requested. The family definitely enjoyed the food even with the over done steaks and we would come back for a special occasion
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A find!
    Alwaysawinner
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I had heard good reports about Vault 164 and was pleasantly surprised that they were not exaggerated. The atmosphere is charming and old world - quite fascinating menu description of the conversion of the space from an old bank building. Our waiter, Kevin, was fantastic and the food was wonderful. Prices are reasonable and it was an overall great experience - especially pleasing as I was with out-of-town company and they were very impressed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal!
    Flfoodie
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Started with the Brussels sprouts which were flavorful and crispy. The bacon wrapped medjool dates with goat cheese and balsamic glaze were yummy, melt in your mouth treats. Sliced skirt steak was thick, very tender, and delicious. Cooked perfectly and they were agreeable to change sides. Would definitely return. Service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AWESOME!
    Lobie
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Had another great experience for our group birthday luncheon. service was great too!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty food, good atmosphere service
    luvfoodVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We had an early dinner. Service was quick & courteous. We started with the Brussels Sprout Chips. Entrees ordered were Sea Scallops & Ahi Tuna. Both were prepared perfectly. Although, I thought it was a touch on the salty side. For dessert we shared the Baked Alaska which is pretty unique. The chocolate brownie was very chocolaty & the meringue topping flambe was a nice touch. It was a very enjoyable dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Annoying Dessert Menu
    ChowhoundVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The menu said baked Alaska, but it was not baked and instead of meringue, they smothered the ice cream in marshmallow goo. Yuck. My wife ordered key lime pie. First off, it didn't look like pie, and second, it didn't have much flavor. The salmon chowder soup was very good, but the entrees were just so-so. We won't be going back.
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  • 4eats
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Vault 164 is a real gem. We were celebrating a special occasion & all of our guests enjoyed their menu choices.(Rave Reviews)!! I have never been disappointed in anything I have ordered at the Vault. Obviously our party shares my feelings. Kudos to the chef & the entire staff. Our server, Rosalee was, as always superior.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Good Restaurant
    HonestFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Very good in every way. No particular area excels, but this was only a first visit. One area of criticism I would mention here (and for most restaurants) include the following: - too much salt, especially on the brussel sprouts chips (can remove 90% of the salt and it will taste better) - too much sugar in the salad dressing - too much salad dressing overwhelmed the natural flavors (can easily remove 95% of the dressing) Chilean Sea Bass was cooked almost to perfection. A tad sweeter than I prefer, but the temperature and texture were spot on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Break into the Vault for Great Food
    jimori
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Stopped by for lunch @ Vault 164 and my lunch of Flat Steak Cobb Salad was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we come every movie night!
    Roadhouse1
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Love this place! The food is unbelievable. Brussel sprout chips, flank steak and heirloom tomatoes, kale and quinoa salad. Great wine selection. This place is killing it, plus the menu rotates so we get to have different entrées everytime.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Picky3ater
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We were visiting from out if town and happened upon Vault. So very happy we did! The Brussel Sprout chips have become my new favorite thing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing foods
    LoveFoods
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We really looked forward to having lunch at Vault 164 after reading various reviews. Our reservation was at 1pm on a Friday. The restaurant was relatively quiet. We order a BLT and brie, and a mushroom risotto. Neither was tasty. The risotto was floating in butter.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of our favorites!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Vault 164 quickly became one of our all-time favorite dining spots, right after our first visit! This has only been our second visit, but we have confirmed that the dining experience all around is consistently excellent. Special shout-out to our amazing server on our second visit, Gabriel!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The waiter was very nice by offering a free sundae to my little nephew who didn't order any kid's menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolute best food and service
    kimeatsout
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This restaurant is amazing! I had a party of 12 in town for business and we received excellent service and the food was absolutely delicious. Every entree we ordered was cooked perfectly, the presentation was great, the food was served hot, nothing over cooked or left sitting out. Our waitress was more than attentive, helpful, and attune to the needs of our party. This restaurant rates at the top of my list for everything. The 12 people in our party were all very very happy with this restaurant. Order the bacon wrapped dates with goat cheese as an appetizer. Great combination of flavors. From the filet mignon with mushrooms and au gratin potatoes to the seared tuna, to roasted chicken, you won't be disappointed. Great menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was fine
    2004
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The food was fine, but nothing was good enough that I would order it again. Restaurant was noisy and service was slow (although when the waiter did stop by he was very nice).
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Vault like no other
    Cathy
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    This is my 4th visit and I have yet to be disappointed. The food is terrific and the desserts you make sure you leave room. The service is always high level and friendly. The decor is very comfortable. I love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Do yourself a favor and GO to Vault
    Vreader
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We went for a birthday dinner and the menu was excellent! We each had a special cocktail and shared brussel sprout chips - yummy. The bar was busy but not obnoxiously noisy to interfere with diner conversation. We sat next to a family with two kids and the atmosphere was fine for all. There were about 4 or 5 entrees we each wanted to try so it was hard to choose. Had skirt steak which was perfect and spaghetti squash with vegetables which was delicious. Will DEFINITELY go back to try some others! Our server was wonderful. Paid plenty of attention to us without making us feel like we had to rush out the door. She even surprised us with baked Alaska when she was told it was my birthday. We had never had that and it was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Won a gift card at a fundraiser
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We don't usually go to fancy restaurants. We just prefer a more casual ambiance and prefer to save the big bucks for other things. However I bid (full price) on a gift card for Vault 164 at a fundraiser, so we gave it a try. The food was terrific the alcoholic drinks were not so great: a flat rum and soda and a blah margarita. The service however was terrific.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expected more
    Foodie15
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Place is too dark and nothing special about it interior. Food is ok/good, but overpriced. Very noisy and reminds more of a bar scene rather than an elegant restaurant scene.
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  • Amazing Food & Service
    Kie914
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I was shocked that a random choice off opentable turned out to be such a good place. We had the crab dip as an appetizer with the taro chips. It was a great combination. We continued to entrees with the cedar plank salmon, prawns and mashed potatoes and roasted chicken. The three of us were more than overwhelmed with the depth of flavor and quality. The waitress even brought out a baked Alaska for the birthday girl. I definitely plan to come back again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it - great service/food
    TreenWVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    My mom and I dined here for the first time and were pleased with the wide selection of menu items. We both had cedar plank maple glazed salmon with fingerling potatoes and vegetables, served beautifully on the plank. She enjoyed the spinach salad and I the kale & quinoa salad. Our server, Jenessa, was attentive and friendly. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Vault is open
    Lars90274
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We like the vault and regularly visit because the food is always great and fresh. The menu changes so I always find something new to try. Also, my wife is gluten intolerant, and they have a dedicated food allergy menu, which is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    Jcm650
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    food was very good and came out right away which almost never happens to us. our sever was kind and friendly. will diffidently come back again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Had a great time! Such good food and amazing Sangria!! Will be back soon for sure!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • outstanding
    Sonnyj
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Most on line reviews gave Vault 164 high rating I agree. My pork chop was huge yet tender My wife had the salmon and thought it was one of the best she ever had. Sides were not the"usual" and were excellent. The Baked Alaska desert was wonderful. Parked in city garage 1/2 block away. Free parking after 6:00pm
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice and Relaxing.
    visitingdiners2
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The wait people were great. We were seated immediately. Menu was varied so there were plenty of choices for all tastes. Food was good. We were in a booth, which was nice as the noise level was not too bad. No parking - so have to have valet service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food you can bank on
    AahzVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Everything was good to excellent; the standout was the lump crab and artichoke dip. Service was good. Felt noisy but we had no trouble conversing.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome food every time we go!
    MacbestVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    I have been here for lunch 10 times with clients. Everytime I go the same occurs: fabulous food and service! Why wouldn't i want to come back! If you like sparkling water, its free (they make their own) and sat right on the table. The brussel sprout "chips" are a must try (even if you don't think you like brussel sprouts!). The burger is amazing, the skirt steak - same. The appetizers really shine and I have had them all. Each are well thought out and extremely tasty. Try the tuna tartare; the deviled eggs are amazing! The sausage sampler is super. I can't say enough about how great this place is other than, after 10 times, I will still be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well Presented
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    The food is well presented and tasty. The bar during happy hour is packed. Different choices of food on the menu. Not your run of the mill entrees.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Professional yet casual work lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    While the exterior may look intimidating and serious, like a bank in fact, inside the restaurant was open and airy. The soccer game was playing on the screen above the bar, helping to stir conversation about the World Cup. The server was pleasant, prompt and helpful giving our group of 8 enough time to choose from the menu. The orders came close to the same time and all were good. The food was casual, in spite of the businesslike surroundings and bank feel from the building's previous life. The artichoke and crab dip was wonderful and everyone also loved the tomato and garlic flat bread. The burgers and salads were also excellent. We were too full to enjoy dessert. I will definitely go there again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, good service for the $
    Donnahcarm
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Our party of 4 had the wild mushroom risotto, the roast chicken, the scallops, and the salmon. No food was left on any plate at the end. Plates were plenty of food, so appetizers aren't necessary if you don't want one but are hungry. House glass wine was also good. The brussel sprout chips are a novel delicious appetiser adequate to feed four. The waiter was very attentive and seemed to truly care that we had a great experience. We overall recommend the place!
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  • Everything was wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Great place, extensive wine list, Brussels sprout chips were amazing, as was the kale salad, Mac and cheese, pork chop and curious George dessert!! Waitress was very helpful and attentive. Can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best in San Mateo
    LoveThemBsprouts
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We had a large party for a birthday and they treated us first class. The waiter was exceptional and her recommendations for wine was first class and budget sensitive. Dinner was fabulous and the let me customize my dinner choice to meet my dietary needs without making me feel like the world would end in the kitchen. After we ordered they brought us a menu and a pen so the entire group could write a special note to the person celebrating their birthday on the menu. Nice touches of friendly service, without being stuffy. Good for older kids, but I would leave the young ones at home to enjoy your adult time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food & service, parking sucks
    sacpubgrub
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We headed in on a Saturday night from a Foster City hotel and missed that there was a street fair going on. This is the third time I've headed to San Mateo on the weekend and to say parking sucks is way too polite. With the fair going on I ended up parking about 3/4 of a mile from the restaurant which is at the heart of downtown...maybe locals know where to park but as a visitor driving in circles around the downtown parking lot did not endear the San Mateo experience to me...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good high-quality Bistro Food
    FridayNiteDinnersVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We've decided that Vault 164 is a great high quality Bistro. There is a good range of choices, although we feel the meat may be more expertly done than the seafood. We ordered the scallops which really needed the crispy prosciutto for great flavor, but the accompanying veggies didn't do much for the dish. Also ordered was the cajun steak which was phenomenal, a much better dish overall. The service was good, drinks came a bit slower than the appetizers, but all in all a great evening and a place we regularly visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool and stylish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    A bit more of a "scene" than other downtown San Mateo restaurants, Vault 164 offers delicious food in a stylish setting. I highly recommend the chicken as well as the spaghetti squash primavera. Pair your dinner with a cool cocktail or one of their many wines by the glass -- or, choose a delicious non-alcoholic beverage (the "no-jito" is a great pick).
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Client Lunch
    Scott
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Took a potential client to lunch. Really enjoyed the food and we were actually able to talk!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.