Via Matta
Via Matta

Via Matta

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.viamattarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6174220008
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday – Friday: 11:30am – 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday – Thursday: 5:30pm – 10:00pm, Friday – Saturday: 5:30pm – 11:00pm; Café: Monday – Saturday: 11:30am – 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Michael Schlow
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Arlington Street
  • Public Transit: Arlington Street T Stop
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $16 per vehicle
A word from Via Matta
Centrally located in the Back Bay, Via Matta offers authentic Italian cuisine with attentive quality service in a comfortable setting. Compliment your meal with a selection from a wine list featuring an extensive offering of Italian wines. Via Matta’s Café serves a lighter menu from late morning through late night.
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Via Matta reviews from OpenTable diners
41 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (24)great for outdoor dining (21)neighborhood gem (17)special occasion (16)good for groups (14)romantic (11)notable wine list (10)great for lunch (7)vibrant bar scene (5)hot spot (4)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Steve
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We have been here many times. The food was very good but the portion size was small leaving my 22 year old son looking for more when he had finished his meal.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • Recommend Via Matta...
    LynneBVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Have been dining at this Restaurant from the beginning and always consistent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Meal
    Bruce
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Via Matta was a wonderful dining experience. From the minute we entered, the service was superb. Our waiter, Vicente was most cordial, attentive and extremely knowledgeable about the menu items, almost as if he was involved in the cooking! The manager came over to us and other tables a couple of times to insure that we were enjoying the food and although it was nice to be attended to it was really unnecessary since the food was absolutely fantastic. The creativity of the menu choices and the mix of different food types makes this restaurant stand out out among its peers. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    EssNEmm
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We got the chef's tasting menu this past weekend and were completely amazed by the imagination and beauty of each course...to say nothing of the taste!!! We didn't even speak for most of the meal because we were mesmerized by the flavors! The service was excellent, and the ambiance of the place was very nice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian quality
    Pastalover
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We enjoyed a wonderful dinner withpasta dishes cooked perfectly. The wine we ordered was no longer on stock but the alternative offered was very good. The light level in the restaurant was so low that I had problems reading the menu.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food but service not so good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Went to Via Matta with my family on our way to a Red Sox game. Arrived for dinner early at 5:30pm. The food was really excellent but the service was lacking - slow and not very attentive especially since we were one of very people there
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ellie4you
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    My friend and I selected Via Matta for an early dinner prior to jetting out of town. The server knew our time constraints, and was extremely accommodating including packaging our desser to go in our car to the airport! The food, as always, was outstanding and the entire dinig experience way above many fine restaurants in Boston. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Flavor- Too small amounts
    gabby
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I will say the food was excellent in the presentation and flavor...... BUT ... I say it again BUT the portion was ridiculous I kid you not I was served 3 pieces of lamb the size of an old dollar coin it was ridiculous with an ounce of collar greens 3 dime size slivers of onion and a smear yogurt mint sauce... iam going to be honest I laughed at our plates the portions were smaller that the appetizer I don't want to go there... and the price for the food portion IT IS RIDICULOUSLY EXPENSIVE... I think the owner should be embarrassed.... this was no meal it was like an oderve presentation ... Again and the portion of food for $33 dollars is this is some kind of JOKE... We Will never go back to such a ridiculous experience...
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    special occasion
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  • Flexible chef
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    One member of our party had a very restricted diet, and the chef did a great job adapting to his needs. Our server forgot some of the special requirements (failed to mention that a salad had cheese on it, causing us to send it back to the kitchen), but the kitchen itself was extremely flexible, and the food was spectacular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food but terrible service
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We went to Via Matta for dinner. The food took maybe an hour to come out and there were maybe three people circling our table. The service was terrible. The restaurant was empty and they would take forever to do simple things like give us bread, take our order, ask us if we would like to see a wine menu, etc. basics. Overall the service was complete bogus. If the food wasn't so great I would never recommend this place. However, the pasta was phenomenal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still impressive...
    jharwar
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I used to work in Park Square and frequently lunched at Via Matta so when out-of-town colleagues arrived Monday and asked me to recommend a restaurant near the Four Seasons I realized there are lots of big box style eateries in that vicinity and very few locally owned restaurants that I knew would be reliable. Via Matta was just right on all fronts. Highly recommend the lime basil Gimlet and service was impeccable. All in all, a tasty meal well served.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, great meal
    AudsfVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    So nice to sit outside on a nice summer night! Service was excellent and food was very good, fresh home made pasta
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Time to hit reset?
    BRFadeVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Had a nice dinner @ Via Matta on the patio area on Friday evening. Menu had a few good items, pasta choices were good but other entree choices were limited and overpriced, like $35 for local striper? and waiter was great too. But like many past visits, it was very quiet with very few other guests indoors and out. Comparatively, we went to Row 34 last night and had an awesome experience, great food, great buzz etc...Via Matta needs some new ideas or something to get back into past groove. Remember Pignoli?
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Creative Cuisine
    Out4dinnerVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We dined on the cozy outdoor patio on a warm summer evening; my fish with quinoa and beans was delicious, my husband enjoyed his chicken Milanese as well. The wine was perfect and our server was attentive and friendly, what more can you ask for?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Under-appreciated Italian gem
    MrTravelwellVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I love the food at Via Matta and its a mystery to me that they aren't as busy as some of the other restaurants in the area. I like the fact that their menu describes the entrees without a dozen adjectives (which usually presages someone trying too hard).. what you see is what you get at Via Matta and it always tastes good ....I love their Veal Milanese, their slightly spicy meatball appetizer, the Tagliatelle Bolognese and their Italian bread is always perfect. When you order Tiramisu at Via Matta you get a slice of the classic Italian cake not something scooped into a Martini glass that looks elegant but disappoints as it does in so many places locally.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • billchinVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    I have been going to Via Matta for many years. Staff has completely since 5 years ago. some inconsistency with the food but tonight's meal was very good. crunchy eggplant, tuna sashimi, chicken milanese, and a dish with a thick pasta, sausage, peas and beans. the pasta was excellent
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, but
    BubblyVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Them restaurant was empty, not as much fun without other diners.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasurable dining
    KathyT
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    This was my first time at Via Matta. Food and wait staff was exceptional. Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outdoor city dining
    crucaro
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Wonderful dinner, nice wine list, fabulous service - but most of all - so nice to dine outdoors in the city and not feel like its in the city. The location is quiet and clean. Great time had by all in our party!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Absolutely awful. The ambience is old art with frames tipped sideways and run down furniture. The waiter told us that we should order all our food at once because he wasn't sure when he'd have time to get back to us. The clam appetizer was so salty, we needed a jug of water to stay dehydrated. I ordered the lamb cavatelli and it tasted like plain, boiled pasta with pulled lamb on top. When I sent it back, all the waiter did was say 'awe, that's too bad,' but still charged us for everything. Thank goodness we had a gift card - we will never return to this restaurant again.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 964 reviews are from the Via Matta reviews archive.
  • Won't go back
    Arlene
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    My dinner was good but the other 4 members of my party were not so lucky! Had to ask for bread plates, butter, & oil well after the bread arrived. Service was slow in spite of the fact that the place was not very busy.
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  • Very good food. Great service.
    Vavalee
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We enjoyed our food very much. Service was excellent...very attentive but not intrusive. Menu descriptions understate what you actually get (and differ from what's on their website). Tagliatelle with bolognese sauce was very good, with a rich spiciness. Chicken mattone was served in a tomatoey broth/sauce that was delicious. Fresh ricotta starter was a simple concept, but executed well. Prosciutto was also very good. The wine list is expensive, with the cheapest bottle $40. Place was a bit dark. Lively crowd on a Friday night, but you could still have a conversation without shouting. Location conveniently close to Theater District. Would return for another visit and would recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, inconsistent portion
    Rich
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Food is great, and ordering the pizza isn't a mistake as it is in many restaurants. Portion sizes vary a lot - order the sandwich, and expect a half baguette and a huge plate of fries. Order the ravioli, and 6 perfectly cooked and sauced pieces of pasta will come, at the bottom of a large bowl. All the food is good, but ask the staff how big the portions are.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mediocre, a bit weird
    butterpat
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    While it may be the best option for a nicer dinner in the Theater District, Via Matta is not great. Their website promises seasonal specials, and a "very Italian" atmosphere, but there were no specials the night we went (a Saturday) and very American top 40 was just blasting. Service was awkward, from the hostess who was unable to lead us to our table, to the wait staff who were unable to fill all two of our water glasses. Food was just OK. My friend had a great whiskey, and I had a great vermouth, so maybe they should just be a bar?
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  • Nice overall
    LisaH
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    The food was really good. We had to wait for the waitress a lot, especially considering the place seemed pretty empty. But she and the manager were both delightful. And the food and wine. Yum. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Five-Course Surprise Hit
    Cailean
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    I tried this off a Living Social voucher and needless to say I was very impressed, especially with their ricotta and their fettuccine with clams. I'd definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed Review
    CatsCatch
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    A friend was staying at the Park Plaza, so I made reservations across the street at Via Matta. We had the burrata app and it was delicious. The crunchy eggplant seemed to be lacking in flavor though. Entree choices were the Tagliatelle alla Bolognese and Cavatelli with Lamb. The Cavatelli was memorable! Delicious. We shared the Tiramisu for dessert. It seemed watery to both of us. We were in no hurry and told the wait staff. The restaurant was less than half full however 6 times different waitstaff stopped by to clear our table. They were attentive but we said we were taking our time. We finally got tired of saying we were fine and gave up! We ended up going back to the lobby of the Park Plaza to sit and talk.
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  • Great dining
    MJFin
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Excellent food , friendly service, great ambiance in the Back Bay area
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mix of hits and misses
    Betsy1224VIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Despite being a regular restaurant-goer and the restaurant's reputation, I'd never been to Via Matta until a friend suggested we meet there for dinner. The first surprise was why I couldn't get a 7 p.m. reservation on Open Table as the restaurant was empty when we got there for our 6:30 reservation and only half full by 7:30. We ordered three appetizers. My friends raved about the eggplant dish. I had the squid in tomato sauce, which was out of this world, but the burrata appetizer was almost tasteless. I was disappointed in my salmon main dish, but I don't blame Via Matta as Italian restaurants rarely do anything impressive with salmon. We shared an exquisite mascarpone and chocolate cookie dessert.
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    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian Restaurant
    MarathonManVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    My daughter and I are from the SF Bay Area and were visiting Boston last week. We ate at Via Matta the night before the Boston Marathon. The service was friendly and efficient and the food was excellent. We shared the crunchy eggplant appetizer, which was delicious, and each of us had a fresh and tasty salad. My daughter had the mushroom ravioli and I had the spaghetti with tomato sauce. Everything was perfectly done. Even though spaghetti with tomato sauce may not seem like a terribly exciting dish, this was one of the best tomato sauces I have ever had--a perfect combination of tartness and spiciness. I highly recommend this restaurant.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful service
    YYCrunner
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I was looking for an Italian restaurant in the Back Bay Area close to my hotel for some carbo loading before the marathon and found this gem. Friendly service and very attentive without being over bearing. While also trying to hydrate, my water glass was constantly being refilled. The tagliatelle with bolognese was excellent and the serving size was perfect- not heaping. For dessert we had a fantastic affogato and the best tiramisu I recall having in awhile. Wonderful meal- highly recommend. I will be back next visit to Boston.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very disappointed in via matta
    eatinpdx
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    we waited 20 minutes for a table, despite having a reservation. we sat at the lackluster bar, waiting for our table, which was the only place we received attentive service. once we were seated for dinner, our waiter barely acknowledged us; never even checked to see whether we enjoyed our food. and it took him 15 minutes to give us our check after we asked for it. yes, it was a busy night at the restaurant, but that doesn't excuse the poor service. the food was fine, but not worth going back for. will not return to this supposed "hot spot."
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  • delicious food
    letsdineout
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Food is consistently delicious, Best Bolognese in Boston!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good Italian Restaurant
    OpenTableDiner
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    This was our second time to this restaurant. We had such an enjoyable experience the first time, we didn't hesitate to book again. My wife started with Spicy Calamari (yummy!) and my daughter ordered the Burrata with Asparagus (heavenly!). For our entrée, I ordered the Tagliatelle (very good) and my wife and daughter ordered the Veal Loin with Prosciutto (tender!). We will keep this restaurant in mind the next time we visit.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lot of heat
    jlbhVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Quality of food was superb except for one thing - all 3 pasta dishes we got (tagliatelle bolognese, mushroom agnolotti, and fava bean/ricotta tortelli) had way too much pepper/red pepper. Especially the tortelli dish, which you wouldn't expect at all. First the waiter said there was no red pepper in this dish then when we questioned again he made a weird remark that all the dishes have red pepper to add heat. I've eaten here 2x before and had some of the same pasta dishes, and did not have a similar issue. Hoping someone just mislabeled the pepper shaker and it was a one-off!
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food bland deserts
    Thegoose
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    I really enjoyed our dinner at Via Matta. It is a fun and relaxed restaurant in the heart of the back bay. The staff was attentive and friendly. The gimlet was to die for. I loved the mushroom ravioli. Everything was great but the desert menu; it was bland. Overall though A great spot.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 5- Course Chef's Choice Dinner
    Pkav
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner...each course was delicious and the service was attentive.
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    Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Night Out
    BobS
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    My wife and I were looking for a nice evening out in Boston. We have been to Via Matta before enjoying a evening with our adult children. We chose their tasting menu and were not disappointed. the wait staff was great, the evening enjoyable, the food very good.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 5 Course Chef Tasting
    WendyM
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The main courses, all based on what is fresh for the day or season, were all very good and fresh. The dessert course was lacking in originality as a deconstructed oreo. We felt like this was an afterthought. It's very loud in the restaurant regardless of it being full or only a few tables filled. They need something to absorb a bit of the noise.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • charming, yummy, reliable
    Jayjay
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    love this place, easy for pre-concert, always delicious. we were in a rush so the service last visit wasn't great but has been in the past
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate