Villa Creek Restaurant
Villa Creek Restaurant

Villa Creek Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.villacreek.com/
  • Phone: 805-238-3000x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Bar/Tapas open daily at 4 p.m.

    Dinner Service

    Sunday-Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Tom Fundaro
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Villa Creek can accommodate up to 32 people, either in a private room or in the outdoor courtyard.
  • Private Party Contact: Tom Fundaro 8052383000x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 12th and Pine
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Villa Creek Restaurant
Working with local farmers since 1998. Villa Creek's Chef Tom Fundaro prepares local, organically or sustainably farmed products in rustic preparations. A local and international compilation of wines and a premium bar selection complement the fresh inspiring cuisine.
"It seems that practically everyone visiting Paso Robles wine country passes through Villa Creek. That's easy to understand, because this winemaker hangout serves up youthful energy, satisfying food and an exciting wine list with excellent prices."
Wine Spectator.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Villa Creek Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
39 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (24)notable wine list (20)vibrant bar scene (15)neighborhood gem (15)special occasion (11)great for outdoor dining (10)romantic (10)hot spot (7)good for groups (6)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Taco Tuesday is Fun!
    prlocal
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    On Tuesday nights, they offer a variety of six or eight excellent gourmet soft tacos, including vegetarian, chicken, beef, fish... that are very distinct and delicious, and a bargain at just @2.50 each. They also feature a "wine of the night" by the glass for a bargain price. We love dining here!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We have visited this reataurant four times and on all four occasions the service and the food was less than desireable. The food was not prepared to order and the quality was not in keeping with the price.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • too high a price for value
    quicktopick
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Villa creek was just ok. for the price of a dinner we dont feel we got our monies worth...other reataurants with similar prices were exceptional compared to VC
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a great time!
    LoveToWineAndDineVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Everything was wonderful! Thank you! We will be back on our next trip!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bellacucina55
    bellacucina55
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I would say overall the food was good. My husband's sea bass was delicious. I was somewhat disappointed in the steak. It was a sirloin served al a carte. I ordered mashed potatoes which were only warm. The steak should have been sizzling. If I wanted a vegetable, I would have had to order that separately as well. My meal could have easily topped $40.00. I am not a novice to fine dining and I will be happy to pay for an outstanding meal. I would have been happier with a different cut of meat, say a filet, and have a vegetable and starch included.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Claude
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Everything was fantastic. The restaurant is beautiful. The service was attentive and the food was out of this world. What a beautiful little town square to stroll after a romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A perfect night in Paso Robles
    ChowhoundVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My wife surprised me with an anniversary weekend at lovely Summerwood B&B just outside Paso Robles and on the recommendation of resident chef Kelly we grabbed an available reservation at VC. On hearing it was our anniversary our terrific waitperson brought over complimentary sparkling wine, which we followed with excellent signature cocktails. My wife had an asparagus and English pea salad and I had a special market salad of goat cheese, greens and stone fruit. Her salad was delicious. Mine was among the best I've ever had. We split an aged locally bred ribeye which was done perfectly and served with herb mashed potatoes so creamy good I wanted to take some back to the room like a squirrel hoarding for the winter. A great night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Remarkably tasty
    Pyrarraz
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Our third or fourth timing dining at VC. never disappointed, but thus time both good and service were over the top! Phenomenal ceviche, incredible salad, and a very tasty mushroom pasta entree. Both the wines by the glass and the dessert were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing, again!
    MMFandENFmom
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Once again, Villa Creek did not disappoint! The ambiance, the food, and the service were impeccable!! We celebrated our 23rd anniversary at VC this past Saturday and couldn't ask for better! Lindsey, our server, was THE BEST, and it was only her second day on the job! The food is something we are still talking about! We enjoyed the Shepherd's platter, a house salad, the pork shoulder roast, and the show stopper, the steamed chocolate cake!! Still dreaming about that dessert! Our wine paring with the pork was recommended to us; we had the Lone Madrone Zin! Simply wonderful! Everything was just amazing. We are headed back in September and we are making our reservations once again!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect End to Wine Country Tour
    Cordovians
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This was our third time at Villa Creek and it was better than ever. The service was top-notch and the menu was full of the perfect food to complement a wine touring day. From vegetarian dishes to the roasted pork shoulder, everything we had was imaginative and highlighted the local, seasonal ingredients in the best light. We impressed our friends with this suggestion and now we cannot wait for our next opportunity to enjoy this Paso gem!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Flavor Layers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    On June 20, my wife and I had an exceptional meal at Villa Creek. We were a little worried at first because there wasn't any venison on the menu. And I had an incredible buffalo rib eye steak there a few years ago. My pork was masterfully cooked as were the green beans and potatoes. My wife had a pasta dish with a meatless ragout that was so flavorful you would swear it had a beef-based reduction sauce poured over it. Their variation on chocolate mousse capped off the meal perfectly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dogs
    DiningwithWallyBoy
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Notified them we would need to eat outside because traveling with a dog. Did not get a response. When we arrived we were told we could eat on the bar patio with the bar menu as back patio was closed. Tim the manager was called and he did accommodate us by opening the back patio for us.we were the only people out there and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Have taken clients to VC 3 times in 5 months - all guests agree - one of the best food experiences at a restaurant, anywhere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what it used to be. Overpriced
    Ppikem1
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The look was the same as the last time we came. But wow. The prices were over the top. Menu boring and expensive. If your going to have prices that high you better offer something special. And that wasn't the case. Sorry. Can't recommend and won't be back.
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  • Atlantabound
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Whenever we visit Paso Robles, we make sure we have reservations for at least meal. We are long time fans of Villa Creek's (Cris Cherry) wines also. Thanks Cris for making our last visit so memorable, your wine selections were wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My, how things have changed!
    KillColl
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Changed for the better, that is... My wife had been to Villa Creek last year, and had a lovely dinner. So she suggested, on this trip up to the central coast we go to Villa Creek for dinner. What neither of us expected was the change that had occurred in this restaurant. Somewhere between later year and last weekend the world of fine dinning has a new front runner in Paso Robles. She had the Asparagus & Fresh Pea salad (which, after a little taste test, I could barely keep my mitts off it. Even though I manage to keep my face buried in the chilled Meyer Lemon and Carrot soup. Gonna run out of letter soon. So - go there! Get the salad above, get the linguini with poached tuna, but mostly... get any desert with buttermilk gellato!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 487 reviews are from the Villa Creek Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Always our first pick
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We have always appreciated Villa Creek. Over the years they have always been our first choice when we wanted to do something special for ourselves, and with friends and family. We are always reminded by dinning here how blessed we are to live in Paso Robles, and have this location to call part of our home.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Value
    Good
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Food is generally good (e.g. short ribs) but way overpriced (e.g. $32 for a dry half chicken), so this is a poor value. Corkage is $20 even if wine is local - twice what it is at Robert's.
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  • Better restaurants in the area
    GraceVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    First of all we ordered sparkling water. The waitress brought us an unmarked bottle & poured water into our glasses. The water was sweet - sugary sweet. So, I tied to get her attention and she saw me but waived her finger at me to wait a minute and she would be back. We explained about the water, she said this is all they had without checking the water herself or apologize. We ordered a hatch chile appetizer that was not quite as flavorful as hatch chile can be. Our entrees - pork chop and short rib dishes were nice looking and good size portion but way too salty. We don't live in Paso but come here often. There are too many better restaurants to dine at. Hope they get their act together.
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  • Excellent
    JenniferVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    What great food - service was fantastic! Would go back and recommend to anyone!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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  • Fabulous dining experience!
    Dobefoto
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Villa Creek came highly recommended, so I stopped there (as a single diner) on my overnight road trip from LA. The Ahi Tuna Ceviche was beautifully presented and absolutely delicious! It went perfectly with a spicy cocktail recommended by my friendly efficient waitress! Don't recall the name of the cocktail, but it comes with a slice of jalapeño on top. If you like drinks with a kick, don't miss this one. The entree special of the night, a beautifully done snow white Halibut was lovely. I can't wait to return and try other things on the interesting fresh menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GourmeterVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    We left because it was Tuesday Taco nite and it was way too noisy.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    This experience was unimpressive. The young lady at the front desk sat us near the front doors with sunlight & cold air when doors opened & noise from busy lounge and front desk. She appeared unhappy about moving us and when we resisted another table, she put us in the very back room, until the front room spilled into the back, yet there were only one or two other tables in the whole place full at the time. Attitude and judgment problems. Both waitresses were delightful and served us well; the menu was too unusual for our taste, and what we had was OK at best-not the remarkable place we had read about. Just a fair experience; would not recommend; will not return. Bad start, not saved by due to weak fare!
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  • Again did not disappoint!
    Brutus70VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Villa Creek has become one of our go to spots for dinner while we are visiting Paso Robles, CA. The chef is innovative and uses a lot of locally farmed and grown items to make his dishes. The restaurant is casual and the wait staff is friendly, helpful, and attentive. We enjoyed our dinner very much. One of the items they are known for are their Duck Natchos. I ordered them this time and they are delicious. The bar part of the restaurant is very busy and energetic. Great place to go to when you are in the area. By the way, the prices are very far.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    2good
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    The bar was very busy, a little noisy. Service was great. Food delicious! I had the sea bass and it was tender, flavorful and served on baby greens. My date had the pasta Bolognese. Also very good.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice place, menu needs editing
    xo1riderVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Very nice spot for dinner with excellent food, especially good for vegetarians or vegans. I had an issue with the detail of the menu, not enough description of the dishes to avoid surprises. I ordered a seafood dish that was advertised as good for two people for my wife and myself. I even spoke to the server about the type of fish. The menu never mentioned nor did the server that we would be getting a whole fish, head and tail. Left on her own my wife would have sent it back, I was happy to bone the fish and serve my wife and it was delicious but that omission almost ruined the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stellar Date Night!
    smith
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    The menu is diverse and delicious. The dessert menu was remarkable as well. This was a wonderful place for an anniversary dinner after visiting the local tasting rooms. The only complaint (and it's a trivial one) the corkage fee was a bit steep otherwise, the meal was well worth the money spent. Truly a grand dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Dinner
    NedandNancy
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We had a delicious meal at Villa Creek Restaurant. The staff was attentive without being intrusive and the food was delicious. I had tuna and linguini with a pine nut, golden raisin, and red chili pepper sauce. My husband had a pork chop with sauerkraut and apples. The food was well presented and cooked to perfection. We will definitely eat at the Villa Creek again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad we went, doubt I'd return
    Randy082054VIP
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    Hadn't been to VC on several previous Paso trips. Nice looking restaurant, lively bar. We found the wine list had a good selection, but it was pricey compared to similar places. We also found the regular menu not as appealing as the bar menu, so ordered off it. The "Not Nachos" was a hit as an appetizer. Entrees were varied and good. Service was adequate, but our server didn't exude friendliness. The concrete floors carry a lot of noise, so the loud talk of one man at an adjoining table could be heard throughout. If I return, it will be in the bar.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not recommended
    Gsommcan
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Food was marginal and in some dishes, very poor. Fish overcooked, beet salad bitter and short on beets. Cocktails not good either. Service was efficient and friendly.
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  • Green chile stew terrific and hot!
    MoreoverVIP
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    The dinners were all satisfactory except for one at our table which was a steak that was tough. And noted that to the waiter which we thought we would have been paid a visit by the manager to inquire about it. No one came. I think the manager was too busy at another table which looked like friends or maybe some staff all the way at the end of the restaurant in a corner and was deep in conversation and never left their table the entire time we were dining. Maybe the waiter never passed on the information. Anyway the green chile stew was the best and really surprisingly hot but so tasty.
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  • Paso Standard
    Mike49
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Even better menu than a few years ago, great service and food. Waiters team up to deliver all plates at the same time. You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent place downtown PasoRobles
    regolith
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Reasonably priced. Center of Paso Robles. We found it on the Internet. Very Pleased.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice wine option
    Pisces312VIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Nice wine list representing local vineyards. Good service. Suggest the steak and the papas bravas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a great experience
    EnjoyfoodVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We were excited to try Villa Creek but ended up not having a very enjoyable evening. Our waitress was slow in coming to our table and not very pleasant when she showed up.. We ordered our wine from her; on the plus side a very nice, helpful man handled our wine choice. When our waitress returned to our table she told us her shift was ending and another waitress would take over. The new waitress was an huge improvement - welcoming and attentive. Food was ok but we may not have ordered well - the short ribs were outstanding but the rest of the things we ordered were only ok.
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  • Loved Loved Loved this restaurant!
    Judy
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    Loved Loved Loved this restaurant! While wine tasting, we were told to try the "Not Nachos". Of course we couldn't wait to eat. We sat in the bar. Our bartender was friendly and funny. The No Nachos were spectacular! A great combination of flavors. Even the duck was not too gamie and went perfectly with the mole. Needless to say, we enjoyed every moment of the Not Nachos and would recommend it it everyone! We also ordered the cheese plate and the oysters. Wonderful combinations and flavors!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always A Winner
    prlocal
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    This restaurant never disappoints! It has a short menu, but everything on it is done just right! Full bar with beer, wine & fun cocktails. Excellent food & service. And you can visit with friends without being hurried out. Pricey but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved this place
    Sjjama
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    The food was fantastic - ordered the braised pork shoulder with sweet potato red flannel hash. My companion had the bone in rib eye. We were both exceptionally pleased. Really enjoyed the rustic ambience as well and the friendly service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service and Food were both outstand
    Condor72
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    The charcuterie plate was a work of art. The Lentil and Chicken stew was hearty and satisfying but the Papas Bravas are not for the faint of heart as they are very spicy ( but very good ) The Brick Chicken and Short Ribs were outstanding as well. We didn't have room for dessert, regrettably. The house Cab is a very good, full bodied red as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting twist on Southwestern
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Not nachos with Duck and mole sauce were a hit in flavor, but probably were waiting for delivery to our table too long as the chips were soggy. Wine list heavy in European and little selection other than the VC, which were overpriced I think. Atmosphere fun, but full of tipsy tasters on Friday night - so a little rowdy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.