Vincent's
Vincent's

Vincent's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vincentsongrand.com/
  • Phone: (760) 745-3835
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm Closed: Sunday and Monday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, Californian, French
  • Executive Chef: Vincent Grumel
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area (patio only), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: For catering or private dinners call the restaurant and speak personally with Vincent.
  • Entertainment: Every Wednesday night is La Nuit du Vin (Night of Wine). Every bottle of wine listed on Vincent’s Wine List is half-off listed price. (Does not include wines from Vincent’s Private Cellar.) Trois et Trois Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 5 PM – 6 PM 3 Course ~ Appetizer, Entrée & Dessert 3 Choices ~ Each Course Offers Three Choices $30 per Guest (A new menu each week.)

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broadway
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is usually available on Grand Ave and Broadway. Within a close distance to the restaurant there are also public parking lots.
A word from Vincent's
For 15 years, Vincent’s restaurant has won rave reviews and the hearts of diners at its location in historic downtown Escondido. In Avignon, France, young Vincent studied the culinary arts at Ecole Hoteliere D’Avignon. Combining classic French techniques with his passion for quality ingredients, proprietor and chef Vincent Grumel offers a seasonally inspired cuisine. His dishes are meticulously balanced, complete, fresh and stunning. The cellar holds over 2000 wines bottles and includes an exceptional selection of sought-after-wines including wines from grand vintages as well as coveted wines of small producers. For five consecutive years, Vincent has been honored by receiving the “Award of Excellence” from the Wine Spectator. Vincent’s staff is a graceful blend of polished professionalism and straightforward friendliness. The ambiance is warm, refined and comfortable. Join Vincent, Lisa and staff for a dining experience that captures the essence of Joie de Vivre.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Vincent's reviews from OpenTable diners
57 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (42)romantic (39)special occasion (39)fit for foodies (35)notable wine list (24)hot spot (6)good for groups (4)great for lunch (3)great for outdoor dining (3)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Super place.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We've been there before and we'll be there again. Always have a great time.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a Good Experience This Time
    lskesq95VIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    We normally love this place, but this time, not so much. The restaurant was out of the wine the waitstaff recommended. The restaurant was out of the nightly special the waitstaff recommended. We ended up ordering the shrimp off the menu, which was overcooked and rubbery. We also asked the kitchen to make us a entree style vegetable plate (which they've done before for us, no problem), and it arrived something between tasteless and boiled vegetables (according to my husband) and lightly sautéed and bland (to my palate) -- either way, not good. Vincent was out and about in the restaurant when our food was prepared, so we suspected a sous chef prepared our meals. Note to self: yes if Vincent is cooking; skip it if he's not.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SPEscoVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Food was excellent, as was the service. Only complaint is that for a restaurant with an award winning wine list, we expected the server to have some knowledge of wine, and that was not the case. In fact, she said she would have to ask in the back,'and then came back with info. We ordered bottle on that recommendation. While we enjoyed the wine, it was not as promised by server. Training should be done on the wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality Dropping!
    Demandingfoodie
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Throughout the years, Vincent's had been our go-to place for special occasions and friendly gathering, unfortunately, the quality and standard of food preparation is dropping...do not know if it is because Vincent had taken on a helper????
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bobbie
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The Saturday evening we dinned Vincent's was out of French bread, out of Beef Wellington, and served crab cakes that were mostly starch and had no crab flavor. Not a good evening.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vincent's a very pleasant surprise!
    Pinguina
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    We wanted a small, interesting, local restaurant to celebrate my mother's 85th birthday. We went to Vincent's based on its reviews and we're not disappointed - service was wonderful, cocktails nicely sized & good, atmosphere cozy & comfortable, and dishes in generous portions & delicious. Best of all it was a Wednesday night, so bottles of wine were 1/2 price! Great time for all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this restaurant
    RNFoodie
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We visited on a very quiet night ( football night) but had a delightful dinner. Vincent came out to greet us during our lovely meal. As always, the food is perfectly prepared and presented. Always look forward to dining here & it never disappoints. My Jidori chicken entree was so juicy and tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gourmet in Escondido
    KBinCasper
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    My Husband and I dined on a Tuesday evening for our first time there. Having read about the Chef's experience, I could hardly wait to try it. We were not disappointed! I had the Duck a la orange and my husband had the salmon. The portions were good size and excellent with the sauces on each entrée. We then had dessert that was a French pastry with hazelnut filling that was fabulous! The restaurant looks like you are in France and everything is sparkling clean. We consider this a new "favorite" to visit in the future. Highly recommend giving it a try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistent excellence
    Businessfoodies
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    This was our 3rd trip in 2 years since we live over an hour away. This time we specifically picked this place to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The menu selection has its fine staples and the chef keeps it updated to present new and different items. The food maintained its expected excellence. The wine list is robust though not extensive and pairs well with the menu selections. The service, from the pace to the helpfulness, the right touch of attentiveness and the friendliness, was impressive. Well worth keeping this place in the memory banks. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem in Escondido
    TasmanVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great food and service every time! A nice array of appetizers and entrees. Make a reservation because it isn't a large restaurant and you don't want to miss out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Off night? Or have things slipped?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Maybe it was restaurant week, but this night missed on many fronts. Despite it being October 3rd and looking at a list that said "updated Oct 3rd", first four wines selected were "not available". Finally, waiter brought a bottle that "was similar to last wine you selected". I wasn't told (and in fairness, did not ask the price as this was getting old). When check came, price was about 40% higher than the bottle I had selected. Given four unavailable bottles, and taking 25 to 30 minutes from seating to have an open bottle, I think the better thing would have been to apologize and offer bottle at same price (Wed is all bottles 1/2 off, so margin there). Food wise, one of six items between us was good. Others poor to bad, all under seasoned.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food...
    SymbaVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    This is one great little restaurant. The food is amazing. Prices are also very affordable. The chef comes out and check on your satisfaction with his chef d'oeuvre! Took a big customer there and they loved the place. Highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • realfoodie
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    My veal for resturant week was very good just not quite enough. but did enjoy it!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Dinner Spot
    Franklins
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We Loved the Location, the restaurants decor was fantastic..my husband even said the bathroom was nice! The food was Awesome..it took a little while between courses to get our food but we didn't mind so much because it gave us more time to talk. The Chef who is also the owner came out and greeted everyone it was a really good time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chuck
    Chuck
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Always a pleasure. Great food and staff. Quiet, easy for private conversations and outstanding wine list. Wonderful food and great presentations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre food slow service
    Foodielou
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We came to Vincent's on our anniversary and left completely underwhelmed on every level. The meal started off well with a bowl of absolutely delicious French onion soup. If I had left there, I would have given a five star review. Unfortunately, we moved on to the next course. The beef raviolis were salty to the point of being inedible while the beef bourguignon was mediocre at best, lacking any real notable flavor. After waiting for 15 minutes for the waitress to come around to give us our check, we left the restaurant $100 lighter in the wallet and wishing we just cooked a meal at home...
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of SD's best???Hardly.
    sdfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I don't usually write reviews on restaurants, but after our visit to Vincent's I have to. This was one of the most amateur dining experiences I can remember. I had heard good things about the place from others and so last Friday my husband and I decided to try it out. We made a reservation on Open Table, but when we arrived we were not on the reservation list. The visit went downhill from here. Both my husband and I ordered food that during the course of the meal "sold out", though the table behind us that arrived after us was served those dishes. The serving staff was absolutely pathetic. Our clueless waiter came up to us and one point between courses and asked "so, what are you waiting for?". They need to get it together here.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding!
    Sharona
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Who would guess that one of the county's finest dining spots can be found in downtown Escondido?! From beginning to end, our dining experience was off the page. I highly recommend Vincent's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • server was ver slow
    Holly
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food was excellent however the server was slow. We told we were going to see an opera and I had it on my reservation too at 7 . We ordered our desert at the beginning . He forgot to bring the desert and when we reminded him he went to get them . It was 650 and and we were there from 530 . He comes back and tells me the one I ordered they are out of it. He had all that time to see if they were out of .
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We had a wonderful time. The food is fantastic, the service great, price could not be beat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy sauces
    SoCalFoodie
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We went last week for my son's birthday. He had Beef Wellington which was incredibly beautiful. It was filling, esp. with the soup that was included. The rest of us has the special menu items which were very tasty. The sauces were incredible. From the meat to the fish to the grill dish and most of all the caramel on the apple tart !!! Perfection! It is not cheap, but was well worth the prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappoints
    Bruce
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We are always happy with Vincents, it never disappoints us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consitent top notch food
    OldHRHitter
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Vincent had been a superb San Diego chef for three decades. We eat there often and frequently bring a great bottle of wine to combine with his excellent food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outdoor Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had dinner outside at the sidewalk tables on a quiet Saturday night. The food was outstanding. Especially the soup and the Beef Wellington. Definitely would go back when next in Escondido.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another Great Meal Experience
    EatingWell
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    My wife and I have dined at Vincent's on a number of occasions over the course of a few years and have always had a wonderful experience. The staff has always been informative and truly professional. The menu offers plenty of choice and the specials are truly special. Definitely a go-to spot if you want to have a very nice meal in a comfortable setting. I must add - the wine list is quite impressive as well. I would not hesitate to recommend Vincent's and I am completely confident when taking someone there for their first experience of what Vincent's has to offer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Never Disappoints
    gardengalVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We visited Vincent's as my birthday choice for French dining. Oysters Rockefeller is something we always order when on the menu-big oysters nicely cooked but overall flavor gets a 6 out of 10. Soup of the day is gratis with your entrée and this one was delicious. The caesar salad wedge was really crisp leaves of romaine with parmesan, bacon, and Vincent's dressing--yum! My husband loved the perfectly cooked pork chop. Service was excellent and a free birthday dessert leaves such a nice impression!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Experience
    NickVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Filet included an excellent red wine sauce reduction, and he put a moderate amount of sauce on the filet. I enjoyed both the tenderness of the steak and the flavor of the sauce- an excellent combination.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll be back!
    gaaaaary
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Our first time to Vincent's, I was looking on Open Table for a nice place for our anniversary dinner, and it turned out fantastic! Great food, friendly service, nice atmosphere. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Restaurant
    sallyw
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Always good, always quiet, always great service. This is a favorite restaurant of ours.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Recommended for quiet dinner
    cdc1
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We enjoyed our first dinner at Vincent's. Great ambiance, friendly service, and the food tasted very good. We'll definitely go back. The restaurant was quite busy, but still quiet. Dress is informal. Price for two starters, two salads, two entrees, and two glasses of house wine plus tip was about $140.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Excellent as always. The special week day menu is a great deal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great little gem
    avistraveler
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This is a wonderful restaurant. This is my third time coming here and I brought 8 friends plus my husband to celebrate my 60th birthday. They were gracious and the larger group in small restaurant never changed the great level of service we received. Love the food, their special 3 for $30 tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and 1/2 price wine day on Wednesdays.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Return Visit
    timtyme
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Once again, never a disappointment. The bone-in ribeye was incredible. And the wifes fish was also excellent. Always a pleasure to dine here.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 584 reviews are from the Vincent's reviews archive.
  • Gem in Escondido
    foodie1
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Vincent's is a quaint, french restaurant in downtown Escondido. The food, in general is good but I want to comment on the Beef Wellington. My husband had it before and raved about it so he ordered it again. He loved it. He has had it at other restaurants by famous chefs and theirs was mediocre in comparison--and at almost double the price. Also, we forgot that the menu said the entrees came with soup, so ordered appetizers. Between the decent portion sizes and the soup, we couldn't finish our entries so be forwarned.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • clong
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This place is a great find in Escondido. We go there often. Great food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Perfect!
    sallyw
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We have been to Vincent's multiple times and love it every time. This is our "special occasion" restaurant and they never disappoint. Food, service and ambiance always great. Small, intimate and quiet.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Nice setting, friendly atmosphere, service was a bit uneven but nothing to complain about. We've been twice now and on each occasion the food wasn't anything special. An OK meal but nothing more.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food, Service Horribly Slow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We've eaten there twice and both times we enjoyed the food, but the service was extremely slow and lacked attention to detail (like pouring wine into empty glasses, checking on how our meal was etc.). The worst part was the wait between courses. We expect a relaxing atmosphere and don't like being rushed, but come on....20 minutes after finishing a course is a bit slow. i would give the food a 5 rating because it is quite good, but the service....yawn, wake me up when my next course is ready.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Worth the travel
    PantherSpawn
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    My wife and I live over an hour away, yet we travel to vincents every year to have our anniversary dinner. And every year we are not disappointed. The food is always outstanding, the staff friendly and attentive and the wine list top notch. It's usually a fairly expensive meal, but totally worth it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as expected
    uneven
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Food was uneven. I had beef wellington. Asked for it medium. What I got was almost raw on one end and well done on the other. So on the average it was medium. I don't know how mea can be cooked that way. A real mystery. My wife had the rack of lamb which was drowned in a sauce. Overall, not a particularly good experience. Probably will not go back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate