Zaytinya
Zaytinya

Zaytinya

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.zaytinya.com/
  • Phone: (202) 638-0800
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday and Monday: 11:30 am to 10:00 pm

    Tuesday–Thursday: 11:30 am to 11:00 pm

    Friday and Saturday: 11:30 am to Midnight

    Brunch:Saturday & Sunday 11:30 am until 3:00 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Turkish, Greek
  • Executive Chef: Executive Chef José Andrés; Zaytinya Head Chef, Michael Costa
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering on a whole new level José Andrés Catering elevates catering and event planning to new heights in the Washington, DC area and beyond. Now you can experience the inspired creations of celebrated chef José Andrés at your own party or venue. Visit us for more information at www.joseandrescatering.com, or call us at (301) 913-0003.
  • Private Party Facilities: Zaytinya is the perfect place for your next event. We have a number of large spaces, intimate coves, and dramatic communal tables to accommodate any size and type of event or group dining big or small. ,
  • Private Party Contact: Events@zaytinya.com 2026380202x
  • Special Events: Please visit our website and sign up for our mailing list to receive the latest information and updates on special events at Zaytinya

Getting there

  • Cross Street: G St.
  • Public Transit: Gallery Place/Chinatown station.
    9 th & G St exit on the red, green and yellow lines.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer valet parking Monday - Sunday starting at 5pm till restaurant closing time. Cost is $12.
A word from Zaytinya
Under the direction of renowned chef José Andrés, Zaytinya offers an innovative mezze menu inspired by Turkish, Greek and Lebanese cuisines served up in a sleek and modern setting. Shared small plates, creative cocktails and unique Mediterranean wines make this spot one of DC’s top dining destinations.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Zaytinya reviews from OpenTable diners
1257 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (937)good for groups (566)hot spot (521)special occasion (506)great for outdoor dining (398)great for lunch (332)neighborhood gem (281)vibrant bar scene (278)romantic (219)notable wine list (199)great for brunch (107)late-night find (98)kid-friendly (55)scenic view (37)Show More
  • Amazing experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    We went here for our celebration of my husband passing his board exam. Our waitress Shelby treated us brilliantly with our full chefs and beverage experience. Would recommend to anyone coming to DC for a special night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was fabulous.
    anneVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    I eat frequently at Jaleo's and not nearly as frequently at Zaytina's as I would like Having just come fro Spain where small plates are the style, it is the way to eat. Zaytina's is the epitome of good small plates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Continuing service excellence
    PAIAC
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    The service at this restaurant has always been top-notch. A recent mid-week visit for dinner was no exception. The tables are always full here, but the waitstaff stays on top of multiple mezze plates, never leaves wine or water glasses empty, and takes time to answer questions without seeming rushed to get to their next table. There are many great things about this restaurant, but I rank the excellent service as truly the best in this city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    I came here to celebrate an out-of-town friend's birthday and we had one of the best waiters I've ever had at a restaurant. He was very knowledgeable and really made you excited to dine at Zaytinya! The cocktails and dishes were works of art and delicious. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Great food, decent service. We had a reservation for four that was not ready when we arrived at our allotted time, but was still a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Fantastic food - As always, Jose does a great job with making slight changes to traditional dishes that yield great tasting food! The Turkish Style Pastirma - cured beef wrapped around apricot - was amazing. The Turkish storm is my new favorite cocktail - can't wait to try and re-create it at home!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kebab platter great for a group
    opentablefanVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Always have a great experience at Zaytinya. The Brussel sprouts and squid in particular are really good. Loved the lamb and chicken kebab platter; so moist and tasty. What made this meal stand out, however, was the service. It was already pretty busy when I arrived at 5:30 for a 6:30 reservation that my party of 6 -- all arriving at different times -- were hoping to push up to 6:00. The host was so gracious, and even came to the bar to find us to seat us as soon as he could. It was great to be seated at a round table at the back - still bustling but perfect for a party of 6 so we could hear each other. And our waitress was terrific - she knew how to advise on wine and help guide me for ordering for our group. Finally, two of the women at the front desk were so swamped but so pleasant about retrieving our coats (it took a couple of tries to get the right ones -but it worked out!) I'll go to Zaytinya again and again for the great food, and now look forward to the great service, too. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Favorite in DC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Wonderful as always. Favorite for us. And a place we love to bring our clients. Service is wonderful and food divine. Humus is great. Bread to die for. Family platter is a hit for all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Outstanding. I am leaving the area and this is a place I am going to miss tremendously.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great experience
    RedFishFan
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    This is third time that I have been to Zaytinya, and it was a wonderful experience. The food was perfect, the dining area is pleasant and vibrant, and the service was great. I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Salty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    All three entrees we ordered were really over salted and this is coming from someone who nearly always asks for salt. The tiny pies though were delicious and not over salted.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Waited for 3/4 of an hour even with reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    We had a reservation for 8:45 pm, which I confirmed by phone in the morning. We arrived at 8:15 and let them know we were there. No room at the bar to wait, so we stood around and we're not even offered a menu to browse. Several other groups that arrived after us who also had 8:45 reservations were seated before us. We were finally seated by 9:30 at a cold, drafty table. The wait staff was very apologetic and did provided free appetizers while we ordered and waited for our food, which was nice. However I filled up on those because I was famished so the actual food was not enjoyable. I had the hummus with lamb and the mushroom, which were nothing special. The olives and baba ganoush were very good. Overall the wait was definitely not worth the experience. I was disappointed after all the rave reviews. Much prefer Boquaria for small plate fair!
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  • Noisier and Noisier
    MarylandScribblerVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    We've been to Zaytina many times. We love the food and service. The noise level, not so much. In fact, the racket Monday night (Monday, of all nights!!!) in the jammed restaurant was so oppressive that we will seriously consider not returning. We sat near the rotisserie and conversation was nearly impossible. The overall effect seriously dampened our enjoyment; we wanted to converse and could not hear each other without shouting, which is not what one wants to do at dinner. Oyamel gets the same way. When does "vibrancy" escalate to unbearable din? The answer is at Happy Hour and into the evenings at these restaurants. Please, please, please do something about this so we can continue to enjoy your restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    There seemed to be a problem with getting most of our choices from the lunch menu. First item, hummus, came quickly, had to speak with waiter on the others. And one of the lamb dishes was too rare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was a business lunch.
    JahnnieVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Everyone was pleased with the food, service and noise level. Zaytina's is a happening place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Lazy service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    I eat at Zaytinya fairly regularly. The food is consistently excellent. Unfortunately, the service has been going down hill. We had lunch there on Monday. We had to flag down our waiter for everything -- including menus and just ordering our meal. Prompt service is particularly important during lunch service since many folks need to get back to work. Our meal took nearly two hours, which seems excessive. Zaytinya needs to step it up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Conference Meet-up
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Came here w/ a friend when we were both in town for a conference. Zaytinya is conveniently located in Chinatown right by the metro station. It was a crowded night, but we were seated quickly at a nice table by the window. The pita was amazing and worked well w/ all of our tapas. Sizing was great. Between the two of us, we ordered 4 and were stuffed at the end. Timing for delivering the dishes was also well done; we were never w/o food, but our table wasn't overcrowded w/ food either. Overall, Zaytinya remains one of my favorite DC places and I'd take a friend here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rasselas
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Excellent food--the best baba ganoush I've ever eaten. The service was superb. I've eaten here three times and will go back again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food great drinks
    BardenBellaVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    The food was amazing and super flavorful. The drinks and the Greek wine were memorable bc I've never had wine from that region and I will definitely put these sorts of wines for consideration moving forward. The deserts and coffee were the only downfall. Turkish coffee = thick gas flavored concoction. Rose flavored ice cream with chocolate = meh. Overall though the meats, the veggies, the sauces were a party for my palate!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Finest Greek Food in Town
    ChrisVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Just fabulous. My wife and I had the Chef's tasting menu. We shared 9 different dishes and each was an explosion of flavors, tectures, and aromas. Pace of meal was just right with a couple plates being delivered every 20 minutes or so. Service was top flight. Atmosphere is casual. Be forwarned, the restaurant was beyond energetic. It was very loud and sometime difficult to hear my wife who was sitting directly across from me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fantstic
    CrazeeebabyVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The food is fantastic and I love the small dishes. Wine and service is the best too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Chef Experience
    Linda
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    My husband and I had the chef experience for dinner and drinks. We both enjoyed it very much. The good was delicious and the service very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    My husband and I dined here with our 4 year old daughter for my birthday. We were immediately greeted, and seated and our server Christoph was very friendly and helpful. The atmosphere was a nice warm buzzing - very suitable to have a comfortable dinner with our daughter. The staff was attentive and polite, and interacted with our daughter as well - which made if fun for us. We were recommended the brussel sprouts - and although we normally do not eat them - this selection was outstanding. Everything including the drinks and desserts were outstanding. We enjoyed a variety of selections that we shared, and it was an enjoyable experience for us. We would highly recommend to anyone to share this experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    KS2002
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I just adore Zaytinya. Great food, great location.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant except dealing with the frontdesk
    KM76
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I have been here many times and always the food has been exceptionally good and so is the service at the table. But like earlier times my experience with the front desk staff is very disappointing. We were meeting another family for lunch and the reservation was under my name. We were first to reach so I checked in with the front desk and told them that we were waiting for our friends at the bar. It was lunch hour and there were very few guests in the restaurant and so I believe that it wouldn't have been that difficult for the front desk staff to take note of the fact that we were waiting for our friends at the bar. Within few minutes the other couple walked in and checked with the front desk staff whether we were there or not....the response they received was " yes they are here somewhere but we don't know where". My friend's cell phone was acting up and so she was not able to text me that they had arrived nor did she receive my messages. We were waiting at the bar thinking that they should be around soon...after about 15-20 mins of waiting we decided to check again with the front desk staff and I saw my friend waiting right there!!! Considering that we had specifically mentioned to the front desk staff that we are at the bar and also the fact that they did know we had arrived at the restaurant moreover, there were very few guests at the time I think this was a bit too much for them to have my friend simply wait there and not even make an effort to either locate us or to remember a talk that happened five minutes ago!!! Zaytinya is a superb restaurant and we have always enjoyed dinning there except for the fact that dealing with the front desk staff is not a pleasant experience!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great inexpensive food for expensive appeal
    foodlover
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    such a great place for any event (except kids). It fits for all ages from college student to mid level career person. our service was amazing and food was even better. all time hit list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding place!
    DaniVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Although we came in on time, we had to wait a while because the place was really busy, but it was well worth the wait. The food was great, the service was excellent, the prices are more than reasonable and we really had a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely one of DC's best!
    Frequenttraveler
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We never travel to the DC area without stopping here. Chef's are fantastic, waiters/waitresses are extremely knowledgeable, hostesses are ver friendly. We highly recommend this restaurant!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service and Food
    Chrissie
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Being new to this type of cuisine, we had to ask the waitress about the "mezze" and what she recommended. We bought four of her recommendations for two of us and were very pleased.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dinner!
    DR1969
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    A colleague of mine and I dined at Zaytinya a couple of days ago. The service and food were excellent. Lots of small plates and each was better than the previous. We started with baba gahnnoughe, followed by brussels sprouts and grilled octopus. The octopus was amazing, crisp on the outside but tender inside. Next came two lamb dishes, one was a kabob (very tender and flavorful, and the other a roast lamb shoulder in phyllo dough. Both were great! Discovered a wonderful bottle of Lebanese cabernet suavignon (C. Masur) that was a good match for the entire meal. The service was prompt and the meal was well paced with one dish coming out at a time. My only quibble was that there was a lot of background noise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Zaytinya is perfect! I love that you can try everything as all the portions are small. I have taken big groups there and shared a $55/person meal and I have taken my mom (who can be picky) and she loved everything. It is a beautiful resturant and the prices are reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lively spot in DC
    AllisonT
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    LOUD, lively. Expect to wait, even if you have a reservation, and expect service to be uneven due to the frantic pace at which the kitchen is churning out dishes.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    Hotcup2
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    My wife and i went here for our date night and it was fantastic. We did the tasting menu and got an amazing sampling of dishes that really wowed us! We loved the dessert, which was apricot, vanilla yogurt, apricot ice cream and pistachios. I would go here again and again, it is that good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    I was solo in Washington for the weekend. I went to Zaytinia and did the tasting menu. It turned out it wasn't Chef designed, but rather it was server designed. Shelby did an incredible job and I got to try many of the highlights of the menu. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleasant meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Perfect location if going to a concert - great food and enjoyed very much
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    luvgreek
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We had a very late night reservation and they accommodated us even though they were closing soon. Good food in the menu for Vegetarians
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The highlight of our DC trip
    lepetitjardin
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Our waiter was quick, and incredibly helpful despite the fact that the restaurant was completely full. He stayed and made recommendations to us, and explained several dishes. The food itself was all amazing, and it was fun to try a bunch of things instead of being limited to the usual appetizer/entree/dessert system. I highly recommend the spanokopita. We also both enjoyed our mixed drinks. Thanks for the amazing service and food.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Frantic
    Foodiefriend
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The food here was good BUT I could not enjoy myself. The place was a madhouse. People running back and forth. My waiter was not paying any attention to the words coming out of my mouth. Didn't have time for us. People running right and left dropping stuff off at our table and running away. The whole experience made me anxious. It was also LoUD. Don't come if you want a romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Delicious authentic food and wonderful friendly wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it.
    karsud
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Food was so good and service was fine. Everything came out quick and hot and well prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.