Zona Rosa
Zona Rosa

Zona Rosa

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.zonarosasj.com/
  • Phone: 4082751411
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Tues-Fri 11:30am-2:00pm

    Dinner: Tues-Thurs 5:00pm-9:00pm

    Dinner: Fri-Sat 5:00pm-9:30pm

    Brunch: Sat - Sun 10:00am-2:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Vegetarian, Contemporary Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Anna Zamora Pizzo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact us to cater your next event.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact us to host a private event in our dining room.
  • Private Party Contact: Susan Gentile 4086916111

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Shasta
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Zona Rosa
Small plate Mexican dining in downtown San Jose"s historic Rose Garden.

Our dishes honor the cookery of Mexico with a focus on masa. The cuisine of Zona Rosa is Mexican but with a twist. Executive Chef, Anna Zamora Pizzo takes the components of an authentic Mexican dish and adds modern flavors and fresh seasonal ingredients. Everything is home-made and made from scratch. We hand press our tortillas using fresh, organic corn masa from La Finca.

We strive to be a farm to table kitchen and whenever possible, we use local and organic meats, poultry & produce as well as sustainable seafood sanctioned by Monterey Bay Seafood Watch.

Zona Rosa features wines, beer and coffee from local vendors including J Lohr, Barefoot Coffee, and Russian River Brewing Company.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Zona Rosa reviews from OpenTable diners
108 reviews since April 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.7
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (88)fit for foodies (79)great for outdoor dining (40)great for lunch (33)romantic (32)special occasion (27)great for brunch (18)hot spot (10)kid-friendly (9)late-night find (4)good for groups (3)Show More
  • Food is great and worth the wait
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This place is very small. We had a reservation but still ended up waiting 50 minutes for a table. Food is worth waiting for. Service is slow but probably because food is made fresh. There is no bar so you must stand outside to wait fir a table. If you've got the time it's worth the wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great for romantic occasion
    nnv0001
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Food is great and very authentic! Real Mexican or Latin American flavor in everything. Portions are small, but delicious, as you would expect at high end restaurant. The premises are tiny, neighborhood is so-so. I would not walk there at night :)
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lesson in frustration
    SimonvineVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had a reservation, waited more than ten minutes for our table and the woman in charge proceeded to seat several couples ahead of us at tables she could have configured for us. Then when we asked her about it, she got mad at us. They don't seem to understand (1) the concept of reservations and (2) the concept of first come, first served. After we sat down, she proceeded to do the same thing to several more diners. Totally bizarre. It left the remaining wait staff scrambling to apologize and try to make up for her ridiculous attitude.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Upscale Mexican - not an oxymoron
    Anon
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This place fit our expectations based on other reviews. It's an intimate Mexican restaurant on the Alameda. We ate in an alcove at an inside table which felt a little clautrophobic, but other than that, the food and service were great. Our table had the nachos as an appetizer - while beautifully presented, it tasted good but not outstanding. I had the pork/chorizo chile relleno while my wife had the mole enchiladas with duck. Both were excellent. We plan to go back to try out the rest of the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood find...
    Porkchop
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    What a great find. The food is fantastic - one of the best meals I've had in some time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will Return
    Trish
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    What can I say? Had the Blue Corn Enchiladas. They were incredible. ...Definitely non traditional San Jose Mexican food, but with that said, Zona Rosa serves the best all around Mexican food I've ever had. They only had one desert, small round donuts in ice cream, very tasty and satisfying for two of us to share. A great meal I'll remember.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A must try
    luv4fabfood
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Yummy food with a great and unique twist. The service is friendly and very prompt.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, unusual Mexican
    jleetahoe
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Usually, in Mexican restaurants you get the same....glop. Zona Rosa has everything very fresh with subtle but unusual ingredients. The Cesar salad with pepitias, Mexican cheese, roasted corn and great dressing is a must. Chicken enchiladas are great, as well as the tacos. The nacho starters have meat on them, which I don't care for. The waitress was very attentive and friendly, and we loved sitting outside, although you're right on a busy street so it's a little noisy. Margaritias are great! I've been here three times and love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We Love Zona Rosa
    Jeanne
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We love this restaurant. Food and drinks are excellent, fresh, original. What we also love is everyone who goes there seems to always be in a good mood. The wait staff are all like family (some are!) and make us, their guests, also feel like family. This has become our favorite no matter what mood we are in!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top Choice on interesting Mexican
    Jacy
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Fresh ingredients and nuanced sauces make Zona Rosa a spot you will return to again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Zona Rosa
    pickyaboutfood
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Great menu! it's hard to choose from a wide variety of delicious offerings. Have been there many times, and I always find something new to try and enjoy. Everything is fresh and meticulously prepared. A real gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite Mexican restaurant!
    JasonVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    If you like Mexican food, but are underwhelmed by the slew of lackluster Texmex restaurants in the area, check out Zona Rosa. You won't be disappointed! They have a fantastic and diverse menu (drinks too!). The staff at Zona Rosa are great as well - they always remember you and provide recommendations. On our last visit, we had a friend that was wanting a low carb alternative and the staff provide generous off-menu options. Be sure not to miss the Ahi tuna plate and scallop tacos, you won't want to share! The venue is smaller than expected (which makes it more intimate), so be sure to make a reservation on OpenTable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch
    Local
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Food is fantastic! Arriving at 10:15 on Sunday for brunch, the kitchen could still not handle getting all 4 entrees out at the same time. Served two of us, and forgot the other two. Took over an hour just to get food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food; expensive for what it is
    mikeh
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    OK, the food is very creative and tasty. The restaurant is very enjoyable in decor and ambiance. Service a little slow and somewhat unprofessional but acceptable. Our big surprise was the $175 tab (for 4 people) for what is essentially a taqueria. Yes, we had two rounds of drinks (because the food was slow in arriving...), appetizers, and one shared dessert, but the main courses were two small tacos each. It just felt a little too expensive for what it was.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Hand-Made Mexican Food
    Christo
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Food was outstanding. Everything obviously hand-made. Delicious. Cocktails were also tasty and creative.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!!!
    DTSJfoodie
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    My friend and I have wanted to try Zona Rosa for a while now and we were not disappointing. Excellent food and the chipotle crema with the carne asada was delicious. The hibiscus tea was very tasty and surprising. I highly recommend both.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best!
    Myra
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This is our favorite Mexican restaurant. Ingredients are Eco-conscious, and the food is original and fabulous. Great for people avoiding gluten.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Gem
    FrankVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Service was friendly and knowledgable. They were successfully able to offer suggestions to our picky eater. Wine is small but what's there fits the menu very well. As usual the food was magnificent. It's somewhat hard to describe but for me this is what happens when a classically trained french chef decides to cook Mexican. Familiar and wild all at the same time. I go as often as I can.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Incredible flavors
    DallasfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    First time to Zona Rosa, but from now on, when I visit San Jose, this is my go to Mexican restaurant. Amazing!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch
    FoodloverVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I've had hit or miss with this restaurant on service during the dinner hours but the food is fantastic so I keep going back. Today, my niece and I went for lunch and the service was great. I had the carrot and cilantro soup and it was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Zona Rosa is fabulous!
    ChipVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Just love the whole experience! Been there twice now. Will definitely become a regular. Service is fun and fantastic! The food combinations are creative and tasty!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Annoying wait but very good food
    nankish
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We waited 30 minutes for our table after having checked in 10 minutes before our 7:00 PM reservation which she tried to tell me was 7:15 on her computer which can not be true. The place is small with no room for error but the hostess did not seem to have the system figured out. She was seating walk-ins ahead of people with reservations. They tried to make it up by giving us a free appetizer but still did not stop us from being annoyed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Zona Rosa - Hot hot hot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    This wonderful little restaurant has become one of our favorites. If you're thinking Tex-Mex or even Mexican food, it's not what you'd expect. They serve an upscale version of the classics that displays real talent in the kitchen, and a deep understanding of the ingredients. Not inexpensive, crowded, and sometimes noisy, but worth it. A real gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great expectation- awful letdown
    WholesomeFoodie
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Raw tortillas in the difficult to eat enchilada bowl. Salty salad- even the replacement! Salty, oily chips. Good idea, awful food. To top it off it was a $74.00 bill for brunch! Hours later I continued to taste the salt in my mouth. So disappointing :0(
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  • Delicious & Healthy Mexican Food
    HealthyFoodie
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    I've been going to Zona Rosa for about two years now, and it's a great dining experience every time I visit. The staff is warm and friendly--just what you might expect from a small family business with a core group of regulars. The quarters are a tight fit at peak dining hours, but I usually go right when they open at lunch for 30 minutes of private dining with my guests. What I love the most about their dishes is the emphasis on using healthy, natural ingredients--no lard on the menu here. My favorite dishes are the "Sopa del Dia" and salmon tacos. Most dishes are gourmet-style (small), but these two fill me up. Their guacamole is also a winner! I'd highly recommend Zona Rosa to anyone looking for a tasty Mexican food place in San Jose.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous!
    wineNdine27
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    This place is fantastic! The food is delicious, not the typical fare you'd expect to see & the service is great. The place is tiny, so a reservation is highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Discovery
    LaFlaca2eat
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I'm so happy I found a great Mexican eatery. The food was really good, fresh and interesting. It's also a cozy spot.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food and cocktails
    LuvGoodEats
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    This was the 2nd visit and it was just as excellent an experience as the 1st one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum and yum
    Monicarose
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Zona is a surprise of a gem. The decor/ambiance is quality. I like the water served in vintage tequila bottles, the flowers, and how quaint the place is. I really enjoy the food, notably the guacamole with bacon and pistachios. The Ahi appetizer is delicious. The only minor issue was that the steak taco was oily, or greasy, it dripped down my hand. But-- the flavors are spot on. Portions are perfect. Fresh, in season ingredients. I'll come again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great flavors at Zona Rosa
    FoodieSue
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Zona Rosa had been on my list of restaurants to check out. Went with a friend for lunch. The guacamole with homemade chips was a great way to begin. Who can resist guacamole with large chunks of crisped bacon and roasted pistachios? We each ordered tacos which come two to a plate and then swapped one with each other. The salmon tacos were amazing. The mixture of spices and ample portion of salmon will bring us back to Zona Rosa and left us wanting to try the many other options on the menu. It was hard to choose. The scallop tacos were also a treat. Lightly battered and sweet and a nice complement to the more bold spices of the salmon taco. I ordered a chile relleno to go. This is not your ordinary battered and fried relleno. Foodie heaven!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • my new favorite
    klbs
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    I love Mexican food... and I love creative chefs. Zona Rosa is a combination of those- from the guacamole with bacon and pistachios, to the unbelievable carrot soup, to the chile relleno that was unlike any other chile relleno I've ever had... the handmade tortillas were to die for. And the whole thing was enhanced by the jalapeno margaritas. Its a tiny little place, so you are pretty close to the table next to you, but we didn't mind. The staff was very friendly and helpful with our choices - I wanted to try everything, so she helped us narrow it down. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crave-worthy
    MissingMax
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I have never liked Mexican food, even though I lived in Texas for 15 years. This restaurant changed my mind completely. They have so many complexities in their flavor profiles. Every dish is prepared with the kind of care and attention to detail you would expect if you were the only one they were cooking for. Portions are generous. I cannot wait until the next time I get to go there! Do not miss the Rancho Gordo heirloom beans, the nachos with mole sauce and carnitas, the amazing guacamole with bacon and pistachio nuts, or the pumpkin fritters with ice cream (if you can still hold another bite).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique Gem
    Karen
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Zona Rosa is so unique to any other restaurants in San Jose. Fresh, local ingredients, cozy yet energetic ambiance, great service and incredible food!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • jc
    jojo
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    A very small, intimate restaurant with wonderful food and cocktails. I will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite new restaurant
    Myra
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    What a gem! The food is fabulous, and everyone that worked there was happy and nice. Their tortillas are hand pressed and freshly cooked, and all their meats are humanely raised. We went on a Saturday and enjoyed their brunch items as well as tacos and quesadillas. I'm eating gluten free, and they were very accommodating. We can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • amazing chili relleno
    ilikefood
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    The most unique Chili Relleno I have ever eaten! The flavors were amazing. Had the Guacamole with Bacon and Pistachios looking forward to having it again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enticing Menu!
    Stella
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    This is a fun spot, with a great menu that serves a variety of mexican dishes with a twist. Definitely a great location for those that enjoy good food!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food and creative drinks!
    Pamela
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I absolutely love this place. The food is phenomenal and creative. Everything that we have tried on the menu is really good. The deep fried avocado.... mmmmmm :) I asked the server to recommend a cocktail and I had the Jonathan (or something like that) and it was one of the best drinks I have had. I'm trying to stay away from carbs so had the Caesar salad with skirt steak and that was really good. It totally exceeded my expectations for something like that. My husband had the appetizer nachos as his dinner and ended up taking half of it home because they were so generous with the portion. The only reason this place doesn't get five stars is because it is *really* loud and the service can be fairly slow. But, the food is worth it.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • awesome food
    kat408VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I tried the guamole with bacon, scallop taco and salmon taco (all recommended by server). Tortilla were homemade and very tasty.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Went for lunch. Food was great! Service very slow.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.