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About Michel's at the Colony Surf

Come and experience French fine-dining cuisine at its best at Hawaii's premier ocean front restaurant, voted "Most Romantic Restaurant" by "The Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" on Oahu's Gold Coast.

2895 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary French, Continental

Hours of Operation:
Dinner Reservation Times: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30PM

Cross Street:
Kapahulu

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(808) 923-6552

Website:
http://www.michelshawaii.com/

Entertainment:
Nightly: Sunday - Thursday 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Friday - Saturday 6:30pm - 10:00pm
Two time Grammy award winner Jeff Peterson calls Michel's home on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday's when he is home in Hawaii.

Catering:
The combination of food, service, ambiance and view make for an unforgettable event.

Parking Details:
Complimentary valet is offered and there is also free metered parking on street after 6:00pm.

Executive Chef:
Eberhard Hardy Kintscher

Private Party Facilities:
We have several rooms we can use as private areas. It ranges from 12 - 150 people based on availability.

Private Party Contact:
Amber: (808) 728-3463

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Michel's at the Colony Surf Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.7

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (65)
Special Occasion (61)
Romantic (55)
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Good for a Date (51)
Good for Anniversaries (49)
Waterfront (42)
Good for Birthdays (34)
Fit for Foodies (26)
Notable Wine List (24)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Cozy (21)
Worth the Drive (20)
Live Music (20)
Great for Outdoor Dining (18)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Business Meals (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Authentic (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Fun (6)
People Watching (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Healthy (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Seasonal (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Im not really sure what happened. Table was great. Our server started fine then after dinner was rushed out it took 30 mins to get dessert menus and 45 mins of waiting for dessert...we waited so long we were ignored I had to get up and cancelled so it basically ruined my birthday celebration.
I have eaten here so many times where service was 5 star. Our poor server seemed slammed. Not enough wait help. He kindly took the coffee order off our tab and apologized...unfortunate because I was with a prominant businessman.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

It def is an exquisite spot that is why they can afford not paying attention to someone's 23rd wedding anniversary that was pointed out in the reservation as well as charge $40 for a vegan (read: rice and veggies) dish. Boo!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined 6 days ago

My girlfriends & I have been coming to Michel's for over 10 years for a birthday & an early Christmas get together. We manage to get a table by the "window" for the awesome view. Michel's has never disappointed us with their fantastic service & delicious food! The goat cheese lamb chops were awesome! A special thank you to our outstanding server, Jenna! We will be back next year!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Scenic View
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Went for our 2nd year anniversary. Had the Scottish salmon, seafood paupiote, steak dianne and the cherries jubilee. Phenomenal. From the time we sat down the the moment we left. Phenomenal. Roughly a 200 dollar meal that we had a gift certificate for, but it's one of those meals you would be completely content for spending so much on. Everything was perfection. If you want a romantic, fine dining experience on the shore with VERY reasonably priced FINE DINING foods....this is it. Comparable to Le Mer.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Much better before the buy out. Food still competent but not anything to write home about. More tables, so it is crowded and much less intimate. Noisier. Electronic music instead of Hawaiian musicians. Closed windows, instead of open air. Rushed food. It wasn’t the same ambiance. Burgundy and Bordeaux wine prices were escalated. But domestic wines without reviews were bargains. Evidently the current owners don’t really know anything about wine. A sad turn for this formerly iconic restaurant. It was a go to for us. Always reliable, with spectacular food. Not now. Find another place to go.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great restaurant located on the edge of Waikiki, away from the hustle and bustle. Service is attentive and responsive - really excellent. Food is good, but not spectacular. Table side preparation is a treat as not many restaurants do tableside service any longer. Nice views of the sunset and water. Breezy and can be cool, so bring a jacket or sweater. Live music was EXCELLENT! The guitarist is amazingly talented. Restaurant needs a refresh as everything is dated and unexciting. It is stuck in the 1960s...

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Romantic, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

ハネムーンで伺いました。
窓際の席を用意して頂いて、サービス・料理も最高でした!

是非また伺いたいです。

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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Magical dinner date with an amazing view, wonderful staff, and delicious cuisine. We Will certainly be back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Well worth the time to get there. Excellent fine dining

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Scenic View
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

We went for a special occasion. Awesome service, very attentive but not smothering. Bryan was our waiter and he was on point. The entire staff there is top notch. Food was also good and worth it. For a special occasion, Michel’s will not disappoint! Expect to spend some money, but if you’re making reservations here, you know that already.

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The restaurant was beautiful all the way around. From the food, to the service and ambiance, it was hands down one of the best restaurants we have visited. Julio took such wonderful care of us and everything he did was impeccable. We are so grateful for such a lovely evening and experience. We will be back and are recoommending Michel’s to all of our friends.

Tags: Waterfront, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Live Music, Notable Wine List
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Just an excellent place to dine! The Onaga and steak was delicious!!! The service excellent!! It is a place to impress! Sunset view excellent! Bring a camera!

Tags: Scenic View, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Waterfront
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Definite focus on table side service. Our waiter was busy making table side appetizers for other tables so unfortunately our food order didn’t get taken for 30 minutes after we sat down. I appreciate being allowed to dine and relax but I was hungry! The decor is a little old school but the view is beautiful and the food is delicious

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 22, 2017

I have not been for a while! They seem to be preparing more meals at the table side, which adds to the elegance! The biggest change is that they seem to have modernize, many dishes and it works! Bravo!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Have been coming to Oahu for years but this is the first time eating at Michel's. It is in an unlikely place at the base of a condo complex but is beachfront and has a wonderful view of Waikiki. They have many dishes that are prepared table side with fan fare. Food was good. It is expensive but that is to be expected given location and fare. Decided to return for a second time for our Thanksgiving dinner.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Scenic View, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Michel’s still delivers an awesome dining experience with at your table food preparation. Great service and great ambiance! The perfect place for an anniversary dinner celebration! You

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Very good food, very good service. A beautiful view of the Waikiki sunset. Reserve a window table months in advance.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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 (London)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Expensive but very enjoyable dinner. Lovely setting and professional service.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We love this restaurant. Third time in a year. We had a late reservation. Felt like we were rushed this time. Still our favorite place.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Beautiful restaurant, food was excellent, service was spectacular. Kind of pricey but well worth the splurge. Service was attentive, unhurried. Perfect location for a relaxing, long dinner. Beautiful waterfront view. Be sure to go for early dinner to catch the sunset. Management checked in with most tables to ensure everything was up to par. Going back our adult kids. Young children are not going to appreciate the vibe.

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 16, 2017

 とにかく最高ッッ!!!

 わたくし他職場の同僚2名の合計3名(平均年齢37.5歳)で食事をしてまいりました。お店の情報ついては、木梨憲武さんのTV番組(木梨目線8か9)で知りました。木梨さん他3名の方が、バッチリとスーツ姿でキメていらっしゃり、サンセットを目の前にフランス料理を楽しんでいたことにあこがれて、私たちもスーツを用意してハワイまで行ってきました!!!(社員旅行です!)
 ドレスコードについては、決してそこまでの必要性はありません・・・(笑)。Tシャツ、Gパン、ビーチサンダルを除けば問題ないようです。ただ、日本人は(特に男性)、幼く見えるとあらめて感じました。男性の襟付き半袖シャツの前面ボタン全開姿や、ハーフパンツ姿は、あまりお店の雰囲気にはマッチしていませんでした・・・。
 立地については、ワイキキビーチの最東端に位置しています。私たちは、滞在ホテル(ヒルトンハワイアンレッジ)からタクシーを利用しましたが、約20分、チップ込みで15ドルくらいです。中心街からそれほど遠くはありません。帰りは歩いて帰ってきました。
 席については、私たちはビーチサイドからひとつ奥の席でしたが、全く問題はありませんでした。サンセットが真正面に見ることのできる最高の席でした。
 料理については、ひとこと!おいしかったです。目の前で調理してもらえるメニューもあり楽しむことができました。一つだけ注意してもらいたい点は、やはり量が日本と比べると多いことです。隣の席の米国系の老夫婦の方々は、メインディッシュをシェアしていました。決してシェアすることは恥ずかしいことではないと勉強になりました。それと、メニューの日本語版は無いと事前調べで心得ていましたが実際は有りました。ドリンクメニューの日本語版はないようです。
 サービスについては、とにかく最高でした。3時間がアッという間に経過してしまいました。特にスタッフの方々は、私たちの正装を重んじて下さり、周囲の日本人の方々と少しだけ差をつけた(くれたような)素晴らしいサービスであったと感じました。(決して廻りの方々へのサービスは良くなかったという意味ではありません。)ワインの注文をした際は、片言の英語しか話すことのできないわたくしの話しを熱心に聞いて下さり、テイストや金額の要求に沿ったものを的確に選んで頂きました。ワインについては、ナパワインの種類が豊富でした。
 最後に、初のオープンテーブルでの予約で不安でしたが、お店を訪ねてスタッフから予約が入っていることが確認できた瞬間は安心しました。また利用させて頂きます。『Michel's at the Colony Surf』は数年後、絶対に帰ってきたいです。ありがとうございました。

 

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 14, 2017

This restaurant is excellent. The waiter was great, the ambiance could not be better (open to the waves of the sea), beautiful scenery, very fun cocktail drinks, lots of choices for flambe preparations tableside, delicious food. We will definitely return there every time we come to Honolulu.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Live Music
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Had to wait and ask for basic items like butter, fork, table pepper. Waited 1 hour 15 min for entree.. waited 20 min to pay the bill and don't ask for an Ameretto on the rocks the don't know what it is lol. Slow service. But great view.

Informed them it was our anniversary through open table and we did not get any acknowledgement of our special occaision

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Amazing. Lobster bisque out of this world. Service fabulous.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Always an excellent total dining experience. Food is good (it doesn't matter what you order), portions are generous, great service, and extensive wine list.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Pasha is an excellent server! He made our whole evening and dining experience special. Very knowledgeable and offered great suggestions. Took many photos of us for us with the beautiful sunset sky and Pacific as backdrop. Everything was fabulous from beginning to end! We also had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Philip Shaw. Thank you for a wonderful experience! Looking forward to next year when we hopefully return to Waikiki!

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

料理は美味しかったです。
私のテーブルについてくれた人は
かなり無愛想で対応が悪かったので
あまり気分が良くありませんでした。
他のスタッフは皆さん親切でした!
少し料理の割には高いように思いました。

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

We recently had a wonderful dining experience at Michels Surf Colony. Our server Shigeo, made it an evening to remember. The restaurant itself is in a fantastic location for diners to enjoy a sunset view. A window table was not available when we initially sat down, however a table did open up and Shigeo effortlessly transitioned us in time to enjoy our main courses, wine and dessert. The sommelier confirmed the quality of our wine choice and we chatted with Shigeo about wine regions and favorite areas.

Shigeo masterfully assembled our Caesar salad tableside, it was delicious. My wife's steak diane was also cooked tableside. My seafood bounty was a nice variety of different fish and shellfish choices. While Michels describes themselves as a French restaurant, It really isn't, there are a few French inspired preparations but the food is mostly crowd pleasing standard fare.

Michels is not inexpensive and it is not a gourmet experience, however it you want a special evening with great food, ambiance and service, you should not hesitate trying Michels.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 9, 2017

All seafood fresh and delicious. Local oysters especially wonderful. Excellent service. Lovely wine. Great view of ocean.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on November 8, 2017

We booked this restaurant based on past press reviews for being a really romantic place to enjoy French cuisine in Honolulu. It was a special occasion for us being our 10th wedding anniversary.
We arrived for a 830pm reservation and there was no one on the front desk for a good 5 minutes on arrival.
Our experience to begin with was not ideal / very poor and we almost left the restaurant due to lack of care by front of house staff who was not professional at all and not having a waiter for 15minutes from arrival.
The first person who greeted us basically said nothing put us on a table and handed a wine list after I requested it
However, Once our main waiter wearing a jacket and tie assisted us, I mentioned my concerns and he was excellent from that point onwards and alleviated my dissatisfaction.
Our Wine was great and food ordered was excellent.
Restaurant is becoming tired and needs a renovation though to improve presentation if they claim the are still one of the best in Honolulu.

Tags: Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Our favorite Oahu restaurant, Ocean House, located in the Outrigger Reef hotel chose to close their doors in Sept. We opted to try Michel's after reading extremely favorable reviews on several restaurant sites. We were not disappointed as the ambance, food & service was impeccably blended. Several dishes, including Cesar salad and Bananas Foster are prepared tableside. Michel's quickly became our favorite restaurant in Honolulu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Waterfront, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Food on the Chef’s menu was good. Timing was off on wine pairing. Several times the food would come before the paired wine, no explanation of what was being served as it was served on either food or wine. Communication was horrible, was over priced for the chef menu service.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Good job By manager Philp and staff
Our server Cheiko was great

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Lovely dinner while the sunset provided an incredible show. Service was most excellent and the food was delicious. Gorgeous evening in Waikiki.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

母の還暦のお祝いで一ヶ月前に予約。難しいかも…と思いつつ窓際の席をお願いしたところ、快く素晴らしい眺望の窓際席に!!
ちょうどサンセットの時間帯で、ゆっくり大きな太陽が海に沈んでいくのを眺めながら、段々キラキラ夜の灯りがともり出すワイキキが遠くに見えて。。。とてもステキなロケーションです。
お料理も記念日に相応しくとても美味しいのはもちろん、サービスでバースデーケーキまで用意して下さいました!!
ウェイターさんもスマートでハンサムで、とても素敵なレストランです^ - ^
またぜひ行きたいです!

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Cozy, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 2, 2017

ハネムーンのデートで利用しました。
食事サービス雰囲気おもてなし全てが最高でした。
是非また利用したいです!

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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Completely lives up to expectations. Have been visiting Michel’s since his storefront bistro in Wahiawa in the late ‘50s.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

We celebrated our wedding dinner with family at Michels. Booked our reservations with Open Table and added a special request to have our wedding cake served for dessert. The restaurant called me personally the day before our reservation and confirmed that we could deliver the cake after 3 pm when their staff arrives. Delicious mixed drinks, table side meal prep with an open flame show made the whole experience rememberable. Everything was delicious, and the portions were filling. A perfect evening, thank you.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent service.... friendly n beautiful environment and delicious food with lovely view n fresh air from the ocean.... a mix of island n european..... awesome 👏

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Organic, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

食事、雰囲気、サービスともに良かったのですが、料理が出て来るまで、一つ一つ時間がかかりました。アメリカは日本と違ってゆっくりディナーを楽しむ習慣があるとしても、あまりに出てこず、さすがに眠くなりました。
量は多いので、遠慮せずにシェアして良かったです。
席はビーチサイドをお願いしたのですが、窓側から2列目でした。やはり無理だったのでしょうか。

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Scenic View, Business Meals
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