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De Cantaro, Puerto Vallarta, JAL

De Cantaro

4.4
4.4
83 Reviews
MXN310 to MXN500
Contemporary Mexican
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We are "slow food quality", the dishes are prepared in the moment with the highest quality, everything is cooked to the wood with the freshest ingredients.

We are a Mezcalería, Bar and Grill where you can enjoy a good drink, a good steak, in an excellent atmosphere.

The art of taking mezcal!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    MXN310 to MXN500
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Mexican, International, Grill
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Daily 10:00 am–12:00 pm Lunch Daily 12:30 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Daily 6:30 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    322 688 2159
  • Payment options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Jonatan Plazola
  • Catering
    None
  • Neighborhood
    Puerto Vallarta
  • Cross street
    Basilio Badillo
  • Parking details
    None
  • Public transit
    Parque Lázaro Cárdenas
  • Entertainment
    Espectacular decoración, buena iluminación, fuente y cocina abierta música en vivo y excelente ambientación.
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cigar Room, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wi-Fi available, Wine

What 83 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

83 Reviews
  1. DeeDee

    Portland

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We have been to De Cantaro several times and have enjoyed it. This time the food was not good. Two of my friends ordered the Mahi Mahi and it was dry and tasteless. I ordered the shrimp, and it was also dry. All of our meals were cold when they arrived at our table and the restaurant wasn't even busy. The server tries hard to push the Mexican wine, but we expected that. Overall, it was not a meal that would make us want to go back. They need to work on the menu and the quality of the food.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Not the first time here and we had a good experience. I ordered the lobster that was not on the menu, but when I asked, the servers said they had it available. The lobster had a rubbery taste and seems a bit overcooked. I had it the last time I was here and it was much better, more flavorful. Other than that, everything else was good. They had a DJ playing nice music that goes with the ambiance and wasn't too loud.

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  3. DarrylL

    Phoenix

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The atmosphere of this restaurant is great. Music is a bit loud at times. Salads were very good - both Spinach and Cesar salads. The issue was the entrees. The chicken was so dry it was inedible. As were the ribs. The catch of the day was good as was the burger, however the vegetables and rice were lukewarm warm. We mentioned all the to the waiter who didn’t seem to care. The entire restaurant seemed to be waited on by 2 wait staff so started out good (when the restaurant was mostly empty) and went downhill from there. Many better restaurants in PV; this on red is not recommended.

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  4. Mangiarebenissimo

    Vancouver

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The attention, friendliness and helpfulness of the staff were exemplary. The drinks, margaritas, Negroni, aperol and tiki tiki were the best we’ve had , the burgers were awesome Highly recommend this hidden gem Thank for making our last day in PV so enjoyable

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  5. KendallB

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an amazing gem this is! I went for a birthday last night. The manager was great and I love that he made himself present and available. Our waiter was terrific, and the live singer made for the perfect atmosphere. I can’t wait to return. Oh, the pork chop tomahawk and mashed sweet potatoes are fantastic!

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  6. NicP

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were brought to De Cantaro on a food tour and returned the next day for drinks and tacos. Drinks are amazing, food was delicious and service was great. Very glad to have been introduced to this restaurant! Will definitely be back on our next visit to PV!

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  7. pbilling

    Grand Rapids

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great meal, music was very nice, not to loud. Had the Shrimp Aguachile, Tortilla Soup and Rose Mussels all where great. For dinner we had the Grilled Shrimp and the Huachinango Zarandeado, whole Red Snapper coated in marinade and grilled over an open fire. I was as good a fish as we've ever had. De Cantaro will continue to be a regular stop for us.

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  8. PatrickG

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a really nice night here. The service was extremely attentive without being intrusive. The cocktails were amazing and helped set the mood. I had the pork chop and was worried it would be over cooked but it was wonderful. My husband had the skirt steak which was perfectly done. The deserts (flan and coconut pie) were great ways to end the night. My husband also had a raicilla which came with a wooden block serving several types of salt and orange bites. Very good experience and will definitely be back.

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  9. PattiS

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing meal. Perfect atmosphere. Not too loud, but great music and vibes. Amazing service. Will be back!

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  10. cpiethree

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    The reservation was worthless. They only had one tiny table toward the bathroom for our reservation when they clearly sat parties of 1 throughout the restaurant who all looked like they walked in off the beach. There’s too many good restaurants to deal with this. It’s over priced here as well and you’re not even eating on the beach, your in between 2 sports bars on a busy road inland. Do not recommend.

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  11. TylerL

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing! The have a charcoal and wood grill that really enhances the food. Homemade blue tortillas, fresh seafood, and wonderful staff. Highly recommend.

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  12. AnnaS

    Puerto Vallarta

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Disappointed in the meal. High price for a mediocre meal. I had the fish tacos with a house salad. The house salad looked like it had seen better days. My husband had the mahi mahi and I was surprised at the small portion. What was really annoying was the loud techno music which made it a very unpleasant meal. Not as good as previous years.

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  13. chuck

    Portland

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Had eaten here last year and thought it was pretty good. This time was a miss all the way around. Bad service, cold unbeatable food and absolutely a disaster for the money spent. Many better places to go in PV.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful and superb dinner with excellent service by Ivan. We had the shrimp appetizer and ribs and red snapper all wood fired and delicious. Many restaurants in Puerto Vallarta to choose from , I highly recommend De Cantaro for the food and service in just the right ambience between traditional and modern. Make a reservation!

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  15. JohnnyB

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Music was too loud for a dining experience.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came here with my partner for dinner, food and drinks were great, environment felt a little theme park, but why not - everything felt clean, safe, airy, and beautifully lit. There was a talented guitarist singing a mix of Spanish and English covers, personally wish he’d played more songs in Spanish to really set a mood - rather than catering to a table of American grannies with hits from the 70s - but I won’t knock any points off. The portions were generous, was looking forward to dessert but by the time we finished, we couldn’t fit it in.

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  17. Nick

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good ambience, good service & quality of food average!

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  18. PatriciaM

    Puerto Vallarta

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and drinks!! Great service as always

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite spot in PV, was outstanding once again,

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  20. BrentA

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always consistent with food and service

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  21. BrentA

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always stellar service and great food The musician is a great bonus to the dining experience and the overall quality of the hospitality

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  22. DianaS

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Baby back ribs were excellent - tender and tasty. Our server was very attentive and pleasant. However, a large part of the dining experience is the ambiance. The music, singer/ guitarist, was way too loud. We could not hear each other across the table. For this reason, we would not likely come back.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a nice time.

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  24. RickyM

    Houston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was great. Drinks were good. Food was delicious.

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  25. Cakebaker

    Cleveland

    18 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    My husband and I were vacationing in PV, and signed up for a tacos and tequilas tour. DeCantaro was one of our stops, we had a phenomenal cocktail and shrimp taco. We decided to revisit, for dinner the next night. Our second experience was disappointing to say the least. We made an Open Table reservation, which the staff couldn’t locate, and the restaurant was practically empty, so not sure that we needed to make a reservation. The initial encounter was very awkward, as if the staff was surprised to have customers. We were seated in the air conditioned area, and a complimentary order of hummus and tortillas chips were delivered to our table. Hummus was an odd option, and it was just ok. The chips were stale. We ordered margaritas, which were served with a sprig of rosemary, which the server lit, table side….that was odd too. We ordered the shrimp tacos as an appetizer, and they were as tasty, as we remembered from the tour. For entrees, my husband ordered the tomahawk pork chop and mashed potatoes. I ordered the grilled shrimp, with jasmine rice and assorted veggies. Our food arrived a short time later. The pork chop was sliced and placed awkwardly throughout the potatoes, gravy served on the side. The shrimp was tasty, but lukewarm, and they were a little bit dry. A little lemon and olive oil would have made a big difference. The rice was uneventful. The veggies were the best item on the plate, baby squash, zucchini, brussel sprouts, cauliflower and broccoli. There were also pea shoots, and dried corn kernel, which were not necessary. The plate was also drizzled with 2-3 sauces, and there was also a side of sauce. My husband asked for extra napkins. For some reason we had white paper napkins, the surrounding tables had black cloth napkins. The server returned with extra napkins for my husband only, I had to wave him down, to get extra napkins for myself. The entire experience was AWKWARD, and the food was over executed, I would not return.

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  26. KevinB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our very favorite restaurant in PV. Wood fired everything! A must is the octopus. So incredible. Nice selection of meats and seafood. Something for everyone. Our Server, Julio, was amazing. Attentive, courteous and right on top of all our needs. Don't miss this awesome spot!!

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  27. PatriciaM

    Puerto Vallarta

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ribs were excellent!

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  28. pbilling

    Grand Rapids

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great meal, good service, nice variety of food and price ranges. Like the open air layout. Probably our 5th visit. We'll be back again.

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  29. LisaB

    Milwaukee

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Did a great job with gluten free recommendations. Food was very good.

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  30. ErrolW

    Omaha

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall it wasn’t bad, but not great. The corn soup was really great, but the ribs were just average. Doubt I’d rush back.

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  31. Myfry

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and ambiance - the only negative was last night they were slow to bring food out. Two tables who came in after isreceived their food before us. Those tables were finished eating by the time we received our meals. Not sure why our table was forgotten.

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  32. LindaK

    Puerto Vallarta

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The restaurant was recently criticized on FB for food service taking too long. The restaurant explained that because they cook over a wood fire, they only begin preparing food as orders come in. The quality is much better that way, and believe me, they’re right. But it appears they’ve caved to social media. Our dinner last night arrived very quickly. My husband’s pork ribs and potato wedges were stone cold. He sent his food back to be reheated. Mine was lukewarm, but I ate it anyway. My husband’s food arrived back in about 10 minutes, and he said it was very good. If this IS what’s happening, I hope the restaurant reconsiders doing this. Food in the past has always been excellent. I’d happily wait to have that wonderful experience again.

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  33. Valor

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious hamburger

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  34. croybridges

    New Mexico

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We are locals and dine there often. Last night we have out of town guest and were quite embarrassed. It took forever to get our entrees. Once delivered they were quite good. The waiter/management did award a 15% discount which was very nice. We will be back but wanted you to know.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was slow to come out to the table, and was mediocre.

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  36. BarbG

    Puerto Vallarta

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Arrived for our 7pm reservation and finally got our food 2 hours later but only after threatening to leave if it wasn't served immediately. Ordered a very expensive meal which was overdone. They offered to give us a free dessert but by then I just wanted to get out of there. Won't be returning

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  37. WRoege

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice setting, good food, and excellent service. Menu is varied, but mostly seafood and carnes. Something to suit everyone. Well prepared and came at a nice pace. Service was particularly good. Prices typical for a nicer restaurant in the Zona Romantica.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Service needed some refining and the cocktails were a little disappointing but, the food was spot on. Sombrero off to the chef! Perfectly cooked filet, tender lamb osso buco and the best snapper I’ve had in PV. Caesar salad, while not traditional, was also very tasty.

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  39. KFNF

    Calgary

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommend this restaurant. Shrimp Tacos were outstanding !

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great restaurant. So many great dishes. I wish the would pl

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FAQs

De Cantaro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 322 688 2159.

De Cantaro is rated 4.4 stars by 83 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for De Cantaro

Basilio Badillo 219, Zona Romantica, Col. Emiliano Zapata, Puerto Vallarta, JAL 48380

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Basilio Badillo
  • Neighborhood
    Puerto Vallarta
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Daily 10:00 am–12:00 pm Lunch Daily 12:30 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Daily 6:30 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    MXN310 to MXN500
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Mexican, International, Grill
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Public transit
    Parque Lázaro Cárdenas
  • Payment options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Jonatan Plazola
  • Entertainment
    Espectacular decoración, buena iluminación, fuente y cocina abierta música en vivo y excelente ambientación.
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cigar Room, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wi-Fi available, Wine
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