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Forcella, Boston, MA
Forcella, Boston, MA
Forcella, Boston, MA
Forcella, Boston, MA
Forcella, Boston, MA
This restaurant now offers Takeout

This restaurant now offers Takeout

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Forcella

4.7
4.7
788 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Forcella is bringing old-world Italian food to the North End of Boston.
Nino Trotta — who owns Forcella alongside his girlfriend, general manager and co-owner Shannon MacGowan, and his brother, wine director Christian Trotta — say that the cozy, candlelit vibe of the restaurant sets Forcella apart in a sea of massive North End restaurants.
“It’s tiny, 30 seats,” he said. “It’s perfect for a date.”
The kitchen team has designed a menu that includes dishes from all over Italy, with a slight lean toward Naples, where the Trotta family is from. Primi dishes include meatballs, crispy quail, while pastas range from linguine alle vongole and risotto to gnocchi with braised rabbit. Salmon, ribeye, round out the menu.


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (617) 936-4274
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Private party facilities
    PLEASE CONTACT US AT 617-936-4274
  • Neighborhood
    North End
  • Cross street
    North Street
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Public transit
    Orange Line - Haymarket Station
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Dine Out Boston 2024

    $55.00 per person

    Mar 10 - Mar 23, 2024
    FIRST (choose one) BURRATA Tomato Jam, Toasted Pine Nuts, Sicilian Oregano, Aged Balsamic SALUMI & CHEESE PLATE Chef’s Selection of Italian Cured Meats, Cheeses, Crostini, & Accompaniment CESAR SALAD Romaine, Baby Tomato, Shaved Grana, White Anchovy, Olive Crostini MEATBALLS San Marzano Tomatoes, Shaved Grana MID (choose one) CACIO & PEPE Black Pepper Fettuccine, Grana BLACK PEPPER FETTUCCINE CARBONARA Pancetta, Egg Yolk, Pecorino Romano PESTO RISOTTO Basil Pesto, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Heirloom Baby Tomatoes MAIN (choose one) SALMON Warm Chickpea Salad, Caramelized Onion, Kale, Blistered Tomatoes POLLO ALLA PARMIGIANA Marinara, Herb Crumbs, Smoked Mozzarella BONE IN PORK CHOP Truffled Creamy Polenta, Pancetta, Kale, Red Wine Saba
    Dine Out Boston 2024 Photo
  • CAMPANIA WINE DINNER

    $125.00 per person

    Feb 22 - Feb 23, 2024
    (Taxes & gratuity not included) Polpetti Affogate Tomato Braised Baby Octopus, Garlic, Chili, Warm bread 2021 Fiano Beneventano Beef Carpaccio Tenderloin, Roasted Garlic Aioli, Oven Dried Tomatoes, Toasted Hazelnuts 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon “Rython” Mushroom Risotto Roasted Mushrooms, Black Winter Truffle, Grana 2019 Aglianico del Taburno Riserva “Iovi Tonant” Pan Roasted Swordfish Carrot Puree, Black Lentils, Pickled Beet Sauce, Toasted Pistachios Sparkling Aglianico “ Prestige Rose” Short Rib Creamy Potatoes, Broccoli Rabe, Montepulciano Demi 2019 Aglianico Appasito “Kapnios”

What 788 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Greater Boston

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

  • Boston

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

788 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an excellent dinner! The fettuccine and pork chop were amazing. Service was excellent.

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  2. DavidP

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Tried a new spot for us. Busy Friday night. Started with Caesar Salad and Meatballs. They were ok. Wouldn’t start with them again. Cacio de Pepe and Cabonara for dinner. Both very good. Cabonara wasn’t traditional but tasty. Great bread. Very nice wait staff!

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  3. RoboZ

    Greater Boston

    52 reviews

    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent- especially the rabbit! Home made pasta cooked perfectly/ Cacio e Pepe and bolognese and shrimp. All sooo good. And generous portions too. Wait staff was attentive and helpful and never overbearing. We enjoyed the experience

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  4. RalphD

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ralph is the best server in the north end and food and wine was excellent

    1 person found this helpful

  5. StefanoL

    Greater Boston

    20 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Very below average Italian for the price (expensive). Called ahead b/c we were 10 min late to a 5:30 res on V-Day because the north end was JAMMED, hostess said that’s fine, but then told my girlfriend when I dropped her off, because I had to go park, that we could only stay until 7. Being rushed on V-Day, thumbs down. Hostess was just rude. Bread was hard as a rock and cold. The burrata was not fresh at all and tasted like it came out of the freezer, plus the squash puree and delicata accompanying the burrata was not good. My carbonara was stiff, not moist at all. My girlfriend’s cacio y pepe was just doused in cheese, was practically an overly saturated cheese sauce with some pepper. Drinks were average, not awful. Not a good experience. Two highlights that I’ll give: the gentleman that offered to box my partners carbonara was very polite and even gave a funny suggestion to add a poached egg to the leftover, which was quite humorous. Along with this, although it was tight quarters in there, the atmosphere was decent. But the music was terrible. It’s an Italian restaurant, for god sakes play Italian dinner music, not F’n Ty Dolla Sign and house music. Ridiculous. Don’t go!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was literally perfect. Wait staff was attendant. I spilled my wine and in a matter of seconds there were new linens on the table. Beautiful food all around.

    1 person found this helpful

  7. MaryS

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great! Great food and service. It’s a little gem. Cute bar with the nicest bartender.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My waiter was phenomenal. Very professional and had a great personality. Interacted very well with us.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience . Waiter asked if we would like a picture together at the table. Great food.

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  10. bamatravels

    Panama

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our host/server was very friendly and made great suggestions for both wine and food. Highly recommend.

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  11. DebD

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very cute restaurant. Excellent food, highly recommend!!

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  12. badandy19

    Caribbean

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had dinner reservations before a game. The reservations were messed up, so we sat at the bar and had dinner which was fine with us. The bartender Matt was very friendly and polite. The drinks & wine were good. The food was excellent and well arranged. The restaurant was clean and ambience lively. Overall we had a great time and enjoyed it all.

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  13. Xxxxx

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Arugula salad, pesto with salmon - window seat - perfection🥂💕

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  14. JimO

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The dining experience was solid, but not great. The food is good to very good. But, there is no coffee or dessert on the menu, so a full dining experience is not possible. House wines are quite good and the service is way above average.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely dinner for five here last night. Very cozy atmosphere, which, for me is one of the most important aspects of a good dining experience. Our server was lovely. The food was very good, though I wouldn’t call it exceptional.

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  16. SuzanneC

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was attentive and friendly. We had Murray’s which was fantastic and enjoyed the pesto pasta too. Great place to go before a show or game.

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  17. DavidG

    Greater Boston

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The restaurant was very nice. service was great but food was only adequate...I had salmon that was disappointing...

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  18. SusanK

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious! Best sauce! And the portions were perfect!

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  19. JobelleP

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Really bad experience! Not going to recommend to anyone

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our second time dining at Forcella. The food is great and so is the service. Modern Pastry is just around the corner for an after dinner treat.

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  21. travellingfoodie

    Greater Boston

    62 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The space is intimate. Service very good. Cheese app was good but small for a burrata but very tasty w/the accompaniment. Octopus was ok but lacked something. The duck & salmon dishes were fabulous! We will return

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best carbonara I’ve had outside of Italy! Loved the service, pistachio martini and arugula salad!

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  23. goodetr

    Los Angeles

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our food was exceptional. Our waiter Ralph gave us great recommendations for our main courses. I would strongly recommend Forcella if you visit the North End.

    1 person found this helpful

  24. AmyM

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous evening. Lovely food. Great service. Will be back.

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  25. Katie

    Indiana

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent wine selection, service, and cuisine! Love the intimate, candle lit dining experience.

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  26. MarkD

    Greater Boston

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great staff, waiter and hostess took good care of us. My wife and I enjoyed their inventive Christmas cocktails. We ordered the truffle polenta and fresh pasta dishes, all very good. Nice cozy atmosphere.

    1 person found this helpful

  27. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible food and perfect service! Always a treat to come into North End.- Never disappointed with Forcella.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Since discovering Forcella, I have now dined at this restaurant twice in the last six months, and look forward to making another reservation with you the next time I am in Boston. I can not get the Gnocchi al Coniglio off my mind! Such a beautiful comfort dish. I have scoured the internet to find this recipe so I can try to make this at home because I simply cannot wait until I am in Boston to enjoy this dish again! (Sadly, no such luck) All the pasta at Forcella is delicious and more importantly, cooked to perfection. The Spaghetti & Shrimp Scampi was excellent. A delightful, light dish with sweet succulent shrimp, with a hint of lemon and the most perfect sautéed baby tomatoes, and a hint of chili for a nice little zap. A perfect dish is you are planning to save room for dessert. The ceasar salad, with anchovies added at our request, is one of the best I’ve had anywhere. Additionally, I’ve been on a tour of meatballs throughout The North End, and I must give Forcella top honors. Service is attentive and warm, and the setting is cozy and romantic. Although I tend to be a creature of habit when it comes to my desire to recreate my favorite dining experiences, at some point I must try the Pan Roasted Duck, and the Short Ribs. A very nice wine list with some excellent Italian varietals, and the bar makes an outstanding espresso martini. My mouth is watering as I write this review. I simply can’t wait for my next meal at Forcella!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was amazing, food, service and environment. Prefect little upscale ristorante in North Square. Be aware that they do not have a full liquor license, cordials only. The wine list is good, and the specialty cocktails are imaginative sans full selection. I will go back and recommend highly.

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  30. Diner

    New York City

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The bread was either low quality or stale. The arugula salad was overdressed, soggy, and lacked freshness or a lemon effect. The chicken Parmesan was salty, the pasta that came with it was inventive and good. The bolognese was very good. The noise level was so high our conversation could easily be heard at the next nearby table. The crowd was young for the most part. Billed romantic, the exposed brick was charming, but the quality of the food and the noise level of the music and crowd, made it anything but.

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  31. BrianC

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Hostess was rude to my girlfriend. Waiters and waitresses constantly bumping into my chair and back. By far the worst experience I’ve had in the north end and am there quite often

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  32. Maria

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice small restaurant in North Square, in the North End. Food was good, service also.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience from the time we arrived and were greeted until we finished up. Food was delicious and service was awesome. Our waiter took excellent care of our party if 9.

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  34. ReneeH

    Atlanta Metro

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dining experience. Small, romantic space with great service and food. Got the duck and it was incredibly tender, pasta was amazing, Caesar so yummy and huge, wine delish! Def recommend

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  35. RashmilaM

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is amazing. I enjoy the cozy ambience always.

    1 person found this helpful

  36. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and food….delicious wine…fantastic evening out!

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  37. Didi

    Montreal

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Je ne conseille pas du tout ce restaurant Nous avons attendu pour avoir notre table même avec une réservation. Les portes et fenêtres étaient ouvertes avec une température extérieure de 10C alors il faisait très froid. La salade César en entrée n'était pas fraîche. Les pâtes étaient ok sans plus.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and cozy ambiance, would definitely recommend!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The most perfect meal. Delicious food, excellent service and such a cozy and romantic setting. Our new Boston favorite.

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  40. SteveH

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came early for our reservation but they still found a away to get us in early. Great service

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Forcella offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 936-4274.

Forcella is rated 4.7 stars by 788 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


Booked 17 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Forcella

33 North Sq Boston, Boston, MA 02113-2405

Additional information

  • Cross street
    North Street
  • Neighborhood
    North End
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Public transit
    Orange Line - Haymarket Station
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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