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Mattei's Tavern, Los Olivos, CA

Mattei's Tavern

4.8
4.8
284 Reviews
$50 and over
American
Recently opened on November 16, 2022, The Tavern continues her legacy as Santa Ynez Valley's beloved social hub. This California ranch-inspired restaurant highlights flavorful dishes and honest ingredients, many of which are harvested from Mattei’s on-site garden and surrounding local farms. Paying homage to its century old roots, the menu is elevated yet unfussy, offering grilled dishes and vegetables alongside seasonal specialties. The exceptional wine program is a singular and definitive draw of The Tavern. The comprehensive list features a California focused glass list which is complimented by an extensive cellar of Old World favorites.


For informal fare join us at The Bar, Mattei’s Tavern’s most authentic hangout. With a roaring fireplace and fixtures dating back to its 1886 origins, the historic bar and lounge space offers local craft beer and wine, amber hued cocktails and a snacks menu that ranges from bite sized to burger dinners.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    American, Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Bar Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (888) 218-4941
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Executive chef
    Rhoda Magbitang
  • Private party facilities
    Please email Events@MatteisTavern.com for details.
  • Neighborhood
    Los Olivos
  • Cross street
    Nojoqui Avenue
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 284 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Best Ambiance

  • California Central Coast

    American

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Best Overall

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Best Food

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Best Service

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Best Ambiance

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Best Value

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Good for business meals

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Good for groups

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Healthy

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Neighborhood gem

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Great for fine wines

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Romantic

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Good for special occasions

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Lively

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Most Booked

479 Reviews
  1. Marybeth

    Tahoe

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is quite good. The blue corn hotcakes are a must try. Service was a bit slow and it took a considerably long time to get our food.

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  2. MaxW

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What; a great place! Service was fantastic and the food was perfect.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed celebrating a birthday. Sommelier and wait staff were extremely attentive.

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  4. JamiM

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great!!! We will go back for sure.

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  5. JenD

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    All servers and the bartender really took note of a birthday in our group and went beyond with compliments, free cocktail, birthday wishes, and more. Kudos to very well trained staff. Food is pretty amazing flavoring all around, the chefs really know how to put flavors together without overdoing it on the spices or texture, etc. Definitely get the cauliflower appetizer. I hate cauliflower but devoured that dish. Only complaint, and it's one to consider for the price you are paying, is that the duck confit and scallops are miniscule dishes. 4 scallops with no other substantive food to accompany. Miniscule, I mean tinyeee duck leg/thigh and nothing substantive underneath it. I've had a LOT of great larger) duck confits over the years for less money, this was the most disappointing for the size and a bit too crispy (meat was very dry, if you had told me it was a chicken leg and thigh I would have believed it). Meanwhile the pork chops and roast chicken our other group members ordered were HUGE and had accompaniements. It was a very unbalanced presentation/serving of 4 meals in that regard and if it weren't for knowing dessert was coming I would have been left feeling a bit empty. Wine pour in the bar seemed a bit "less than", sorry to say...I might go back for another special occasion but with the steep prices vs. small servings we had, will not be a regular place.

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  6. charlesb

    Orange County

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Room, service, drinks and food were very good. Trout and Rockfish excellent. Starters and appetizers ( cauliflower and sugar bean salad) very good. Food was a bit Ling coming out of the kitchen but we will be back.

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  7. RobertM

    Puerto Vallarta

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    It would be nice to try to dampen the noise level.

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  8. Lexilu

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Feels like an overpriced kitsch diner. Food was good but the decor is so ‘wannabe hipster at the thrift store’ that it’s not clever, it’s just bad. This was a great place before Auberge bought it - but now? Hard pass.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect service and perfect meal! Very special environment and incredible staff. Worth the price!

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  10. LeslieJ

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful restored former stagecoach station now a restaurant with the feeling of an upscale English pub. We enjoyed exploring the multiple rooms with antiques and photographs on display from back in the day. The main dining room is bright and comfortable. The menu was a little disappointing however. There were plenty of salads and sandwiches available but very few mains. I was surprised, I anticipated something a little more special. I had a basic salmon salad with little gems and my husband a kale and chicken salad that he said was mediocre. Still worth a visit and I would go back maybe for a sit in the bar on one of their cozy sofas.

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  11. Cassandras

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the ambiance, the decor, the aroma when you walk in, the wait staff attire, and most of all the food. Our server was sweet, very helpful, and checked on us often. We ordered the wedge salad, chopped, and the burger. Both were delicious. The fries were my husband’s favorite and they came with a tangy spicy aioli which we both enjoyed very much. We will definitely be coming back in our future trips to Los Olivos. To top it off they brought me a little deconstructed s’mores dessert that was so fun to eat, not to mention so yummy I wanted another! Thank you for a lovely birthday lunch!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was really delicious and the service was impeccable. I would go back again and again
    Mattei's TavernResponded on April 12, 2024
    Thank you so much for joining us! We appreciate the thoughtful review, and hope to see you again soon!

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  13. Rosma

    Los Angeles

    57 reviews

    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was all good, not great. The smaller plates were dry. They could have used more of the sauces provided with them. The service was great, and the place is beautiful. The drinks were very good. Might try it again sometime. But, will order different dishes. 

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  14. GaryS

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Birthday dinner was a superb experience! Food excellent and service exceptional.

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  15. DarrenP

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jeremy did a wonderful job. Appreciated having him as our server. He made some great suggestions and was easy to talk with. Overall service from all servers was excellent as well. From the hostess who sat us early as our reservation was for a later time. To the servers making sure the water was full and those serving the dishes. Will certainly make this a routine stop on our way to Paso Robles.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff are amazing! They are so kind and helpful!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great dinner and terrific service. They gave us special attention as it was our anniversary.

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  18. Lynn

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service , food, atmosphere and attention to detail off the charts. We will be going back real soon.

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  19. AuntieSherra

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazingly delicious and beautifully plated food. Fantastic service. Staff knowledgeable about food. Wonderful Sommelier. Beautiful Pandolfi dinnerware. Very nice bar w. historic atmosphere. Acoustics make for very loud,but fun evening.

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  20. RonCJazz

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Mattei's Tavern never disappoints - food is finely prepared, even simpler salads, appetizers or main entree. Welcoming atmosphere and excellent service. We have been regular diners a few months since they've opened and we have gone back there with family / friends to enjoy lunches, dinners or Sunday brunch. The chef is outstanding and creative in her dishes and presentation. Attention to details on good, selected ingredients that make her dishes stand out. The servers are very good and know how to highlight options according to what you may enjoy. We have recommended to our family, friends and neighbors. We dine there at least twide a quarter, being one of our favorite places to go in the Central Coast.

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  21. FoodLover

    Richmond

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, the staff and the venue are all top notch in our opinion. I had the Hangtown fry for breakfast and it is as good and interesting as any breakfast I've had. My wife had the French Toast, excellent. For lunch we had the cheese board, duck liver spread and steak sandwich with garlic aioli. All were excellent, no complaints.

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  22. SLOwinegirl

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My family and I stopped by for dinner on our way back home to San Luis Obispo. This place had been on our list for a while and it ABSOLUTELY met and exceeded our expectations. We were there on a Monday so it was more relaxed but the service, food, ambience, drinks, etc were incredible and Jeremy (Jeremiah?) was so fun to talk to as well as Zach the sommelier. You can tell everyone at Mattei's cares about their customers which is always fun to experience (it even confirmed how fun we think it would be to have our family's wines on their menu!)

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  23. AndrewR

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server, ( don't want to butcher his name Key-no*? he was Hawaiian, ) was wonderful. The food was outstanding and the dining room and open kitchen, bar, and overall ambiance was perfect. It was my wife's birthday and they treated her like a queen. Great spot, and did I mention the food was spectacular!

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  24. JeffO

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was fabulous...we were celebrating our 31st Anniversary and the entire experience made our celebration even more special,

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    You are treated to a fully luxurious experience from the moment you enter until you leave. Perfect service and ultra gourmet food. The Chocolate Soufflé is excellent as is the Cauliflower appetizer. Even the rotisserie chicken is elevated. They have a dessert that is a take on Mango Sticky Rice but even better. You must reserve months in advance

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing dining experience. Service was friendly, knowledgeable and professional. Food was amazing, Tomahawk Steak was best steak I’ve ever had. All dishes were interesting and delicious. Lastly, the resort is gorgeous and a perfect hideaway. Will be going back soon!

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  27. DennisP

    Orange County

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very tasty and original takes on traditional dishes. Servers seemed pleased with their jobs and happy to please.

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  28. KaylaW

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the aesthetic of this place. Very vintage high end. Service was great and very accommodating for two babies. Food was simple ( was there for brunch so they had chicken and waffles, eggs Benedict, etc) but very well executed. We had a veggie dip tray which was beautifully presented, chicken and waffles which was deliciously crispy with a hint of rosemary.

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  29. BethG

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great dinner at the Tavern. Food was delicious-especially the cauliflower appetizer, bread, and rockfish dish. Cocktails were amazing as well as the service. Highly recommended. Its location inside of an 1886 stage coach stop is charming and unique.

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  30. Janne

    Jackson Hole

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The music was too loud for a conversation. Otherwise, everything was really nice.

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  31. SusanE

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food dishes are creative and delicious at the Tavern. Definitely a must-visit.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Disappointing, as some menu items were not available, including 2 different options that were chosen by my wife, and we had to leave without experiencing the dinner. The restaurant took responsibility for the check of the few items that were consumed, but this did not alleviate the frustration that our Valentine's dinner did not happen.

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  33. MarciW

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is excellent, the service is outstanding and we enjoyed our dining experience very much. Some signage to help you locate the restaurant would be very helpful at night.

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  34. KevinH

    Phoenix

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding service, great options, really high quality food.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful luncheon experience. Greeted with a warm smile from the hostess. Servers Kristen and Isabella were friendly, helpful and professional. They were very attentive, but not hovering. Food came out fairly quickly after being ordered. Dishes were perfect temperature and tasted delicious. Definitely will go back.

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  36. LindaA

    Central Coast

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The finest restaurant on the central coast! The ambiance, food,service and extensive wine list were all superb! Zack, Mattie’s sommelier, recommended the perfect wine, which met all of our expectations! Can’t wait to return!

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  37. Lovesfoodandwine

    New Orleans

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding venue, service and food! This is worth a drive from anywhere in SoCal, a do not miss!

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  38. PeterH

    Central Coast

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely place. Food/service fine. Prices upscale but not out of sight. Stylish ambiance yet comfortable & unpretentious. Abundance of hard surfaces might make conversation difficult if crowded.

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  39. John

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The dining experience was great with friendly service and truly wonderful food.

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  40. RinT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The food and drinks were great. The atmosphere was chaotic with kids and dogs and people standing around. Our server was sweet and attentive. The establishment and surround environment is beautiful. Would go back for a drink but would not bother with brunch on a busy weekend.

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FAQs

Mattei's Tavern is rated 4.8 stars by 284 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 21 times today
Google Map for Mattei's Tavern

2350 Railway Avenue, Los Olivos, CA 93441

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Nojoqui Avenue
  • Neighborhood
    Los Olivos
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Bar Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    American, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Rhoda Magbitang
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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