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Prelude Kitchen & Bar, Sacramento, CA

Prelude Kitchen & Bar

4.5
4.5
744 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Prelude Kitchen & Bar is Restaurant located in Downtown Sacramento that serves Modern American, Farm to Fork cuisine. Our Chefs work directly with local Sacramento Farmers to source local ingredients for each dish. We believe food and dining is more than sustenance, it's a connection between guests, chefs, farmers, and the nature that surrounds us. Our menu is crafted from scratch, ensuring that every bite resonates with exceptional taste, genuine flavor, and fine dining quality. Prelude Kitchen & Bar is conveniently located in the heart of Downtown Sacramento next to the Crest Theater, Golden One Center, State Capitol, SAFE Credit Union Convention Center and Performing Arts Center. We offer validated parking at Capitol Garage located directly across the restaurant.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Unspecified, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Fri 11:30 am–9:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (916) 898-1071
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander
  • Executive chef
    Tom Patterson
  • Neighborhood
    Sacramento
  • Cross street
    11th and L Street. Street parking, public garage, and valet some nights.
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 744 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

744 Reviews
  1. ireneeee

    Sacramento

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined today

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    After reading all the reviews of this restaurant, I was so excited to try it. We went last night and unfortunately, it did not meet the expectations of the other reviews. I will say that everyone there in the service industry was incredible. We started off at the bar and had an old-fashioned, a glass of quilt cab, and the happy hour charcuterie. We moved into the dining room and a nice quiet booth. However, there’s really no ambience in this place. It feels more like a quiet hotel restaurant. I got the pasta which was average and my husband got the pork chop which first came very undercooked. We had to send it back so I ended up eating alone. He ended up getting his pork chop, which was delicious, but the experience of eating separately was not great. Nothing was offered to us as compensation for this. it was a very expensive meal for what you got. I will not be going back. If you want a great dining experience in Sacramento I would choose Ella.

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  2. LoveToEat

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food! Amazing service! Will definitely return. We’re foodies and we had an EXTRAORDINARY meal. Our server, Ashley, was excellent in every way. This was a wonderful dining experience.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our second time dining at Prelude and it was even better than the first. Food and cocktails were delicious and we received great service from Jacob. We ran into issues at the Capitol Garage parking due to an event, and Prelude was able to recommend and then validate parking at City Hall garage instead. Looking forward to returning again soon to try more of the menu!

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  4. RobertP

    Sacramento

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server was excellent. The halibut was delicious.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I enjoyed the customer service and the perfectly cooked food. Cocktails were spot on and i will be back!

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  6. Anya

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was not very good and pricey. Drinks were very pricey

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  7. PhilipM

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambience. Good food. Great cocktails! Excellent service! Would definitely come back!

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  8. BillyA

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrated Mothers Day Saturday night. We like that it is close to the Capitol Building. Although the parking did not allow to validate, it was still a great experience. Although it would have been nice if we were given notice about the parking situation. Overall satisfied with the restaurant kudos to Victoria who provided exceptional service.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food and excellent service! Quality ingredients and generous portions — the pork chop was cooked perfectly and I took half of it home. Loved the gelato to end the meal. We sat outside and it was warm, but pleasant. Warm and courteous staff. I am looking forward to dining there again.

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  10. Zena

    Sacramento

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Server Ryan was outstanding! Ambiance was lovely except for the row of very bright small “spotlights” beaming down to one of the places at each table on 2 rows of tables. Food was delicious. Halibut was a smidgen over cooked so a bit dry. Overall the flavors were lovely including the halibut, shrimp and asparagus appetizer. We will definitely go back.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    AH-MAZING dinning experience. The pork chop was cooked to perfection. My husband’s rib eye was full of flavor. He ACTUALLY liked the peas that came with it so I knew it was good. Produce was very fresh and sourced locally. U can taste the love and passion of the chef come thru in the dishes. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about every minor detail on each dish and u could tell he too loves his job and is proud to work there. Very quiet and romantic, simple decor. They let the food speak for itself. Highly recommend.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome environment, great food and excellent customer service!!

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  13. JenS

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service as usual. We visit Prelude every time we come to Sacramento.

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  14. AlexL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My wife and I are from out of town and had a night away to a concert and chose Prelude for dinner before. It exceeded our expectations with amazing service and the food was excellent. My wife is looking for reasons to go back to Sacramento to have dinner there again.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very cozy place, we liked this place, fresh flowers and atmospheric

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Baja California Sur

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience for two. portions were awesome you can do two appetizers and a share a meal for a girls night out. It’s a great treat and would definitely go again.

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  17. Andy

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Super tasty. Fresh ingredients. Great service. Back room a little loud for me.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very enjoyable amazing wait service. Food was amazing.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was absolutely wonderful - we started with the Brussels sprouts and the had the pork chop and risotto, and finished with lavender honey crème brûlée. Service was friendly and impeccable. Just a great experience.

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  20. plrsn

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service. Food was delicious. Just a really small menu.

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  21. StellaK

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful Saturday night on the patio! Delicious food, super service! We will be back!!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All staff is friendly and helpful. Food was delicious. Had gone for my mom’s birthday and they had cute flowers on the table with a Happy Birthday sign.

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  23. RichardH

    Sacramento

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server, Erika A was excellent, very friendly and knew what items were available. Food was perfectly prepared, and the facilities were very clean.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an amazing time at Prelude. The service was amazing and the food was fantastic. We originally booked to sit outside but we asked to sit inside due to the heat. The manager accommodated us . He even gave us gift card for future use. Overall we had great experience.

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  25. jeffs

    Sacramento

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wait staff was fantastic, good food and great cocktails.

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  26. RobynP

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is exceptional. A great restaurant for a special occasion for sure or if you’re just in the mood for something different. The wait staff are are amazing too.

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  27. EloinaC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were there for special Wine pairings dinner It’s was such a great experience and awesome atmosphere and service looking forward to more dinners .

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  28. ChristinaS

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    This was ok. The bread was phenomenal and maybe I filled up. Soup of the day I loved but my friend had clumps of cheese. The salad was not flavored greatly but the linguini was pretty amazing only wish it had some sort of cheese. Calabrian pesto on it was bomb. Wine is over priced for sure. Over all meh… won’t go back but good to try

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    San Joaquin

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an incredible dining experience at this fantastic restaurant that I've been eager to try for quite some time. We were warmly greeted by a charming hostess and sat down immediately, unfortunately the patio was too hot so we opted for indoor seating instead but it didn't affect our enjoyment of the meal one bit! Our server was attentive, friendly & knowledgeable about all aspects of menu items which made us feel welcome throughout; not only did they serve fresh bread straight from oven alongside delicious charcuterie board selection - their entrées (scallops cooked just right with tender texture still intact), mouthwatering pork chop full offlavorsome juices within every single bite taken plus perfectly grilled ribeye and short rib paired amazingly well over creamy polenta making each member taste buds sing joyfully while enjoying wonderful ambiance created by talented chef leading his team behind scenes ensuring consistent high quality food coming out kitchen.. Definitely returning back here again soon!

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  30. Dino999

    Sacramento

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great meal at Prelude Kitchen. The Manhattan was outstanding, as was the drinks for my companions. My scallops entree was amazing and the service was very good. We were just visiting Sacramento this time, but would definitely love to come back.

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  31. Olly695

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We decided to have an early dinner at Prelude before our flights back home on our last day in CA. Turned out to be a great place. We might have been the only family in there with kids but it was not awkward. The food was great and service was excellent.

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  32. Albert

    Los Angeles

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very classy fine dinning option in downtown Sacramento with tasty delicious food

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  33. RobertY

    San Francisco

    78 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Do not eat here. The food was inedible. We ordered the rib eye and risotto respectively. Both dishes were terrible. It was a huge disappointment. Places like this are the reason restaurants are dying on the vine. Honestly, they should have paid me to eat here. Never again. For the first time in 40 years, I did not leave a tip. The poor service matched the poor food. The drinks are overpriced, $26 for a glass of Rombauer Chardonnay. I would rather eat home or at a chain restaurant. This place is too loud and the acoustics are awful. You can hardly hear your dining partner. “Validated Parking “ at the garage they say, unless you prepay. The parking garage requires that you prepay when you park. Such a miserable experience. You want to experience good food or exceptional restaurants, go to New York City, New Orleans , or Napa. Sacramento is lacking.

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  34. thanksgivingdinner

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent and our server was outstanding, but the portions are small for the cost. We ordered the Caesar salad to share after being told it was a large size, but we received two very small portions that would equal one small salad. The pork entree was delicious but half the plate consisted of the pickled onion and little else. The dessert of orange chocolate mouse cake likewise was delicious, but was less than a 2” square piece. My partners slice of olive oil cake was a more expected size.

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  35. ResD

    Sacramento

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful staff, very well organized and kept close tabs on the customers. Very knowledgeable about the menu and able to explain well the top entree and starters without being biased. Ambiance was perfect and location/parking was very accessible, will definitely come back. And last but not least, food was really good!

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  36. MEM328

    Las Vegas

    25 reviews

    2.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We went to Prelude on a rez for lunch. Not at all crowded with many open tables, yet we were taken to the very last table in the back of the place (why?). Ordered a glass of Chablis, but our server brought a glass of Champagne. We both ordered hamburgers. I requested "rare" on mine but asked what that may look like at this restaurant. The server replied she had "never seen" what that looks like (really?!). My partner ordered "medium rare," so I ordered the same but given the reply about "rare," I asked if that meant they would at least be pink on the inside, to which the server said "Yes, they will definitely be pink inside." Well, when the burgers were served, not only were both patties black on the outside, but worse, my partner's was dark brown and very "well-done" inside, while mine was close to the same. We were both very disappointed in our food choices, and in general with the experience, especially given that it was all quite expensive too.

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  37. PD19

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s understandable to expect to pay a higher than average price for delicious, top tier food from an excellent establishment. I came in expecting to pay on the higher side. However, it’s a bit outrageous to charge $47 for 5 scallops during lunch (they should at least state the number of scallops on the menu). I left feeling hungry, and even my guest commented on how small the portion size. Delicious food, but absolutely terrible value.

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  38. Debi

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved it! It rained and the patio was closed so we didn’t get the view of the capitol but that’s ok. Our server Devin was AMAZING. He recommended some great dishes, was attentive and so friendly! Honestly, all of the staff was lovely. For apps, we had the Brussel sprouts, banh mi bruschetta and potato leek soup! ALL THREE were beautifully plated and tasty. I’m not a fan of pork but tried it and was pleasantly surprised. The meat didn’t overwhelm the dish and the flavors were on point. The Brussel sprouts were yummy but a huge serving (that we ultimately took for take away to save room for everything else). The soup was flavorful and perfect for the weather. For entrees we had the spinach linguine and the short ribs. The linguine was ok, it was colorful but not as flavorful as it should have been for how it looked. We added chicken to it that was slightly dry. The short ribs however, stole the show. They melted off the bone and in your mouth; were served on a bed of goat cheese polenta (there is no other way I will have polenta in the future) with expertly cooked veggies and a chutney that complemented every bite. For dessert we had a honey lavender, crème brûlée, Affogato, gelato, and cappuccino. Each was EXCELLENT. We left feeling like this is definitely a place we would come back to, but we have to sit on the patio!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was delicious and so well made. 10/10 would return again for the short rib and spinach linguine.

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  40. jam1

    Sacramento

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Best risotto I have ever eaten and our waiter Victoria was outstanding. We will ask to be seated in her section for our next visit.

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Prelude Kitchen & Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 744 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
Google Map for Prelude Kitchen & Bar

1117 11th St., Sacramento, CA 95814

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    11th and L Street. Street parking, public garage, and valet some nights.
  • Neighborhood
    Sacramento
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Fri 11:30 am–9:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Unspecified, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander
  • Executive chef
    Tom Patterson
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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