Red Gravy

4.7
581 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Red Gravy is a traditional pasta house where all the pasta is made by hand. You can often find Lou in the dining room, making pappardelle or casserecce or Roe making ravioli or gnocchi. Roe is from Northern NJ and Lou is from South Philly and both of us know our way around a meatball; it's what we do. Think of Red Gravy as if you were going to visit your Grandmother, and Granny lived in a circus. We're big, bright and bold. What recipes we didn't grow up with, we jacked from vacations or simply made up. We have live music at Saturday dinner and Sunday brunch! There are tables out front if you like people watching, a long bar and regular tables inside, and an additional 6 tables in our colorful courtyard. Life is too short to drink bad wine!!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was amazing g! Can’t wait to go back for dinner!

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vipFoodie
New Orleans
118 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After living thru Hurricane Ida all I wanted was to go to Red Gravy for dinner - and it was wonderful - Although a limited menu what I love most was still on the menu - Chicken Parmesan - the staff was so helpful and accommodating - the owner always comes out to greet us with a big smile - being a local we have lots of choices - Red Gravy is at the top of my list -

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vipJenniferR
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great evening!! Fresh sangria, live music, homemade pasta and fresh ingredients- the pretzel pizza was surprisingly great as an appetizer-we will definitely be back!

Red Gravy
Responded 19 hours ago

Thank you so much for coming in!! I'm so happy you enjoyed your evening. I'll be sure to let Naima know you liked her sangria!!

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RickP
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

An excellent experience. The pasta was wonderful, although the bolognese was slightly sweet for my taste. The servers were delightful and added to the pleasant ambience.

Red Gravy
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for coming in and supporting us through our hurricane recovery. I'll be sure to let the staff know how much they played a part in your pleasant evening.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

AMAZING meatballs and homemade pasta.

Red Gravy
Responded on August 10, 2021

Thank you so much!! Every single meatball is made by hand, by Lou! Small batches every time. I'm so happy you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for coming in!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful.

Red Gravy
Responded on August 8, 2021

Thank you so much for coming in! I'm so happy you enjoyed your visit!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Excellent food at a reasonable price.

Red Gravy
Responded on August 1, 2021

Thank you for joining us today. I'm so pleased you enjoyed your meals!

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CristyR
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Homemade pasta with just the right amount of starchyness. Service is prompt and friendly. Don't forget to bring your Vaccine card if you want indoor seating.

Red Gravy
Responded on August 2, 2021

Thank you so much for coming in. Making the pasta has become a labor of love; I'm so happy you enjoyed it. I am very much looking forward to the day when we won't have to worry about covid and variants any longer; and we can instead, concentrate on good food and wine! Thank you again for coming in.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We were disappointed. Waitress couldn’t keep our order straight. She asked at least five times what our order was. The soda was 2.99 and came in a juice cup. We had to ask for a refill and the waitress was annoyed. The food was not hot other than the lasagna. The most annoying part is that they required you wear your mask in between courses. We haven’t done that ever in the pandemic. Call me Karen but we wouldn’t recommend.

Red Gravy
Responded on July 31, 2021

I can easily look into the issue with the soda glass size, and even check why your meal wasn't hot, although it would have been easier to address that last night. Until there is a better handle on the pandemic, I will always take every step possible to see that the staff is well protected against people not wearing masks, indoors.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place for special occasions and family dining.

Red Gravy
Responded on July 30, 2021

Thank you so much for your continued support. It's been a difficult year for us, and it's guests such as yourself that continue to make this all possible. Thank you so much!

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JoshuaF
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service! Never had a bad meal or experience here.

Red Gravy
Responded on July 29, 2021

Thank you so much for your continued support! I'm so happy that we continue to please you!

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vipRKTEK
New Orleans
35 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Other than the air conditioner being on the brink, this place is a true neighborhood gem. Great food, excellent service and live music.

Red Gravy
Responded on July 25, 2021

Thank you so much for coming in!! This is our first summer in this location and I am just as surprised as you that the AC isn't really up to the task of keeping the dining room as cool as I'd like it. With 2 ovens cranking at 450, 10 burners on, a 4 foot fire grill and the fryer all going at the same time, it's like the surface of the sun in the kitchen. I'm so happy you enjoyed your meals and the music!

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vipuptown4yummyOzzie
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent Italian,not New Orleans cuisine. So many Italian restaurants seem to have New Orleans flavors. Red Gravy flavor from Italy. Our server was great although I can’t remember her name. I loved the Margaritas,different.

Red Gravy
Responded on July 23, 2021

Thank you so much for coming in. I'm so happy you enjoyed your visit. My recipes are straight from my Northern NJ family. My grandparents, born in Italy, passed so much of my flavors directly to me.

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SuzanneT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

The food was pretty good, but the service was horribly slow. It took way too long to get our meal and we were one of only a few tables in the restaurant at the time. The waitress, while friendly, had no real clue about waitressing. We never received bread to go with our meal and it took so long to get my daughter’s cannoli we took it to go because we wanted to catch the street car before dark—which didn’t happen! Very disappointing experience after reading very good reviews. Would not recommend; expensive for pasta meals (which don’t come with a salad) and experience doesn’t warrant the trek out there from our hotel near the French Quarter. We had high hopes after reading other reviews but were very disappointed. It was our worst restaurant experience of our week in NOLA.

Red Gravy
Responded on July 23, 2021

I'm so sorry you had such a negative experience. We try very hard to make every experience excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been eating at Red Gravy sine it opened 10 years ago . All of the food is excellent, and the meatballs are simply divine. Love the new location, too.

Red Gravy
Responded on July 20, 2021

Thank you so much for coming in! We love being on Magazine Street! The space is bigger, we have a courtyard (with a cat we named Meatball!!), too. Thank you for your continued support. It's folks such as yourself that have made my dream possible.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely one of the best Italian restaurants in Nawlins!

Red Gravy
Responded on July 22, 2021

Thank you so much!! I'm so happy you enjoyed your visit!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Food was delicious but they would not allow a side order of pasta with the veal dish. Also, they rushed us out the restaurant so much so that it ruined our experience. They talk about being nice to all people in the menu but they have so many rules that it comes across as being mean and difficult to deal with. I’ll go back because the food is really good but I will let them know not to rush us and order a dish that includes pasta.

Red Gravy
Responded on July 19, 2021

Thank you for coming in. I'm happy you enjoyed your meal. We hand make all the pasta. After we make the pasta, we weigh it to full portion sizes and then place into containers for the cooks to grab when an order is received. We don't have half portions, and if I was to split an order in half, that would waste the other half of a perfectly good portion of pasta. I simply can't incur that type of loss.

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binghamassociate
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks to Open Table for suggesting Red Gravy. Food was excellent, service great, music an added bonus. It is a find for us. Will be eating here when we come from Baton Rouge to New Orleans. Best eggplant that I have had since eating in Florence! bc

Red Gravy
Responded on July 20, 2021

Thank you so much for coming in! I'm so happy you enjoyed your Saturday evening visit. We love having the band play on Saturday night; too. That particular eggplant dish is inspired by my visit to Gardone two years ago. I loved it so much I recreated it! So happy you liked it, too!

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Ttownlady30
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food was delicious

Red Gravy
Responded on July 18, 2021

Thank you so much for coming in. I'm so happy you enjoyed your visit!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glad I found Red Gravy again. I was not disappointed! The food, the fresh pasta, and the service is always exceptional. I will visit everytime I come to New Orleans.🙂

Red Gravy
Responded on July 18, 2021

Thank you so much for coming in! We've been open in our new location a little more than 10 months. Covid closures/restrictions forced up to make the decision to relocate. I'm so happy we continue to please you. Hope to see you again!

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12345eat
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, service, and very friendly owner and staff.will definitely go back!

Red Gravy
Responded on July 16, 2021

Thank you so much for coming in! I'm so happy you enjoyed your visit and I am looking forward to seeing you again!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was a discovery. It is almost hidden and hard to spot on the street, but the quality of the food served there is anything but hidden. Fantastic homemade pasta dishes, including the best HOMEMADE gluten free pasta I've ever had. Very cozy and quaint atmosphere. Great service.

Red Gravy
Responded on July 15, 2021

Thank you so much for coming in. I'm so happy you enjoyed your meals, especially the gluten free pasta. I must correct you, though. Our kitchen is so small and with just one pasta making machine, it's impossible to prevent cross contamination at the creation level. We have fresh gluten free pasta delivered to us each week. It's a very nice product. I can prevent cross contamination at the cooking level by using separate pots to cook regular and gluten free pasta in.

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priscillaf
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the second I walked in until the time I left, I was completely infatuated by the authentic Italian cuisine Red Gravy had to offer. The menu had a nice touch, given the background story of how Red Gravy came to be. My husband and I have been living in Uptown, New Orleans for almost 2 years. The biggest mistake was not going to Red Gravy sooner! Highly recommend, 110%

Red Gravy
Responded on July 15, 2021

Thank you so much for coming in. I'm so happy we are neighbors!! I hope we continue to have the opportunity to see you in our house!

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vipAustin
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great time with my friends! The food was awesome since it was homemade and you could definitely tell that! Very happy with the brunch menu!

Red Gravy
Responded on July 11, 2021

Thank you so much for coming in! We love Sunday brunch and am so happy you did, as well!

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SarahC
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a fabulous time at Red Gravy. The owner recommended the ravioli and the meatballs and we sampled both and found them to be absolutely divine. Our server was very friendly and the overall atmosphere was very welcoming.

Red Gravy
Responded on July 9, 2021

I am so happy you all enjoyed the ravioli. Truly, I enjoy making them, as well. It's always a toss up of what type I'm going to make, each week. People seem to enjoy watching Lou at the pasta machine! I want to thank you so much for coming in, and for your kind words and support!

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vipLeanie
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super tasty. Everything we ordered came hot and on time. The flavors were so good. Nice size portions. We all left well sated. Our server, though new, was delightful and friendly and if she didn’t know the answer to a question she promptly found out. It isn’t a huge place so it was very pleasantly quiet. We had a table for five and we could all hear each other without yelling. Def a go-back-to place.

Red Gravy
Responded on July 8, 2021

Thank you so much for coming in! Indeed, Delicia is new with us; she'll be so pleased to read this. I'm so happy you enjoyed your meals. Hope to see you again, soon!

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viplisa1962
New Orleans
34 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food - great service!!!

Red Gravy
Responded on July 5, 2021

Thank you so much for coming in! I'm so happy you enjoyed your visit!

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LynnD
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. Our waitress was knowledgeable, attentive and had a great personality. We went on a Saturday and really enjoyed the live jazz!

Red Gravy
Responded on July 5, 2021

Thank you so much for coming in! I'm so happy you enjoyed your meals and the music!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Don’t waste your time. The owner is going to attack me for the Yelp review I left but needless to say people…just read all the reviews. Many other places to eat ….. not worth it. Sorry but not sorry Red Gravy

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vipKellyB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I came to Red Gravy for a date night. We had an outstanding dining experience and can’t wait to come back. The food was wonderful and so full of flavor. Everything we ordered was delicious. The service was friendly and attentive and the restaurant itself was so warm and cute. The live jazz was also really enjoyable and made for a great evening. Highly recommend this restaurant!

Red Gravy
Responded on June 27, 2021

Thank you so much for coming in! I'm so happy you chose to have your special date night with us. I'll be sure to pass your kind words to all the staff. If not for their hard work, we would never be what we are! Thank you!

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DavidB
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great! Meatballs are an absolute must. I had the Shrimp Scampi, which was excellent…but, it’s called Red Gravy for a reason. Get something with a red gravy first time you go and get the scampi when you go back. And we will be going back.

Red Gravy
Responded on June 30, 2021

Thank you so much for coming in! I'm so happy you enjoyed your meals. I tend to agree about the meatballs! Looking forward to seeing you again!

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DavidM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Would recommend it to anyone wanting unique cuisine.

Red Gravy
Responded on June 26, 2021

Thank you so much for coming in! So happy you enjoyed your visit!

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vipJonC
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious res gravy that’s for sure!!

Red Gravy
Responded on July 9, 2021

Thank you so much!!! I'm so happy you enjoyed your meal!

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vipNolaLori
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Had brunch here for Father’s Day. The focaccia bread and mozzarella appetizer was amazing. In fact, all of the food was delicious and beautifully presented. Servers were all very knowledgeable and very friendly. One minor negative - the live jazz music was just a bit too loud. Otherwise brunch was perfect.

Red Gravy
Responded on June 24, 2021

Thank you for coming in. I'm so happy you enjoyed the new tomato focaccia and fresh mozzarella. That bread is being made just for us, with our own hand crushed tomatoes.

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BatonRougeFrank
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Sunday brunch for four.

All the dishes we ordered were very well prepared.

Our server was very professional and we felt very comfortable with her. Service was timely without being overdone or too sparse. Her descriptions and explanations were clear and she was very well spoken.

There was a jazz trio playing. They seemed ok but they were just way too loud. This is not a large place and we could not have a conversation while they were playing. Of course, if you did not wish to dine with your companions and enjoy their company, it could be a plus.

The dishes were all very well prepared. We shared the meatball appetizer. Two of us had the breakfast spaghetti, one bacon and egg hamburger, one chicken sandwich. Everyone thought their food was excellent but a little overpriced compared to other restaurants of similar or higher quality. Please don’t take this as a criticism. We are happy to keep restaurants like this one in business! But it was brunch on Father’s Day and t was not crowded.

Yes we will go back.

Red Gravy
Responded on June 24, 2021

Thank you for coming in. We have done our best to maintain the same prices we had, precovid without changing any of the organic, locally sourced and artisan products we have always used. Unfortunately, that is no longer possible and still be able to pay our excellent staff appropriate living wages. We have encountered price increases from every single vendor and simply cannot absorb them alone. We continue to handmake all our pasta and sauces. We keep a small carbon footprint as well.

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CharlotteM
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, impeccable service and stellar cocktails!

Red Gravy
Responded on June 24, 2021

Thank you for coming in! I'm so happy you enjoyed your visit!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

This was our second trip to Red Gravy while visiting NOLA (the first being several years ago). The food is exceptionally good. We had Sunday brunch with the Zeppole, Polpetta Omelette, and Bolognese. The zeppole were fantastically crispy but very light and fluffy on the inside. The pappardelle was clearly homemade and perfectly al dente. The star of the show for me was the omelette. It is one of my favorite dishes of all time…anywhere. The service from Kyle was also great.

Red Gravy
Responded on June 14, 2021

Thank you so much for coming in. I'm so happy you enjoyed your meals. Please know, I am completely aware of the temperature in the dining room. We are doing everything we can to alleviate the heat. I don't own the building and cannot afford to upgrade an HVAC that doesn't belong to me. This is our first summer in this location. I'm so sorry you were uncomfortable. Short of turning the ovens off completely, and more fans, I'm not sure what else to do. Suggestions appreciated!!!

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Meme
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was outstanding, We each tried a dish that we had never seen or had before and all three were exceptional. I service was very good the server was quick to see when we needed anything and quietly took are of it. The Jazz band was wonderful, so nice to have music again. We will definitely go there again and each one of us has already picked out what we want to try.

Red Gravy
Responded on June 14, 2021

Thank you so much! It's always great to hear of people trying new dishes! That's what dining out is supposed to be. The Jazz Palace Trio is a great group of musicians. I'm so happy you enjoyed their music as well as the food!

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LETICIAM
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed Sunday Brunch at Red Gravy on Sunday, June 13, 2021. This is my 4th visit to New Orleans. My 1st visit to Red Gravy. Why has it taken me this long to dine here? The dining area is quaint and the tables are a bit close to one another, but there were not many diners and the servers sat people far enough from one another to respect everyone's distancing. Servers are friendly and helpful to both diners and one another. The Three Piece Jazz Band was playing this morning, and it gave the brunch an energetic vibe. The musicians bantered with the diners, and it was reciprocated. The garlic bread and red gravy appetizer was absolutely delicious! I ordered the Bolognese and my guest ordered one of the skillet cakes. Both were generous portions and delightfully tasty! On my next visit, I plan to come at dinner because I must try to Carbonera, and perhaps a dessert, too.

Red Gravy
Responded on June 19, 2021

Thank you so much for coming in for our Jazz Sunday Brunch1 I'm so happy you enjoyed your visit. I'm, also, particularly fond of the bolognese. I'm so happy you enjoyed it! Look forward to seeing you again!

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kakw123
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely terrific place! Wonderful service, incredibly delicious red gravy, cool, friendly vibe and great live music during our brunch. Highly recommend.

Red Gravy
Responded on June 14, 2021

Thank you so much for coming in. I'm so happy you enjoyed the food. I'll be sure to pass this along to the Jazz Palace Trio, our sunday musicians.

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Red Gravy offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (504) 561-8844.

Red Gravy is rated 4.7 stars by 581 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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