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This restaurant now offers Takeout

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Santacafe

4.8
4.8
3438 Reviews
$30 and under
Unspecified
Old~world elegance meets contemporary cuisine in a venue that boasts one of the best outdoor dining experiences in Santa Fe. Nestled in the charm and elegance of one of Santa Fe's most beloved historical homes, Santacafé has been a restaurant icon for over 40 years. It was bought in 2019 by Santa Fe restauranteur Quinn Stephenson - the driving force behind another Santa Fe legend, Coyote Café. Boasting one of the best outdoor patio dining experiences the City Different has to offer, Santacafé combines the traditions of modern American cooking with exquisitely locally sourced ingredients.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 66 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Santa Fe
  • Cross street
    231 Washington/Paseo de Peralta
  • Parking details
    Large Parking lot Behind the restaurant open to the public as well as large Bank Lot available next door after 5:30pm. Metered Parking on the street is also available and free after 6pm
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,438 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
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Mexico

    Best Overall

  • New Mexico

    Best Ambiance

  • New Mexico

    Good for business meals

  • New Mexico

    Great for outdoor dining

  • New Mexico

    Romantic

  • New Mexico

    Most Booked

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Overall

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Ambiance

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Best Value

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Great for brunch

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Good for business meals

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Romantic

  • Santa Fe / Mountains

    Most Booked

3,438 Reviews
  1. ktgsmokey

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time here for dinner and experience was excellent. Had a short wait for our reservation table but staff was very gracious and accommodating. Great evening.

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  2. Onami

    New Mexico

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great dinner with friends from out of town, and thought the food, service and ambiance were all great.

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  3. Johng

    New Mexico

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There seemed to be a completely new team working the front desk and waiting tables. This group is MUCH better than the previous one. I eat there regularly and some of the service was becoming an issue.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From walking into the beautiful courtyard to stepping into the front door, I always feel welcome by the professional staff. The clean white adobe walls and roomy four dinning rooms are quiet enough for quality conversation with dinning companions, but a festive vibe remains. The food is consistently fantastic with seasonal flair. This is one of the great restaurants in town, always will be my favorite.

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  5. Binnie

    Denver

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We dined in several restaurants in Santa Fe during our 5 day visit, and bringing our friends to Santacafe was my idea, and they could not stop talking about how great the entire evening was, from beginning to end! There were two other restaurants we will leave off of our list, next visit, because they were less than mediocre.My heart is still singing from the praises of our friends, about our evening at Santacafe. The service was beyond exceptional. The food was not only delicious, but combined extraordinary ingredients to make each dish simply amazing! The ambiance was elegant and we will dine here each and every time we visit Santa Fe! A restaurant not to be missed!

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  6. WinstonM

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    All 5+ except for my waiter questioning me when I asked for my refill of coffee to be hot. He assumed that I was complaining to him that the coffee was cold. When he asked me If I wanted a refill, my asking that it be a new cup of hot coffee was just because refilling the present cooled down coffee cup would not work for me the client. I ended up apologizing to him in front of my friends for the miss communicate when he should have been the one not to make an issue and be the one to apologize. A little too much attitude for us. We just wanted to have a nice time and enjoy the food. All else was great.

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  7. JAmes

    Denver

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, knowledgeable staff. Great wine selection. Lovely decor, table ware and linen. Burrata salad was original and fresh. Cream of celery soup - delicious and nicely garnished. Seared salmon/filet m., came out hot and nicely presented.

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  8. kawoodward

    Denver

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Imaginative menu, exemplary service. This restaurant is a long time favorite . Bolognese was wonderful and my husband loved the Salmon. Shared carrot cake for dessert. The service is always excellent here .

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  9. Judy

    New Mexico

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My hamburger was very good and it was beautiful sitting outside

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a memorable time! Thank you for the delicious food, fantastic service and lovely smiles!

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  11. Debra

    New Mexico

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
     The waiter and other staff were very helpful. We had a reservation for six and showed up with seven people. They quickly added another place setting and chair for us. I would like to thank them very much. We were there right after a funeral, and they offered condolences, and we’re very compassionate. We stayed long time, eating and chatting and the whole experience was very pleasant. The food was delicious.

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  12. LiliaC

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Easter Brunch was delightful. Despite the steady crowds the kitchen and our server Reginaldo delivered. The only off note was the red potatoes that came with the crab Benedict, they just didn't have much taste or texture. Santacafe remains one of the best values in town, with smooth unrushed service and good food for a variety of tastes.

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  13. MichaelK

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are frequent guests at the restaurant. The Easter brunch special menu was fantastic, chef introduced himself, and the wait staff were very attentive. A real treat.

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  14. OlgaR

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful location, interior, good food and friendly service. Would definitely return for a quiet lunch

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a fantastic experience with some of the best service in Santa Fe!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service and the food at Santacafe is always impeccable! From those delivering water to the table to the food and the greeters at the door and the lovely Management— This is a favorite place.!

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  17. JeffW

    Los Angeles

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed an exceptional dinner with extra treats like a sip of hot buttered rom . Amazing attentive service from Quinn and his wonderful staff. Everting was just right and more. Can’t wait to go back.

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  18. TrishaA

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was absolutely delicious and the portion sizes were not too big or too small so we were able to enjoy an appetizer and dessert. Since we were celebrating birthdays we were greeted with a glass of champagne for all of us, two complimentary desserts (one for each birthday since we were celebrating two), and a glass of wine to try after our appetizers! Our waiter was very attentive and thoughtful (I believe his name was Jeffrey). We truly had the best experience and such a wonderful evening!

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  19. Julie

    Denver

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Service wonderful. Cocktails wonderful. Steak and frites were not so wonderful: hangar steak was cooked well but we did not care for the “salsa” on top of it and too many frites served alongside steak was so overpowering on the plate. The grey gravy and salsa on fries we did not like at all. Bare frites are the way to go with steak! We’ve eaten at Santacafe in the past and have had a great experience all around but yesterday the four people whom were sat very close next to our table ( we shared the same bench seat) ruined our meal. They arrived in their flip flops, spoke loudly and dropped f- bombs every other sentence. Our $200. dining experience was totally tainted! Not sure if we’ll return again.

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  20. EclecticDJ

    Atlanta Metro

    188 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    188 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our best meal in Santa Fe. The food, service, atmosphere, decor were all exceptional. We ent to more upscale places and some downscale ones. There were interesting things at all. But SantaCafe was our absolute favorite. We wanted to go back three nights in a row. And should have. But we wanted to sample the town. We might change that strategy next time.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was fabulous as usual!!! The service was amazing as was our delicious meal!! Thank you!

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  22. HilleryM

    Denver

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely atmosphere and wonderful service. The menu was varied and the meals delicious. Great SantaCe gem!

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  23. Parisienne

    New York City

    61 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful cocktails and wine list. Would have attributed 5 stars but my Thai style gnocchi was simply too spicy to eat (this from a person with half a refrigerator door full of hot sauces). The dumplings were delicious and my husband’s steak perfect fly cooked. Ambiance upscale and service very professional. We will return.

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  24. RebeccaW

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I've been dining at Santecafe for over 30 years. It remains my favorite Santa Fe restaurant. The food is always excellent and the service is friendly but elegant. Recently, I've especially enjoyed the outside patio - so beautiful. During this visit we enjoyed the beef Bourguignon and the pork loin. Both wonderful! For dessert, we tried the lemon cake with yuzu marmalade - loved it! And, our waiter, Josh, couldn't have been more attentive. Our next visit to Santa Fe will be in July. I'm already planning which night - nightS? - we will be having dinner at Santacafe

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  25. Jasmine

    Guanajuato

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant was lovely and the employees were very attentive. We arrived half an hour later before our reservation and they gladly took us in. The complimentary corn bread was delicious as well as the porcini mushroom soup. The apple walnut salad was ok. The menu for dinner changed from the one they have online and we weren't convinced by any of the options they had available. My husband asked for steak with fries and they didn't ask him how he wanted his steak, the degree was rare and we were fine with it, if you prefer it otherwise let them know . They also served him a considerable amount of fries, about 70% of the whole meal. I asked for the gnocchi pasta and it was a little too spicy for my taste. Most meals have a considerable amount of different chiles, so be aware. Overall our experience was ok, the only thing we really enjoyed from the meal was the mushroom soup.

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  26. Food42

    New Mexico

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant with top notch service. Salmon was perfectly cooked the pairing was good but not my favorite combination. Definitely one of Santa Fe’s great restaurants. In previous visits the elk has been phenomenal.

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  27. BillW

    Denver

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We never miss a chance to eat hear when we come to Santa Fe. The food is always wonderful and the staff is too!

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  28. BruceM

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always enjoy their lunches!

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  29. SuzanneS

    Denver

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were top notch! We loved everything!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Amarillo

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cody was super kind to our kids! Meal and service were excellent

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Christopher was an excellent server, very accommodating. This restaurant can modify dishes for allergies and has a gluten free menu too which my wife enjoyed. Would definitely recommend.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Aside from the extreme political commentary occurring at the table next to us it was good. That was only detractor from our evening.

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  33. SandraM

    Denver

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing service, great food, beautiful ambience! Loved having Josh as our server. He was wonderful!

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  34. KatrinaG

    Durango

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was amazing, our server was so attentive and kept checking in on us. The food was absolutely delicious and we had a great time. They’re currently doing some renovations in the patio area and I can’t wait to go back to experience again in the warmer weather.

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  35. pamp

    New Mexico

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I chose SantaCafe for a sweet birthday celebration dinner with a dear friend who is moving from Santa Fe. It needed to be quiet enough to open gifts, a Santa Fe ambience for a memory to last a lifetime, and caring service. SantaCafe more than exceeded these expectations. The food was impeccable as always (there is no better Mushroom soup, anywhere). The service was attentive without being intrusive, A perfect memory for her to carry to her next home. Thank you, SantaCafe.

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  36. JodyP

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food and service! Will definitely be going back soon!

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  37. AdamG

    New York City

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal and service. Mushroom soup was the best I’ve ever had. Thanks for the great meal.

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  38. CDTower

    Orange County

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was an exceptional restaurant t the food was out regionally good and creative. And the service was a 10. A must go.

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  39. MrTaterhead

    New Mexico

    34 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Usually enjoy the food here. Less so this time. Steak frites was a massive plate of french fries with the meat on the edge. Fries were covered in a sauce, which was tasty, but made the fries soggy very quickly. Meat was very good, but the fries were so visually and physically overwhelming, I lost interest. Couldn't even make a dent. Also: tipflation. It's getting out of control! Automatic $4 kitchen appreciation charge added to bill. Why? I don't know what's going on back there. Could be a hairnet-free, food-dropping, scratch-fest going on back there for all I know. I also assume they are compensated quite differently than the serving staff (which typically get nowhere near a living wage). Price the menu items appropriately so that you can pay your kitchen staff what they deserve. That's not my job. Yes, the menu states that they will remove the charge if asked. They probably assume you won't make a fuss in front of your friends/guests. Instead of that going through that drama, I just subtracted $4 from what I would have tipped.

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  40. VEGRX

    Dallas

    108 reviews

    5.0

    108 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I wish I had done this sooner. We dined here early in March for my brother’s birthday. I dine here every time I come to Santa Fe, and it’s good. On this occasion, it was beyond exceptional and exceeded my expectations, which made my brother's birthday experience that much better! (Primarily because of Kyle’s exceptional service) We had already been in town for a few days and dined at other restaurants. This was a great way to end our trip. I have friends coming into town in May for a bachelorette party, and I highly recommend the restaurant and Kyle! Thank you!

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FAQs

Santacafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (505) 984-1788.

Santacafe is rated 4.8 stars by 3438 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 66 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Santacafe

231 Washington Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    231 Washington/Paseo de Peralta
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Fe
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Unspecified, American, Cocktail Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Large Parking lot Behind the restaurant open to the public as well as large Bank Lot available next door after 5:30pm. Metered Parking on the street is also available and free after 6pm
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    DALE KESTER
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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