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Top Hatters Kitchen & Bar, San Leandro, CA
Award-winning

Top Hatters Kitchen & Bar

4.8
4.8
515 Reviews
$31 to $50
Global, International
Top Hatters Kitchen & Bar







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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 29 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Global, International, Californian, Continental
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (510) 777-9777
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    DanVy Vu
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2023
    2. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Neighborhood
    San Leandro
  • Cross street
    855 MacArthur Blvd
  • Parking details
    Street parking is on MacArthur Bvld.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 515 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
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Bay

    Innovative

515 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A nice place for parties with excellent food, drinks, services.

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  2. JeanR

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    They use a QR code ordering system which we did not like. The app kept asking for extra information and turned out we were redirected to an unrelated site from the menu ordering site. I am old school, prefer the waiter to take my order and prepare my bill at the end of the meal.

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  3. EricH

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice outdoor dining location with interesting menu and craft drinks. All the items ordered were delicious.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    I ordered the pork vermicelli. First of all the base price is $12.00. This base price comes with very little vermicelli and the different greens. I don’t understand why they can’t add more noodles/greens. I honestly can count the amount of greens they put in its really that little. I understand they use fresh greens but common it can’t be that expensive. If you add your protein in my case I added the pork and this was an extra $9.00. On the protein they put about 4 thinly sliced pork and my guess is it probably weighed 2/3 ounces. We ordered the yam chips and most were not crunchy. It seems like it was from the day before. It certainly wasn’t fresh.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I enjoy hosting friends and family at Top Hatters. It’s always an interesting evening with good drinks from bartenders that enjoy their craft, wonderful food from a kitchen that really cares, and a wait staff that can help make an evening even more enjoyable. Julie always makes my evening!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and drinks were delicious and the ambiance is perfect for a date or intimate gathering with coworkers and friends. It was trendy and comfortable in the restaurant and the servers were attentive and smiling.

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  7. fabricehabelski

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a remarkable restaurant, ran by remarkable people. The dishes are well thought-out and perfectly executed - very well suited to patrons who favor vegan options. Flavors are seductive (even the grits!) and out of the ordinary. A really fun, relaxed atmosphere made the whole dining experience a real treat.

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  8. BernadetteS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, ambience, and food for a Saturday brunch. The donuts (savory and sweet), mussels in green curry, and custard coffee were all so good. Left feeling full but not groggy :)

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  9. BonnieS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Top Hatters is a fabulous restaurant. Menu varies depending on what’s fresh and in season. Asian fusions are always top-notch and very flavorful. The servers here are always friendly and helpful. Last time I went, I left my credit card on the table, and one of them ran out and found us before we drove off to return it. I recently moved to the East Bay from Sonoma County where we have a bounty of fine restaurants, and Top Hatters is by far the best restaurant here in my opinion. Amazing, creative chef.

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  10. MargeM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The online menu was new to us, but we managed. The food was creatively prepared, presented and delicious.

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  11. Niki

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, ambiance, and the service was great, we really enjoyed our meal and drinks. Until it came time for the dessert. The apps and entrees were served super quickly as soon as we placed the order. Our dessert took 30 minutes to get to us after finishing our last entree (45 minutes after placing the order). We were one of the last folks there and still waiting for our dessert, it was past their closing time too. Then when we finally got the doughnut balls, they weren't done right. They were overly oiling (didn't fry them right) and every doughnut ball was shaped differently, and some were stuck together with lots of small fried bits. They also charged $2 for any of the dipping sauces and you barely got enough to dip the doughnuts in. Overall, great food and service. Just skip the dessert.

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  12. KristinE

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food, great staff and very clean. You can’t go wrong here!!!!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Extraordinary, as always! Delicious, fresh, seasonal.

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  14. HellenR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful place and the service is exceptional. Truly enjoyed our anniversary there.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food, fun menu, and a cool setting. Will return!

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  16. BayAreaFoodEnthusiast

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service all around, starting with prompt responses to my questions over text message, to a warm welcome when we arrived and attentive service from all the staff throughout our dining experience. All the dishes we ordered were amazing; from the raw and grilled oysters, salads, to the sandwiches/entrees and hand crafted cocktails/drinks, everything was delicious. What a gem in this neighborhood! Definitely recommend, especially if you are celebrating a special occasion. We had such a great time for my birthday.

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  17. Mattofcali

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Great service. Something different.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food but think it’s a little overpriced. Especially when they give you a $25 full of mostly leaves. But the quality of most other things was nice

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  19. EmilyL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always love dining at Top Hatter’s! Great for groups or small parties.

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  20. NASAman

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Second time going to Top Hatters and, as before, TH did not disappoint! Service wonderful, food delicious, and atmosphere very good. Though this could be a description about many restaurants, two things stand out about TH. First, the location. It’s in a quiet neighborhood and easily accessible by freeway (whose noise you don’t really hear.) It feels like a well-kept secret. Second, the food. I personally didn’t understand about 20% of the words I was looking at (ok, a bit of hyperbole). The dishes were unique, flavorful, presented well and just right quantity-wise. the food reminded me of the SF restaurant State Bird Provisions in the Fillmore district. The food and the cost (a bit on the high side) won’t be for everyone, but if you want to try something different, you won’t be disappointed.

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  21. MarilynP

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We shared a meat platter which was excellent and the cocktails were also good

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  22. fallon

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    FABULOUS in all possible ways. The food - each dish - is truly memorable, the decor is gorgeous, and the service is impeccable. Highly recommended!

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  23. Pamela

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my second visit in three weeks, and I tried all new dishes. Every dish and every cocktail both times was a complete winner. Surprising combinations, exceptionally prepared and beautifully presented. The second time, we ordered via QR code ... the first time, a waitress took our order. The QR menu is much better than the paper one -- it has pictures of all the dishes and more fulsome explanations. But ordering by the app is not as good as ordering with a person.

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  24. Mamaseacat

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a hidden gem!! I wasn't sure what to expect driving up to Top Hatters because I saw an old, vintage sign from the street and thought, "Why do I need reservations for this dive?" Don't judge a book by its cover! I walked inside a beautiful upscale restaurant! Very impressive! I love that all the menus (cocktail, bites and sweets) were in a little plastic holder with the QR code printed on the caddy. Lots of signature cocktails to choose from, and a variety of small bites and entrees with delicious descriptions. It made it difficult to choose but the staff was ready to give you their recommendations. However, I don't think you would go wrong with anything you order from Top Hatters! We ordered: Cherry Chullo - refreshing fruity bevvie that packs a punch! Spiced Sami - smoky tequila cocktail Grilled Galangal Pork Skewer - fantastic flavor, definitely recommend! I loved the pickled daikon on the side. Savory Doughnuts - amazing chew and crunch, another great recommendation! Grilled Broccolini w/ Mung Bean Cream - this complemented the pork skewers well but I can also eat this by itself. Loved all the commingling of flavors and textures. Lemon Ricotta Zeppole (Italian doughnuts) - Just like the savory doughnuts but for dessert. We could decide which dipping sauce to try so we got all 3! My friend preferred the matcha cardamom cream but I loved the earl grey chocolate ganache. The spiced apple butter was okay. Overall I love this place! I'm going to bring the hubby next time and try more dishes from the menu (which changes seasonally). So I guess I'll be returning many times.

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  25. Ollebo

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    For the adventurous and discering palate, you can’t do better than Top Hatters. The flavors and presentations of the dishes are first class, and the creativity of the carefully selected ingredients are always a pleasant surprise. Service was as good as it gets - attentive without being intrusive, friendly and easy-going. It’s a pleasure to recommend this place!

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  26. oaktownmom

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food fun cocktails. Service was not as good as the last time we were there. Too busy. A bit loud. We will be back tho. A neighborhood gem.

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  27. Bailey

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was incredible, I see why this place has a Michelin star. The savory Donuts melted in your mouth, and the vegetable curry I got was perfectly balanced with spices. It was light but still very flavourful. Highly recommend!

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  28. EastBayFoodie

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Took a good friend out to lunch to celebrate a landmark birthday. Sitting in the garden on a sunny day was lovely (and quieter than tables inside. That was great because we could really have a conversation. She loved Top Hatter too, as I do. (I’ve taken 8 people here by now and given gift cards also.). If you’ve never been here, you’re in for a treat. Pleased Repeat Patron.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service, ambience, food, and lots of street parking! We had the charcuterie pate, tissue bread, red snapper, and pork belly. My favorites: tissue bread and pork belly (it was super tender with so much flavor)! I’d definitely come back and add cocktails to my list.

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  30. Karen

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it ! Such a treat. I brought my friend who is a foodie …. I knew she would enjoy and they didn’t disappoint!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great experience! This restaurant is a hidden gem I wish I would have known about sooner. Will definitely be back.

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  32. TaraB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food, cocktails so good even our non alcoholic drinkers enjoyed the mocktails, desert was divine and so impressive may just have to come back for a drink and desert. Only complaint is parking and with two handicapped people it’s always a struggle but so worth it. Would suggest to anyone looking for a great place for a special meal. Shouldn’t all meals be special.

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  33. KarinB

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious innovative food. We loved everything we ordered. Savory donuts, pork skewers, mushroom dish and tissue bread.

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  34. KirstenM

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I love Top Hatters, always a great place to dine in a leisurely fashion with friends who enjoy innovative global cuisine and appreciate attentive service. The menu changes seasonally so you can always find something new here. You'd pay a lot more in San Francisco. And, oh, did I mention there's always parking on nearby streets!

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  35. ValH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We've dined here multiple times and it never disappoints. The food is always interesting and delicious. We ordered the candied bourbon yam chips; broccolini with mung bean cream; seared rice cake with pork, shrimp cotton and lap xuong sausage; and seasonal farm grazing box and spreads with dry chorizo picante. They were all made with very fresh ingredients and were a little more than enough for 2 hungry adults (we were a bit stuffed). They have vegan and gluten-free options and substitutions also. The hand crafted cocktails are just as wonderful as the food. They are unique and always adorned with garnishes that add to the flavor and presentation. We had the Old Milliner and Laylah Veil - both were delectable. Their cocktails are some of the best we've had in the Bay Area. We ate in the outdoor courtyard and the noise level was low and atmosphere was relaxed even though all tables were full. They have you order and pay via a QR code which we liked since you can place your order/pay whenever you're ready. The servers that checked in were friendly, responsive and knowledgeable.

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  36. KateS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic, fun, fabulous food!! Great setting. Highly recommend!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, unique drinks, chill environs, and welcoming/friendly service.

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  38. Waiters

    San Francisco

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went here after a night at Oakland Zoo's Glowfari. What a wonderful find! We will be back.

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  39. Lisa

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my first time at this amazing restaurant. The dishes had a unique and flavorful combination of ingredients. The flavor was so incredible. I can’t wait to bring more friends here in the future.

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  40. JOHNZ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great discovery a month ago lead into three visits , bringing friends to pass the word on , and hopefully can still stop by for lunch and get a table ! Conscious Design in everything !!! An Experience worth repeating !!

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Top Hatters Kitchen & Bar is rated 4.8 stars by 515 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 29 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Top Hatters Kitchen & Bar

855 MacArthur Blvd, San Leandro, CA 94577

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2023
    2. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Cross street
    855 MacArthur Blvd
  • Neighborhood
    San Leandro
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Global, International, Californian, Continental
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street parking is on MacArthur Bvld.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    DanVy Vu
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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