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Vessel NOLA

4.3
1381 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Vessel is open and now serving lunch Tues-Fri and Dinner daily and Sat-Sun brunch! Happy Hour is weekdays 4-6pm (except holidays). Dine inside or outdoors on our gorgeous covered patio! Reservations are advised but we do welcome Walk-In's! Our Chef Amandalynn Picolo sources fresh local ingredients for our new American cuisine maintaining many of New Orleans traditions. We also have vegetarian & vegan options. ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST featured VESSEL as one of "8 of the Most Gorgeous Restaurants in Former Churches worldwide". Paranormal activity also lurks at VESSEL! The Travel Channel's hit show "THE DEAD FILES" filmed an episode featuring VESSEL which aired summer 2019. Remember, Eat, Drink, Congregate! at Vessel. New Orleans most exciting restaurant/bar housed in a 1914 historic church in Mid-City, 10 minutes from the French Quarter just off the Canal Street Streetcar. We look forward to seeing everyone!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

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Starting Dec 31, 2021

Come Celebrate New Years Eve with us at Vessel Nola. We are offering exclusively a fixe prix 5 course menu with a glass of sparkling wine for $95.00. Dine inside or outside on our covered patio. We will also be offering a special wine pairing for each course for $45.00 to complement your dinner.

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MarieO
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a delightful lunch. This was the second time I went to Vessel NOLA and I was not disappointed. The place was very clean and lovely. The food was delicious and portions were generous. Service was very friendly. They made a birthday celebration extra special .

Vessel NOLA
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Marie, I'm so glad to hear you loved it! We're working really hard during this crazy times we live in so it's nice to see it's not going unnoticed. Cheers, Chef Amandalynn Executive Chef and General Manager

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WilM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The ambiance and decor along with the open structural design of the old church that houses Vessel make for a great experience. The food was good and the service from Claire was excellent. We will definitely be back and also recommend to others.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The building itself is amazing ! The food was prepared well and was filled with local flavors. The ambiance was great we dined in the main room where the large bar was. We Will be coming back a little later in the year to dine outside ! Overall the food and the price were respectable. It’s a must visit while in New Orleans. I’m very grateful it’s here in my great city!!

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AmandaH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered between drinks, apps and dinner were all so great! The atmosphere is relaxing and the staff were all so friendly and gave great recommendations on what to order. We had a larger party so I would suggest making a reservation ahead of time since it is on the smaller side. Would definitely go back!

Vessel NOLA
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you so much! We are so glad you enjoyed yourself. Cheers, Chef Amandalynn and Team

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JohnS
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun brunch, good food, and great drinks!

Vessel NOLA
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you so much! We are so glad you enjoyed yourself. Cheers, Chef Amandalynn and Team

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Cameron
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was outstanding! Mussels and crawfish croquettes were delish.

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vipChris
Baton Rouge
22 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with some of the best craft cocktails in city. Bartender's food and drink recommendation was on point. We enjoyed everything, can't wait to go back!

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Anonymous
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve come here several times. Seems like they are getting on the right track as last visit they’d had some staffing issues. Food was delicious, service was great. We will be back.

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vipanonymous
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another amazing dinner at Vessel. I brought a friend who had never been before and they were blown away by the stunning beauty of the place. The lemon grass mussels were out of this world and my favorite crawfish croquettes were spot on.
I had the market fish and my friend had the red wine braised short rib. Both superb! We shared the turtle cheesecake for dessert which was amazing! They had some new cocktails which were very good. Everything from start to finish was A plus.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Cocktails were great
Service average
My fish was dry/ overcooked (they gave me 1/2 off)
Dark inside
The restaurant itself is beautiful
Out of MANY dishes unfortunately

Vessel NOLA
Responded on October 6, 2021

Hi, I apologize for being out of product. Pretty much all of our purveyors were affected by Hurricane Ida and as business has picked up they have been having logistical issues with their warehouses and getting us the product that we need. I see that we tried to compensate you for the issues with your entree. I apologize again that it wasn't cooked perfectly. Regards, Chef Amandalynn

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KendraS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely as always I had the fried Brussel sprouts , vegetable fritata with andouille added and a Bloody Mary .

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Sever was great, food was okay.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

8:15 reservation, we finally were sat at 8:30. Our server approached the table around 8:45 for the first time. We put out drink order, appetizer, and entree order in at the same time (8:45) Drinks came out within 10-15 mins however appetizers didn’t show up until we asked about them… around 9:20. Entrees (with the exception of one) arrived at the table around 9:55pm. Plates felt/looked as though they had been sitting under a heat lamp since 8:45 when the order was placed. Steaks were over cooked, we had to ask for the 5th entree to be sent to the table. Server was not attentive. Over all a terrible dining experience. We have been here over the years many times. Questionable if we will chose to return in the future. Definitely not a $500 meal.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on October 3, 2021

Hi, I'm sorry for the issues you experienced with us last night. We had several large parties that ended up creating havoc on our kitchen while also experiencing staff shortages across the board. I am trying very hard to get us to where we were pre-pandemic, and then the hurricane created additional staffing and structure issues for us. I do know you have visited us in the past. I am very sorry again for the issues and hope you give us another shot. Regards, Chef Amandalynn

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MarcelaS
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Ambience and service made the overall experience enjoyable. Food quality was not worth the price.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on October 3, 2021

Hi Marcela, I am glad you enjoyed the ambiance and service. I will admit we are struggling right now with our staffing. I am trying my hardest to acquire talent, train them, and ensure staffing is where it needs to be to execute quality food. We were incredibly short staffed yesterday and reservations just kept expanding beyond our capabilities due to staff not reporting for work. Please forgive us. We are working on doing better. Sincerely, Chef Amandalynn

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hello
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was consistent but there were high ticket times, and watery grits.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on October 4, 2021

Hi there, I appreciate your feedback! I got in different grits than I would normally get and I personally was not a fan of the way they cooked up either. I'm hoping to get back to my previous brand of grits or find a suitable replacement in the next few weeks. I agree ticket times were very bad on Saturday. We had a series of call outs amongst the national staff shortage that made the 8pm hour and on a very difficult time for us. I'm working hard on it. Regards, Chef Amandalynn

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. Food was delicious!

Vessel NOLA
Responded on October 3, 2021

Hi, Thanks so much for your great review. It means so much to us during these very challenging times. We would be very grateful if you could go back and add some words about your experience at Vessel to your review in the public section. OpenTable does not let anyone see the review unless customers write something. The staff and I would appreciate this so much. We want to again thank-you for your support. We look forward to seeing you very soon at Vessel. Sincerely, Alec Wilder Owner

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juanad
Tallahassee
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Y’all must go to Vessel . The service was awesome. The food amazing !!!! the place is super cool. Even though Ida left Nola hurting (plus covid didn’t help either) they manage to pull together and still have a great service. Great job guys.

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vipQueenieW
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Just delicious and the owner/chef is hardworking and takes great pride in her work and it shows. My waitress tried to exit me out by bringing my check before offering dessert; don’t let this happen order dessert it was worth every calorie!!

Vessel NOLA
Responded on September 27, 2021

Thank you Queenie! I so appreciate the kind words. The owners and I are fighting very hard towards our vision of this place. We look forward to seeing you on the other side of the table soon. Cheers, Chef Amandalyn Executive Chef and General Manager

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vip77dinechicago
New Orleans
72 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

First visit here. Nice atmosphere. We sat outside. Our server was very nice. Slow getting food out. Do not order the lamb burger. We both ordered it. Could not get passed the first bite. Please just put a regular burger on the menu. Menu is limited to brunch type foods. So wanted to like this restaurant.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on September 26, 2021

Hi, Sorry for the delay on getting food out to you. The storm created some opportunities and we have been having issues with enough staffing in our kitchen. We've made some great hires this week and look forward to improving as we move further away from the effects of Hurricane Ida. We will also see more selections on both our brunch and dinner soon as our purveyors and team members get rebuilt and back up to speed. Thanks for understanding, Chef Amandalynn

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience5

We always love to go there for a date night, but it was disappointed last night. We were sitting there for one hour to wait for the appetizer. We asked for some bread and butter while we were waiting.The waiter told me that they don’t have butter. I was shocked at that point. Finally we got the wine bottle, he gave us the glasses for white wine, and I asked him if we can have the red wine glasses. Turns out he got me two different shaped glasses for us. I understand that they might have a long day, but it doesn’t mean you have to lower your service standards. The food were alright, a little bit cold. I’m really disappointed.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on September 25, 2021

Hi, I apologize for the issues with your service last night. We absolutely do have butter, so I am shocked as well. We have been struggling post hurricane with building back up staff and some have just opted to move away. I have made some hires this week that I think are gonna be knock outs, so I anticipate these issues being corrected by your next visit. Thank you for your feedback and I'm very sorry again. Sincerely, Chef Amandalynn

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Rubylee
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Great cocktails and atmosphere. Good for appetizers, entrees we’re lacking flavor

Vessel NOLA
Responded on September 24, 2021

Hi Ruby, Thank you for your feedback. I am working on normalizing our kitchen team post storm and hope to be back where I want to be very soon. I appreciate you still recommending us and hope we wow you in the future! Cheers, Chef Amandalynn

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Burrhead
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Hurricane Ida-related struggles we experienced on Sept 19:
(1) Outdoor seating temporarily closed due to trash not being picked up. Looks like a beautiful patio setting. (2) Two of approximately 6 entrees unavailable, as restaurant struggles with kitchen staff not yet returning. (3) Only negative experience with otherwise delicious food was that mashed potatoes with steak entree were not very hot.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on September 20, 2021

Thank you for being so perceptive to the issues we are currently experiencing. I will address the issue with the temperature of the mashed potatoes. I hope to have you back very soon as we continue to address the issues the storm presented us and improving our business. Cheers, Amandalynn Picolo Executive Chef and General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch experience!!

Vessel NOLA
Responded on September 20, 2021

I'm so happy you enjoyed yourself for brunch with us! We've had a rough past 18 months, and reviews and comments like this make it feel like it's worth it. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! Cheers, Amandalynn Picolo Executive Chef and General Manager

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I was really excited to try this place. While the atmosphere was super cool, everything else fell flat. The service was honestly pretty bad, and it was a slow night. We were seated for 30 min before anyone greeted us.. the specialty cocktails we ordered weren’t the best, but might’ve tasted better had they come out in less than 40 min with 3 bartenders working. The food was very ok for the price ($26 for a burger/$42 for the steak), but I did like the wine selection. I would maybe return for a glass of wine with co-workers, but definitely not for another $150 meal.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on September 18, 2021

Hi, I am sorry about service issues last night. We only had 1 trained bartender as it was the other bartenders first day and the assistant manager was helping them with glassware only. We have lost half of our staff due to the effects of hurricane Ida in our area. Many of those staff cant come back yet because their home was destroyed from wind and water damage. Please forgive us as we try to rebuild our team. Amandalynn Picolo Executive Chef and General Manager

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stephenb
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vessel was our first post Ida night out and Vessel was the right spot. The cheese plate and crawfish croquettes were a great start. We also had the fish, burger, and steak and each was perfect. The service from Madeline was outstanding. Looking forward to dining at Vessel again - soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I recently enjoyed brunch with my mother for her birthday at Vessel shortly after Hurricane Ida. While I’m sure Hurricane Ida impacted this restaurant and it’s staff, as customers we didn’t feel it. The food and the service was aces. All staff we encountered were friendly and high spirited. Even though the restaurant was full we were immediately seated at our table, and our drinks, appetizers, and entrees were all served promptly. We also delighted in the unique and elegant decor.

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vipSlab
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Perfect brunch even with limited menu post Hurricane Ida. Just what we needed. Shrimp and grits excellent and the burger was phenomenal

Vessel NOLA
Responded on September 22, 2021

Thank you so much! Your positive feedback means the world to the team and I as we work very hard to rebuild our business. See you on the other side of the table soon! Cheers, Amandalynn Picolo Executive Chef and General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends from New York came to visit New Orleans and we had plans to grab brunch but Hurricane Ida decided to throw a wrench in our plans. Everything was closed in the city except this beautiful gem. Vessel staff were so accommodating! We had the entire place to ourselves. The waitress checked in on us frequently and she was so bubbly. Great ambiance for sure. Can’t wait to go back.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on September 9, 2021

We're so pleased you enjoyed your brunch with us! Glad we could be a right spot in a dark weekend. Cheers, Chef Amandalynn

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Anonymous
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed an early dinner here. Our favorites were the scallops, obviously fresh pasta in the shrimp fettuccini we ordered.
They have this really tasty drink called glance my way. I’m a tequila girl, and it was so crisp and refreshing. I will be back.

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CarlaB
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a beautiful venue to feel the soul of NOLA. The staff was great and very friendly. Would go back!

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vipChris
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They check for proof of vacianations which I appreciated. Brunch was outstanding and they have fans over the outside area to help with the heat

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AshtonW
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Vessel had quite an incredible atmosphere however the food was very subpar and overpriced. I would not recommend this place to friend.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on August 23, 2021

Hi Ashton, I apologize again for the issues you experienced with your dinner. I addressed those issues in your Google review you left as well. Our pricing has been affected by supply lines caused by the pandemic, and as noted in our google response we are experiencing staff shortages. We are working on correcting our opportunities. This was a very off night for us. Had I known of issues with your experience I'd have been happy to fix it. Amandalynn Picolo General Manager & Executive Chef

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GretchenB
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The meal was fine. Unfortunately the appetizers weren’t all brought out at the same time and after waiting a bit the entrees arrived when we began eating appetizers.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on August 22, 2021

Hi Gretchen, I apologize for the issues with your appetizers. We experienced a short in one of our kitchen printers yesterday that made out peak time today more difficult missing one of our printers in the kitchen as well as some staffing issues going into today. I'm glad you still enjoyed your meal however. -Chef Amandalynn

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LaurynS
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner! We had a six top and everyone has a fantastic time. The food and drinks were delicious. Very attentive servers. The building is also obviously stunning.

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vipCanjunman12345678901234
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Lamb burger gamey.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Anchorage
11 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vessel is one of our favorites and last night’s dining was wonderful as usual.
Service, food and drink was GREAT!
We will be back again soon!
Laurie L.

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RachaelG
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shrimp & grits were on point, great serving size, nice selection of cocktails and wine. Loved the old church vibe. Service was good too.

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Camrin
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! The food is amazing as always! The atmosphere will take your breathe away! I would recommend this place to everyone! I dream about the fries and lamb burger!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Server was great. Drinks were great. Food came out quickly but was over salted and underwhelming. We ordered the pork belly to share. It was a pretty small plate and the pork was somewhat tough. We got the scallops with risotto and short ribs with mashed potatoes. Again everything was over salted. The risotto was better than the scallops. Mashed potatoes were very…lemony. Overpriced for what we were served.

Vessel NOLA
Responded on August 18, 2021

Hi, I'm sorry to hear about the issues with your food. I will bring this to my Culinary team as their clearly are some opportunities we need to address. Thank you for your feedback so that we can continue to grow and develop ourselves. We hope we wow you on your next visit. Cheers, Amandalynn Picolo Executive Chef and General Manager

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Hannah
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Awful service. Took over 2 hours for food and half the dishes we ordered never came. Don’t recommend until they get their act together

Vessel NOLA
Responded on August 18, 2021

Hannah, After reviewing the footage from the evening I found you sat 30 minutes late for your 6:15 reservation. The order was placed at 7:23pm after previous attempts to collect it. Kitchen received the order by 7:25. Appetizers sent out by 7:55pm. Entrees sent out by 8:15pm. I did note a member of your party walking around unmasked, talking to our staff. A 2 hour wait for food is false. We are short staffed due to Covid, testing, and vaccine mandates. Regards, Amandalynn General Manager

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Vessel NOLA does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Vessel NOLA also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (504) 603-2775.

Vessel NOLA is rated 4.3 stars by 1381 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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