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Sweet Tea and Barley, Williamsburg, VA

Sweet Tea and Barley

4.1
4.1
102 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Southern
Southern hospitality shines through with the familiar, yet innovative, cuisine and casual atmosphere of Sweet Tea & Barley in the Williamsburg Lodge. From fresh salads, to perfect pub bites, to satisfying sandwiches, it’s the place to gather for a good time. Drinks are crafted by hand, and local ingredients highlight the true spirit of the area. Drop in and sit a spell at the bar and lounge area, or take it outside to the patio for a cocktail where laughter and lively conversation fill the air.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Southern
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 2:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Phone number
    (757) 220-7688
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Justin Haynes
  • Neighborhood
    Colonial Williamsburg
  • Cross street
    Francis Street
  • Parking details
    Hotel Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • ST & B Labor Day Patio Celebration - Adult

    $45.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Aug 31, 2024 only
    Join us for music, games, and great food on the Patio of at Sweet Tea & Barley to celebrate Labor Day and the end of the Summer. There will be music, games, and corn hole for guest to enjoy. Saturday, August 31, 2024, 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $45 per person (Children 3-10, $20). Reservations are required and can be made online or by calling 1-888-447-8679. Weather Permitting. Hot Dogs, Hamburgers with all the fixings, BBQ Beef Ribs, BBQ Grilled Chicken Wings, Grilled Shrimp, Mac n Cheese, Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Fruit Salad, and much more! Non-alcoholic beverages included.
  • ST & B Labor Day Patio Celebration - Youth

    $20.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Aug 31, 2024 only
    Join us for music, games, and great food on the Patio of at Sweet Tea & Barley to celebrate Labor Day and the end of the Summer. There will be music, games, and corn hole for guest to enjoy. Saturday, August 31, 2024, 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $45 per person (Children 3-10, $20). Reservations are required and can be made online or by calling 1-888-447-8679. Weather Permitting. Hot Dogs, Hamburgers with all the fixings, BBQ Beef Ribs, BBQ Grilled Chicken Wings, Grilled Shrimp, Mac n Cheese, Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Fruit Salad, and much more! Non-alcoholic beverages included.
  • ST & B Memorial Day Patio Celebration - Adult

    $45.00 per person

    Prepaid

    May 26, 2024 only
    Join us on the patio of Sweet Tea & Barley to Celebrate Memorial Day! There will be music, games, and corn hole for guests to enjoy. Sunday, May 26, 2024, 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. Adult $45 Children (ages 3-10) $20. Prepaid reservation required via OpenTable. Weather Permitting. Hot Dogs, Hamburgers with all the fixings, BBQ Beef Ribs, BBQ Grilled Chicken Wings, Grilled Shrimp, Mac n Cheese, Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Fruit Salad, and much more! Non-alcoholic beverages included.

What 102 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Virginia

    Kid-friendly

  • Williamsburg

    Good for business meals

  • Williamsburg

    Lively

102 Reviews
  1. Sandra

    Richmond

    66 reviews

    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and large portions. Waitstaff very friendly and helpful. Parking on the street and sometimes crowded. We eat here when in tiwn.

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  2. wifemomMD

    Richmond

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Maybe a really busy night or short staffed? Slow food service. Our server seemed frazzled at the delays. However, the quality of the food and value was good.

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  3. AlissaO

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was really, really good! The portions were also huge (even the kids menu!). Service was fantastic - and we really enjoyed the old fashioned on the menu!

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  4. JohnC

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We thoroughly enjoyed eatg brunch at Sweet Tea and barley. My mushroom omelet was delicious and everyone agreed that the seasoned potatoes that came with the breakfast items were the best we have eaten.

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  5. Michele

    New York City

    51 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Sweet Tea & Barley was a cute restaurant with a very good ambiance. I booked brunch for my Daughter's Sweet 16. We were in Williamsburg for the weekend and wanted to go somewhere special. The waitress Aretha was very nice and did a good job. We ordered the chicken club which are not chicken clubs just chicken sandwiches. The chicken on the sandwiches were inedible and gross. The menu said it was a chicken breast but two of our guests said they couldn't eat it and were grossed out. The rest of the dishes were just okay at best. The desserts were good. When I told her it was a birthday, they didn't bring out the desert with a candle which was strange. Skip this place if you can.

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  6. HaileyD

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    I was really excited to try this space and was let down by a few factors. The service was very slow even though it was not busy at all. Once our sever did arrive he was very attentive and met all of our needs. The food was great but did not exceed expectations. It was basic but good.

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  7. Texas

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was slow. After ordering our food it took a long time to have it served. The food was delicious when it finally arrived. The hostess was attentive and helpful.

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  8. PatH

    Richmond

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyed our meal. Eat here often. Soups were delicious, but could have been a bit hotter.

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  9. DellaS

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We tried Sweet Tea & Barley because we saw an advertisement for a jazz trio playing Friday and Saturday evening. The ambiance in the bar area is better than the garden room, but we had reservations in the garden room (either bar area was full or no reservations are taken for that space). We took advantage of the restaurant week menu. The food was very good, in general, though the bisque and the scallop dinner were somewhat spicy. The service was very good. We could still hear the music fairly well from our table. Overall a good experience, and we will likely try to catch the jazz next time in the bar room, as this looks like a recurring event there.

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  10. KarenM

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First time visiting for New Year’s Eve! Menu was limited but food was good! The waiter was great, she paid attention to us and made sure we had what we needed. Very loud due to small band playing close by, it made it hard to have a conversation!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The jazz with Harris Simon was outstanding and you should bring him back more often.

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  12. RaquelC

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was delicious; I had the shrimp and grits and my husband ate the ribeye with mashed potatoes and vegetables. These two were excellent!

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  13. NicoleR

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very pleasant last minute find! All the food was delicious 😋

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  14. IsabellaM

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Menu was extremely limited and the prices were outrageous. We had a wonderful server named Chris. She was excellent!

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  15. CarolynM

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were alone on Christmas Day and thought something light at Williamsburg Lodge would be a good choice for lunch. Sweet Tea & Barley exceeded our expectations. Everything was just delightful from the hostess’ welcome, to our cheerful waitress, the delicious food, the high spirits of the diners, the decor, the music …. we simply can’t say enough. A stroll through the Gift Shop and Christmas themed colonial purchases was the “frosting on the cake”. Thank you for bringing unexpected joy to our Christmas Day. ~ The MacDonalds

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a cozy delight. Biscuits were delicious, sandwich was perfect and the service was splendid.

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  17. Szach

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere and a wonderful server. The food was delicious, but the airline chicken was severely lacking in quantity. I walked out hungry. Other than that, it was great!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The original and the fried yard bird are both cooked excellently. We waited over an hour for food. We were seated right away because of reservation.

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  19. JCC5

    Central Texas

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was acceptable. Pimento spread was tasty. Additional crackers were graciously provided. Shrimp very tasty…catfish was good but the accompanying rice, corn, greens were a little gooey and quite salty. I had asked for dressing on the side with my salad but it came already dressed. I tried to tell my server but she disappeared for a very long time. Once again the gentleman who I believe is the manager came over to assist us as he saw us sitting for quite a while waiting for plates to be cleared and drinks to be topped off. The server needs guidance. A little more training would provide a better experience.

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  20. PamelaC

    Indiana

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The host, Roslynn, & server, Brian, did a great job! Restaurant was very busy due to Grand Illumination. The host seated people promptly & was very accommodating on where we wanted to sit. The live music added a nice touch. Unfortunately the service receiving wine & beer was incredibly slow. That is our only complaint. The food was excellent.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious but the servers seemed overwhelmed and frantic. One of them took my husband’s drink off the table when he went to the bathroom. They’re not cheap so I asked our server to take it off the bill and she did. I felt like we were bothering the employees and I had do go to the bar to get stuff that wasn’t brought to the table.

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  22. CandyK

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was a great meal and wonderful service! Thanks

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  23. Olias

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Server Kris was friendly, informative and attentive. She made our evening special.

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  24. KBreviews

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The hamburger with pimento cheese and bacon jam is one of the best things I have had all year. This restaurant is really good. The food is great, the service is great and overall definitely a winner. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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  25. palmhi

    Baltimore

    45 reviews

    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Ask and you shall receive. I asked to alter my order and chef was happy to accommodate. In fact, he visited me at my table to see if I was happy with my dinner - I was! Well done!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The shrimp and grits were fantastic. Dont miss the crab chowder.

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  27. BenjaminD

    Richmond

    41 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    For hotel food it was ok. Would not go if I lived in Williamsburg

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    11 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Had a reservation and was seated right away. Extremely loud music being played. Ordered drinks that took 25 minutes to arrive. They were extremely watered down due to the ice melting while they sat on the bar. Was the worst old-fashioned I have ever had. Another server then came up to us and claimed she was our server and that the computer was messed up. Then she disappeared. Eventually our original server returned. Spoke to manager who got our food rushed. Food was terrible. Fish and chips was way over-salted and had a funky taste to it. Inedible. Corn was overcooked or had been sitting under a heat lamp for awhile. No apologies. No efforts to make it right. Just terrible service. Do yourself a favor and do not eat here.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Okay food, but small portions for the expense. Nice atmosphere and friendly staff.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Old Fashions are worth the trip. The outside patio is the best place to relax in Williamsburg.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress was phenomenal. The music was great, they had a jazz band playing. Food was a little expensive for what we got but it was tasty. Worth the experience. We would go back.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dinner with a jazz trio on the patio on a beautiful night. Food came out a little bit slow, but was an overall good value

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  33. SusanM

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    We were seated at tables in the bar area- not really scenic for an old Williamsburg lodge. Chicken was over cooked and not a lot of food for a $31 plate of chicken.

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  34. John

    Detroit

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Creative menu excellently prepared and promptly and friendly served

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  35. Lane

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The worst experience I we have ever had in Colonia Williamsburg. Waited 45 mins for our drinks. After waiting too long for our entrees, the manager came to tell us the kitchen did not have what one of us ordered. Ordered a hamburger cooked rare and it arrived well done. Catfish had some sort of sugar in the crust that was unpleasant. And there was a big TV in the main dining room playing basketball! So much for 18th-century elegance at Colonial Williamsburg. Never eat here. It’s tragically bad.

    2 people found this helpful

  36. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was great, the food was… ok. The fried pickles were thinly sliced, which was great, but they were very greasy and the breading did not stick to the pickles at all. The salads were good, but for the price, I expect better. With everything being so much more expensive, I expect a certain level of quality, this just wasn’t it. It was convenient, the atmosphere was nice, and our server was attentive and friendly. Food was meh.

    2 people found this helpful

  37. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    I ordered the Throw Down Burger, it would have been really good if it had been cooked to my specifications. I asked that it be cooked medium well. When the food arrived, the burger was so big I cut it in half. To my disappointment, the burger was medium rare. I sent it back, but when it came back it still wasn’t medium well but somewhere between medium rare and medium. The wait staff was very apologetic and notified the manager. He came over personally to apologize and comped my meal. I would return because the rest of our food was delicious.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chris is an amazing server! The food was excellent! We sat outside and there was soft, live music. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience and we will be back!

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  39. 1jerseygirl

    Caribbean

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Max was stellar!.. he even leveled our table!.. the food was perfect and we loved the informal vibe

    1 person found this helpful

  40. HelenG

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the shrimp and grits. Delicious! The waitress was extremely attentive. My favorite meal while visiting Williamsburg.

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FAQs

Sweet Tea and Barley offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (757) 220-7688.

Sweet Tea and Barley is rated 4.1 stars by 102 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 5 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Sweet Tea and Barley

310 S. England St, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Francis Street
  • Neighborhood
    Colonial Williamsburg
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 2:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Southern
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Hotel Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Justin Haynes
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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