Babylon at The Roof Gardens
Babylon at The Roof Gardens

Babylon at The Roof Gardens

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.roofgardens.com/
  • Phone: 02073683993
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday -Saturday 11.30am- 12 midnight
    Sunday 11.30am - 5.30pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: British
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: No
A word from Babylon at The Roof Gardens
Situated 100 feet above London’s Kensington High Street, Babylon at the Roof Gardens has established itself as one of London’s most impressive restaurants. The dining room is an elegant and contemporary space with a subtle ‘nature’ theme, emphasised by vivid greens and leaf motifs. But it’s the views over the spectacular acre and a half of rooftop gardens that make Babylon at the Roof Gardens feel like an aerie hideaway in the middle of the metropolis. Popular with local high-flyers and well-dressed foodies, Babylon at the Roof Gardens restaurant offers a classic British menu that changes with the seasons to feature the freshest seasonal produce. We love the sautéed diver scallops with smoked bacon and the tender fillet of Scottish beef with a rich Madeira jus. Be sure to leave room for the dessert – Babylon’s apricot and Cointreau soufflé is a sensation. As you would expect, the service is impeccable and the wine list is full of handpicked gems.
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Babylon at The Roof Gardens reviews from OpenTable diners
225 reviews since 23 October 2013
Average Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambience4.1
    Value3.5
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (144)romance (92)business meals (84)fit for foodies (77)outdoor eating (74)sunday lunch (43)brunch (38)group bookings (35)afternoon tea (21)good vegetarian options (17)pre/post theatre (16)outstanding value (13)disabled access (9)child friendly (8)Show More
  • Rainy day
    xyuz
    Dined on 13/10/2014
    Nice atmosphere with many business meals. But we went on a rainy day so couldn't appreciate the view. The outdoor tables are very well heated so completely possible to eat outside.
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    business meals, disabled access, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something different.
    Francisi
    Dined on 13/10/2014
    We took a Scottish relative and wanted to offer them something different. With the gardens it was different! The food was good but the service was patchy. It was warm enough to sit outside for a drink first and the cocktail waiter was quick to turn on the outside heaters which was good. We had the set lunch which was good value. We had to wait a while for some of the courses. The waitress told us our table was ready and then disappeared! We stopped by the bar and asked them to show us to our table which they did immediately. Overall it was OK.
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special occasion
    Ashnish
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Went for dinner with a friend who was visiting us and wanted to take her somewhere special. Babylon is extra special and they lived up to their reputation. The place was a bit difficult to find but the staff guided us when we called them and they moved our reservations as we were running late. The ambiance is very good and the place was full. The service and food was implacable and there was a good selection of vegetarian option. Make sure try the white tomato soup its heavenly. The desserts were a perfect to finish the meal. Cant fault the place for anything from the service, ambiance and food. Can't wait to visit again.
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    good vegetarian options, special occasions
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  • lunch after a visit to the Palace
    firstclass
    Dined on 24/9/2014
    We arrived early and were able to have a wonder around the garden before we had our late lunch. The Flamingos are very tame as the ducks also seem to be which makes a lovely start to a visit to Babylon at the Roof Garden. The welcome by the staff when one first arrives is continued throughout ones time at the restaurant. They could not do enough for you. Our table was close to the window so we could look over the top of the roofs of London. The food - we had the 3 course lunch menu which is not large but for me it was just right. I get confused with long menus and find it difficult to decide what to have. The presentation and the flavour of each dish was perfect. The waiter was able to tell me what was in the food which was so good to eat.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • Good view, friendly staff
    InMyOpinion
    Dined on 19/9/2014
    The setting is great. Before eating, we had drinks on the sunny terrace and looked at the view across to Battersea Power Station etc. Unfortunately the gardens were closed for an event, but the kind staff allowed us to have a glimpse. The staff are very welcoming and helpful. We chose food from the set lunch menu, which worked out better value than a la carte. The food was interesting and good, my only quibble being what I considered to be small portion sizes, and the fact that some dishes come without vegetables - ordering vegetables incurred extra cost. The combinations of food were imaginative and all food was beautifully cooked.
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  • Set lunch
    Tiggyb
    Dined on 18/9/2014
    Had a welcome drink on the terrace with a view of the London skyline and then shown to table. Plenty of very pleasant staff. We opted for the 2 course set lunch which was delicious. Went back out on the terrace for after lunch coffee and sweet things before a relaxing time walking round the roof gardens which looked splendid with autumn planting. All this on a very warm day in September. Peace and quiet above the hubbub which goes on at ground level.Well worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    business meals, outdoor eating, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super Place
    Ash2
    Dined on 16/9/2014
    We have been to the Babylon roof garden restaurant a few times now and have never been disappointed. The food is super and the service extremely friendly and efficient. We always look forward to our visits.
    Special Features:
    brunch, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gilfo
    Dined on 15/9/2014
    The waiter made us feel as if there was no one else in the restaurant. Very attentive and was extremely helpful during our time there. Wonderful gardens to explore as we digested our delicious food.
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    business meals, group bookings, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Halal Food
    Ahmed
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Outstanding experience. Recommended to all. Romantic and have a good view. Good view during the day
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    outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Miss Lida Hamedani
    LidaH20
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Excellent service. Scottie was exceptionally helpful and courteous in his approach to customer care
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    brunch, business meals, group bookings, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    Luncher
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    Food was excellent with lots of inventive taste combinations. Staff very friendly. Weather wasn't great but we still managed a quick walk around the gardens which are well worth seeing.
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    pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • Tasty, well presented food.
    Rutlandlass
    Dined on 28/8/2014
    We went on the set lunch option and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The restaurant was busy but we felt unhurried. A really good dining experience we would go again as a treat when in London. Roof gardens were good too!
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Happy Birthday lunch with friends
    luvtreats
    Dined on 26/8/2014
    I recently went with two friends to Babylon at The Roof Gardens in Kensington High Street, for lunch. The service was excellent, ambience pleasant, décor sleek apart from a slightly OTT sofa in the bar area. Views would have been great but it rained! The food was as was also excellent, we had one of the set menus, and the large luscious lamb chop was perfect. We only had slight reservations about the dessert which was rather minimal, and included pieces of honeycomb which were almost inedible. There was a very nice relaxed atmosphere, with no pressure to finish. The gardens are actually located on a lower floor but wonderful, and well worth a visit. Luckily the rain had stopped by the time we finished our lunch.
    Special Features:
    brunch, business meals, child friendly, disabled access, fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely venue
    Bumbles
    Dined on 25/8/2014
    Really nice place . Went with husband and daughter for my birthday beautiful gardens food well presented and delicious all round a great experience.
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    fit for foodies, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MickinLondon
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    This is a truly wonderful location with the skyline of west London to view whilst enjoying marvellous food. Very attentive service and a very pleasant experience.
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    business meals, romance, special occasions
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  • overpriced
    moocow
    Dined on 14/8/2014
    Value for money just wasn't here, initially cocktails and starters were great, however my main lacked seasoning and flavour. We ordered a £35 bottle of red wine and once finished we asked if that wine was available by the glass, we were told no but were recommended a spanish wine of which they said was very similar. I was not aware/not told it was £14 per glass of which we had 2 extra glasses. Given the bill came to approx £270 for 2 people and i did not really enjoy the food there and beside eating it I was still hungry after 3 courses, it wasnt a bad meal just lacked any real flavour. I think there are much better restaurants with michelin stars out there that i could eat at for £100 less than Babylon! and have much nicer experience
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  • Disappointed not to see gardens
    hachibeee
    Dined on 31/7/2014
    The view from the top is interesting but not incredible - we were hoping to be able to view the roof gardens but they were closed to public due to a private event. The service was formal but a little on the cold side from some. The food was creative and intricately presented (the scallops were melt-in-the-mouth), although for some dishes the fancy ingredients mentioned on the menu only featured minutely on the plate itself (eg. with the Milk Chocolate Pavé the Matcha green tea gravel was less than the smallest sprinkle). A bit pricey for the experience we had, but it was fun to try the inventive tastes, textures and presentation.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, special occasions
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  • Superb location, great in every way
    paulp63
    Dined on 31/7/2014
    Lunch Thursday 31st July. The food was very well presented, perfectly cooked, tasty and very good value (considering the location). The champagne and wines were not cheap but excellent. The staff were all excellent from the lobby to the farewell; just outstanding. I only booked 24hrs ahead but asked for a balcony table so I wasn't surprised when we were taken to an inside table. I was however delighted when the manager came and apologised that the balcony was full but said that a balcony table had been arranged for dessert and coffee. This really topped off what was already an outstanding service. After lunch we walked around the delightful gardens and sat for a while, the weather was perfect. We'll be back!
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    business meals, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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  • Love at first Sight
    Adzlbo
    Dined on 28/7/2014
    I absolutely love this place. I first came Here when my fiancé proposed. The meal was amazing and the gardens on the sixth floor were even better. The food is always flavoursome when we go, their service is exceptional always. The decor is fresh and it's just an enjoyable experience whether it's a Sunday lunch or a Dinner date.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GOOD ATMOSPHERE
    disabled
    Dined on 23/7/2014
    The restaurant is located in an idyllic location with nice views of the city; the staffs were very kind and professional, the music just right creating a good atmosphere. They have disabled toilets that were very handy for me, the food was ok but the menu was a very good value....
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    business meals, disabled access, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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  • Nice change of pace
    jetfueltexas
    Dined on 22/7/2014
    Visiting from the US. Had a reservation and could hardly get there because of protests that the local police allowed them to obstruct many of the surrounding streets. Babylon was very accommodating and held our reservation even though we ended up nearly and hour late. Food was very good, and a good value compared to what we saw as typical London prices. Nice setting.
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    fit for foodies, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ok restaurant in lovely setting.
    wobble
    Dined on 21/7/2014
    Great views from the outsIde terrace bar, but you eat inside. not much ambience inside. Food was good, but service a bit haphazard and very slow. The bill was pretty eye watering but I suppose you are paying for the location.
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    special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Disappointing
    anniebVIP
    Dined on 18/7/2014
    Six of us went, with great expectations. The view is good but not the best and it wouldn't encourage me to go back. . Some of the staff are good, some are not so good. The food was very mixed, two people complained about their starters and one sent their main course back. We were all expecting greater things. Add to that a time limit on the table, which is always a bind and the fact that we were told, rather than requested to go to the table at our allotted time,we were not a happy group of ladies. An experience, we all felt, not to be repeated. Sorry.
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  • Excellent lunch
    RLTL
    Dined on 17/7/2014
    It was a wonderful afternoon we were lucky and had a table on the balcony but the inside space is equally nice. The food was excellent and the service outstanding. I would go again at the drop of a hat.
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    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie24
    Dined on 16/7/2014
    Expected better. Despite requesting a table outside, we were made to wait upon arrival and couldn't sit there. The mojitos we requested were poorly made - not mixed at all, so very sweet at first and very alcoholic at the end. Not pleasant. Mixed reviews on the food, to be honest, nothing memorable apart from the oysters, which didn't require too much cooking skill. Dessert was passable. TBH, I wouldn't spend my money there again.
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  • Lunch on a sunny day
    Greedy1
    Dined on 16/7/2014
    The appeal of the Babylon is the view - during our visit it was a clear and sunny day so we were not disappointed. Although our table was inside, and by the window as requested we were able to have our coffee outside on the terrace. Many diners had arrived early in order to have a drink beforehand on the terrace area. Two course menu was okay value wise but the portions were quite small. Overall experience was good - great to walk around the gardens after our meal and see the flamingoes, ducks and ducklings.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 14/7/2014
    Third visit and had disappointing meal - first course small and little taste meat overcooked. No response to my complaint. Automatic addition of 15% for service unreasonable
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    outdoor eating
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  • birthdaytreat
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We had a good lunch and were able to go around the gardens, which was very enjoyable.
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    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Birthday meal for couple
    Linda
    Dined on 30/6/2014
    Lovely meal in great surroundings, with pleasant staff. We did have to ask staff for drinks after the meal and then the bill later on which was a shame as we felt the waitress's attention was during our meal and then felt abandoned. However it didn’t spoil our evening and I even received a small cake with Happy Birthday written in chocolate on the plate.
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    outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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  • Ladies who lunch
    madamjojoVIP
    Dined on 25/6/2014
    I took my step-daughter and my niece for a special ladies lunch. The food was lovely although the menu was a little limited for choice. Desserts were to die for and the atmosphere was bustling. We were given a table away from the windows (rather than what I had requested) and had to wait for a garden tour but all in all lovely. I will definitely go back but probably for dinner....
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • Disappointing
    Keithg
    Dined on 24/6/2014
    Our return to Babylon was disappointing. For a Tuesday evening, it was particularly busy but it was also particularly noisy ( this view shared by a member of the staff). There was a singer but we could barely hear her...frankly she was wasting her time. Trying to chat over dinner was difficult. The food was also below the normal Babylon standard - in fact, we left immediately after we had finished eating and I don't think we were the only table to do that.
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    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance
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  • Great views
    clarenceVIP
    Dined on 21/6/2014
    This was a lovely experience in great weather.Sat inside for lunch but drinks on the terrace.Only negative the gardens were closed and it doesn't seem straightforward to see them. Food was fine.
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    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Fab experience
    BBHT
    Dined on 20/6/2014
    We spent an afternoon and early evening in the Babylon Roof Garden, what an amazing time. I was with my eighteen and sixteen year old nieces and my sister. We all enjoyed our meal and the service was amazing. We will definitely return.
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    business meals, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • too pricey for whaf it is...
    Gosia
    Dined on 16/6/2014
    It s great fun to be able to sit outside and see roof tops in the heart of London, however the views are nothing special. It s good for a quick drink, but food is too overpriced for the quality. And you nan only eat inside. ...
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  • Nice Place
    BillC
    Dined on 13/6/2014
    Great place to visit for special occasions. Excellent location. Attentive staff. Attractive food.
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  • Great view
    PleasureSeeker78
    Dined on 13/6/2014
    Babylon is great when the weather is good and you can enjoy the view of the gardens, the food is good, the service is good, when the weather is good you are bound to have a great time.
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    business meals, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food and service!
    EmmaLdn
    Dined on 31/5/2014
    We booked here for Saturday Lunch and I was pleasantly surprised. Some places are over priced, but I think the price reflected the food and service. Our waiter was very friendly and professional, always smiling too which is rare for up market restaurants! The food was just delicious. Could not fault it one bit, even the portion sizes were good. The only downside to the experience was there was a large dinner party next to where we were seated. Although a curtain blocked off some view, I sometimes couldn't hear my partner over the noise and the traffic from the constant waitors behind us meant it spoiled the atmosphere a bit. However I would definitely return, was a very enjoyable experience one I would definitely recomend.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a good expereince
    Chris
    Dined on 30/5/2014
    We have been to Babylon at the Roof Gardens a number of times but never on a Friday and never again on a Friday. When we arrived, having booked through Top Table they couldn't find our reservation, said maybe wwe had booked the other restaurant on the 6th floor!!!!!! we were kept waiting for 15 minutes before they agreed we actually had a reservation!!!! They wouldn't put us by the window instead stuck us at the far wall,, the restaurant wasn't full and when we left the tables by the window were still empty!!! The quality and choice of food was awful and the waiting staff appeared distant and indifferent. We had told our visiting friend what a great place Babylon was but sadly this proved not to be the case. We will not return on a Friday!
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  • Good atmosphere, but.........
    Nemo76
    Dined on 23/5/2014
    I booked the restaurant to celebrate my wedding anniversary with my husband and family. Whilst I can't fault the atmosphere and location, the menu choices were a let down. There was a fixed price menu with a limited choice of food. Most of my party felt the choices we made were the best of a bad bunch and that we didn't get the best value for money - £65 per head is a lot if you don't enjoy your food! Service wasn't too bad considering it was a busy Friday night. If there was more choice on the menu then it was have been a much better experience for us all, especially considering the occasion.
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  • Babylon at The Roof Gardens
    GroveterraVIP
    Dined on 23/5/2014
    Always visit this place for my birthday and it never fails to disappoint, ideal venue when the weather is good, food not bad either.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating, special occasions
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