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Forty5 The Square, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Forty5 The Square

4.3
4.3
71 Reviews
£26 to £40
Contemporary British
Forty5 The Square (formerly Joules pizzeria) Executive Chef Gareth Stockford is passionate about locally sourced, fresh seasonal ingredients including home made breads and pasta. With an AA dinner award, the Restaurant benefits from the original features of this character property but brought up-to-date with stylish, contemporary touches. The newly updated décor is a contrast of simple, fresh colours and modern artwork and lighting. Located near Pittville Park, the Racecourse and Cheltenham town centre with an idyllic sun terrace to the front, where you can sit and enjoy one of our fabulous wines, gins, whiskeys or cocktails.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary British, Cocktail Bar, Modern European
  • Hours of Operation
    Bar Mon–Thu 15:00–23:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–23:00 Sun 12:00–22:30 Dinner Tue–Sat 18:00–21:00
  • Phone number
    01242 580411
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Gareth Stockford
  • Catering
    Serving classic British / Mediterranean cuisine.
  • Area
    Cheltenham
  • Parking Details
    Free on site parking.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 71 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

71 Reviews
  1. lisak

    Gloucestershire

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 17 November 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We had previously stayed at the hotel and were looking forward to our meal. What we did not realise was it would be a reduced menu because of racing at Cheltenham on the Friday. We were expecting the full menu- so a reduced choice so disappointing. What we had was nice but the younger waiting staff were a bit "off" wine ordered and plonked on the table- no serving it- cap still on. Later waiting staff better. Food fine but overall disappointing.

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  2. JohnR

    Yorkshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 20 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful food, steak cooked perfectly. Small restaurant, staff were very pleasant

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  3. Russell

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were made to feel very welcomed immediately upon arrival at the bar. There was a very relaxed feel to the place with the opportunity beforehand to sit in a lovely drawing room prior to entering the restaurant. The food and service was to a high standard too and the chef also took the time to ask the diners if they enjoyed their food and you could tell he was very passionate about his job, food quality and menu selection.

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  4. Eddy

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We stayed two nights at the Clarence Court Hotel and ate in the attached restaurant Forty5 The Square on both evenings. There is a good range of starters, mains and desserts to choose from and chef Gareth produces meals of a high standard. The waiting and bar staff (although relatively new) were friendly, efficient and attentive. We would happily return for evening meals again.

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  5. DaveM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service great ambience the food was excellent ,would recommend to anyone

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  6. MandyD

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and talented chef. The restaurant and staff lovely which made the whole experience fantastic. Totally recommend

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  7. Jackiec

    Worcestershire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were excellent … loved the bar area and the decor in the restaurant.. enjoyed the lamb and Duck main courses

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  8. Hare412

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 8 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant was a great find and the food was all lovely and very tasty. The inventive chief was able to cater for all food needs and allergies. The fillet steak was so tender and melted in your mouth. The restaurant was part of a good family run hotel within walking distance of main high street. The hotel has its own parking and all very cosy.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We'd made a reservation for 7:30. The chef came to speak to us beforehand to discuss my shellfish allergy and explained that he'd like to do a full clean down of the kitchen ahead of seating us because he'd been cooking prawns and wanted to ensure I was safe. We were very happy to sit in the bar while we waited. Once seated, the food was absolutely outstanding. Although we were eating slightly later than planned we weren't rushed and were able to enjoy our meal leisurely. The chef came out several times to speak to us and ensure all was well. I cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough. Food was exceptional and the chef not only provided outstanding customer service but is clearly very gifted. This was a beautiful meal.

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  10. Jugser

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Really enjoyed all three courses. Waiting staff were positive and friendly. Chef took time out to speak to all diners, and we were happy to provide some positive feedback. Fairly quiet evening, which was fine for us.

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  11. Angie

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 July 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely dining room, very good food and friendly service

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  12. ElizabethF

    Cleveland

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 July 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The waitress was delightful. We appreciated the free drink but the risotto wasn’t great and the complimentary tomato and cheese bread was unpleasant.

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  13. DavidR

    Dorset

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 June 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Although food was very good, service was very slow as the person who served the table was also manning the bar! There was no atmosphere as only 2 other tables were being used , would have been better with some soft background music. It would appear other people went into town to eat as it’s a lot cheaper with added atmosphere.

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  14. DavidB

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 May 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    We were one of only two couples dining. The restaurant was dead and it was a Friday night. Elements of the food was ok but other elements were very poor. I had chilli prawns to start, the sauce was tasty but the prawns were small, like defrosted prawns. If they had been fresh tiger prawns it would have been a good dish. The main course was Lamb. The dauphinois potatoes were nice and the sauce was nice too but the lamb was poorly cooked, large amount of fat which could have been lovely but wasn’t properly rendered and so was pleasant to eat and the lamb was very chewy. The price was the high for the product - you can walk five minutes from the hotel and pay the same or less for a far far superior meal. We also had cocktails which again were poor. Staff were not experienced and didn’t know how to salt a rim - prices were again the same as if they were expert cocktail makers. Needs a lot of training and effort to make this a decent venue.

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  15. Ange

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    After lots of walking around Cheltenham we decided to eat in the hotel restaurant which had a welcome offer of free drink. The lamb and fish were nice but the veggie option was a bit lacking of substance - one aubergine, carrot and asparagus - displayed nicely but as the chef suggested it was a deconstructed version and the rhubarb and custard perhaps didn’t need dissecting also! In all it is a nice restaurant with pleasant atmosphere. Thanks

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  16. laurab

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ate in restaurant all 3 nights of our stay, we intended eating out but after we saw the quality of the food on the first night decided against. Quality food, well prepared and presented. Would definitely recommend.

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  17. LarryW

    Birmingham

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    An elegant restaurant as part of a family run hotel. Varied menu offering good choices and many locally sourced items. Cheese soufflé starter melted in the mouth followed by miso glazed aubergine. The home made bread was delicious. Good wine and drinks selection and chef took time to speak to diners. A very good night out.

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  18. LindaM

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good food, the chef is very creative and came over to ask if the food was ok.

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  19. 13dragons

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 8 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food, prepared with care. Will go back soon.

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  20. GregE

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice restaurant, very good food, we had the fillet steak, it was really nice. I would highly recommend.

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  21. FREDW

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 April 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Our party of five enjoyed the occasion at Forty5. It's reasonably quiet, we could converse and hear each other, although we would have preferred no background music at all, it was slightly intrusive. The food was good but unfortunately the bread was dry for the complimentary starter and for the two who chose soup of the day. The prices are on the high side but for a peaceful environment, good food and most pleasant surroundings we would recommend it. We live close by and hope to dine regularly at Forty5.

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  22. KatR

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great menu choices and chef willing to adapt for intolerances.
    Forty5 The SquareResponded on 28 March 2023
    Dear KatR, we are delighted you enjoyed your dining with us and that chef was able to cater for your dietry requirements. Thanks so much taking the time to give us feedback and we hope to see you again soon.

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  23. MarkC

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 March 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    My Mushroom Wellington and separate side order of Seasonal Vegetables were slightly disappointing. The main dish was tasty and very well presented, but some of the pastry was rock hard. I almost broke my teeth on it! The "seasonal vegetables" selection was perfectly cooked, but consisted of Chantenay carrots, mange tout, baby sweetcorn, garden peas and french beans. None of the vegetables were seasonal. I had hoped for cabbage, parsnips, etc.
    Forty5 The SquareResponded on 28 March 2023
    Thank you Mark for the recommendation, much appreciated, although the wellington was butternut squash and not mushroom, it's freshly made with squash, spinach and walnuts and made without pastry as it's also vegan. :)

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  24. MartinW

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    No real comments. Everything was perfect for a lovely birthday evening.
    Forty5 The SquareResponded on 28 March 2023
    Thanks so much MartinW, it is fantastic to hear you had a perfect birthday evening and you found your experience charming!

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  25. ShirleyT

    Newcastle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 December 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Discreet service. Good menu. Excellent food. What is not to like?

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  26. DavidC

    Warwickshire

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 15 December 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Beware the Service Charge …..not shown on any Menu or I Net details. Only when presented with the Meal Bill…. Overall enjoyable Christmas meal but disappointed with the Sprouts which were hard ,difficult to cut and eat, and seemed uncooked. Meals served efficiently by very pleasant staff. Previous evening’s meals were all well cooked and enjoyable. Staying at the hotel, Thursday breakfast was excellent all round with good attentive service but Fridays was very disappointing. On arrival at table, waitress seemed more intent on cleaning tables before coming to ask our order. Tea and toast were served after receipt of food, having chased up. Whilst arriving 30 mins before end of service, bacon and sausages over cooked at end of shift. A complete opposite from previous day.

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  27. AndrewW

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 November 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A pleasant quiet restaurant at Clarence Court Hotel. The food was good and so was the service. Not very busy on the Tuesday night we were there.

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  28. Erncha

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 October 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food. Prepared as specified and to your requirements. Chef very passionate about his art. Staff friendly and overall atmosphere delightful.

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  29. LucyB

    Oxford

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 19 August 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely food and very good wine. We tried the pre-ordered beef wellington for two which was amazing and plentiful. Starter of chicken liver parfait very good too. We all tried something different and they were all very good. We have joined the dining club for locals which gives you 20% off your food, which was exceptionally good value. Will dine again. Hope this new dining venture succeeds.
    Forty5 The SquareResponded on 22 August 2022
    Thanks so much Lucy, fantastic feedback! We are delighted you enjoyed your food, and its great to have you as members of our dining club, we look forward to seeing you again very soon.

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  30. Magie

    Österreich

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 August 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed the food and the wine very much. Gareth is a very good chef. We highly recommend dining at Forty5 The Square.
    Forty5 The SquareResponded on 22 August 2022
    Dear Magie, thank you so much for the recommendation, we are so pleased you enjoyed both the food and wine, and yes we are very lucky to have such a great Chef! We hope to see you again.

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  31. SimonT

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 August 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was fantastic, Service great. Excellent value for money.
    Forty5 The SquareResponded on 22 August 2022
    Thanks SimonT, amazing feedback on food, service and value!

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  32. MatthewB

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very happy to recommend, great service and lovely food

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  33. AnnW

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 September 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We sat down at 6.05 and there was only one other couple there who were just ordering. They ordered a starter and a main course. We ordered a main course a couple of minutes after them. The starter was brought to them and they ate that and we expected our mains to be brought out soon after but no! Their plates were taken away and then they brought their main courses out to them! We had to wait again and it was 6.50 before we got any food. I don’t understand this. It seems that we were penalised because we didn’t order a starter. Is this the normal way restaurants operate? The meal was lovely when it came but the whole experience was disappointing.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 August 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service great food lovely atmosphere. Highly recommend it.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Gloucestershire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was great …. Especially the steak …. Cooked to perfection. Salmon was lovely too. Unfortunately the service was pretty poor … the waiter was more interested in laying the tables for breakfast the next morning …very little attention was paid to guests! We didn’t bother staying for dessert or coffee 🥺 There wasn’t anywhere to park on their premises so had to park on the road and pay!

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  36. StaceyM

    London

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Staff not too knowledgeable, and ambiance not very good …

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  37. emmajones

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    When we arrived no one took our order for at least 20 minutes and after no staff came outside, we asked for an espresso martini without the hazlenut syrup as a member of our party was allergic to nuts. Half way through the drink she came a whole walnut swimming in her drink. Horrified, we notified the staff and the drink was replaced. We asked for a complimentary drink for the inconvenience and bar staff refused to give us any form of compensation, stating once we'd be given the bill that we had to pay for all the drinks. Terrible service would not recommend.
    Forty5 The SquareResponded on 21 April 2021
    Dear Emma, thank you so much for bringing this to our attention, we are so sorry your experience was not to our usual standard, we have addressed this issue and carried out further training. Please do visit us again and ask to speak to Dan.

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  38. DeiniolC

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 December 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food and friendly service. Would highly recommend

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  39. DerekP

    Bath

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 4 December 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Considering the current restrictions, this dinner was really good.

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  40. LucyB

    Oxford

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 3 October 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We are hoping to move to this area and this lovely hotel, bar and restaurant will be very handy. Great food and service and good quality wine. Service always attentive and friendly. My only suggestion would be to make the tables up with white table linen and some flowers/candles - whatever is possible in this Covid world. Maybe light a few more candles in the windows. Otherwise, I can’t fault it. Lovely little restaurant in a gorgeous square. Well done and keep up the good work

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Forty5 The Square is rated 4.3 stars by 71 OpenTable diners.

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45 Clarence Square, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 4JR

Additional information

  • Area
    Cheltenham
  • Hours of Operation
    Bar Mon–Thu 15:00–23:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–23:00 Sun 12:00–22:30 Dinner Tue–Sat 18:00–21:00
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary British, Cocktail Bar, Modern European
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Free on site parking.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Gareth Stockford
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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