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Gaucho - Covent Garden, London, Greater London

Gaucho - Covent Garden

4.2
4.2
338 Reviews
£26 to £40
Steakhouse
Nestled in the heart of Covent Garden, the newest Gaucho location pays tribute to its roots, returning to London after a decade of regional expansion. Situated in an extension of the historic Royal Opera House, Gaucho is a vibrant addition to one London’s most culturally significant areas.

Drawing inspiration from the artistic spaces of Covent Garden and the passion-fueled tango clubs of Buenos Aires, the restaurant is layered with iconic design statements that reflect the cultural roots of the locality, while the base palette draws influence from our Argentinian origins.

The ground floor of our restaurant boasts a bright and welcoming atmosphere, perfect for breakfast, relaxed working lunches, or afternoon drinks.
The basement takes on a darker, more theatrical atmosphere offering a more intimate dining experience, with pleated curtain wall details inspired by the grand red-draped stage curtains from the West End Theatres.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 49 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, Argentinian
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Wed 11:30–23:00 Thu 11:30–01:00 Fri 11:30–01:30 Sat 09:30–01:30 Sun 09:30–23:00
  • Phone number
    020 7242 2222
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Area
    Covent Garden
  • Cross Street
    James Street & Floral Street
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Public Transit
    Covent Garden Tube station 1 min walk.<br />Leicester Square tube station 10min walk.<br />Charing Cross tube station 15min walk. <br />
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Experiences

  • Mother’s Day Glass of NA Wild Idol on Arrival

    10 Mar 2024 only
    Pre-order a glass of non-alcoholic Sparkling Rosé Wild Idol on arrival and let the mother figure in your life experience a taste of the VIP treatment she deserves. *£6.50 per glass of non-alcoholic Wild Idol Sparkling Rose, cost added to the bill on the day. *Pre-order is for one glass. Please contact the restaurant directly should you wish to pre-order more than one glass. *Excluding service charge that is added to the final bill upon dining.
    Mother’s Day Glass of NA Wild Idol on Arrival photo
  • Mother’s Day Glass of Rosé Champagne on Arrival

    10 Mar 2024 only
    Fancy something a little special this year? Pre-order a glass of Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé on arrival and let the mother figure in your life experience a taste of the VIP treatment she deserves. *£26.50 per glass of Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé, cost added to the bill on the day. *Pre-order is for one glass. Please contact the restaurant directly should you wish to pre-order more than one glass. *Excluding service charge that is added to the final bill upon dining.
    Mother’s Day Glass of Rosé Champagne on Arrival photo
  • Tango Steak Night Date Night £70-£90 per couple

    28 Feb 2024 only
    Witness the world's most romantic dance, live at Gaucho Covent Garden. Bring your beloved along for the ultimate date night with a secret tango twist. Indulge in our 'Steak Night Date Night' menu, starting with a delightful Valentine's cocktail, the Cherry Kiss, as your welcome drink. Immerse yourself in the experience as you savour an epic sharing steak for two, complete with sides & sauces from £70 per pair. Enhance the evening with a carefully selected bottle of red or white wine curated by our team of sommeliers. Churrasco de Chorizo 500g, 2 sides, 2 sauces - £70 Tira de Ancho 600g, 2 sides, 2 sauces - £80 Chateaubriand 450g, 2 sides, 2 sauces - £90 A steak must be ordered between two people All guests must be dining on the offer

What 338 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

338 Reviews
  1. HelenE

    New York City

    14 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Diners beware of being overcharge by unscrupulous waiter and management that states that a credit for overcharged amount could not be processed on the same day. Nor was a credit done on day 2 or 3. First attempt to contact restaurant did not get a call back.

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  2. AlexT

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have already sent feedback but would like to leave another review. Me and my partner came here for our anniversary and were treated incredibly. From the moment we walked in everyone was so polite. The food was delicious and the restaurant was so beautiful. A HUGE thank you to our waiter Yannis who was so so lovely, really helpful and super quick with drinks and orders.

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  3. Rich

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent as always. Restaurant was very hot and could have done with some Air Conditioning

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The steaks were cooked well. Not great value compared to other options in central London. Service was friendly but average - not sure this lived up to the reputation Gaucho created years ago. Sides very expensive and poor value. cocktails OK, but nothing special.

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  5. ChrisD

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    My partner and I visit Gauchos for most of our valentine's and anniversary celebrations. We dined at the new Covent Garden branch which was great as it was central to us. The food was exceptional as per usual, staff were attentive, to our surprise they had Tango dancers which was fabulous to watch during our meals The down points. We were first seated downstairs where they had very loud music playing. We asked to move up stairs where we were accommodated, however we were then seated right next to a table when there was several other spear tables where we could have a table between us giving us some privacy. The upstairs was not too busy so with some thought we could had been places a table away from the next diners.

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  6. CaseyG

    Dumfries and Galloway

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service great, friendly, helpful and had a good buzz about them! Food was amazing! Highly recommend.

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  7. Bexm12

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff were extremely helpful and the venue was classy with a great ambience. We went for an early dinner before a theatre show and the pre theatre menu was great value for money and just what we wanted. We would definitely go again.

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  8. MaryM

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been here several time and always had great service and food.

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  9. SusanneJ

    Birmingham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not the best Argentinian we've been too. Sauces were a bit tasteless as was the Mac& Cheese

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  10. ZoeB

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We had to wait as our table wasn’t ready. The hamburger my daughter wanted to order was unavailable and when the food finally arrived it was cold. They also didn’t have the cocktail my elder daughter wanted to order.

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  11. LucyD

    Kent

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommend, but no happy with the service charge being added to the Final Bill

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  12. DorothieE

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I’ve been to other Gauchos where the service has been better where the staff were more attentive, service could be improved by staff having more awareness of their customers.

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  13. Ashley

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great, apart from I booked with 2 glasses on Chandon on arrival as a nice surprise for my partner, but didn’t receive this until I asked. Other than that everything was excellent and couldn’t fault it 👍

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The steak was over cooked slightly; the service was outstanding and the staff extremely personable.

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  15. ChrisM

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely restaurant nice ambience good décor great steaks especially the sharing steak board. Nice staff and nice selection of cocktails and wines. Would have been nice to been able to have a drink at the bar before we sat at the table, but bar area so small.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is delicious! The service is great, friendly staff and knowledgeable, but yes super pricey

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  17. BRIANG

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service food and wine selection. A warm welcome as soon as we entered and throughout our time. Good for friends to meet up , and for couples to enjoy their time. Well located for West End theatre and sightseeing.

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  18. StuartA

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Sunday Roast was very average, at best. I expected better. Food was served lukewarm, and “unlimited Yorkshire puddings” took 10 mins for just one to arrive. Sorry, but just expected better from Goucho at this price range.

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  19. AdrianC

    Surrey

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Overall an ok event - was my 1st time taking the family and unfortunately it didn’t hit the mark - the food ordered didn’t come out correctly and then subsequently we didn’t eat all together - the food was nice and flavoursome though. The manager tried to do the best she could but just wasn’t the usual service to expect from gaucho.

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  20. MargoC

    Essex

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice venue Good service Food was tasty My husband loved his steak

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  21. HalldorG

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I ordered what I assumed was a peppercorn sauce for my steak but it tasted like brown gravy, I should have simply returned it. We had to ask specifically for salt and pepper to be brought to the table (at a steakhouse?).

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  22. DENISEF

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyed the atmosphere and low key music. My husbands sirloin was very fatty and not editable . The waiter apologized and ordered a new one and gave us discount on the bill. Was quite expensive for what you actual got, however we both enjoyed our time there.

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  23. LucyS

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was excellent, was however a fair wait for the food - other tables were the same and sis query with staff Cocktails were good, nice vibe and polite kind staff

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  24. AlisonC

    London

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely venue in heart of Covent Garden. Service was good. Choice of steaks fantastic. The chips were a little soggy but everything else was great.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cristina,our server, was great and the food was wonderful! Overall a really great experience!

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  26. BradC

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great time at the restaurant for my girlfriends birthday, wonderful food and service and they made it extra special as an occasion with the desserts! Would highly recommend!

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  27. GeorgeK

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is excellent, great service, Highly recommend to everyone

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  28. karenB

    Manchester

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was not up to the standard of other Gaucho restaurants, we usual visit Manchester and have visited Liverpool. Both Manchester & Liverpool are outstanding.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Even though we had a reservation, the officer at the door did not pick us up because we arrived 15 minutes early. The service was fast, but the meat was very cold. The waiter who took care of us looked sullen because we didn't want wine. The food portions were very small, they even sell the bread for money. waiter tried to direct you to expensive meat

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  30. Elle

    Buckinghamshire

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    The meal started off on a bad note when we had to wait 20 minutes before we were even asked for our drinks order. I had scallops to start - they tasted good but were completely cold (I am talking came out of the fridge cold). My boyfriend had the prawns which he said were nice albeit lukewarm and he was given only one small piece of bread. We both had fillet steak for the main - mine with mash and honey roasted vegetables and his with chips. The fillet was extremely fatty (surprising for the cut) and again, completely cold. The fillet was pretty flavourless. Very disappointing for two steaks with a total price of almost £80. The mash was nice but extremely hot - as if it had been microwaved. My boyfriend’s chips were flavourless and soggy (and would you believe it - cold). The honey roasted vegetables were hard. Back to the service - the waiter pretty much put the food down and left - no question as to whether we wanted anything else (i.e. salt) and it took about 10 minutes into our meal for him to come back over. We didn't raise an issue because we had a show to get to and didn’t have time for them to redo every order but if we did we would have sent the food back/disputed the bill. For a meal that was over £200 it was incredibly disappointing and we will never be returning. However, if you are a lover of cold, flavourless food and service like you’re in Nandos (possibly a bit harsh on Nandos to be fair), this is the place for you!

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  31. FoodieClaire

    London

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful to see the venue opened up as a Gaucho. Great buzzy atmosphere. Steaks were superb, and service was excellent.

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  32. NW123

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Food excellent, service excellent but we thought it was a pity to be seated downstairs during the day as it was very dark

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  33. itsloz

    Manchester

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Service a bit slow for dessert and payment.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Slow service, dirty wine glass, confused staff, no recognition of repeat customer In your response, you incorrectly attached someone else’s bill. Another example of poor management!

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  35. GrahamW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An excellent dining experience....wonderful atmosphere. A bit over priced and I was charged for what I thought was a birthday cheesecake and that I missed on checking the bill.

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  36. Sardinian

    Cambridge

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    There is something very strange going on with Gaucho's chips. We weren't sure if we were served the reheated dregs (because we'd opted for the pre-theatre menu and we ordered two minutes before the deal expired) or if the kitchen had trouble cooking them (brown & soggy outsides but undercooked & hard insides) but they were the worst chips any of us had ever had. We were offered a new batch and they were equally bad. Two of us had the churrasco cuadril - both arrived cold and one was 1/3 bigger than the other! The staff were sympathetic to our complaints but we didn't feel they were friendly, just efficient. (There was an exception - the lovely friendly gentleman who was opening and closing the door for us, who made us feel welcome as soon as we stepped in). We were given a discount as we had not eaten our chips, but our evening went down like a lead balloon anyway. I couldn't recommend this restaurant because I wouldn't go back myself.

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  37. Strictlyfan

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service. Food was great and the birthday offer for the bottle of prosecco was very much appreciated.

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  38. sandram

    Orlando

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Steak absolutely inedible, couldn’t even cut it, let alone eat it. Without doubt the worst steak I have ever been served!

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  39. HannahJ

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The meal was delicious, the atmosphere intimate, and the service was personal. Could not have asked for any more. Made it a very special evening.

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  40. SamanthaS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brilliant service from Luca and lovely food, thank you 😊

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Gaucho - Covent Garden is rated 4.2 stars by 338 OpenTable diners.

Gaucho - Covent Garden does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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

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2 people

19:00


Booked 49 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Gaucho - Covent Garden

8-9 James St, London, Greater London WC2E 8BH

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    James Street &amp; Floral Street
  • Area
    Covent Garden
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Wed 11:30–23:00 Thu 11:30–01:00 Fri 11:30–01:30 Sat 09:30–01:30 Sun 09:30–23:00
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, Argentinian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Public Transit
    Covent Garden Tube station 1 min walk.Leicester Square tube station 10min walk.Charing Cross tube station 15min walk.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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