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Smoke City Char Bar, Los Angeles, CA

Smoke City Char Bar

4.2
4.2
53 Reviews
$31 to $50
Barbecue
Welcome to the Smoke City Char Bar, an oasis in Downtown LA's Arts District. Featuring gorgeous interiors and comfortable patio seating (dog friendly!), Smoke City Char Bar is an excellent selection for Craft Smoked Meats, BBQ, Local Drafts and Specialty Craft Cocktails. Located just across the street from the landmark Arts District Brewing Co (set your GPS to 899 Traction Ave), free 2 hour validated parking is available in the Aliso Parking Lot (access on 3'd Street). Don't miss our happy hour: Thurs - Sun from 4pm - 6pm.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 1 time today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Barbecue, American, Dining Bar
  • Hours of Operation
    Thu–Sun 16:00–22:00
  • Phone number
    (213) 935-8194
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Area
    Arts District
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 53 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 all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

53 Reviews
  1. Celeste

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 19 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Smoke City Char Bar provided a comfortable,attractive dining choice in DTLA. The varied menu offered a wide variety of appetizers, entrees, and sides. The pulled pork was delicious as were the baked beans and macaroni salad. The brussel sprouts were also a hit at our table.

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  2. Heathern

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place. Chill and helpful staff. Pretty ambiance, great mocktail list and delicious BBQ. Loved the ribs and the mac and cheese was out of this world. Kudos to the Chef - a great place to go when visiting the Arts District.

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  3. Will

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my favorite restaurant in Los Angeles hands down

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  4. DerrickW

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food. Good service No Malbec. That stunk. We will be back soon Thank you.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Decent homemade style Southern food. I’m from the South, and liked it. It reminded me of home. The sides and brisket and fish were great

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food here is sooooooo freaking good! To start the deviled eggs topped with brisket are the bomb. So luscious, silky and delicious. The charred brussel sprouts have pomegranates in them and melt in your mouth. Mac n cheese is so creamy and silky and pair perfect with baby back ribs that are finished on the grill...OMG you talking about good eating! Service was great and staff is very friendly. They play an array of classic and current music and it is beautifully decorated with cozy couches and plush pillows. This is now one of our favs...

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 October 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The meats were way over cooked, very dry. Flavors were ok, all the bbq sauces tasted the same. The plus side was that they did give you good portions. Atmosphere was ok, TVs were way too loud for barely any customers and the bench seating was not that easy to sit on.

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  8. ShaneG

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 22 October 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    It’s not BBQ or smoke. Ribs were parcooked with no smoke ring. Dried out, reheated with sauce. Trust your nose, there is no barbecue or smoke here. Service was nice, but on a Saturday night the place was dead.

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  9. PriT

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was awesome, service was excellent. Great experience overall, more people need to go to this restaurant!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 August 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    We found the food to be inedible. Drinks were good and the service was great, but the food…Just horrid and expensive.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 August 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    This restaurant not only took a booking but let us modify it when it was closed for emergency repairs and had been for two weeks. This was on a Saturday night and it left us scrambling for an alternative. This restaurant doesn’t deserve anyone’s money if it can’t be bothered to communicate to customers.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and experience. Our server Angel was the best!

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  13. Will

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 16 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best barbecue in LA, and my favorite restaurant there. Thank you!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 9 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We ordered the chicken special, and the brisket, both were very good, and the molasses sauce was incredible. Food was 5/5

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  15. GregM

    Los Angeles

    34 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    I took my family here for Father’s Day, based on a recommendation from Eater. What a disappointment! We booked at 2pm since that’s when they transition from their (relatively slim) brunch menu to a full dinner menu. Hardly any other tables were seated, yet the service was horrendous. Drinks took forever to come (and were very weak). Food came at random times. The server didn’t know what all was on the order and had to ask if everything was complete. When we asked about a missing side, the manager lied to cover up the fact that they had forgotten it. Worst of all, the servers didn’t know who ordered what or what the dishes were that they were serving. What they called a brioche sandwich with brisket (my mom’s order) was actually salmon banh mi (mine) so I had to wait another 20+ minutes for it to be remade, well after others in my party had finished. The manager made no apology for the mishaps (instead telling us the restaurant was family style and came out as it was ready… but made no mention of that when they took the order.) Because we were a party of 8, they automatically added a 20% tip plus $10 service fee. Let’s just say the experience would not have earned them even a 10% tip if it had been discretionary. Not going back.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Food. Macaroni and cheese burnt ends off the chain. We had ribs, a brioche pulled pork sandwich and the brisket breakfast hash all so good. Love the ambience.

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  17. Natty

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was not good. I liked the brussel sprouts. The ribs were dry and chewy. The baked beans were weird and not sweet. The deviled eggs flavor was off. I did like the smoked watermelon appetizer, but it did not taste smoked at all. The cornbread was nothing to write home about. I think they spent all of their money on atmosphere and fancy naming of sub par food. And don't be fooled by the $4 parking lot next to it. It's $4 every half hour and they have cameras and send folks out to ticket you immediately if your time expires.

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  18. KrbMjb05

    Orange County

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on 20 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrific BBQ with lots of choices and sides. Unique plates and appetizers. Great, attentive service. Comfortable ambiance and outdoor dining.
    Smoke City Char BarResponded on 24 May 2023
    Thank you for sharing your positive experience at Smoke City Char Bar! Glad you enjoyed our BBQ and sides. We're also happy that our service and ambience provided the vibe you were looking for. Hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back at our restaurant again in the future!

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  19. Shaun

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 16 May 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I went as a party of 2 and we were both underwhelmed. The food was over-seasoned. Everything was sweet. Deviled eggs - sweet. Tacos - sweet. Cornbread - sweet. (That one I get…) Macaroni salad - sweet. The fries had truffle seasoning. I would have preferred regular fries. My friend ordered the “banh mi” which didn’t really resemble one. He took one bite and didn’t finish the sandwich. The service was fine. The restaurant was empty. I don’t feel a need to return - especially for the price point.
    Smoke City Char BarResponded on 19 May 2023
    Thank you for sharing your experience. We apologize that your dining experience did not meet your expectations. We'll take your feedback seriously and try to incorporate them into our meal prep. Thanks for giving us a shot and hope you provide us the opportunity to give you a more memorable experience in the future.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and food were top tier. Will definitely be back!
    Smoke City Char BarResponded on 19 May 2023
    Thank you for your 5-star review of your visit to Smoke City Char Bar! We're happy to hear that you thought both our service and food were top tier. We look forward to welcoming you back soon for another solid outing!

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  21. MelodyB

    Los Angeles

    63 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We were excited to try out a new BBQ restaurant and left disappointed. I ordered the pulled pork sandwich that came on a brioche bun. They said that they ran out of pulled pork and didn’t have that sandwich available. Then my honey ordered the whole roasted chicken and he was told that they didn’t have anymore. Our reservation was for 5pm and they didn’t have either the pulled pork or chicken. I would have left at that point but we were so far from home and we were hungry. We then ordered the brisket sandwich and some tri-tip. The tri-tip was good but the brisket was not.
    Smoke City Char BarResponded on 19 May 2023
    Thank you for your feedback regarding your recent visit to our restaurant. We sincerely apologize for the unavailability of both the pulled pork sandwich and whole roasted chicken during your visit. We understand your disappointment and are actively working to improve our inventory management. Thanks for your patience, and we hope you are open to giving us a second chance.

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  22. JulieG

    Los Angeles

    214 reviews

    5.0

    214 reviews

    Dined on 22 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is soooooooo goood! The food is fun and delicious! There’s a real chef in the kitchen yalll! And he likes to smoke stuff!
    Smoke City Char BarResponded on 19 May 2023
    Thank you so much for your glowing review of Smoke City Char Bar! We're thrilled to hear that you find our food fun and delicious. Our talented chef smokes our meats for up to 16 hours with mesquite, hickory, and cherry, so glad that translated well into your dish. We appreciate your support and hope to have you back again soon!

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  23. Jasmine

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious but the service was even better! Brandon is awesome!
    Smoke City Char BarResponded on 16 April 2023
    Thanks for your positive review! We're thrilled to hear that you found our food to be delicious and that our colleague's service was attentive. We will be sure to share your feedback, and we look forward to serving you again soon

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Kind service, quiet place, and overall very good food. Definitely recommend it.
    Smoke City Char BarResponded on 16 April 2023
    Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience at Smoke City Char Bar! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed the food and service. We appreciate your recommendation to others, and we hope to see you again in the future

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was really good. Portions were smaller and staff was a different person every visit but overall very good.
    Smoke City Char BarResponded on 16 April 2023
    Appreciate you sharing your experience at Smoke City Char Bar! We're glad that you enjoyed everything you ordered, but we're sorry to hear that you felt the portions were smaller than expected. We appreciate your feedback and will use it to improve our service and offerings. Thank you for your support

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  26. vykster

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff and food and great. We ordered a ton of the large vegetable sides and meat to share for our company dinner. We have two vegetarians on staff who enjoy eating here as they have so many vegetarian sides, a pulled jackfruit main option, and they are willing to serve some of the dishes without meat or on the side. (chili nachos, chili on the side -- mac and cheese without the brisket!).

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 January 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved loved everything!! Food was amazing and the drinks were so good

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  28. LauraK

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 January 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great drinks, great service. Would definitely like to come back

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 January 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We were served an incorrect salad based off the description given on the menu. The lettuce wasn’t fresh, it was turning brown. As for the restaurant being empty - the server wasn’t very attentive.

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  30. jonstein

    Cleveland

    33 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on 8 January 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Decent little place with indoor and outdoor dining. We’re out of a few menu items night we were there (turkey). Friendly staff

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 2 January 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food. Excellent Resturant. Polite and attentive servers. The s’mores is simply magnificent.

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  32. Diana

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and customer service were amazing! Food was served in shareable portions

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  33. JohnC

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 12 December 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Drinks and apps great BBQ was average at best so it felt a bit overpriced In fairness we went at 8pm so it seemed like main course was meat that was reheated.

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  34. veraw

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 26 October 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    the food was very well prepared and presented. Brisket is the best, ever; same for collard greens. There are some very interesting drinks on the menu and classic old fashioned was very well prepared.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 October 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service and accommodating to hold bday cake and serve.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 15 October 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    I was disappointed by the wait time. The restaurant was completely empty at 3:00pm and we had to wait 30+ to be served. Food portions were very small.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 24 September 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Charles (server) did a great job! I had the Street Tacos they were good, Wife had the Burnt Mac N Cheese she said it was a lil much but overall was good, Truffle Fires were fire A+, Cornbread was cool add the butter make it better! We wanted a lil more sweeter but it was cool!

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  38. Jake

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 17 September 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and food. The drinks were amazing as well.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 September 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Tucked into the far end of an apartment complex with no signage. Had to ask in a coffee shop where this place was which apparently happens daily. Modern location with a gorgeous interior and patio. Three TV’s behind the bar showing various games. Absolutely empty when we walked in. Server didn’t seem to want to be working and had little interest in explaining anything to people who had never been to the restaurant before and seemed irritated at very simple menu questions, so we took a guess at what to order. Meats were great, sides left a lot to be desired, portions seemed small for the price and drinks were good. Glad we tried it and not sure if we would go back based on our experience.

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  40. MNM321

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 4 September 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I found this restaurant on top places to eat near USC, as my family and I were in LA for the USC game. Made a dinner reservation for 7:30pm for 6 ppl. Service was EXCELLENT from start to end. We were greeted & seated by a friendly Hostess and our server was top notch! We chose to sit inside, the ambiance/decor was trendy and clean. FOOD: everything was delicious! Only wish we had taken more pictures but we were all starving we dug right in! All of the sauces for the meats were flavorful. Meats were cooked perfectly! And the sides, all delicious! HIGHLY RECOMMEND this restaurant! Parking: there are a number of pay parking lots nearby.

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FAQs

Smoke City Char Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (213) 935-8194.

Smoke City Char Bar is rated 4.2 stars by 53 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 1 time today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Smoke City Char Bar

899 Traction Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Additional information

  • Area
    Arts District
  • Hours of Operation
    Thu–Sun 16:00–22:00
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Barbecue, American, Dining Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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