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About Chez Billy Sud

Chez Billy Sud is a quaint bistro situated in the heart of Georgetown. The menu showcases traditional and updated versions of various French dishes. Neighboring Bar a Vin features old world wines, and classic cocktails.

1039 31st St NW
Washington, DC 20007
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Dining style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French, Bistro, Wine Bar

Hours of operation:
Open for Lunch Tuesday through Friday 11:30 am - 2 pm

Dinner Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 5 until 10 pm

Friday and Saturday 5 pm until 11 pm

BRUNCH - Saturday & Sunday 11 am - 2 pm

Wine Bar opens at 5pm daily

Cross street:
Between K and M

Dress code:
Smart Casual

Price range:
$30 and under

Payment options:
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone number:
(202) 965-2606

Website:
http://www.chezbillysud.com/

Parking Details:
Guggenheim Productions
3121 South St NW
Washington, DC 20007
Telephone: 202-337-6900
(only a half block walk)
$15 before 3 pm
$10 after 3 pm

Nearby Parking:
+Central Parking - 148 ft
+Colonial Parking - 230 ft
+Colonial Parking - 288 ft
+Colonial Parking - 288 ft

Public Transport:
http://www.dccirculator.com

M St. NW/31st St.
M St. NW/Potomac St. NW

http://ddot.dc.gov/

http://www.capitalbikeshare.com/

Executive Chef:
Chef Brendan L'Etoile

Additional:
Full Bar, Wine

Chez Billy Sud Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.7

Service

4.5

Ambience

4.6

Value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

98% would recommend it to a friend

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Special Occasions (58)
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Romance (57)
Good for a Date (57)
Fit for Foodies (54)
Good for Anniversaries (47)
Quiet Conversation (43)
Authentic (43)
Outdoor Eating (40)
Creative Cuisine (33)
Good for Birthdays (31)
Lunch (24)
Notable Wine List (20)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
Brunch (17)
Sunday Lunch (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Comfort Food (13)
Business Meals (12)
Fun (11)
Seasonal (11)
Casual (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
People Watching (9)
Healthy (8)
Bar Seating (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Scenic View (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
High Tea (1)
Child Friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Group Bookings (1)
Organic (1)
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Food5
Ambience5
Service4

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

They did not have coffee which was really disappointing.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

I’ve now been to Chez Billy Sud 3 or 4 times and I am consistently underwhelmed. The food is only ok. There are WAY better restaurants in the area (and all over DC) for french food (and wine). The space is cute and it is convenient but unless you can’t get in anywhere else, not worth it. Maybe the fact that it used to be hard to get into and now isn’t (and wasn’t that crowded) is a sign others agree? Also, I got a glass of wine that was clearly bad - agreed upon by every person (all well versed in wine) at the table and she kept trying to tell us that they just had a lot of “all natural” and “hip” wines and acted like we didn’t know what we were talking about. In addition to it being poor service, she came across as an idiot. Having said that, the wine bar next door is very fun and has a great atmosphere. I’d suggest finding another restaurant for dinner and going there for a drink before or after!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Our meal at Chez Billy Sud was excellent. The escargot were the best rendering of that dish that I have ever had. The tuna and salmon entrees were also very well prepared. Service was friendly, considerate, and efficient.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

It is a beautiful french cafe! Perfect for an expensive date, birthday or someone special you want to spend an evening with.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 14 October 2017

Love this spot for nice dining. It’s relaxef but elegant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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Food4
Ambience3
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 14 October 2017

Very nice bistro environment, though a late seating would be recommended because of the noise level. Good food in a relaxed atmosphere.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food
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Food4
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Service1
Value3

vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on 13 October 2017

We loved the food, but the waiter came every 5 seconds to ask us if we needed something. That was exceptionally annoying, and he didn't seem to get the hint. Also, he took our plates immediately after we put our forks down which was rude and gave the impression that he wanted us to leave. Management should instruct its staff to give customers space and time to enjoy their food.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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Food5
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Value4

 
·Dined on 11 October 2017

Excellent and customer service focused. Quality of food is top notched.

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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Food3
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Service5
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·Dined on 11 October 2017

Service was great at lunch, the soups excellent. My wife’s salad was not as good as last time we ate there, just ok. Menu was too limited at lunch.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Nürnberg)·Dined on 9 October 2017

Great food in a comfy atmosphere. Our party of 3 all loved their meals.

Tags: People Watching, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 8 October 2017

Such a great meal and our waiter was awesome.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 7 October 2017

Dinner was spectacular. We were able to sit on the patio, which is set back from 31st Street, and it was a lovely evening, and food and service were excellent.

Split the moules & frites for an appetizer. Then we each had the tuna...also excellent. We ordered two desserts...cassis sorbet and chocolate pot de creme, which we shared. Excellent wine at a reasonable price.

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Food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 5 October 2017

Pre Kennedy center dinner. Perfect as always. Great service. Excellent wine suggestions. Still my go to favourite Georgetown restaurant!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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Food5
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 5 October 2017

Brilliant as always. Chez Billy Sud does French bistro better than anyone in DC..

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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Food5
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 3 October 2017

I love this place. The food is consistently great. The service is consistently great. It is really lovely. Glad to see the fall menu back. So Yummy.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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Food5
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 3 October 2017

Chez Billy is my go to place for a great meal, friendly service and warm ambiance. We sat outside for dinner - what a lovely spot....no outside car or passerby distractions. My out of town guest was raving about the dinner "experience" which reflected very positively on me. Thank you!!!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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Food4
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Service1
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 2 October 2017

I frequent Chez Billy Sud regularly as I live nearby. Came here again after a long trip away. The food is always excellent and the ambience nice. But depending on who my server is the experience is the difference between night and day. Every time a tall, gruff server serves me it is thoroughly unpleasant. He is impatient and completely off putting. Contrast his service to that of Adam. Adam is always attentive and courteous even at the busiest of times. I don't know the name of the first waiter but management should have a word with him. He should improve or he shouldn't be in the service industry.

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Food3
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Service4
Value4

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 1 October 2017

Chez Billy is always one of my favorite places. Great atmosphere and good food. When the weather is nice the patio is a wonderful place to eat and quiet enough for conversation. Unfortunately, inside can get a bit noisy when busy. Nothing some additional acoustic touches couldn't fix. Wish they would make that adjustment so inside is as enjoyable as outside dining. I would come more often!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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Food5
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 1 October 2017

Once again, Chez Billy Sud's chef and staff presented a perfect dining experience for us. We were greeted warmly, shown to our table quickly, given menus, etc., all the things that should happen when you go to a restaurant but don't always follow. The dinner of Oeufs en meurette for my husband and a generous salad verte for me, followed by Confit de Canard for both of us was perfect. My husband ended the meal with an Apple Charlotte. I had a glass of Sauternes. Another lovely meal at a favorite restaurant!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Afternoon Tea, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Paleo Friendly
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Food3
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Service5
Value3

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 29 September 2017

I've come to this restaurant many times and I hope that it was just a fluke that we had two dishes that were disappointing this time. The bib lettuce salad had less-than-fresh lettuce – ribs turning brown. And the Cassis sorbet was so sweet that neither of the people who ordered it could eat it.

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Food5
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on 29 September 2017

Only in Georgetown a couple of nights. We were highly impressed and would go back. Great for foodies.

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Authentic, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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Food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 28 September 2017

Sat on the terrace where those with hearing issues could hear everything! Delightful staff and tasty, delicately prepared dishes. We will be back!

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Food5
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 27 September 2017

Debbie was our waitress as we requested and she is wonderful figuring out the best option for someone on a salt-free dinner or lunch. The steak was a wonderful choice for two out of three.

Tags: Comfort Food, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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Food5
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on 26 September 2017

The food was delicious and the service top notch. The salmon was all world! We can't wait to visit D.C. again so we can have another great meal at Chez Billy!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 25 September 2017

We were able to sit out on the patio, which was quiet and delightful. The waitress was knowledgeable and made excellent recommendations. We both had a delicious trout dish with good wine. While it is often challenging to secure reservations at Chez Billy Sud, we got lucky this Monday evening.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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Food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 24 September 2017

So happy I discovered this French gem for Sunday lunch. Everything was excellent overall. The tuna nicoise was delicious, the best I've had anywhere. The service was great, and the wine recommendation was perfect. Dessert and cheese courses were also very good. I will definitely be back for more French flavor.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value2

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 23 September 2017

Wine we ordered was sub par and way overpriced. $55 for a $11 bottle? Cmon

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Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value3

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 23 September 2017

I was able to get a last-minute reservation for an early dinner, which was fine for my sister and me. Chez Billy Sud is elegant and friendly, and reminded both of us of dining in France. We opted to sit outside in the courtyard, which is why the noise level was low. The tables in the courtyard are spaced much farther apart than the ones inside - I cannot comment on the interior noise level. Our waiter was great; friendly, informative, and attentive.
We started with excellent smoked bluefish rillettes which came with toasted bread which was baked in-house, according to our server. We then ordered the trout and salmon dishes, which we shared. Both were excellent, but my sister commented that the trout was a bit salty. I figured that was due to the capers in the dish, which I liked. The peach sorbet for dessert was a pale pink dream. We'd definitely love to return for another meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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Food5
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Service5
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 21 September 2017

The best salmon I've ever had! The 4 of us each ordered different entrees and licked our plates clean - it's that good! Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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Food3
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·Dined on 21 September 2017

After wanting to dine at Chez Billy Sud for a long time I was disappointed in the food. The restaurant is lovely. The service was fine. But the smoked trout didn't have much flavor. Ditto for the Croque Madam. The mussels were fine but nothing special. Best thing was the French fries and we decided we ate too many of them.

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Food2
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on 19 September 2017

Used to ve our favorite Grorgetown restsurant. Brought 2 couples, one ftom DC the other from Portland. Chose Chez Billy Sud vecsuse it has always been cinsistently good

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Food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 17 September 2017

Classic formal French restaurant with amazingly tasty, creative and novel versions of French favorites. Service is attentive, helpful and informative. Best for a special occasion as it is PRICEY ($170.00 for 2 people- 3 courses, no liquor, no wine).

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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Food5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on 14 September 2017

Great service! Real French cuisine and wines. Good atmosphere; friendly waiters. Creative and authentic

Tags: Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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Food4
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Service4
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 14 September 2017

Was there for a business lunch. I had the gazpacho, which was little bit too pureed for my taste, but it was good. And the chicken liver pate. very good. This restaurant is consistently good and is a highly recommended location for lunch or dinner in Georgetown

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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Food3
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Service2
Value3

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 14 September 2017

Service was slow, we were sitting on patio. But staff always cordial.

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Food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 13 September 2017

To die for!
Food out of this world: sophisticated, fresh, great combinations of proteins and vegetables, portions just enough to leave full without any leftovers.
We had: pate for an appetizer; trout, tuna and duck as entrees and desert of apple/brioche. All of it was delicious.
Cozy ambiance.
Cocktails are perfectly made: good variety for those that prefer hard liquor to wine.
Service attentive but not "in your face" European-style - perfect in fact. Loved it, always looking forward to coming back for any occasion.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Cozy
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Food5
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 12 September 2017

This was our first time here, but we loved it from start to finish. The decor is charming, the staff attentive and friendly, the mood relaxed, and the food delicious. I loved that it wasn't loud and we could have a real conversation, and our server who checked my ID actually noticed it was my birthday and put a candle in my dessert, which was such a thoughtful touch! I almost want to keep this restaurant secret, because I don't want it to be overrun, but I can't not write a glowing review. Chez Billy Sud is now definitely among my top 5 restaurants in DC.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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Food5
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on 10 September 2017

My sister ( a DC resident) and I chose Chez Billy Sud to celebrate my husbands birthday / retirement; we could not have made a better choice. We were warmly greeted by Diana who picked up our unintentional comment about the celebratory nature of the evening. Our server Carlos, was fantastic with his mastery of the menu and willingness to guide us through our cocktail and meal choices. The Foie de Volaille was outstanding! Each of us loved our entrees, the Trout, the Steak Frites / Allen Beef and the Duck confit. Because we were so content and savoring our our meals we passed on dessert. However, we were treated to a lovely surprise of sherbet and Proseco ala Diana and Carlos . We can't praise this operation more . We visit the capitol often and plan to make Billy a part of each visit.....Bravo!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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Food5
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Service5
Value4

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 9 September 2017

Love the food, ambience and service. Feels like you're inn Paris (in the best ways).

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Authentic, Seasonal, Good for a Date
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Food5
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Value4

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 7 September 2017

Recent lunch at Chez Billy Sud was to celebrate a recent retirement. The lunch menu was small but offered great options. Both of us really enjoyed our food choices. The service was excellent. We especially enjoyed the option of eating on the small brick patio. It provided a peaceful setting for a leisurely meal with lots of conversation. I definitely plan to return for another special occasion. The one and only disappointment was the cost of the parking in the garage suggested by the restaurant webpage - $22 for just a couple of hours seemed excessive, but perhaps as a suburbanite I am not well versed in parking costs in the city.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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