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About Fathers Office

If you’re looking for a place in the heart of the Melbourne CBD that promises atmosphere, exceptional value and one the best and liveliest bar restaurants, look no further than Father’s Office.Father's Office transports you to 1920's America during the prohibition era. The Speakeasy theme is featured throughout the entire venue with vintage pieces adorning the walls. The drinks list is focused on period items, including signature cocktails, a wide range of whisky and rum, as well as craft beers from local micro-brewers.

Father's Office offers a $20 Lunch Menu, A La Carte Menu, $52 Set Menu, Kids Menu, as well as dedicated Gluten Free and Vegan Menus. All day dining is offered with our Bar menu, providing a great options for those who just need a snack with their drinks.

Join us for happy hour and take advantage of our amazing $1 and $2 bar snacks that are available in the bar area everyday from 5-7pm.

249 Little Lonsdale St
Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000
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Dining style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Dining Bar, Australian

Hours of operation:
Mon - Thurs: 11am - 1am
Fri - Sat: 11am - 3am
Sun: 11am - Midnight

PLEASE NOTE- We only take reservations for lunch or dinner in the dining room. We DO NOT take reservations for drinks in the bar area.
To be seated in the dining room, at least 1 main meal per person must be ordered.

Cross street:
Swanston Street

Dress code:
Casual Dress

Price range:
$40 and under

Payment options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone number:
(03) 9825 8999

Website:
http://www.fathersoffice.com.au/

Entertainment:
http://fathersoffice.com.au/special-events/

We host DJs every Friday and Saturday nights from 8pm-late as well as throw themed parties and special promotions centred around holidays and local events.

Parking Details:
Parking for Father’s Office is available in the QV and Melbourne Central complex.
For the QV complex Fathers Office can validate your parking when you spend $1 in our store. With validation parking is $19 for all day. For regular rates and prices please see the QV website.
Parking on Sundays is $10 all day!

Public Transport:
Melbourne Central Train Station is only a 2 minute walk away. Trams service Swanston Street, La Trobe Street and Bourke Street.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Indoor Smoking Area, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We host a wide range of events from corporate events, EOFY parties, birthdays, engagements, weddings, graduation dinners, hens & bucks and more!

We have several spaces in the venue which can be reserved exclusively for private events. Our dining room can accommodate large groups for lunches and dinners.

Private Dining

Private Dining at Father's Office is suitable for Birthdays, Corporate events, Weddings, Engagements, Exclusive Functions and Dinners.

Fathers Office Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.1

Service

4.1

Ambience

3.7

Value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

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Gluten Free Options (29)
Good for a Date (28)
Sunday Lunch (26)
People Watching (20)
Quick Bite (20)
Business Meals (19)
Hot Spot (19)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
Fit for Foodies (17)
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Late-night Find (16)
Scenic View (16)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
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Good Vegetarian Options (15)
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Food5
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Value5

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined 6 days ago

Yummy food and outstanding service [as always] --Mon-Wed $15 lunch is such a great deal -see you next week!

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·Dined on 12 January 2018

It was fine. The food menu is not health friendly. Very loud on a Friday night. Our request on our booking on open table wasn't known, don't bother booking on there. It is not a speakeasy but a regular pub. Friendly staff. Alright food. Nothing special

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 11 January 2018

Wonderful service and food as usual. Little bit warm at our table though....see you next week!!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on 8 January 2018

Reviews and menu looked promising but the actual quality of the food was disappointing.

Service was good.

The place looked more like a beer joint where you could come with friends and drink and have fun. For that with bar food it might be fine.

Tags: Late-night Find, Great Beer
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Food2
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Service4
Value2

 
·Dined on 6 January 2018

We had a group of 17 people dine here and not one of them were satisfied with the food. We all purchased the set menu which on paper looked fantastic but when the food arrived we were greatly let down. The general concsesis was the man burger was so dry no one finished it. The only good thing about the Duo pork board was the pulled pork the other half of the duo being some pork crackling and cubes of roasted pork were soo dry and flavourless. The only up side may have been the starters like the chicken wings, calamari rings and pork belly wich were very nice, the only thing is that there was not enough for the group. The beer was also flat, some of there cocktails were enjoyable but not worth it to order.

Tags: Bar Seating
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Food4
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Service4
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·Dined on 5 January 2018

The food was great taste wise however mine wasn't hot when it came out and the chips had gone a bit soggy (chicken poutine). Friends were very happy with their meals, no complaints. The waiters were lovely and helpful, especially the young guy with a moustache. Mojito was fantastic. Best mojito in Melbourne! Music was a bit too loud but understand that's the kind of place it is. Overall would like to come back and try more of the menu but maybe on a quieter night or afternoon.

Tags: Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options
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Food2
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Service4
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 5 January 2018

The dining area was somewhat loud as it was right next to the bar area, but the decor was nice. The food was somewhat disappointing. I had lamb cutlets coated in a pistachio and sesame crust, but was disappointed to find the crust made up most of the meal with little meat. The accompanying mash potatoes were also a little dry. My girlfriend had a salmon salad, onion rings, and cocktail which she quite enjoyed.

Tags: Casual
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Food5
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 4 January 2018

I love this place, fabulous service, $20 lunch is such great value. C u next week!!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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Food3
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Service4
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·Dined on 2 January 2018

My Sydney-based manager wanted to have a team lunch on January 2. I knew it would be tricky finding a place in Melbourne's CBD that was open so soon after the holidays and not overflowing with tourists. I knew Fathers Office had impressed previous teams so I quickly booked. The staff was very accommodating with an increase in our group size and the overall review from the team was "WOW!". Seriously, people loved the selections of the quick lunch and the value, not to mention the taste. So thank you!
My only criticism would be the sides and sauces. One of my workmates mentioned how she'd prefer more slaw on her burger. Another, who was unfamiliar with cornbread, tucked into it with his poutine but there was nothing actually on top of the cornbread -- like a chili jam or butter. Also ... carbs with a side of carbs? Really?
I'm originally from Illinois so the American-style menu is fun for me. I couldn't wait to tuck into the chicken and waffles but was immediately disappointed to find the kitchen had already poured the syrup on top of everything. Tragedy! And while I enjoy chicken with waffles, and ice cream with waffles, having all three together was a little strange.
Thanks so much for a great time. I'll definitely be back -- but I'll get that ice cream and syrup on the side. : )

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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Food5
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 (London)·Dined on 31 December 2017

After consulting with your excellent staff we opted for the bar menu as we loved the seats we had and wanted to remain in them for the whole evening. The service was quite superb and the bar staff attentive and personable - a top venue!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on 31 December 2017

We had a family dinner at Fathers Office on New Year's Eve. We picked the place because it was child friendly, central & casual and the menu looked good. My husband had the Surf 'N' Turf, I had the Pan Seared Salmon and our daughter had the fish & chips. For dessert, we had the home-made ice-cream & sorbet (raspberry & coconut flavour) and peanut butter cheesecake. All the meals were sumptuous - our daughter loved the fish & chips (she wished she had more fish slices though) and the raspberry sorbet made her day! The salmon was perfectly cooked and the quinoa salad was fantastic. My husband loved the eye fillet and topped off with chorizo made him very happy. Our thanks to the chef for the wonderful meals to end the year. We also had a great time people watching. I rate the customer service as good only because there were a few instances where the waitresses were distracted and we had to made our requests twice (ie. the cheesecake was to be shared by two adults but only one spoon was provided to us) however it was a small matter and we let it pass. We would go there for dinner again.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Cozy, Comfort Food, People Watching, Happy Hour, Kid-friendly
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Food5
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Service2
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·Dined on 22 December 2017

Great value lunches. Serving staff didn't speak very clearly which made it hard to communicate.
Great drinks there also.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Great Beer
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Food4
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·Dined on 18 December 2017

Look, I like Father's Office as a bar and place to go for a drink but I cannot recommend the restaurant for one simple reason... It's just way to noisy! We were with friends and the conversation was nearly impossible to hear. The restaurant was only about one third full and the punters were not particularly rowdy but the noise was nearly unbearable. Food good, service ok. Fix the accoustics in the restaurant and I would happily go back!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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Food4
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on 18 December 2017

The service was faultless. Waiters checked on our meals. One steak was over cooked, no problems replaced with a perfect one. Place was noisy with Xmas celebrations otherwise a great place to have a good quality meal for lunch.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on 17 December 2017

Good atmosphere and seating. A very good place for big groups to get together as there is ample room. The menu caters for a variety of different tastes and is priced well for the serving sizes. Would definitely recommend to friends and family.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on 13 December 2017

The food and service were spot on with great value for money. Only draw back was that it was very noisy and the cushioned built in seat was too low to dine at the table. Having said that, I would recommend to others as a go to place for great food.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food4
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Service2
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·Dined on 12 December 2017

Slow service and had to remind the staff we were there and needed drinks / food.. they brought out more food before taking the old plates away... good food but they were so understaffed and that affected our night.

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Food5
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·Dined on 12 December 2017

I just love it. Too noisy for me at peak times, so I go when it's quieter. Worth the work-around. Great burgers, good steak. Nice selection of soul-food and bar snacks. Really good value lunch specials. Some really fun cocktails. The staff are always super friendly, even when they're run off their feet. Great people watching balcony looking over Swanston St, especially for lazy Sunday afternoon drinks when its quiet. Cool decor with art deco sconces and hanging globes, wall mural and pressed metal ceilings. Even the bathroom is attractive.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Scenic View, Casual, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Fun
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Food2
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Service1
Value2

 
·Dined on 12 December 2017

We were not very impressed that it took 30 minutes for us to even be acknowledged even for drinks. We approached the bar twice thinking we got drinks from there only to be sent back to the table as they would not serve us. When we were finished again trying to get someone to even acknowledge us to figure out where we needed to pay didn't happen for 20 minutes then the one person who did look at us waved us off and ignored us.

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Food5
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·Dined on 11 December 2017

Very very happy with food and the service . Lovely guys. Highly recommend. Value for money too😊.

Tags: Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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·Dined on 9 December 2017

We had a work Christmas Function here. We had an Amazing time and I would highly recommend this to others. we had the Set menu which was excellent value for money, the food was so good and Cocktails were on point. Thank you for such a great evening.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Groups
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Food3
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Value2

 
·Dined on 7 December 2017

I had not been to your venue before - and to be honest I won't be organising to go there again. I know it is the Xmas season, but the room was so noisy - we couldn't hear each other speak.

The food was good, but access to the venue is a challenge for anyone with walking issues.
There are too many other options in Melbourne to try out.

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Food5
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·Dined on 30 November 2017

The restaurant was a little warm on a hot day but the staff were friendly, courteous and efficient. Great value food well cooked. This is now my new favourite lunch place.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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Food4
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·Dined on 29 November 2017

Food was good, especially the lunch specials. Unfortunately we went on a really hot day and the restaurant was hot so it didn’t make for a comfortable experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Casual
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·Dined on 25 November 2017

Fathers Office was a great place to have a great meal with god service and great value for money. Will go back there for sure.

Tags: Quick Bite, Fun, Good for Groups, Late-night Find
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·Dined on 24 November 2017

The food was great - thank you for catering for all the dietary variations that we needed.
The only thing we found challenging was the noise levels. Is it possible to install some sound deadening panels on the sealing. We (a table of 8) couldn't hear each other...

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Food5
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·Dined on 18 November 2017

The wait staff didn't really know what they were doing, we were asked if we wanted drinks by the same waitress 6 times, when we had full drinks in front of us.
The venue was loud and it was hard to hear my partner. The food was priced well and was an OK, but nothing extraordinary. I wouldn't come back for dinner again; but a drink and snack in the bar area would be nice.

Tags: Comfort Food
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Food4
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·Dined on 10 November 2017

I love fathers Office restaurant as a great spot to dine in Melbourne Central it is always classy and great food and great value. Sometimes the music is too loud in the restaurant area - we like to talk to each other while we dine. However, I dined there with colleagues and family the other day at 6 pm and it was perfect and much quieter and calmer. Thank-you. I hope the over loud music issue in the dining area has been resolved. The staff are always lovely and attentive and the menu satisfies all diets. The mid week special is great value - perfect for work, shopping or pre an evening out and even a great lunch spot. Please keep the music level down in the restaurant so we can talk without shouting across the table!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Seasonal, Hot Spot
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Food3
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·Dined on 6 November 2017

The lunch menu is great value, however, the house beer needs to improve.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 3 November 2017

Fantastic food and service thanks to Leroy! The music is way too loud in the restaurant. Please reduce the volume until later in evening.

Tags: Happy Hour, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on 25 October 2017

Amaze-balls!! .

Tags: Tasting Menu
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·Dined on 21 October 2017

TOO, TOO noisy. I'd say it was unbearably loud. I can be loud at times, but this was ridiculous. If I had realised the bar was so close to the dining area, I'd have gone elsewhere. Yes, it was a Saturday night, but the level of noise is exacerbated greatly by the close proximity of the bar to the dining area. It's certainly not s place I'd recommend if you're interested in conversation over a meal.
The ability to split bills was great!

Tags: Hot Spot, Scenic View, Quick Bite, Gluten Free Options
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Food5
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·Dined on 20 October 2017

As a celiac I was so impressed with the gluten free options, amazing!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Gluten Free Options
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Food2
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Value5

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 17 October 2017

great place but food took a while and my steak came out medium-welldone when i asked for blue

Tags: Seasonal, Fun, Quick Bite, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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·Dined on 7 October 2017

The food was amazing. Fantastic gluten free options. Great value for money. Only downside was the noise in the restaurant.

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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Food4
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·Dined on 6 October 2017

A small group of friends joined me to help me celebrate my birthday at Fathers Office for dinner and drinks. It was nearly all of our first time being there and we didnt know what to expect. But we found we had a great night in a great atmosphere with good service, good food and awesome Happy hour till 10pm setting us up nicely for the rest of our night. Thank you Fathers Office 😁

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Gluten Free Options
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Food2
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·Dined on 6 October 2017

It was hard to get the attention of the waiters, couldn't get the attention in time so we missed the happy hour prices because of it.
One person in our group got their food 30 minutes before the rest of us and had finished before we got the rest. Then two of the orders were wrong and had to be sent back, then returned a while later all cold. The burger was fried black and super dry, the steak was over done.
I would not recommend to go here and eat.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 5 October 2017

Long wait for cocktails, Missing food items, understaffed.
The lights in the dinning room were constantly being filled and brightened for the entirety of my it dinner.

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual, Great Beer
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Food5
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·Dined on 27 September 2017

One of the nicest meals that I have had. The taste of the food was exceptional and I will be happy to go back there any time I am in Melbourne. Congratulation to the chef and the staff.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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Food4
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Value5

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 23 September 2017

Quick efficient service. Great value specials menu. Great ambience and energy.

Tags: Vegan, People Watching, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine
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