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Bar Sofia - Halifax, Halifax, NS

Bar Sofia - Halifax

4.5
4.5
721 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary Latin
Showcasing the vibrant essence of Latin cooking, Bar Sofia is a paradise for lovers of shared plates and cocktails. Led by celebrated Chef Anthony Walsh, Bar Sofia playfully nods to his family’s Argentinian heritage as well as the next generation of food lovers, artists and adventurers.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 7 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Latin, Argentinean, Peruvian
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–12:00 am Lunch Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm Bar Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–12:00 am Fri, Sat 11:30 am–2:00 am Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (902) 334-1010
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Alistair Gilroy
  • Neighbourhood
    Halifax
  • Cross Street
    Prince St and Lower Water St
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Public Transit
    There is a bus stop at Hollis St before Prince St (8822) and one at Lower Water St before Sackville St (8821)
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Bar Sofia Industry Sunday

    Multiple dates available
    Join us on Sundays for all-day drink specials plus food features for lunch and dinner! From $10 Margaritas, $5 Draft Beer, $5 canned cocktails, and $5 shots, #sofiasays come on over!
    Bar Sofia Industry Sunday photo

Offers

  • Weekend Brunch

    Multiple dates available
    Sat - 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Join us for every Sat & Sun from 11:30am–3pm for Weekend Brunch! Step up your brunch game with vibrant morning fare like Breakfast Empanadas, Chilaquiles, Coliflor Cazuela, and more! Plus, make it a boozy brunch with any of our colourful and delicious cocktails!

What 721 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Atlantic Canada

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Atlantic Canada

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Atlantic Canada

    Lively

  • Nova Scotia

    Gluten-free-friendly

  • Nova Scotia

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Nova Scotia

    Hot spot

  • Nova Scotia

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Nova Scotia

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Nova Scotia

    Lively

721 Reviews
  1. KateS

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Our group booked a table for NYE at 8pm. At 9:30pm we were told that our table was needed for another group (after we had already spent a significant amount of money on food and drink). We were shocked by this as our reservation said nothing about a 1 1/2 hour timeline and we would have never booked it had we known (no other tables were asked to move, even ones that were there before us). We tried to ask to stay at our table and reminded the server that we had only been there since 8pm but she didn't care. They moved us to a smaller standing table right by the door, and then once a group took over our original table, they ended up moving to another spot and we were offered our old table back…. By then our entire night was soured. It is ridiculous to kick a group out of a table after an hour and a half on NYE - I would not recommend Bar Sofia in the future and wont be back. Super disappointing experience.

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  2. AmandaS

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was great!! However was a lil hard to hear our conversations as the speaker was right over us and very loud, but I would just ask for a different table on the side next time, everything else was top notch though, can't wait to come back after the Reno's!!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    La comida estuvo buena y los tragos también!! El emplatado estuvo espectacular un lugar muy bonito… Pero es pequeño y debes compartir el espacio con numerosas personas.

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  4. PaulaM

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food and drinks were great. The waitress could have been more friendly. The restaurant was almost empty, yet they sat us directly beside another group rather than space us out. Maybe they thought the restaurant was going to fill up quickly but it didn’t.

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  5. AUpward

    Atlantic Canada

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service as always. Easy to order gluten free too.

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  6. JillS

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful space - and the Brussels sprouts are dream worthy!

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  7. ErinG

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Service was really weird and overbearing. Multiple times the drink I ordered was not "pre batched" but I didn't know what this meant as it related to me trying to order this. Felt rushed.

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  8. LynB

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was excellent, and the cooks and servers were so considerate of our dietary needs (gluten free, vegan, allergies). Thanks, all!

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  9. BrianV

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Overall, it was great. But, music was to loud and to be honest the holliday decor was beyond tacky for such a "high end" restaurant. While the industrial lool can be a good thing, but when you see broken insulation on ceiling and jagged unfinished drywall on ceiling again, it ruins the look and tends to take away for overall experience. But having said that, food and service was excellent considering there was only one person serving, bartending and hostess to start with.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fun night with family, meal and drinks all very good.

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  11. Emma

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Was my second time there!! Very loud so expect to have to scream across your table to have a conversation. Service was pretty good, but you could tell the waitress was busy. We had a few of the sleigh bar cocktails, they were nothing crazy. We moved on to regular cocktails and ceasars after having one.

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  12. PamS

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    If I could put minus star for service I would. Our waitress was completely unfriendly and didn’t want to assist with questions about menu, she just wanted to keep moving along

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, drinks and service were great, vast improvement from my last visit there!

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  14. LeeAnnB

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome visit! Noise level was perfect-good amount to create a good vibe! Not overpowering at all. food was awesome we all loved everything:) Highly recommend and looking forward to coming back!

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  15. SusanB

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server was great, but the restaurant seemed short-staffed, unlike other times we’ve visited. Although we had a reservation, it took some time to get an extra table added to accommodate six, and slow to get water glasses filled, etc. Food was very good, server was knowledgeable, and holiday ambience was fun. An enjoyable experience, but not quite as good as past visits.

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  16. NSFoodie1986

    Atlantic Canada

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Have been looking forward to going here for a long time and was unfortunately let down. Our reservation made via open table was unable to be found, however their service was great as they found us a table anyway. We were seater 12inches from the next 2 couples on either side. One in which used her phone flash light to read the menu, thus glaring light into our faces for the duration. Food was okay. Drinks (non alcoholic) were amazing. I thought the food could be elevated a bit more but that's just my option.

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  17. JennyB

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server , we’re not gonna mention their name because they don’t want us to, and that is it. Out of all the places on the harbour front that we’ve been, this was the best. It’s a vibe. Come with good good intentions or fu k off.

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  18. JoseyM

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Bar Sofia is a go to place for me in Halifax, the best brussels sprouts I've ever had and the drinks are so delicious!

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  19. JaneD

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A fun place to eat. Food was great and the staff were excellent.

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  20. JoshG

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Not bad, I suppose, but Bar Sofia was a lot less than I’d thought it would be. For one thing, the whole place was festooned with Dollarama Christmas decorations complete with loud Christmas music playing. It was a Christmas/Holiday party atmosphere but on Dec 2? Menu was definitely more tacos than much else and the servings were small. Not very relaxing or elevated, especially for the price. Maybe that was due to the location.

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  21. Madeline

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bar Sofia really impressed us. Firstly the website is beautiful and really cohesive with the vibe in the restaurant. The service was fantastic- We ordered each a couple cocktails (bonus points for having mocktail options) and two appetizers and dessert. The waiter gave us great recommendations and walked us through the menu- it’s well thought out and some of the dishes they serve are actually family recipes from the staff. Overall we were very impressed and will definitely return.

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  22. TravelBeachMom

    New York City

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was good although both my husband and I reacted badly later so maybe something was off. The biggest meal challenge was timing. The appetizers came so fast that I hadn’t even received my cocktail. It wasn’t a good match to the food, so the before dinner drink had to be put aside as dessert instead. We purposefully didn’t order a second course right away so we could have a few minutes to enjoy what we had before receiving more which helped. The wine we ordered was excellent with the meal. Overall good but not quite as good as we were expecting.

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  23. BrandtK

    Dubai

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great for a business lunch. Food continues to be tasty and consistent, although would like to see a few innovations on the menu from time to time.

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  24. Sunny

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my first time at Bar Sofia, yet it felt like I’ve been a patron for quite some time! I was looked after by a on the house sparkling wine after I apologized for being a little late due to traffic. I was feeling a little rushed & the host picked up on that right away! I was seated at the bar & instantly welcomed & was on a first name basis with Drew & Ros (sorry spelling) in no time! They made it so inviting & fun! It was like seeing old friends you haven’t seen in a while! Then the drinks & food! Wow! The presentation & flavours were just as out standing as the service! Thank you for a fantastic pre concert dinner, drinks & great hospitality! You guys know what you’re doing! I look forward to my next visit & outstanding experience! Cheers!

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  25. Hayley

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an amazing experience! The staff were incredible, food was delicious- will be back!

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  26. Rumpelstiltskin

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    ...I went in with managed expectations, however things suddenly escalated as soon as I took the first bite of my order. To say it was exquisite would be an understatement - I was BLOWN away, literally and figuratively. The Parrilla Mixta is a MUST HAVE; enough said. Don't even get me started on the cassava fries

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  27. JeannineM

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great spot. Delicious food and cool vibe. Brussel sprouts are a must have.

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  28. Shaun

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Really enjoyed bar Sofia after first time in. Nice have actual quality Latin food in this city. Given its location I expected a higher price point but I did find it a little pricey for what it is. That being said, I would recommend as long as you’re aware.

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  29. MichB

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a great time! Service was attentive and quick Our tortillas fell apart immediately is the only reason for 4 stars on food

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  30. ClaireM

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    loved the decor in the restaurant! the margaritas and tacos were top notch.

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  31. AlexM

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The restaurant is beautiful and the ambience was good. However, unfortunately, 4 our of the 6 people from our group were quite sick after eating at the restaurant. Also, our waitress was not friendly. Perhaps she was having an off day. Other staff who came to our table were wonderful. We are not from Halifax so we likely won't be back for a while but would consider trying again in the future.

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  32. Jacq

    Atlantic Canada

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and drinks were great ! Definitely will head back there again

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  33. Leah

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the vibe of the place, great food! Quite loud though and the server was a little bit pushy but still very friendly

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  34. Beans

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Eh nothing to write home about. Food was pretty average, service was friendly I suppose but didn’t seem like they wanted to help with the menu. Drinks were nice and the atmosphere is cool. But probably won’t go back.

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  35. JennieM

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great!! Everything was perfect. Drinks were spilled on one in our party but the staff took care of it well!

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  36. Kate

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely evening - the food and cocktails were delicious. We had the chips and avocado, which was such an obvious choice! It was tasty and fresh - very generous. We ordered two for four of us. We also had the tacos - both cod and pork. These were delicious and even our 10 year old (a bit of an adventurous eater for her age) said they were the best thing ever. We also had some tomato rice and it was hearty and was much more interesting than a typical tomato rice, spicy and with some veg and beans. Like the chips and avocado, the churros were a no brainer. They were hot and crispy, and the dark chocolate sauce was divine.

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  37. Heidi

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome. Great a accommodations for gluten free - even separate fryer. Delicious!

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  38. Rosh

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Drinks, music and vibes were great. I will go back.

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  39. EricaN

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed our first time here. Cannot wait to return!

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  40. Becca

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and atmosphere. The spicy margarita was so good and we have the pork tacos.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Bar Sofia - Halifax offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (902) 334-1010.

Bar Sofia - Halifax is rated 4.5 stars by 721 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 7 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Bar Sofia - Halifax

1709 Lower Water St 104, Halifax, NS B3J

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Prince St and Lower Water St
  • Neighbourhood
    Halifax
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–12:00 am Lunch Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm Bar Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–12:00 am Fri, Sat 11:30 am–2:00 am Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Latin, Argentinean, Peruvian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Public Transit
    There is a bus stop at Hollis St before Prince St (8822) and one at Lower Water St before Sackville St (8821)
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Alistair Gilroy
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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