Many of our friends swear by Donavan's, but ... for this kind of pricing I was expecting the meat - at least - to be cooked to order. So 4 because mostly good (mine was out of 4 persons) but definitely not worth a 5.
Despite a very precise time of reservation (no choice), they installed us at the bar to wait - obviously to have us drink more than planned. We ordered, then the table was ready before the drink, they said they would bring them to our table ... and never did.
Service at the table was overall friendly but the lady who sat us and then our nice waiter - both had hair that looked greasy, which is not what you expect in a restaurant much less of this reputation.
A person asked for medium cooked and the other one for medium rare. The medium rare was cooked and the medium cooked was completely rare - and they were not the same cuts so it was not a problem of just changing the plates.
This place is so expensive that you can't even see the prices on their menu on the web site - that tells it all. We like good restaurant so don't mind paying (at least) $80 / person but it needs to deserve it. Regardless of the mess up in meats, you would have expected a bill of no more than $50 / person. We had a bottle of wine for 4 - among the least expensive.
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September 24, 2013
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