We went to the Louisville area for a short get away and I had dearly wanted to try Edward Lee's restaurant. We were told the only reservations were 5:30 and 8:00Pm so we opted for the earlier time. Although, I had heard that reservations were difficult to come by, I called just a few days before and had no problems getting a reservation. We had a bit of difficulty finding the restaurant as it is in a residential area and not well marked. Upon arriving, we found we were the only patrons. We were seated in the rear of a very charming, country kind of room with maybe 20 - 25 tables total. The wood tables were lovely and there were fresh flowers in mason jars on each table. Although there were no more than 10 tables occupied during our entire stay, I did not find the staff particularily attentive. The 4 or 5 waitstaff tended to congregate at the end of the bar, near our table, and chat with each other for long periods. About 1/2 hour after arriving, there were only two other tables occupied and they put one of the couples right next to us even though the restaurant was virtually empty. The waiter spent a great deal of time loudly talking and laughing with this couple who appeared to be regulars. I opted for the four course menu with the wine pairing while my husband opted for the 3 course dinner. The wine pairing was an additional $45 and in my opinion, not worth the cost. The waiter "forgot" my first glass of wine and the remaining glasses, while good, barely wet the bottom of my wine glass. We did not find a lesser charge on the bill for the missed wine. The food was very good which, in many ways, made up for the other deficiencies. I had the soft shell crab appetizer, asparagus salad. halibut and chocolate mousse. All were delicious. If I was rating the restaurant solely on the food, I would have given it 5 stars. My husband is not a foodie so he did not find his food as appealing. He prefers his meat medium and was kind of shocked to find his steak cooked quite on the rare side. Finally, I was disappointed that Chef Lee was not on the premises and as I was leaving, I ran my hand on the back of a chair and got a nasty splinter under my nail. Quite painful. Our bill was over $250 including a mandatory 18% tip. We normally tip well over 20% but I do not like being forced to leave a tip.
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