4.5 of 5 stars (excellent, fine dining).
(see explanation of ratings below)
Technically, yes---- it's fine dining. But, it's not on-par with Heron's or St. Jacques in Raleigh, and it's more like a bistro, so I've gotta deduct a half star.
Allow 1:20 (no dessert).
$40 per person (one glass of wine, no dessert, gratuity not included).
What to wear: black (or a beret)--- you're in France!
One of our very fave places since the day they opened.
Order the mussels-- you'll get at least four dozen!
Love their oysters, too.
One service slip-up last visit: waiter brought me the wrong dish.
About my ratings:
Only fine dining establishments can garner five stars. Until TripAdvisor realizes that a fast food joint cannot possibly be ranked equally with a $100 per person place, I need to draw the line somewhere. If we were only talking about the quality and presentation of the food, it would be a different story. But, as we know, TripAdvisor's rankings take into account the entire dining experience.
Therefore, I divide restaurants into three categories (and I wish TripAdvisor would do the same):
1) fast food and "fast-casual" (no table service )
2) casual and "polished casual" dining (table service)
3) fine dining (linen napkins, no plastic cups, no TV's in dining room, typically more expensive than casual dining)
Fine dining can earn a max of five stars. Casual dining can earn a max of four stars. Fast food can earn a max of three stars.
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