4 of 5 stars (very good, fine dining)
(see explanation of ratings below)
Wines appear to be marked up anywhere from 120 to 67% from retail. Caymus Conundrum marked up 120%; Phelps Insignia just 67%. That's a $150 bottle right next door at Total Wine, so pay the $20 corkage fee and save $80 rather than buying it at the restaurant.
No entrées priced less than twenty bucks, so this qualifies as fine dining (although "high-end casual" might be a better label).
Ordered the grilled romaine and was disappointed to see it hacked into bits (didn't they use to serve it whole?).
Olive tapenade on crostini was way too salty.
Still, Chef Scott James rarely disappoints and this remains a fave with us.
Allow 60-80 minutes (no dessert).
About $45-$55 per person (no dessert).
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 dining (table service, average entrée price: $10-$20).
3) fine dining (linen napkins, no plastic cups, no TV's in dining room, average entrée priced at more than $20).
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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