I took my girlfriend here for a nice Friday night dinner, and we had a fantastic evening.
We took advantage of the complimentary valet parking and walked in. The ambience is refined and tasteful.
The hostess immediately found our reservation on the computer and welcomed us. I was a bit concerned at first by the football that she brought with us and placed on our table--I don't really go for theme restaurant stuff, and I'm not into sports at all. However, other than a brief description of who Don Shula is, the football-related stuff came to an end, and the football was removed from our table by our waitress at her first visit to our table.
We were initially going to be seated at a table between two other occupied tables. The hostess asked if the table was okay. I noticed that there were many empty tables, so I asked if we could be seated in another section so that we could have some privacy, and she happily seated us at a comfortable semi-circular booth.
I was presented with an iPad with the wine list on it, which was actually a pretty handy way to navigate the wine list. I selected the Kendall Jackson Vintner's Reserver Pinot Noir, which was excellent and reasonably priced at $39 for the bottle.
Our waitress came to our table with a cart that showed the different cuts that were available. My girlfriend chose the 16oz. New York Strip Steak, and I chose the 24oz. Boneless Prime Rib au jus. We ordered a side of creamed spinach to share.
The sommelier came by our table to present, open and pour our wine.
My prime rib was superb. It had a nice crust on the outside, plenty of marbling and was nice and rare inside. It came with a creamy horseradish sauce that, while very tasty, didn't belong with such a beautiful cut of beef. I asked for and quickly received some regular grated horseradish. The prime rib also came with a Yorkshire pudding, which I gave to my girlfriend.
My girlfriend's strip steak was also outstanding. It was cooked medium rare exactly as she ordered it.
The creamed spinach was very good, though not the best I ever had.
Our waitress dropped by our table regularly to refill our wine glasses and to discreetly check on our progress. The manager also visited us at one point to make sure everything was going well.
We didn't have any dessert--we were pretty full from the beef. My girlfriend took most of her steak home with her. We also took, at the insistence of our waitress, the rest of the loaf of bread that had been delivered to our table. She told us that it made excellent French toast.
I gave the valet stub to our server, and our car was waiting outside when we walked outside. On our way out, we stopped at the hostess station, where we were told that there is a five course dinner with a different wine accompanying each course next week. We've already made reservations for it--the menu and wine selection looks great.
I look forward to going back here. I really had a nice time, and the beef was top-notch.
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April 9, 2013
ARWhite, thank you for writing us an amazing in-depth review and we'd also like to thank you for choosing to dine with us during your Friday night out. Words cannot describe how delighted we are to see that you and your girlfriend had a spectacular time at our restaurant.
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At Shula's, we're always striving to create an unparalleled experience. It's the little things that can make a great time a superb one. We know how difficult it can be to find parking in the Promenade Shops on a busy night, which is why we felt it was only right to offer our guests complimentary valet parking. We want your visit at Shula's to be as enjoyable and carefree from the time you get out of your car, to the moment you walk out of our restaurant. It makes us happy to see that you appreciated all the small details we create.
We'll be sure to pass along your gracious remarks to our team. They work very hard to ensure everything is always perfect for our patrons. Hearing that they have impressed a guest always leaves them with a feeling of great accomplishment.
We want to thank you for sharing your experience with us and the TripAdvisor community. It means a lot when guests take the time out of their day to leave us a nice review. We hope you realize how much we appreciate this and know that this kind gesture doesn't go unnoticed.
If there is ever anything we can do to accommodate you in a future visit to our location, please don't hesitate to contact us. We're here for you!
Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you and your girlfriend back soon!
-Also, we love the pictures! Thank you for sharing them!
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