We chose Artisans because we wanted to go somewhere currently popular, with atmosphere, lively, etc. Made our reservation a week in advance - 6 people. Great looking restaurant when you walk in (nice decor, nice activity), and then they walked our 6-top back to some boring ballroom with 5-6 large tables and TVs on the wall. Special room for meetings or rehersal dinners? Weird. Just make sure you specify in your reservation that you are wanting a restaurant dining experience, not a banquet. Ok....aside from the loss of atmosphere...the food was really good. We had the Chef’s Gastronomique Five Course with the wine pairing. Foie Gras (good), Scallop (good), Chilean Seabass Pistachio Crusted (excellent - everyone's favorite and the waiter's suggestion as well), black pepper crusted beef tenderloin (too much pepper! but good otherwise), and GrandMarnier Frozen Soufflé (which nobody really cared for). And the wine pairings were ok, but nothing stuck out to me. Overall, good food and good service - just trust me on the atmosphere comment - different world in the ballroom. $128/person for the food & wine pairing. If I had to do it over, I would just over the sea bass. :)
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