Have been wanting to try Babette's for a few months and was delighted to land a reservation there this past Saturday evening. The restaurant is located in a cottage-like structure and has a quaint atmosphere with wide-plank wood floors and a very cozy and inviting feel without seeming too feminine --- a perfect place for couples or friends, alike. Our server, while very efficient and accommodating, seemed a bit stiff.
They have a very nice wine list and we shared a bottle of Cotes du Rhone. My daughter had the prosciutto, which I would not recommend as it was simply on a couple of bagette slices, nothing notable there. My starter, however, was a yummy corn chowder with lobster that didn't fall short on delivering a good amount of the shellfish. Based in a broth versus a cream-base, it was just the perfect size.
My entree was outstanding! I had the halibut and it was very tasty and well-appointed with thinly-sliced red potatoes serving as a bed for very moist, flavorful fish with a subtle dijon sauce. My daughter had a veal dish which was also very good, in a light sauce that was a concoction of several different flavors, not overpowering and provided a delightful taste.
The only reason I'd give this very good versus excellent was the dessert. We had the chocolate banana bread pudding and the strawberry rhubarb tart, neither of which was terribly outstanding. We'd had the chocolate bread pudding at 5 Seasons Brewery (see separate review) that was out of control good.
All in all, we will return to Babette's as the food is very good and it offers a very nice atmosphere. Being from New York, the value is significant as the prices are considered 'low' even for an upscale restaurant such as Babette's.
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