My husband and I are well traveled and often look for good restaurants "in our own backyard". When Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale's opened in 2008, it was the reviews about their Moulton Chocolate Cake that led us to our first visit - if you're a chocloate lover, I recommend not passing this up. Our second visit in 2009 was not as impressive as our first. Most recently we returned for lunch and was extremely disappointed with the food and the service. The reservations we made did not guarantee good seating. If we wanted to be seated elsewhere, there was a wait. With each visit we ordered from the lunch prix fixe menu which offers first course, main course and dessert for $26. Maybe that was where we went wrong. It sounded good on the menu, but once we tasted what we ordered it was not what we expected. The prix fixe menu changes. If you decide to go, first check out the menu on their website to see what is being served for that particular week. Perhaps you may see something that you want to try. Personally, I recommend saving your money and trying another restaurant in the area...Roman Cucina on Newport Blvd in Costa Mesa. (dinner only).
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