There were lots of cars so apparently this is a very popular restaurant. We had a reservation--six of us--and were seated promptly. The waiter and busboy were courteous and fun at first. My husband quietly let him know that he was paying the bill. There were approximately four tables he appeared to be serving, although he may have had others in another room, as this restaurant is arranged like a house. It took some time before our orders were taken, but this was an after wedding reception, so we had things to visit about. The order includes an appetizer, soup or salad, main course, and dessert. Everything else is extra, except water. My appetizer was extremely disappointing: a mushroom raviolli, which sounds marvelous, but the pasta was uncooked, at least 1/4 inch thick, and I had a hard time finding any mushrooms. The sauce, however, was wonderful. Another diner had the same opinion. Wine was selected and although I did not have any, the drinkers thought it was great and enjoyed three bottles during the meal. Salads were unique. The greens were beautifully presented, tied tightly and opened like a flower--very unusual--probably the best part of the meal. One basket of rolls was offered. Then we waited. And waited. And waited. I wish I had checked my watch, but it was a very long time before anyone checked on us, even to offer water. Finally, our main course came. My husband always orders steak, rare, and they did get that right. Another diner had what appeared to be a thick stew--a new dish for the restaurant and she claimed to like it, but did not eat much of it. I ordered grilled shrimp with vegetables and the shrimp certainly did not appear to have been grilled. There were a lot of them and they were tasty, but the veggies had some kind of sharp sauce that definitely destroyed the flavor of the dish. Again, disappointing. I did not feel catered to during the meal, however, others at the table were asked how they were enjoying their meals. It was a strange experience. At last came dessert, my favorite, chocolate cheesecake. But where was the chocolate? And where was the cheese? I guess it was all in my son's mousse, which was really good. Coffee was extra. At over $450 for six, I certainly would not recommend Gabriel's.
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