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“Very Enjoyable Dining Experience”
Review of Bespoke - CLOSED

Price range: $40 - $60
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Chapel Street
Reviewed October 9, 2011

My wife and I dined on a Saturday evening after making reservations on OpenTable that afternoon. The reservation went smoothly and we were seated promptly in prime time. Our table for 2 was tucked in a corner an quite small and upon asking to move to a larger deuce in the middle of the room, were accomodated graciously. The decor is sparse yet inviting and obviously with attention on trend setting decor. The restaurant is quite small with maybe only seating for 50 people tops, but very warm and with a nice sound level, although background music was NYC style electro-industrial.

We started with the the Daily Dip which was a wonderfully fresh hummus, very light, and with very nice hints of lemon and various herbal treatments. The romaine salad was unremarkable in its presentation (pleasantly devoid of ostentatious sculpturing) but was very fresh taking with its lemon-vinaigrette. There was nice continuity from the hummus appetizer.

miff had the horseradish salmon and I had the chicken. Both were infused with wonderful flavors, my chicken being a nice balance of savory and sweet, brought on by golden raisins (which normally I avoid, but were very nice here). My wife enjoyed her fish immensely although she thought the horseradish was too understated.

We enjoyed a couple of Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs by the glass and finished with cheese and port. Coffee was french pressed as the table and very delicious as well.

The service was fine, not overly engaging yet far short of pretentious which I had feared. However it was generally effective given there were essentially 2 servers working the whole room.

We did notice the bar never hit over 60% capacity from our 7-10 dining stint, but perhaps
it is a late night spot. The way the restaurant is laid out there is little interaction between bar and dining area.

All in all, we would definitely go back and recommend it as a New Haven eating destination. Bill was $182 for app, 2 salads, 3 wines, 2 entrees, port, coffee and 3 cheeses.

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Thank srbbass
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Reviewed October 1, 2011

Made reservations through opentable.com (only option restaurant offers for reservations) for a 40th birthday luncheon for five people travelling from as far as Old Lyme, Essex and Norwalk. Arrived on time for reservation only to find restaurant closed. Waited outside for 15 minutes with the produce delivery man and finally gave up and searched for an alternative.

I was subsequently advised by an indifferent hostess that the restaurant discontinued its lunch service three weeks ago despite the fact a bespoke hostess contacted me last night to CONFIRM my reservation, opentable.com allowed a reservation and the restaurant's website continues to list lunch hours for Saturday.

Will never again patronize this restaurant. Cannot trust a good meal from a place that cannot manage simple customer service.

2  Thank Laura P
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Reviewed September 18, 2011

We went with friends. The atmosphere was very different and interesting. We liked it alot. The food was very good. We had a salad called Time in France--very good. We also had crepe and fritters appetizers. They were also very good. Our entres were ribs, duck and chicken. We enjoyed them very much. The desserts creme brulee, the gelato was wonderful, and orange ricotta with honey and nuts all great.

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Thank jlecours
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Reviewed June 15, 2011

we're torn.. hubby says his filet mignon adorned w/ foie was the best steak he's ever had. i had the coq au vin which left much to be desired--the meat was tough and chewy. we agree one of the best things there was the dip they served with the bread... just delicious! they change their menu often, and have daily specials. i would go back just for the dip.

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1  Thank ToddLulu
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Reviewed February 28, 2011

We went to dinner at Bespoke before going to the Schubert Theatre. We made a reservation to ensure an earlier time to eat in comfort, 6pm for an 8pm show. The staff were OK but not conferring with each other much about the updates and specials. The place filled quickly which then became a problem. The noise level was very uncomfortatle due to the low ceiling in the upstairs restaurant area. The tables were pretty cramped up together in two long bench styles with little room to enter and leave. The food was good, small portions and overpriced for what it was. Would not go back.

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