As a food first person, it takes a lot for me to rave beyond excellent food. Bern's distinguishes itself with no detail left to chance. Beyond the succulent, dry-aged prime beef, Bern's is the pinnacle of service as an art. The kitchen tour, wine cellar tour, and Dessert Room are unmatched anywhere and not to be missed. The Bern's experience is meant to be savored. Those who rush in, eat and rush out are sidestepping genuinely special dining. Reservations are a must.
Ambience: the French Provincial design theme upon first entering and being seated can seem a bit over the top and more fitting for another era such as the 40's or 50's. But, it grew on me as the evening progressed. If you arrive before 6 PM, you will be rewarded with quiet. The restaurant can fill up with people and attendant noise during the prime dining hours. I loved the booths in the dessert room that evoke a wine barrel.
Food: the melt-in-your-mouth succulence of the beef and the fresh-picked flavor of the vegetables are top-notch. Nice char on one side of the meat. Bern's has been doing farm-to-table decades before it became trendy. If you love dessert, avoid appetizers and a large portion of meat (your entree order complete with soup, salad, vegetable sides, and a baked potato). The menu is huge; take your time to appreciate the breadth and quality. The fault I could find was the somewhat average cabernet sauvignon vinaigrette (should have gone bleu cheese).
Service: servers are approachable, thoroughly patient (big, informative menu and wine list), knowledgeable about every aspect of the menu, professional in demeanor and conduct, at times humorous, and take pride in their profession; servers are rigorously trained for over a year and stay for decades (ask about the training and the colors of the ties). Staff in general have an almost reverent attitude about working at Bern's.
Cost: totally dependent on the weight of beef you order; my 9 oz. Chateaubriand and a glass of wine was about $48 total. Dessert is paid separately in the Dessert Room. For the total experience, the cost was reasonable compared to other fine dining that is expensive or very expensive.
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