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“What a Joke”
Review of Fleur de Sel

Fleur de Sel
Ranked #2 of 96 Restaurants in Post Falls
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Couldn't find an internet site for the restaurant, but if you google, you will find fantastic reviews.
Reviewed March 3, 2011

I tried to make a reservation for dinner for my wife an I and who ever answered the phone responded in such a manor that I was shocked. The entire conversation was cold, rude and totaly void of even of any customer service. It will be very unlikly that I will ever attempt to dine at Fleur de Sel. Be assured that I will communicate the manor in which I was greeted with everyone to whom I hear is considering this place.

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6  Thank rfleener
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Reviewed February 10, 2011

service was incredibly slow, it took over an hour for our orders to be taken even though we had reservations. we were noticeably upset at our lousy service and left a very poor tip for the rude attitude.

after leaving the restaurant and our party disbands, the owner calls and yells at us since she got our number when we made the reservation, she was incredibly rude and started telling us a sob story of the waitresses 2 kids. she proceeds to guilt us into trying to go BACK to the restaurant and pay a larger tip. i call the party that tipped and they found it OUTRAGEOUS that an owner would do that.

we all agreed never to go there again. I would summarize our trip as slow, insulting, and very unprofessional.

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8  Thank jibsheet
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Reviewed September 26, 2010

We were told about this hidden gem and actually stayed in the area an extra day just to have dinner there, and was it ever worth it! Fantastic food with incredible service in a lovely setting. All of the appetizers were creative and delicious (try the shrimp and 'tempura' veggies for a new twist on an old theme), the entrees were exquisite, and the desserts were unbelieveable. The dessert caramels with fleur de sel were so good I still crave them. If we lived closer, it would be difficult to go anywhere else whenever we dined out, so I will just look forward to my next visit to the Coeur d'Alene area and this jewel of a restaurant. A memorable meal!

1  Thank KathleenBoise_ID
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Reviewed August 30, 2010

We were visiting Coeur d'Alene this past weekend, and decided to try Fleur de Sel based on a recommendation. Wow, what a wonderful restaurant! The food, service, ambiance, value, etc., etc., were all perfect. One of the best meals we've had in a long time, and that's from a person who has been in the high-end hospitality business for over thirty years.
Well done, Patricia, Laurent and your outstanding staff. We'll definitely be back the next time we're in CDA.

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2  Thank Cairna
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Reviewed August 10, 2010

Brilliant. Flawless. The crown jewel of dining in Northern Idaho!

A perfect combination of a creative menu leaning to French and Mediterranean standards with stellar execution in the kitchen by a talented "husband owner" / chef resulting in fabulous food. Professional service by the wait staff balanced with warm hospitality by the "wife owner" for top notch front of house experience. Ambiance that is both a little casual and a little elegant almost seeming to call out "bienvenue!". And to top it all off, prices are ultra reasonable for the superior quality.

Our expectations were exceeded and then some. If you're in the Coeur d'Alene - Post Falls area, this is a "MUST GO" restaurant. If we didn't live seven hours drive away, we'd be regular customers with a goal of dining our way through the entire menu!

That's the summary. If you want the "here's why" detail read on:

AMBIANCE - WARM, INVITING, VIEWS from some indoor tables and patio seating outside. This is an odd location, at the back of a building that also houses a Day Spa in the Highlands golf community but they've made the most of it. A white table linens kind of place without being fussy.

MENU - EXTRAORDINARY for creativity and breadth of options with some twists on French standards and Mediterranean focused options sure to have several "somethings" to please all diners. Menu creation and seasonal management is an art in a restaurant and it is so very well done here.

SERVICE- TOP NOTCH, from the greeting at the door to the seating at your table, though every phase of table service. The waiter knew the menu and could both answer questions and make recommendations. The timing of each phase of our meal, from small plate openers to the soup course, to entrees and dessert was just right.

FOOD - STELLAR execution by the talented chef resulting in incredibly flavorful and beautifully plated food...a feast for all the senses! You likely can't go wrong with any choice here. We tried several things. We'll recommend some of the memorable options our foursome enjoyed...

... crab potato "beignets" - perfectly seasoned, crispy on the outside and unctuous on the inside bite sized morsels served in a paper lined "cone" like pommes frittes might be
...flatbread with oven roasted (or was it sun dried?) tomatoes, cheese and shaved fennel
...tomato avocado salad, perfectly composed and dressed
...penne with robust, tomato sauce punctuated with roasted garlic cloves and capers and topped with chevre gratinee
...scallops and shrimp perfectly cooked and in a lovely cream and vermouth sauce on a bed of spaghettini
...delectable duck confit served with scrumptious duck sausage and accompanied by an outstanding vegetable ragout.
...sinfully good flour less chocolate cake served with milk chocolate gelato and jalapeno coulis

BEVERAGES: INTERESTING wine list by the glass or bottle including MANY AFFORDABLE options.

VALUE: OUTSTANDING. We were surprised at how low the prices were for the premium quality meal and memorable dining experience. As example, the duck confit at $18, the pasta with goat cheese for about $13 ($10 as option without the cheese)...substantially less than what we'd pay at top notch restaurants elsewhere. That the bill for four of us for an amazing meal that included a couple of soups, a couple of appetizers, a salad as entree, three hot entrees, a dessert and four beverages came to only about $110 including tax, under $30 each.

TIP: Make reservations...seating for only about 30 inside at tables and a few more seats at the bar. Patio seating is first come.

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2  Thank piacere
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