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“Nouvelle cuisine”
Review of La Belle Vie - CLOSED

La Belle Vie
Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: French, Mediterranean
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Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Reviewed October 31, 2012

Eating at La Belle Vie is undeniably a wonderful experience: The setting is the ground floor of an old hotel, but the restaurant is only one smallish room. The lighting is muted, although they need more table-level light, as opposed to ceiling-level light. The overall feel is dated. The service is outstanding--possibly the most professional I've seen in years. One of the servers (oh, yes, there are multiple) has to tell you what's in front of you. Our party of five had the five-course tasting menu. It wasn't enough food, but it cost $70 a person. The a la carte section was tiny, and I have no idea what size those portions would have been. So, to leave not hungry you have to have even courses. One of the reasons I would have liked bigger portions was to be able to appreciate the complexity of flavors better. It's hard to get all the nuances in one bite. The poussin (young hen) was phenomenally tasty, and you could get about four bites from that dish. The wine list was not surprisingly short on affordable wines, but I did find a Chianti that served us well enough. Altogether, a top-notch place, but, at $3.50 a bite, not for everyone.

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Thank Robin M
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Reviewed October 5, 2012

This restuarant has been rated as one of the best in the country and I agree. The service is unlike any you've ever experienced. You will think you're the only person this waiter has to care for and yet, not overbearing. The food is more than expertly prepared and presented. This was a celebration of my son's graduation from college. It was exactly the right place. And now that he has a job, he can pay for it next time.

Thank islandmarsh
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

Have been here several times with my sister and have sat at the bar. We want a relaxed and casual feel but not a sacrifice in food quality. Always impressed with the original and changing food AND cocktail menu. Have ordered everything from Lobster to hamburgers and have never been disappointed. Can not go wrong here. Professional service, killer atmosphere, perfectly prepared food and drink.

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Thank pdxhurdler
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

I love the prix fixe menu in the white linen tables dinning room where they encourage couples to sit on the same side of the table next to one another. The service is impeccable.

However, the room is noisy and it's difficult to carry on a quiet romantic conversation as you have to speak loudly to be heard by your date.

Thank mkwayne
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Reviewed July 21, 2012

great food, wonderful mocktails, and exceptional service - they paid careful attention to food allergies of one member of our party.

Thank gardencitymn
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