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“Busy, beautiful place with very friendly staff and nice atmosphere”
Review of Brian's

Brian's
Ranked #4 of 48 Restaurants in Lambertville
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Contemporary
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed March 6, 2013

Yes, this is a beautiful place and a nice successor to No Nine (I know long gone now but still missed). The place was packed when we went for dinner and prices for a prix fixe were reasonable, though the mark-up for some of the pricier items would have been nice to know about beforehand. Just like some of the previous reviewers,the seat by the door is very uncomfortable, though the staff does everything in their power to minimize the effects by keeping curtains closed, but it's an uphill battle when customers hold the door open for minutes without concern about the effects on the temperature inside.
In any event, the main attraction is of course the food and that was very good. The mushroom soup was excellent, though it was hard to tell what mushrooms were actually in there as the truffle oil sort of took over. The beef with horseradish was quite good, but I actually would have preferred a better distribution of the horseradish. Big blobs of it had managed to get amongst the vegetables and that made for a few coughing fits (the lighting is nice and cozy, but it makes it harder to tell some things apart). I actually prefer beef in a horseradish creme fraiche sauce, but other than the uneven/hidden distribution of the horseradish this was a nice variation. The meat was definitely very tender and cut with the fork very easily just the way it's supposed to be. The vegetables and mashed potatoes were very good as well. Unfortunately, by the time dessert came around, I was already pretty full. The pineapple and coconut ice cream made for a nice combination. If the pineapple would have been a bit more caramelized and the coconut ice cream a bit less sweet it would have been excellent. The ice cream ended up on my husband's white bread pudding which needed a bit more sauce. Overall, a very enjoyable meal, with great service. The food just fell a bit short of an excellent rating.

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Thank Lagourmandise
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Reviewed March 4, 2013

My boyfriend and I went to Brian's for a romantic dinner about two weeks ago. It was a great experience. Yes it is noisy, Yes it is crowded, Yes it is difficult to get a reservation if you don't plan well ahead. But guess what? THE FOOD IS WONDERFUL- which explains it all. I had the shrimp cheesecake appetizer- which was unique and tasty. My boyfriend loved his mushroom soup and crabcake entree. My rare tuna with a mustard sauce was done perfectly. The veggies were also great- at a lot of places they are overdone and just end up being a colorful garnish (disappointing) but these were crisp and yummy- especially the beets. The chocolate torte with banana ice cream was the right size and really great.
I like this place a lot.
It's simple and reasonably priced. I recommend dinner here. Call ahead!!!

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1  Thank teawinefrench
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

$40 prix fixe this past Friday
BYOB
Specials: monkfish was great
prix fixe includes - appetizer, entree, dessert but they are flexible about nixing the dessert for a salad

You really need to make a reservation. The service staff is attentive and the kitchen is rather efficient, unless as most kitchens do...have a slow period when many tables are sat at once.

Ending up paying about $50 per person with the tip included.

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1  Thank Janou J
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Two couples met to celebrate My wife's birthday . It was a rainy windy night, While sitting at out table every time the door opened we got blasts of cold wind.. The fact was that there were people outside waiting for tables and some were in the tiny vestibule leaving the door open so the wind could blow through the restaurant. Very uncomfortable. Noise level was very high and the food not bad but only served fix price menu that night. atmosphere zero

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1  Thank jpsalci
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

We came here for Valentine's Day. It was extremely crowded, and service in the beginning was spotty (the hostess didn't give us menus; we had to ask for them). The prix fixe menu was more expensive than normal but that's to be expected for Valentine's Day. The food was excellent, particularly the mushroom soup. My husband had the crab cakes and I had the lobster tails and lobster risotto. Extremely good value for the money. Desserts were fabulous. BYOB is a great bonus too.

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Thank villanelle1
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