I have eaten at Bear a few times before and every time have been delighted with my meal, and experience. So, when a friend suggested that we go and do the chef's tasting menu, I was eager and more than willing. Needless to say, it was a HUGE disappointment. First of all, we were told when we made the reservations that the tasting menu would take two hours (at least) to do. Well, we were out tonight in less than an hour and twenty minutes. As soon as we cleared our plates, the next one was brought out, leaving no time between courses, until we had to ask the waiter for a bit of a breather. Dirty silverware was left on the table, and when we put it on plates to have it removed, he took it off and put it back on the table. We are paying $200 per person for a tasting menu - can't we have clean forks and knives? we also opted for the wine pairing which should have been six glasses and a brandy - we got four and a brandy......for $72.00 - not worth it as not one of the wines were exceptional. Once we did ask the waiter for a breather, he gave it to us only to serve us lukewarm food that had been sitting waiting for us to be ready to eat it. This is certainly not the service or experience that I expected, and has definitely left a bad "taste" in my mouth. As much as I've liked the place in the past, this was horrendous!!! And it wasn't that they were busy - there was only one other table plus one person at the bar. They wanted to feed us, and get out of there - that was the impression that I got - and when one is paying such a high ticket for a meal, you should never feel as if you are rushed!!!!!
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