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“First Rate Service”
Review of La Fleur - CLOSED

La Fleur
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $80
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed August 14, 2013

There were six in our party. We all had the prix fixe six course "Tasting Menu" ($75 each). Portions for each course were small (6 delicious french fries with the main course), so that one could appreciate the entire meal without feeling too stuffed to enjoy the later courses. (Portions from the a la carte menu are larger.) The food was excellent and well presented. The paté was probably the best I have ever had. Unfortunately, it was served with a sweet compote that, while quite good, was too bold for the subtle paté. Service was outstanding. As each course came, three servers with a plate in each hand coordinated so that the food was placed before each guest simultaneously. Although each of the courses had a recommended wine by the glass, we chose to order 3 bottles instead. This gave more flexibility to accommodate individual preferences and rates of consumption. The waitress conferred with the chef to help with the wine selection. Service was leisurely and the courses spaced out, so we had plenty of time to enjoy conversation and our wine (we arrived at 5:30 and left at 9:00).

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Reviewed July 27, 2013

We recently spent a week at the Chautuaqua Institution in Chautauqua NY. Our dinner at La Fleur was the culinary highlight of our trip. The restaurant is located in a lovely brick home that provides elegant yet comfortable surroundings. The wait staff is helpful and professional. However, it is the food that takes center stage here. Each of our four entrées was prepared and presented to perfection. Desserts provided a delicious ending to our meal. Although a bit pricy, La Fleur will not disappoint. A truly memorable dining experience.

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1  Thank ghostriders1
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Reviewed July 23, 2013 via mobile

The foie gras appetizer was the BEST! We dined on the porch. Very pleasant. Try the filet steak with green peppercorn sauce. I bought desserts for everyone in honor of our hosts who had their first grandchild. The bill for numerous desserts was only $75. They were tremendous.

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1  Thank CO2doc
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

My husband and I had the pleasure of dining at La Fleur over the July 4th holiday weekend and it was, by far, the best restaurant in the area. The ambiance is lovely, the wait staff professional and courteous, and the food incredible. I loved that it didn't have your typical restaurant bar, which tends to increase the noise level significantly. The wait staff were attentive, but not intrusive. They also provided some complimentary after-dinner drinks that we were considering and had inquired about; a very good sign when employees are empowered to take care of their customers. The food came to our table hot and we were happy to learn that most of it was locally sourced. We would have dined there another evening; however, it was closed the next day (Sunday). I can't wait to return to Chautauqua Lake and I'm not embarrassed to say just to eat at this restaurant alone!

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1  Thank Gabettarossa
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

My wife & I went to celebrate our anniversary. The atmosphere, food, wine, and service were wonderful.

We are both light eaters and appreciated the reasonably sized portions of outstanding food (versus the large portions of mediocre food frequently served in restaurants). We started with Kirs - one a Royal and the other with a subtle ginger taste ($11 and $13). Great for a toast and to accompany the “amuse bouche”. There were also three kinds of breads offered – the baguette was REAL – crisp outside and fresh inside!

One appetizer was Crabe et Fines Herbes, Melon Compresse et Prosciutto de Canard ($18). The presentation was beautiful; the various tastes sumptuous, especially the Duck Prosciutto. Another was Pate de Campagne au Noisettes with Accompanyments ($16). This was the finest country style pork pate I’ve had outside of France – the hazelnuts added something. The small side salad was soooo fresh and crisp and perfectly dressed with a vinaigrette.

Being small eaters, one of us ordered only a Salade de Betterave et Chevre Frais ($13). The local beets were not all red, but rather red and white striped. The Pistachio Chutney and Candied Pistachios were perfectly taste matched with the goat cheese mousse.

I opted for a fish dish that I had never even heard of before, yet alone tasted – Oven roasted Branzino in a clear liquid with fennel polle and herbs ($38). This dish also had four little neck clams from P.E.I., stuffed with purple potato and tomato “raisins”. As most readers are aware of, the same fish can have different names in different countries, states, or regions. Branzino is the Italian name for the Mediterranean sea bass; its name in France is usually Loup de Mer. It is a delicate white fish from the sea and Le Fleur’s preparation was a true taste treat—firm, flaky, and moist.

All this was complemented by a really dry and flavorful rose from Aix-en-Provence, Chateau Beaulieu ($9/glass or $39/bottle).

We had not tasted real profiteroles from several years so opted to share that dessert. The pastry was perfect; three shells filled with vanilla bean, chocolate, and espresso ice cream topped with warm Valrhona Chocolate Sauce, Caramelized nuts and real whipped cream ($12). What a treat! And accompanied by perfectly made cups of cappuccino ($5.50).

If you opt for a really wonderful meal at Le Fleur, please don’t be on any sort of schedule. Rather, go to relax and enjoy the tastes that await you. Everything is freshly prepared; I doubt there is a microwave in the kitchen. Our dinner took 2-1/2 hours.

Is it expensive?; you bet. Does it represent great value?; you bet. Bon Appetite!

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1  Thank kidoncorner
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