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“Very disappointing”
Review of Savor

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Ranked #5 of 295 Restaurants in Niagara Falls
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $40
Cuisines: American
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Description: Savor, the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute's (NFCI) fine dining restaurant, provides a real-world hands-on learning experience for students enrolled in the Culinary Arts, Pastry Arts, Restaurant Management and Hospitality programs. Savor features an open kitchen where student chefs are on "display" to showcase their talents to the guests. Students work in rotation throughout Savor, including the wood-stone oven, serving fine dining cuisine. The goal is to expose students to classically prepared cuisine, presented in today's modern style, with an emphasis on using high quality local ingredients, all in a state-of-the-art kitchen. Product used in the restaurant are purchased from local sources. Savor's menu changes with the four seasons to give student chefs opportunities to work with and sell the freshest ingredients.
Reviewed July 10, 2014

Savor is the "fine dining" restaurant at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute. We decided to try it on a recent Wednesday night. Besides another table of two people, my husband and I were the only customers in there. As we looked over the menu, my husband was interested in the Fried Chicken but wondered about the description which listed bacon and spicy chili sauce. Not usual things with fried chicken. So, he asked our server to tell him about the fried chicken. She paused just long enough to make it clear that she thought that was a stupid question. My husband ordered the fried chicken and the Meza to start with. I ordered the Roasted Peach Salad to start and the Lobster Ravioli for my entree. The Meza was quite good. It was a bunch of mediterranean dishes like hummus, olives, falafel, etc. Some of it was hard to tell what it was and normally when a server delivers a dish like that they usually give a brief rundown of the items. We ended up calling over the server to ask what was what and she had to go ask the kitchen because she didn't know. My salad was not very good. The peaches were bland, and the frisee was very bitter. The entrees arrived and the Fried Chicken had 3 very small pieces of chicken, a lump of greasy bacon, creamed spinach and a side of spicy chili sauce. 2 of the 3 pieces of chicken were dark meat, described by my husband as greasy and tasteless. He had gone to KFC a week earlier and for $5 gotten a delicious piece of chicken. The creamed spinach was good. My Lobster Ravioli came with 4 ravioli, the filling was fine if a little bland but 3 of the ravioli were undercooked and a bit chewy. It cost us, with tip, $100 and it felt like a $40 meal.

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Thank Peg4157
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Reviewed July 9, 2014 via mobile

This is a MUST if you are visiting Niagara! The service is second to none. Quality, flavor and presentation of food is impeccable. Proof that quality does not mean it lakes flavor/seasoning. Prices are beyond reasonable for quality and ambiance of restaurant.

Thank Dustin V
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Reviewed May 22, 2014

No sign, no signs of life outside. The exterior of the restaurant consists of blackened windows. You can't tell it's a restaurant from outside. . Yet it is literally the best location in the Falls. Why?

Soaking wet menus. Why?

Smoke-filled dining room. Why?

Soiled tablecloth....you get the idea.

Savor purports to be a 5-star dining experience. While the food was decent, the service and atmosphere left a lot to be desired.

I could see this place being highly successful if the price points were lower and the service wasn't so painfully awkward. The interior reminded me of a hotel banquet room, and the "exhibition style kitchen," while interesting in theory, filled the dining area with acrid smoke.

Nothing about this place makes sense. It has an unduly restrictive menu (very little for vegetarians, nothing vegan). A great location with terrible curb appeal. Nice servers that are utterly confused about hospitality and fine dining. Food that is acceptable but nothing mind-blowing.

If you are looking for an upscale meal, skip Savor and go directly to Wine on Third. Come here for a cup of espresso or glass of wine during tourist season and sit outside if you can figure out how to get to/into the restaurant. (Tip: go into the Culinary Institute and turn left)

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1  Thank misscrusty
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Reviewed May 14, 2014

The restaurant has a great atmosphere. The staff is well trained even though some are students. Our food was average on this visit. First time the food was much better, however, both times were above average experiences

1  Thank Jeff C
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Reviewed May 8, 2014

I attended a dinner meeting that started out ok, but deteriorated after the appetizers were served. All of a sudden the servers started clearing the tables. Not a problem, because the diners were waiting for their entrees. Eventually it became apparent that the entrees had been forgotten by the staff, followed by a mad dash to reset the tables and eventually serve the main courses. This kind of disorganization does not bode well for a teaching establishment that charges upscale prices. I personally would like to see this restaurant succeed. Managers must keep a watchful eye on the proceedings so as to maintain consistency.

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Thank larn796
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