The only pretentious thing about this restaurant is its prices. Between four of us, we had: two bottles of pedestrian screw-cap wine, two miniscule salads (they were supposed to feed four), a standard gnocchi appetizer, two orders of "OK" chinook, and two literally inedible raw orders of duck, and our bill (before tip) was $230. Our server was very good (and I tipped her accordingly). However, I have given this place a 1 out of 5 because, after shelling out a 5-star price for a 2-star dinner, the cigar-smoking owner rushed us out the door at 9:00 because we were the only people in the restaurant.
I'm sure that others have had better experiences than we had, otherwise Bruno's would have gone out of business long ago. All I know is that I will NEVER go back to the Chef's Kitchen. I have had much better meals in better environments that cost a third of what we paid for the "privilege" of having cigar smoke blown over our meal.