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“exceptional food exquisitely presented by attentive host”
Review of artcafe26 - CLOSED

artcafe26
Price range: $31 - $65
Cuisines: European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Courthouse Street
Transit: Trolley transport from NewTown to and from Merchant Square at 15 minute interval.
Description: artcafe26, the place that’s different. Inventive, fresh, tasty, mostly organic produce. Molecular cuisine incorporated in dinner menu and daily dessert menus. Seasonal menu throughout the year.
Reviewed February 23, 2014

A splendid restaurant with creative dishes that meet the highest levels of creation and preparation ... and not too many choices. We were impressed with the appropriateness of the plates and platters used for the presentation and the attention of the hostess. The restaurant delivers on the culinary end. The chef specializes in combinations of foods that work together in unusual ways. The restaurant layout in bizarre - not overly warm or cozy but once you start the meal, the enjoyment is supreme.

Thank Dashmaster
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Reviewed December 31, 2013

There is nothing like Art Cafe 26. Not in a hundred mile radius. A combination of Art Gallery and Austrian Cafe. Bernhard Klinger the chef constantly surprises me with his desserts. Somewhere between the mint foam and the mango espuma I learned that the Austrians are the one people who an look the French in eye when it comes to matters culinary. And try the nitrogen-chilled ice cream - totally unlike the american style. Smooth as custard and twice a tasty.

Frau Sybilla (Sybilla Deng) presides over the front of the house. For her Art is what the Cafe is about. The art on display is not mere decoration. This is a first-class European Gallery displaying artists of distinction. To attend one of her art openings is an education and delight. Not just for the artists she brings,for the audience she has cultivated. An audience that cares about Art and shows an aficionado's interest in how it was done.

I have been attending Art Cafe 26 since it opened. I will readily confess that my week revolves around the Saturday afternoon I spend there.

VIVAT ART CAFE 26

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Thank Roderick M
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Reviewed December 10, 2013

This was one of the best meals my wife and i have had. The food was excellent. The presentations were the most creative we have ever seen. The service was impeccable. The restaurant is small so we were able to talk and share with the diners around us. We were all impressed and had a great time marveling at the chef's work. The menu is very limited but it is all amazing. There are no "weird" foods, just inspired versions of everyday foods. This is a first class dining experience.

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1  Thank lubedog
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Reviewed December 2, 2013

Have been to this restaurant three times and it seems to have gone from very good to average. My wife ordered a salad that was OK and I ordered Wiener Schnitzel which I thought would be one of their specialties. I was very disappointed given the price I paid. Not planning on returning.

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Thank Tim M
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Reviewed November 30, 2013

Sibilla and Chef Klinger continue to provide what may be the best dining experience in Virginia – definitely the best in Williamsburg.

The chef's creations escape the realm of mere craft, becoming elegant pieces of art that leave you with a clear understanding of his vision. His cuisine combines classic flavors and methods from the European tradition, augmented by cutting-edge modernist techniques. This approach allows him to transform ingredients into something entirely novel, something that can't be found anywhere else. The multi-course nature of dinner here adds a certain flourish. While the evening menus are limited so that each course can be of the highest quality, the lack of options is actually freeing. You can count on each dish to be fantastic, meaning that you cannot make a bad choice. The dinner menus should be able to accomodate any food aversion without much difficulty.

The atmosphere is clean and serene. Art is always controversial, but it looks like some of Williamsburg's most interesting pieces come through here. The staff is attentive, but never intrusive. For most people, dinner at a place like this is reserved for special occasions, but the entire experience is well-worth the expense. The artcafe is in a league of its own.

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Thank Mitchell C
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