We went as part of Bethlehem's restaurant week and were just thrilled with everything about it. I went in the past with 4 adults but didn't find it as enjoyable because all 4 of us had to eat exactly the same thing and that's asking a bit much from 4 people. This time, I guess because it was mid week, we were given a lovely round table with 2 burners so we could all share 2 separate selections for everything and the experience was infinitely better. Oddly, when I was asking questions I was told that they do have portable burners so I was confused why that wasn't offered at my previous visit, at least I know now I guess.
Anyway, the first time we came it was $170 for 4 adults, only 1 pot of cheese, 2 tiny salads, cocktails and 1 pot of chocolate dessert. Nice but I wouldn't have gone back if restaurant week wasn't here, we brought our 2 teens and had a blast chatting during the 2.5 hour leisurely dining experience. Restaurant week meant it was $35 pp with minor additional charges for entree broths that I really didn't really care for because they were on the plain side, the sauces are much better so the plain broth would have been fine. This time it was cheaper with a whole other course, minus the cocktails. So its not a cheap night out by any means BUT if you are looking for a really nice place to carve out some serious family time, which is exactly what I wanted, its the way to go.
Opening we had the spinach & artichoke and a second pot of the cheddar and both were amazing with the selection of refillable breads and veggies, the kids loved it instantly. The second course are tiny little salads which are tasty but nowhere near large enough- maybe 1/3 cup loosely packed greens, and restaurant week didn't downplay the portions, the salads were this small the first time I went too. The third entree course was a selection of raw meats & seafood that you drop into the broth and wait for it to cook. OK for the novelty of it but we got one of the wine & one of the mojo and I wasn't ll that impressed, they were sort of bland and the food was fancied up by the sauces so I'd just go with the cheapest and let the sauces do their thing. For the final course we all went with chocolate fondue, one pot of turtle and one of smores - so amazing. You get cut up fruit and rice krispie treats, dipped marshmallows and a bit of cheesecake. The only thing to watch is that after the chocolate gets hot, about 10 min into the course, I reached around & turned off the burner because the first time I went the chocolate got too hot and got that burned taste it gets before we were done with it, turning it off allowed the hot water in the double boiler to keep it warm until the kids were finished.
Overall I totally loved the family experience and will be back with our kids again, its so hard to get my family in one place for 2-3 hours and the dipping made for easy movement of conversation. I don't think I'll go on a busy night because I really wouldn't want to risk getting a 1 burner table again but that's not a big deal for us.
The service was extremely attentive, our waiter James was very charming & the managers made the rounds several time to assure a good experience, a young sweet girl also came by repeatedly to offer more waters. The atmosphere was casual dressy with an air of sophistication so the guys went with collared polo shirts and the girls went with sun dresses. The bathrooms are cool with a mouthwash dispenser on the wall - I didnt use it but thought it was neat for dates. The bar looked nice too for another time & based on my first visit the drinks were very very good.
I gave stars for families with children but that depends on the age & maturity of the children, I think little kids would lose it being asked to sit for 2 1/2 hours and talk, as a Mom I'd say bringing anyone under the age of 13 is asking too much of a kid - just my opinion.
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