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“Finishing on a high note”

Lacroix at The Rittenhouse
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Ranked #27 of 4,629 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: French, Contemporary
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: City Center West
Cross street: 19th & Walnut
Transit: PHLASH
Description: Located in the prestigious Rittenhouse Hotel, gazing over downtown Philadelphia's most elegant square, Lacroix has become a landmark in its own right. Romantic and evocative, our dining room beckons with the luminous glow of candlelight. Indulge your palate in our world-class menu, composed of the freshest ingredients.
Reviewed March 17, 2013

Had asked others where to go for dinner in Philadelphia - Lacroix, they'd say. Had read reviews, mostly positive, some not. We knew, if nothing else, this would be an expensive visit, but it was our last night in the US after all. So Lacroix it was.

The restaurant decor is quietly elegant and the ambience - refined without being stuffy is probably the best way to describe it. The noise level was just right, not so hushed that you feel uncomfortable but certainly conversation friendly. Our table overlooked a snow-covered Rittenhouse Square, looking quite pretty in the winter lights.

From the outset, the service was exemplary. The restaurant was busy but we didn't feel rushed. A number of people waited on us, showing interest and sharing conversation at the right times, moving unobtrusively around us at others - all under the direction of Sylvain Briens, the General Manager - a bit like a symphony really. If you work here, you are very good at your job (the best in fact), which is exactly what you would expect for this price point - polished, professional staff, highly skilled sommelier.

We went with the eight course tasting and grand wine matching. A great choice. The dishes were delicious little works of art - seemed a shame to eat them really - and the wines were perfectly matched.

To be totally honest, the service nudged out the food on this occasion. Don't get me wrong, the food was extraordinary, no question, but that little group of players made the evening particularly memorable.

And in a final touch as we were leaving, when Sylvain heard we were not staying in the hotel, he kindly offered the services of the hotel car to drive us back to our accommodation. We declined as we were happy with the short walk, but it was a considerate gesture nonetheless.

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Thank Littlescapes
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Sylvain B, General Manager at Lacroix at The Rittenhouse, responded to this reviewResponded March 18, 2013

Dear Littlescapes,
Thank you very much for your detailed review of your recent dining experience. We truly appreciate your feedback and are heartened to hear that your visit was so pleasant. I will pass your compliments along to the waitstaff. Looking foward to your next visit in the US.
Kind Regards
Sylvain

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Reviewed March 15, 2013

Breakfast buffet is great (little expensive $25) both really worth it service was great and was 1st class

Thank JEKDES-NYC
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Sylvain B, General Manager at Lacroix at The Rittenhouse, responded to this reviewResponded March 18, 2013

Dear JEKDES-NYC,
So happy to hear that your breakfast experience was so positive. We truly try to make every visit to Lacroix as memorable as possible. Thank you for taking the time to recommend us to others.
Regards
Sylvain

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Reviewed March 14, 2013

I loved everything I ate. With at least 40 items from which to choose, you get a wonderful variety. Servers were also great

Thank funalways75
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Sylvain B, General Manager at Lacroix at The Rittenhouse, responded to this reviewResponded March 18, 2013

Dear funalways75,
Thank you for the outstanding review. We are very pleased to see how much you enjoyed our establishment, food and most of all service... looking forward to your next visit!
Sylvain

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Reviewed March 12, 2013

We celebrated our 30th anniversary here and it was outstanding. Service, food, attention, all were exceptional. Could not have been better. We did the tasting with wine and it exceeded our expectations.

Thank mvyguy
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Sylvain B, General Manager at Lacroix at The Rittenhouse, responded to this reviewResponded March 18, 2013

Dear mvyguy:
Thank you for your stellar review. I'm delighted to hear that we exceeded your expectations. looking forward to your next visit!
Sylvain

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Reviewed March 1, 2013

This place is defiantly not for people on a budget, it can be extremely expensive. That said we dined here on a saturday night and were to say the least, impressed. My wife was pregnant at the time and the Chef was very accommodating in preparing her meals. I had a 5 course meal, accompanied by their wine pairing selection which was Fabulous. They provide you with the perfect glass of wine for each course. (im a big dude, and after my 5th glass of wine, and pre and post dinner scotch, i was having a good time) The Waiter's we had, as well as the men clearing our table were extremely courteous and made this part of our night quite fun. All in all this was a first class dining experience with exceptional food, wine and service, and we will be returning every time we visit philadelphia. Just be aware that a $500 bill for 2 people is not uncommon here, but you get what you pay for.

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Sylvain B, General Manager at Lacroix at The Rittenhouse, responded to this reviewResponded March 4, 2013

Dear welovesummer14,
Thank you for taking the time to write this thoughtful review. I will let Jeffrey know that you enjoyed is wine pairing! See you again soon.
Regards
Sylvain

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