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“CIA Escoffier Restaurant, Good but not Great”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Escoffier Restaurant - CLOSED

Escoffier Restaurant
Cuisines: French, American
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Wayside, New Jersey
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“CIA Escoffier Restaurant, Good but not Great”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2010

The CIA tour was excellent. After the tour, we had later reservations at Escoffier.

We were expecting only the best service and food, but the experience fell a bit short.

Wine: Red wine served in a White Wine glass
Water refills needed to be requested

Apps: Fois Gras was luke warm towards cold. Escargot was good, not great.

Main course: Veal Filets were great, but again the temperature was a bit cold. The tableside sole was great and done just like in the Julie & Julia movie!

The side of Asparagus was awesome. The Leek and Morel veggies that came with the veal was really good.

Desserts: Cheesecake Bruleewas great. The poached pear was somewhat bland and it did not pair well with the included ice cream and chocolate sauce.

The service was not top notch, but we forgive them because these are just kids doing very adult jobs.

The staff was friendly and were more than eager to answer our questions.

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English first
Suburban D.C.
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155 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“WOW”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2008

Ate at the Escoffier Restaurant (French) it was superb for food, service and ambiance! Not inexpensive but worth it. It has a view of the kitchen and the maitre'd gave us a briefing about the activities. The students are fun to talk with. Get reservations and arrive early and tour the facilities first. Wonderful experience.

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1 Thank DeepFreeze63
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DC
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187 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
“Very good”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2008

I have been twice, to the American and French. I think the prices are fair given the quality of the ingredients. It is not for-profit - any excess money goes to the students's education. It is interesting to watch them in the kitchen, learning techniques like flambeing. I didn't mind having them practice on me - that is part of the experience that I knew going in. Prices were much lower than similarly attentive service in a city.

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3 Thank SaminDC
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