We had dinner at the Palace on May 10 before Les Miserables at The Aronoff. This was our first visit to the Palace. We are not fine dining aficionados and weren't quite sure what to expect.
Overall, we enjoyed the experience. The combination of dinner at the Palace with the outstanding Les Miserable performance made for a sophisticated evening.
While the food and wine at the Palace was good and provided an opportunity to enjoy some unique interpretations of familiar dishes, we were less impressed with the atmosphere and, to a lesser extent, the service.
We enjoyed the Hamachi Samashi for our appetizer. It was delicious and served with a unique soy sauce and turnips. For the entree, we had the Kentucky ribeye. It was quite good in an au jus sauce. We enjoyed 2 glasses of wine (pinot grigio and pinot noir), which was good and reasonably priced.
It was an expensive meal (about 160) for the two of us with wine and tip.
The atmosphere was not quite as nice as I had expected. The space is part of the hotel lobby, which somehow detracts from the elegance. The tables along the walls have bench seating on one side, which we thought was a little tacky. Overall, the dining room just didn't seem as grand or elegant as we expected from a high end fine dining restaurant.
Service was fine, but not outstanding. The server was slow to serve the bread, which ended up coming with the appetizer. The servers did their job efficiently, but were somewhat cold and reserved.
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