Overall I would have given this place almost 5 however for their major goof ups I am forced to give them a 4 ( especially because it spoilt our celebrations else it would not have mattered much).
Reservations: We had reserved our seat in advance. However when we reached there we were told there was no reservation by our name. Luckily we were there on a weekday so we managed to get a seat else it would have spoilt our plan. Since we were celebrating our anniversary I had requested for their in house special cake with candle as a surprise for my husband. Unfortunately because of their goof up we lost out on that and landed up not cutting a cake for our anniversary. That quiet initially dampened our spirit. So maybe a word of caution to confirm your reservation before going. Again while making reservation if you are planning on a romantic night out do ask for red room and if possible chef's table. This is the best seat however if you are planning your dinner early this place tends to be warm since it is right next to a window.
Ambience: The ambience of the place is perfect for a date night. We were celebrating our anniversary so were glad we chose this place. I have been to many restaurants in past which claim to have romantic ambience but they fail short. This one is not one of those.
Food: After all the initial dampening of mood, it was the food that set the mood right. Everything we ordered right from salad ( shrimp and endives), soup ( French onion) , wines ( Port and muscato) , lamb ( rack of lamb) , duck ( pan seared duck) and dessert ( creme brulee) were simply superb. The fries were slightly oily however they were so fresh and well cut. I would go back to this place just for food again. The food is priced very well too.
Service: The service was amazing when we started our dinner. Being a weekday and early dinner there were not too many people initially however as soon as they were few more people the service slipped downhill. We had requested for wine with the food. We got that after we had finished the lamb. We has ordered a side of French fries again with food however that was brought after our entrees were done. My husband initially ordered for port wine however with his entree he ordered for muscato and he was served port wine. We were celebrating a special occasion so did not want to create a mess.
Location: The place is right next to union station and capitol Hill. That was another thing good about the place since before the dinner we had some time and had a good walk.
Dressing: Dress up well to this place. For men I would suggest a light blazer and for women a nice dress or skirt. We were not aware and my husband and I both going from work were in formals but not very classy and felt out of place.
Again if the other things are not important to you this place deserves a 5. I wish they would pay heed to the small details making this place a 5/5
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