Friends told us about Le Rivage a while ago, and we finally got there this week. From outside it looks like it might feature take-out Chinese. Once you step inside though, you realize that this is a comfortable, adult restaurant. The decor will probably set you in mind of 1950, but hey, the fifties had some charm.
After several minutes a waiter came to give us menus. After several more minutes he returned to take our wine order. We were too slow in responding, so he went away. This leisurely attitude continued throughout the evening. The four courses were separated by lengthy waits. Tired of waiting for our entrees, we told a passing waiter (not ours) that we were getting hungry. The dinners appeared a few moments later. From start to finish the entire meal required two and a half hours -- and no, we did not linger over coffee.
The food was excellent. Three out of the four of us ordered from the $35 side of the menu. The slim-one among us knew ahead of time that he would not want dessert, so he ordered items al la carte. The appetizers were in fact appetizing and well presented - escargo, scallops, a salad and the soup de jour. Be aware though, that the scallop appetizer consists of ONE scallop. Next, the house salad. Definitely okay, but hardly anything to rave about. The entrees were tasty and again beautifully presented. We had two different duck dishes and the scallop dinner. All excellent. Three desserts were shared -- the creme brulle being the best of the bunch.
All in all. Good food and wine. Pleasant surroundings. Lackluster service. We will try it again and hope for a server who more interested in serving.
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