We've eaten at Webster's several times prior to its current management and had always been disappointed in virtually every aspect of the food, service, and atmosphere as it claimed to be a "5 star" restaurant but was actually a pretentious, over-priced revolving door with mediocre food. How can a restaurant that bills itself as "5 stars" and "Prime" be either when the best cut of beef was USDA Choice? But all that has changed since its new Executive Chef and GM, Stefan Johnson, took over and completely revamped the menu, decor, and staff earlier this year. Gone are the couch-sized dining chairs, rude waiters, and pedestrian food. The place crackles with a subdued energy, stylishly comfortable chairs and booths, and (finally!) outstanding food served by a truly pleasant waitstaff. On our most recent visit this July, we tried several different steaks (Dry aged prime ribeye, while pricey, is amazing), appetizers, and sides which were all cooked perfectly. The pacing of the meal was great up until a large (20) group of diners appeared sans reservation and briefly overwhelmed the weekday serving team, but by dessert all was back to normal. Not to be missed: Truffled potato, French onion soup (onions are caramelized for 5 hours!), house-made cheesecake, and venison tenderloin. Wine prices are very reasonable too. On Friday and Saturday nights, there is live piano music which can be a bit loud if you are seated too close to the piano itself, but we simply ask to be seated away from it (the piano player is very good and plays classic Sinatra-esque, mood-appropriate tunes). Overall, by far the best dining experience in Kalamazoo and we plan on returning at least once a month.
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