This was my third time dining here. The restaurant is in a Beaux Arts building. When you enter, it reminds you of a top end restaurant in Paris. The public spaces are impressive and huge. The dining room, not large, has a large wooden table in the middle, a lot like many restaurants in Europe. The tables are far apart giving diners a very comfortable environment with a nice degree of privacy. The service is impeccable but not at all stuffy. Our waiter was the perfect mix of being professional and also personable. His knowledge of the menu was excellent. When he was not sure, he checked on it can came right back. We brought two very top end wines and I opened and decanted the one that was 36 years old as I wouldn't expect the waiter to know how to handle it. It was actually a few years older than him. The food was not only delicious, the courses were all beautifully presented with interesting and very fresh and seasonal ingredients. The staff are really there to please. I detected none of the stuffiness, off putting attitude or pretentiousness that some reviewers have said. After three visits, I am not convinced that my impression is a fair one. It is a formal setting that you can dress up for but anything nice will also do. Soft jazz is the background music but does not intrude at all. The cheese plate was a nice end for us. One portion was enough for hour to have a small but wonderful end to the fantastic dinner. The bar is popular with the fashionable set. The bar menu is much less pricy and includes many interesting and tasty options.
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