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“Eccentric and great cuisine ”
Review of One Restaurant - CLOSED

One Restaurant
Price range: US$50 - US$100
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar Scene
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: W. Barbee Chapel Road
Transit: Service by Chapel Hill Transit Authority.
Description: [ONE] offers elegantly simple cuisine paired with distinctive International wines. Integrated dining and kitchen areas allow you to watch our chefs prepare one-of-a-kind dishes that will please all the senses. Whether you are looking for a casual ambiance in which to enjoy rare wines or just a fresh take on local fare, [ONE] is your one place for good food and wine.
Reviewed 10 August 2014 via mobile

One, under the current management has managed to instill a fresh take on fine cuisine, you can expect great service and a nice ambience, but the food can both steal the show or leave you wondering about what this dish is.... Sometimes they have puzzling flavor combinations that will either wow you or disappoint, one thing is for sure, you will not be bored and more often than not, one restaurant is an experience that you would find in new York or LA

Thank mpop2002
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Reviewed 9 August 2014

We tried the "Impromptu" Tasting Menu, which promised a, "6 course menu of surprises." There were no surprises, as everything we were served appeared on the regular menu. Sweetbreads were, by far, the dish they did best. The lamb and beef ribeye were both passable, but uninspired. Obviously the kitchen has better skills with meat, as the swordfish and cobia were both poorly delivered, the former being overly salty (and I LIKE salt). Sauce on the octopus was tasty, but the octopus itself was tough and flavorless. The eggplant was over-spiced and pasty. By far the worst dish of the evening was a pasta with sunflower seeds. The pasta was too thick and undercooked, and the filling totally flavorless. We did enjoy the dessert of roasted pineapple with lime custard - tangy and not too sweet.

Their presentations are artistic, a treat for the eye, which only raises your expectations, then proceeds to dash them when you taste the food. Their wine list is criminally over-priced. Two or two and a half times retail is fair, but most of their bottles are double that.

Service is less-than-stellar, with a lot of attitude not backed up by any particular skills. Pretension is the byword for this place. It's an affectation of haute cuisine without delivery. Seek your gastronomic satisfaction elsewhere. Dinner for 4, with wine, came to $600, and it wasn't worth it.

3  Thank Michael P
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Reviewed 8 August 2014

We have eaten at some of the best restaurants in the US and One has a way to go. A very creative kitchen and great ingredients seem often marred by attempts to be too cutesy. Presentations were very au courant. We did the full tasting menu with wines and when they were good (like the veggies) they were very very good but when things did not click they were just weird. Cobia with BBQ sauce tasted like, well, BBQ sauce. My beef dish was basically ruined by a 'bagna cauda' sauce that wasn't. My wife's lamb 'collar' was chewey Many of the chef's "creative" tastings came right off the menu, so if you go just pick and choose wisely. The wine pairings were mostly white. Nice ambiance and an attentive waitstaff.

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1  Thank oltexan
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Reviewed 6 June 2014

Having lived and eaten in San Francisco and Manhattan, really? All this excitement? For this? And for these prices. Place is wonderful in design. Main dining area so very very noisy - on a random Tuesday. We chose to sit in the bar - much better. Our server in the main area seemed very taken with the fact she was working there, and was almost condescending. Our server in the bar was perhaps too obtrusive, perhaps new at this restaurant. Acted as tho' he had been trained somewhere else, asking too many times if this suited you, was everything to our liking, etc. Seemed awkward in the serving of our drinks, forgot things - "perhaps I misunderstood you". The presentation by the train of people was very over-the-top and snooty. Granted things tasted wonderful, and the actual presentation of the meals was lovely on the plate, but...really? Noted another reviewer mentioned the bread and excellent butter - where were those? Left famished and disappointed. I never write bad reviews, because that's so nasty, but sorry - this time I feel justified. Husband and I joined a life-time friend - she lives in the area and we are on a 2-month road trip - to dine here. I think she was pleased, which is good for ONE, as she'll probably bring husband &/or friends. When we pass through here next, we will surely avoid. Better fortune to others. I will now step down from soapbox.

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1  Thank stephanie f
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

Friend gave me a gift certificate for here, and we decided to make an evening of it, pairing dinner here with a visit to the NC symphony.
We had an early reserve at 5:30 to accommodate later plans, and were one of the first seated. Floor was abuzz with staff, significantly outnumbering patrons. Wait staff was helpful, we inquired about the full custom 7 course dinner, but opted for the 5 course tasting menu based on timelines.

Some items were better than others, but they ranged from very good to ridiculously tasty.
Portion size was small, but that was the intent. Lots of little things that are very good. Figured I would depart satisfied but not stuffed, and that was spot on.

Soup was good, liver appetizer was great. Cobia had a bitter coating on it, seemed purposefully burned, a little odd.

Service was crazily attentive but managed to stay unobtrusive.

And yeah..it's pricey.

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1  Thank PboroBill
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