Stellar service! The food here is very good, but what really stood out to me here is the amazing service. Presentation of food is great, some plates are excellent and some are just good. The room is absolutely lovely and they change the decor throughout the year. I highly recommend this restaurant for a fine dining weekday meal, special occasion celebration and special date.
I was amazed...: I was looking forward to a great evening of French food and service. What my table experienced was awkward service and cold, tasteless food.
The meal started off on a positive note with a tiered tray of hors devourers - some great, some less than great.
The wine list is huge, and the waiters will offer help if you ask. Speaking of the wait staff, we were served by 6 to 8 different people. This caused confusion at our table with every course. It was especially evident with the wine service. Some of the staff didn't realize that we had ordered a second bottle and stopped filling our glasses half way through the main course. It was disappointing to see the head waiter show up with 3/4 of a bottle as we were ordering our dessert. Bread was great, but we were never offered a second portion. I tried to flag down the waiter with the bread basket, but again this is something that they need to work on.
Back to the food. The appetizers were good with the multi-herb ravioli being one of the greatest foods tastes I have ever experienced. The Carolina shrimp was another great course. The entries were uneven, with all 4 of our plates being served at room temperature. The crust on the striped bass resembled a cold paste and sauces were used sparingly. The halibut is tasteless.
Desserts were a step up, with the coffee being the high point of the meal.
Overall it was a good meal, but not a great one. The dining experience should have been a night at the theater, but it resembled an amateur production.
My wife and I enjoyed the what has now set the bar as the most expensive meal of our lives, yet the experience was worth every penny - I wouldn't change a thing.
Every bite was a surprise, and every sip of wine (we allowed the sommelier to recommend paired glasses of wine for each course) beautifully enhanced the complex layers of flavor.
Impeccable, and friendly service from all staff members from the moment we entered the restaurant, until the moment we left.
Overall, a quite stuffy, blue nosed clientelle, but that actually made the experience that much more interesting for us (a couple of Ohioans).
We didn't care for the food there. They used duck liver for foir gras and it was not as creamy as real goose liver supposed to be. Neither the soup or the main course impressed us but they did have big portions and ambiance/service were good.
Our experience at Daniel was problematic. We had to wait in the bar for just about an hour past our reservation time for our table. Once we were seated, we were informed that they were out of the 2 items on the menu I was most interested in ordering. While the service was exemplary and our appetizers and desserts were some of the best I've ever had, our entrees were VERY disappointing. Our lamb and beef dishes were overcooked, tough and chewy. Even if they had been cooked to our desired medium-rare, the dishes would most likely have been mediocre. I have not problem paying exhorbitant prices for excellent food, but this was not the case at Daniel. Much better dining can be found in NYC for much less money.
Service was fine, milieu also, but the food was tasteless. I can't believe there's anyone French in the kitchen. Tastes as if the kitchen has been outsourced or angled at the sugar-toothed end of the American mass market. There's not a dish withouot some sweet sauce on it. Yuk.
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