The waiter explained that, by ordering the four-course menu instead of the three-course, they cut the portion size so you don t get too full. My fish course (in the four-course menu) consisted of one scallop. Perhaps the restaurant was closing early, but it was a Saturday night, and the staff (very attentive) served up three courses and wine in 52 minutes. The food was good, but it SHOULD be good at these prices. I finally got them to slow the pace down by the time dessert got there. When I explained that Chef Keller would have not approved of the rapid-fire pace, the manager agreed and promised a more leisurely pace next time. Unfortunately, there won t be one.
The food tasted like German food with French stylings, which is pretty much Alsace anyway. Everything was marvelously flavored and rich, yet surprisingly subtle for German derivation. The non-muscle meats were pleasant and creamy, and the muscle meats were fall-apart tender, and the sauerkrauts were all different and subtle. The big hits with the Quail and Choucroute soup, and the Beef Cheeks for me, as well as the little Foie Gras burger thing during the appetizer course. The wine parings are delicious, but don t expect a gigantic red; the wines either syrupy or clean to clean off.
As far as the unsatisfied reviews: Don t go here unprepared. The bill is too big at the end of the night for uninterested palates.
If I could have rated it a zero I would. We went with a party of 7 and every single one of us said the same thing. The food was awful!!!!! I can't believe it is rated so highly. There are so many more wonderful restaurants in the area. Service was so so. We ordered water in a bottle and they kept mixing tap water with our bottled water. They forgot to serve one person in our party. When the description of the food is long, you have to wonder why they are trying so hard. TERRIBLE TERRIBLE TERRIBLE Food
Service and ambiance was great, food was OK. I had the lamb. Lamb loin was good but the other tasted like Asian(SE regions) style beef stew. My girlfriend had the sea scallops. Not the best scallops we have eaten and the truffle gnocchi tasted very similar to Chef Boyardee ravioli shell. Go figure that as people get older their taste revert back to their childhood experiences. Repackaged with a high price tag and we call it fine dining. I guess that's why we're in a recession. But don't take my word for it until you've tried it.
My wife and I have eaten at some wonderful restaurants and must say that Fleur De Lys was one of the best. Their sauces were outstanding, the service friendly, and the whole dining experience just outstanding
I went to the restaurant recently and it was awesome! i just loved the small little portions for the appetizers! and it was so fun to get supper dressy and so to this amazing fancy place! i totally recommend it for and nice romantic night! I love love love it!!!
Our most recent visit to the restaurant was very disappoinging. I have always enjoyed Fleur de Lys. I have a copy of the cook book and watch Hubert Keller'g program on KQED and this was not the restaurant that I had come to love. The service was spotty, the portions were miniscule and the food was over-salted. The Gran Marnier souffle had no taste, only volume. I will not return.
After dining at Gary Danko it was hard to be impressed. Fleur de lys did have some great dishes but the appetizers sort of threw things off a little. The Lobster soup with truffles had a little too much of a vinegar taste to it and sort of threw my taste buds off. My wifes asparagus salad was more of a mousse than a salad and had more of a buttery taste to it because of the foi grois. It sort of threw things off for the rest of the night. The second course which was the scallop and the sea bass were executed well and was quite suprised by the braised endive a really unique flavor that compliments the sea bass. The main course the filet mignon and the lamb was done well and I would recommend them. The cheese was another story. A few of the cheeses were quite tasty the creme fraiche, the blue cheese and the goat cheese were tasty but the others had a bitterness to them that just did not sit right and sort of made feel a little nausiated. I forgot the names of them. My wife had the chocolate souffle that was pretty good but I think Gary Danko's was better. I had the sorbets which had 4 different flavors, by far the most interesting was the coconut sorbet with the candied popcorn. That was the best, I wished they only offered coconut only. I would have enjoyed it immensely. For the money that we paid everything needs to be perfect. At Gary Danko's everything was tasty and perfect. When I asked my wife if she would come to Fleur de Lys again, her response was no. I can't wait to go back to Gary Danko's and dine there again. I had a most memorable and wonderful experience that is very hard to match. And another restaurant that I highly recommend in Palo Alto is Evvia.
Food was not bad but not worth the price. BE VERY CAREFUL, PRICE LIST IS NOT CLEAR AND EXHAUSTIVE and the menu we read that evening was not as complete as the one appearing in the official website. Even though they offer menus at fixed prices, at the end of the meal you'll get A BILL OF ABOUT 220 DOLLARS! That's what happened to me and my husband even if we asked for a glass (not a bottle)of wine and a bottle of Evian water (9 dollars) in addition to the 3 course menu officially proposed at 70 dollars per person. We had to pay for an UNREQUIRED APPETIZER which cost us about 10 dollars per person. We had to pay for the dessert even if we thought it was included in the three course menu we had chosen. Nobody informed us that the prices shown didn't include taxes. So we HAD TO PAY 20 DOLLARS OF TAXES (which happened only at Fleur de Lys among all San Francisco and California restaurants, Los Angeles included, that never added taxes to our bill). Service was excessively zealous, quite mawkish which sounded rather hypocrite: we didn't feel respected nor cared for. We just felt they had been making a fun of us considering we payed 40 dollars per person more than the price expected. You can read plenty of comments like this on dedicated sites of S. Francisco restaurants.
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