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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:29 am 
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This place is fairly new and has been a number of different places over the years. One of the problems is that the restaurant is very large, and therefore the rent is very high. It needs to have the volume to be able to support the rent.

That being said, we were pleasantly surprised at how good the food was here. Took my mother for her birthday on January 30th. The bar area was full. In addition to the bar they have several cocktail tables that seat 4. Very nice area with "Rat Pack" type museum. (This is the theme for the entire restaurant). They appear to have a very nice happy hour as well.

They have an outside deck, which was not open. We sat in the main dining room. There were about five other tables that were full that evening. The waiter did tell us they were completely sold out for the 31st. The area was nicely done.

Service was excellent. I like when the waiter actually not only knows the specials but can accurately describe how they are prepared. The wine list is fairly large and reasonably priced.

This restaurant is not inexpensive. Think along the lines of Greg Norman's or Ruth's Chris. We started with a bottle of Malbec ($32). Very good wine.

For appetizers we had ceasar salad, wedge salad and crispy shrimp. The salads were good, but the crispy shrimp was excellent. Large shrimp with a light batter and panko crumbs, drizzled with Sweet Chili Sauce.

For dinners we had Veal Parmesan (not on the menu but the chef offered to make it), Filet Mignon and Au Gratin Potatos; and Scallops over bed of mushroom risotto. Note that the steaks are served ala carte. The steak with garlic herb butter was wonderful and cooked to order. The Au Gratin potatoes were excellent (and probably 500 calories just by themself). The Veal was so tender that you did not need a knife. A huge order of pasta was served with it (made a nice lunch the next day). The scallops were also good and the risotto was yummy.

Bill for three with drinks, wine, coffee, salads, appetizer and entree was about $200 plus tip.

For a special occasion I would return here again. Excellent food and service.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 4:20 pm 
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Thanks, Sher! The menu looks good. We'll have to get up that way! I wonder if it is where Umburto's used to be? Sort of looks like it on the map, but I'm generally directions impaired.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:13 pm 
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No, it is not where Umberto's was. It is near Greg Norman's and much bigger than that. It used to be something "Grand." At one time I think it was also a Greek place (maybe Dino's?).


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Dino's! :hello:


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