Now that this thread has strayed into the high rent district, I thought I'd share my dining adventure at the Napa Grille in Hyde Park (located where J's Seafood used to be.) I met some friends for dinner. We had a couple of birthdays in the group and someone chose Napa for some fancy dining.
The quick and dirty is that most of what we ordered was pretty tasty, especially one of the appetizers. Overall, however our "dining experience" was overpriced and pretentious. It's the kind of place where you find menu items such as "Toasted Almond-Stuffed Dates in Apple Wood Smoked Bacon, Balsamic Reduction...$8". This was, in fact, the best dish of the evening. It was really, really good. The Traditional Bruschetta was good but not worth the 9 bucks.
The entree menu is extensive and pricey. The Seared Diver Scallops sounded good until we found out you get 3 scallops for $26. One of our party got the Mongolian Pork Chops which were basted with a hoisin wasabi mixture that was delicious. She got a couple of big chops for $19, so it wasn't a bad deal at this place. I had the Petite Filet which was indeed petite (6 oz., but it looked smaller). It was grilled perfectly (medium rare) but was encrusted with way too much salt which overpowered the meat.
Wine flights had been a feature of this place but the waiter mentioned that they had discontinued their wine flight special. The wine list is extensive and some wines are very
expensive. They did let us try a small amount of a wine before we ordered it. They serve half glasses of wine which are small...3 oz. The evening we were there, all wine served by the glass was being offered at half price. Napa Grille prides itself on its recommended wine pairings, so when my friend found her wine to be too light to stand up to the Mongolian Pork Chops, they provided another wine and did not charge her for the wine they originally recommended.
We got 2 free desserts because of the birthdays. They were large, with a scoop of ice cream atop a dense piece of chocolate cake that was filled with a dark chocolate syrup. The waiter brought us extra plates so we could share. The desserts were so rich, we didn't finish them.
The service was attentive to the point of distraction. The waiter was a charming young fellow eager to be helpful and to show off his knowlege of the menu and the wine list. He was such a nice guy, we didn't let on that he was driving us nuts.
We do these "fancy" dinners a few times a year to celebrate our birthdays. So far, the best restaurants have been Honey in Northside, the York Street Cafe in Newport, and Tink's in Clifton.
Here's a link to the website, but I'm not recommending this restaraunt: