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Feb 2, 2007 05:59 AM

Le Bec-Fin

Tonight my girlfriend and I are headed up from DC to eat in Philly and stay for the night (staying at the Sofitel). I didn't see much on here about Le Bec-Fin- are we making a mistake eating here? We want a high class, top quality meal. The price on the meal isn't important.

I know tomorrow we want to head to Monk's for lunch (I adore their frites) and later tonight we are headed to Alma de Cuba for drinks later in the night.

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  1. It's been several years since my wife and I dined at LeBecFin, but it was one of the most memorable dinners we've ever enjoyed. We too stayed overnight in the area so that we could really enjoy the experience, and enjoy it we did, esp. the cheese and dessert cart, which offered unlimited choice. The wine list is endless--we had a Cornas, which is very hard to find anywhere. No place else like it--enjoy.

    1. Le Bec Fin will be a marvelous experience. We stayed nearby, as well, so we wouldn't have to worry about driving after dinner, which was a good idea, considering all the wine we consumed. Beautiful room, fabulous service, truly memorable food. You won't regret it.

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      1. re: Deenso

        Indeed. It's not written about much here because there's no need -- everyone knows about them, and they deliver 100%. It'd be like asking a football scout whether he thought Peyton Manning was a good quarterback.

      2. It's very good, but what you're really paying for there is the service and the ambiance, not so much the food. You can get a better meal for much less money at many other places in the city, but if you want the full-on fine dining experience, Le Bec-Fin is a decent choice. The dessert and cheese carts are the best part. You may also want to think about Vetri or Lacroix, but if you're coming in tonight it's probably too late to get a reservation there or anywhere else that meets your criteria.

        1. You are DEFINITELY not making a mistake in eating at Le Bec Fin. Enjoy and I wish that I was going too.......

          1. My wife and I went with a gift certificate and I wanted to hate it. I figured all of the hype will surely lead to a disappointing experience. Boy was I wrong, it was fantastic. Not my style per se (I skew more casual) but despite this I was very comfortable and we really enjoyed ourselves. And I would have to respectfully disagree with Buckethead's characterization of the was definitely part and parcel with the rest of the "show". Enjoy!

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            1. re: G Goo

              Oh, I really liked the food, it's just that if the food itself is your only concern, you can eat better and cheaper elsewhere. When a table of eight diners is waited on by four servers, obviously that's a bigger expense for the restaurant than one server for every three or four tables, and the price at Le Bec-Fin reflects this. It's definitely not a mistake to eat there, but I wouldn't say it's the best food in the city. Of course, it's meant to be a full experience encompassing great service and ambiance as well.

              And I've got to say that the servers at Le Bec are fantastic. Despite working at one of the most prestigious restaurants in the city, they are incredibly friendly, helpful, and totally devoid of the stuffy attitude you sometimes get at high-end restaurants.

              1. re: Buckethead

                Yeah, the service was both impeccable and friendly. I have that built-in middle-class aversion to fuss and extravegance (and pretense). Our servers were loose and accomodating......they destroyed all of my preconceived notions.