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Top of th Mark Brunch....

  • Pollo Feb 24, 2007 10:54 PM
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I thinking of going for brunch at the Top of the Mark in next few weeks with some out of town visitors....question I have....is it worth it?....I know that the view is fine but is the food in line with the price? I have had numerous breakfast buffets in some fine hotels and in the the $20-30 per person range you will get some v. good food....is "Top of the Mark" that good?...that much better? Thank you in advance....

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  1. We had a group of 8 go about two months ago for a birthday brunch and enjoyed every minute of it. The food and service were very good, and though expensive as you suggest, I thought it was worth it for a special occasion. Your out of town guests will love it.

    Some of the food highlights were the small caviar station that had about 8 different types to try, and the carved lamb riblets. Oh, and the bread pudding at the dessert station was awesome! It had bananas which worked for me.

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    1. re: toofacetious

      I concur,.......I also enjoyed my brunch experience there....

    2. The brunch at Top of the Mark is $59.

      1. My wife's mother was here during the war when the Top of the Mark was THE place. When she spent Xmas with us last year she wanted to go back there, the first time in over 60 years. We took her to the Sunday branch and we were all extremely happy. As mentioned both the food and the service were first rate, well worth the money. And, as also mentioned, you do have the view.

        1. In addition, when I was there in November with a group of 6, I believe the champagne was included in the price and was a bottomless glass that was quite tasty! Also, we never felt rushed even though we were among the first reservation group and stayed close to 2 hours.

          1. I am curious to see how other Hounds compare the Top of the Mark Brunch to the Ritz Carlton Brunch? I always felt that the food at Ritz Carlton was much better and I also really like the garden setting.

            1. I will compare the Christmas brunches...the one at The Top of the Mark was very good, the one at the Ritz was an order of magnitude better.. better food and incrediblely welcoming service..no view however....The Ritz was only slightly more expensive...I've also tried the Garden Court..its' space was by far ...the most beautiful..its' food was good but not of the quality of the other two..
              Next Xmas I have made reservations at the Awahnee for the Bracebridge Xmas dinner..I'll report back in a year!!!

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              1. re: ChowFun_derek

                Thank you for posting....I think the service at both the Ritz and Top of the Mark will both be v. good....the view is nice but I'm more swayed by the food. On that note can you please elaborate what you mean that the food at the Ritz is an "order of magnitude better"?.....just wondering how much better can it be?....quality?, selection?, inovation?....

                1. re: Pollo

                  "order of magnitude better"

                  Food at The Ritz is to Top of the Mark ...
                  ... as Peets is to Starbucks

                  Neither is Blue Bottle or Ritutal Roaster.

                  Furthering the coffee analogy ... The Cliff House is the 7-11 of buffets.

                2. re: ChowFun_derek

                  I've done the Bracebridge dinner. Even more fun than the dinner was sitting around in the beautiful lobby beforehand drinking wine and singing...with the snow falling outside. Lucky you.

                3. Like most of us, I have very mixed feelings about buffets. I had a weekend guest from Portland and my friends had guests from Japan and the Philippines so we decided to pool our resources for a host a farewell party at Top of the Mark. Sadly the morning was a little foggy so the intent of showing off the skyline was somewhat lost on our friends. No worries, the food made up for it. I honestly was not anticipating much as I had been warned that "the caviar wasn't very impressive but the lox and house-cured gravlax was great. Oysters were decent too! They only serve one glass of champagne on the house so we brought two bottles..$25 corkage."

                  Well I found the caviar to be quite delightful and our glasses of champagne were refilled endlessly throughout the entire meal.

                  The lox and gravlax were great and the other fish enjoyed included tons of crab, oysters, and large shrimp. Two carving stations included a turkey and a rather decent prime rib. This standard upscale buffet also provided the standard omelet and waffles made to order. For cold service, there was a huge bounty of pre-made salads, a large platter of prosciutto with melon, cheeses which included Humboldt Fog, and roasted vegetables. I bypassed the mounds of bread products (sweet rolls, pastries, and small baguettes) as well as huge bowls of fresh fruit. The hot service included lamb chops, standard (but quality) breakfast meats, herbed potatoes, wild mushroom benedicts, chive-shirred eggs, and roast chicken. The dessert portion showed some freshly-made warm bread pudding, large cakes like green tea cheesecake, chocolate decadence, and creme caramel. I opted for smaller finger-sized eclairs, tarts, and macarons. My friends had never seen a chocolate fountain and enjoyed dunking some fresh fruit in that novelty.

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                  1. re: Carrie 218

                    Thanks for the great report!