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Providence - is the tasting menu a must-do??

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my great BF got us reservations for friday evening but they are right at 8:30 when the tasting is no longer served. do you think if we get there early we can squeeze in? or should i call?

i would consider rescheduling if it were not my birthday and i've been dying to go all this time. in any case, how is the a la carte selection?

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  1. This was my experience with the tasting menu: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/357001

    I know there are a lot of fans of the tasting menu, but if I ever go back, I will definitely be ordering off the regular (human-portioned) menu!

    1. There's lots of good stuff on the a la carte menu, but you probably won't get to try as many dishes. The tasting menu is pretty nice, and, it's a great introduction to the restaurant. I'd call them and see if they'll make an exception.

      1. The confusion might be that there is a set tasting menu (printed on the menu) -- I think called the market menu. It consists of 5 or 9 courses. I have been to Providence about 5 times--2 of those times we ordered a la carte and I definitely prefer either the 5 or 9 course tastings, which we did the other 3 times I was there.

        There is also a spontaneous chef's tasting menu, which is about 14 courses and costs a whole lot more. I bet that is what has to start before 8:30. I have never had the pleasure of the full tasting, but believe me, the 9 course is fabulous. I went a few weeks ago and took pictures. I will try to post this week. I say keep that reservation!

        1. The tasting menu with wine pairings, and the shaved truffles on one coarse (extra) was one of the best meals of my life. I have traveled and I have eaten, and it is right up there at the top! A fantastic experience.

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          1. re: sambrown3

            If you don't mind my asking, how much does the tasting menu with wine pairings set you back? We did the 9 course with pairings and it was $300 before trip.