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Driskill Hotel Restaurants

I have a gift certificate to The Driskill Hotel. The hotel itself is a bit garish for me so I thought I might check out one of the Restaurants.

Please share your thoughts on the Driskill Grill and the 1886 Room.

One more thing...I'm a noob here and can't seem to figure out how to get the "new" tag to attach to the postings I start as new...any help is appreciated. I always use the "post a new topic" button but the "new" tag doesn't show up.

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  1. I had a dinner at the Driskill Grill for a birthday and it was one of the best meals I have ever had! The service was fantastic and the food was excellent. It was expensive, but one of those experiences you should treat yourself to once in awhile.

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      1. Not to dissuade you from the noteworthy food at the grill, but we stayed in one of the suites in the old tower (the rooms that are revamped) and the glass walled steam room, jacuzzi tub was out of this world wonderful. We spent the whole nite with a bottle of champagne in there after a lovely meal at the Grill. Made for a perfect, very romantic evening.

        Oh, we did take a break and went down to the bar and had the best potato vodka martini I've ever had.

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        1. re: amysuehere

          Wow, I was tempted to book the room until I saw picky's review below.

          I do love Chopin Vodka. Is that the kind used in your Martini?

          1. re: chispa_c

            Yikes! After the review below, I'd hesitate too! We went about five years ago and our room was about $250 per night and was immaculate AND that was when Chef Bull was there, too.

        2. Food was at out of this world. The $600 a night hotel room with balcony was dirty (bathroom, roaches under curtains in bedroom, trash in drawers etc.) But the meal was great! We had the set menu on NYE so I can't speak to ordering from the menu and this was before David Bull left.

          1. To clarify we were there for New Years eve and I imagine there is a premium on rooms. We had a balcony over 6th street booked 6 months in advance...never again.

            The food by CHef Bull was nothing short of spectacular. I cannot recall the menu verbatim as it was a set prix fixe but there were oysters, wagyu beef, short rib ravioli among other things. For breakfast there was room service...several kind of Eggs Benedict all of which were stellar.

            So food yes absolutely room nope never again.

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            1. re: pickychicky1979

              Has anyone eaten at the Grill since David Bull left?

              1. re: ddavis

                I haven't seen a recent post on the subject. However, I had the tasting menu when David Bull was still the chef and did not consider the meal extraordinary. If you're interested, see this link for details:

                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/353241

                Just one more perspective.

            2. The Driskill has definitely declined. My wife and I go there about once a month but I don't think we will continue on. The food is still good, not great anymore, but I don't think I could say it's worth the money. Along with the chef, evidently most of the service staff and the managers left as well. There was some French guy managing the place who just seemed out of it when he stopped by our table. I mentioned that I missed June, our favorite server who had been there at least five years, and he admitted that most everyone had left and that times were "tough" but they would rebound. My wife said he appeared drunk; I said he was just French. Anyway, I hope it gets better. It used to be the best restaurant in town before the hotel was sold. And the 1886 cafe is really weak. Loud, overpriced food. Poor service and horrible, I mean, horrible breakfast pastries...

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              1. re: NSC

                We took the plunge and had brunch there yesterday (2 adults, 2 teens and 1 child). The total with tip was $128.00. I'm glad I had the gift certificate.

                Everyone enjoyed their breakfast but it certainly didn't blow us away. The service was fine. My only real complaint was with all the flies. We were all shooing them away during the entire meal.

                I really don't like the way the Driskill looks. It's so dated and worn out. I love historical places but if they want to continue charging such high prices, they should work harder to keep it maintained.

                Thanks for all the comments.