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Feb 2, 2008 06:04 PM

L'Elizabeth's in Providence

What is the deal with L'Elizabeth's in Providence? My husband and I went there for a (small) slice of pumpkin cheesecake and one cup of decaf cappuccino, which tasted like it was from a General Foods International mix. Prices were not listed on the menu, and it's ultimately our fault for not inquiring, but the bill was $12.50 for the slice of cake and $7 for the cappuccino! We were horrified. Does anyone know how they get away with this?

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  1. To afford a lease in that area when you are an after-dinner drink and dessert place, I suppose they do have to charge those prices. I had the same experience ($15 martini) 4 years ago and haven't been back.

    1. Yeah, they're nuts, I haven't been back in years. Nondescript wine too.

      1. I agree with the above. my only question is who frequents the place to keep it in business. I have been twice in the past 4-5 years and felt the same way as the OP both times.

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        1. re: 02903

          Good question, the couple of times I've been in it's been empty (and they don't even seem especially happy to see customers walk through the door, you'd think they'd turn cartwheels).

        2. Don't get me started on L'Elizabeths. We went there a couple of years ago (party of 6) for drinks and few desserts... our bill was over $100! More recently, my husband and I went there for a cup of tea... our bill was $14. The owner's son who runs the place is an actor, I believe on Brotherhood, so he splits his time between the East Coast and West Coast. I don't think he is entirely focused on L'Elizabeth. It is unfortuante because it could be one of the best places in Providence.

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          1. re: sarahbeth

            Agree it has tons of potential. Friends of mine went in, two couples, right before closing. When they got the bill it had 8 drinks listed, not 4. When they pointed out the "error" they got an argument, and an insistence that they had had 2 rounds. They said (angrily) "how can that be? You put our drinks down and announced it was closing time!" Ooops, sorry, here's your corrected bill.

            1. re: JaneRI

              Anyone know if this is the same L'Elizabeth's that was in Newport about 15 or 20 years ago? If so, they are on the same trajectory.

              1. re: mvi

                I don't believe so - that place is still open on Thames. Serves dinner for 2 only? She has only one or 2 entrees a night, something like that? I've always wondered if it was good or not....she posts flyers outside w/outrageous claims like The Best Food In The Entire World. OK, I made that one up, but similar stuff. You can't help but be intrigued.

          2. Basically the same situation here. My dining partner and I stopped in for after-dinner coffee (we ate Asian and they served tea only). Thank heavens we didn't have a second round. Two specialty coffees - $24.00. To say we were a bit surprised is an understatement. I hadn't been there in many, many years and probably won't be going back. The coffee+tip cost more than our dinner!