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Going tomorrow night for first time. Wanted to go at least once in my life BEFORE the big move.Yes, its a big birthday and I hope L'Espalier can take the sting away a bit? Anyone been recently? What's not to be missed on the menu. Tend to favor seafood but will eat anything if its great!

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  1. Be adventurous. Try types of foods you wouldn't try somewhere else. Let your preconceptions about ingredients at the door. Trust the chef, he will reward you for it.

    1. Went my first time last year - just go for it and do the tasting menu. And order all those things that's you've read about but never eaten. You'll have fun - its not as intimidating a place as I thought it will be. And while for months you'll think back and say to yourself "did I really spend that much money on one meal" you'll also remember it was worth it. No place else like it!

      1. and a plug for their prix fixe lunch menu which is generous, innovative, and worth the 30.00 dollars.

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        1. re: teezeetoo

          That's true, but lunch is actually reasonable enough that it's affordable even without the prix fixe, esp. if you're not a dessert eater, like I'm not...

        2. Please DO report, as I am having a big birthday there very soon, too with a pretty big gift certificate!

          I looked at their current menu online and want everything.

          1. I would do the degustation or chef's tasting journey if you can afford it. I haven't had a bad dish there but the foie gras and cheese tray are not to be missed.

            1. We had a fabulous time ..an amazing meal. Though formal it was not pretentious. Waitstaff was proffessional yet down to earth and helped guide our selections. We are not big eaters , in fact my hubs gets miserable if he overeats, So we chose the 3 course pre fix and there was plenty of food. No miniscule portions . In addition, the chef was sending out other little trinkets to try not on the menu. That was fun. I had the bibb frezee salad w carmelized onions, cherries and marcona almonds to start, OMG. sooooooooo good. Hubs had the duck ap and I heard him hum after every bite, I went off the grid and ordered beef tenderloin w a horseradish sauce. (I ALWAYS order fish when I dine out) It melted in my mouth, Served w a scalopped type potato and mushtoom Hubs had the sturgeoun served w coconut rice, red curry and bok choy. Equally enjoyed. Creme Brulee w candied nuts serverd w fruit sorbet was amazing. Hubs had a ricotta dessert of some kind. Coffee was delicious. A smooth bordou w dinner. We agreed it was the best dining experience we've ever had. So glad it lived beyond my expectations. Made my birthday a memorable one indeed,

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              1. re: shaebones

                Great review. Thanks so much. I'm really hoping to go in a few months to celebrate getting my PhD. We'll see if I can save enough nickles and dimes by then.

                1. re: cambridgeMike

                  Get there before they move to the hotel!

                  1. re: C. Hamster

                    When DO they move? I want to make sure to get there again...

                    1. re: galleygirl

                      Late summer is the last I heard...but no specific date.

                  2. re: cambridgeMike

                    Why did I get deleted?

                    I'll again recommend that you consider lunch at l'Espalier for $30 if it happens that you can not save enough money to afford dinner when it comes time to celebrate your PhD.

                    1. re: joebelt

                      I saw your post here before!!

                      I agree that lunch is a good deal there.

                      1. re: joebelt

                        yeah, that's definitely what i'm planning on doing. unless i win the lottery.

                      2. re: cambridgeMike

                        Oh congrats! That was one of our best memories at L'Eapalier- when hubby got his PhD. It sure did stretch our budget- I wish they'd had the lunch menu (which is HALF the price of the dinner menu!) back then.