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Table One at Hotel Bel-Air

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jkao Apr 12, 2002 11:16 AM

I am planning a birthday dinner at Table One in the Hotel Bel-Air. Wanted to know if anybody has tried it and what their opinions are.

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    Barbara Nevens RE: jkao Apr 12, 2002 02:24 PM

    Below is a copy of my April 11 reply to "Josies...Last Night" We hosted a small dinner party there to celebrate our wedding anniversary in 1997. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience. As noted below, there has been a chef change since we were there so my information is not up to date. I would suggest going there first to see the room and to talk with the chef.

    >>Table One at the Hotel Bel Air is partially glass enclosed and faces into the kitchen. I believe the maximum number of people that can be accommodated is eight. We started with a lovely seafood buffet set up in the kitchen, just outside the Table One room, and were invited to take a look at their beautiful kitchen. Back in the room, we were served one lovely course after the other. Each was delicious as well as magmificently presented. Each of us was served a different dessert. If you are interested in Table One, be sure to obtain current information. Our dinner for eight was in February 1997. Since that time, there is a new chef and perhaps new policies. I checked it out about a year ago and they would no longer allow guests to bring their own wine. My husband and I didn't care but the others did so we went elsewhere. I don't know how to post photos on this site but I do have some on my computer. If you would like to see them, please e-mail me privately and I will e-mail them to you.

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      DOROTHY RE: Barbara Nevens Apr 17, 2002 01:04 AM

      THREE YEARS AGO WE GAVE MY HUSBAND A BIRTHDAY PARTY AT TABLE ONE. UNFORTUNATELY, THEY WERE HAVING TROUBLE WITH THE CHEF AND NOTHING WORKED OUT. THEY GOT EVERYONES ORDER WRONG. DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH OF ONE THING, TOO MUCH OF ANOTHER. NEVER BOTHERED TO SHOW US AROUND AND DIDN'T EVEN HAVE SERVING PIECES FOR THE FOOD THAT WAS SERVED. THEY APOLOGIZED AND GAVE US A FREE DINNER LATER FOR OUR GROUP. SO YOU CAN IMAGIMNE HOW BAD THINGS GOT. THEY DID MAKE AMENDS AND I WOULD RETURN TO THE HOTEL BEL-AIR, JUST NOT TO TABLE ONE.

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        Barbara Nevens RE: DOROTHY Apr 17, 2002 02:22 AM

        Dorothy, What a shame that the evening turned out to be such a fiasco. We were married at the Hotel Bel-Air in 1961 and have celebrated a number of anniversaries there. Our son was married there in 1991 so it has been a very special place for our family. Unfortunately, I have heard less-than-glowing reports in the past few years. We had considered celebrating our anniversary there earlier this year but changed our minds after our friends were there a few months earlier to celebrate their anniversary and had terrible service and mediocre food. Back in 1997 when we had a wonderful evening at Table One, chef Gary Clausen came to greet us and asked if anyone had any particular dislikes or dietary restrictions. After that, he presented us with a series of magnificently prepared courses. There was no ordering involved. Sadly, things seem to have changed there which is the reason that I would not consider Table One without first going there to talk to the chef in person.

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          WLA RE: DOROTHY Apr 17, 2002 10:11 AM

          To invite you back on their dime must mean you had one heck of a bad experience. How was the second time around, assuming you have been?

          Just one small thing, Dorothy. All caps in the online world is the equivalent of yelling at someone at the top of your lungs. It is usually reserved for those times you are in a huge argument with someone and you are so angry that they have made you scream at them.

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