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Restaurants with a Chef's Table?

jdwoods Mar 31, 2008 04:11 PM

My birthday is coming up in a couple months and I'd like to have a dinner at a restaurant that has a "Chef's Table"?
Anybody know of any? Any good experiences?
Please let me know... thanks...

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    Oh Robin RE: jdwoods Mar 31, 2008 05:07 PM

    Okay don't laugh... but Buca di Beppo has one. And it's really fun.

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      jdwoods RE: Oh Robin Apr 15, 2008 12:19 PM

      the food there isnt so great, IMO, but I definitely can see how it would be fun... thanks for your reply...

    2. Frommtron RE: jdwoods Mar 31, 2008 06:24 PM

      I'll go the other extreme and say Bastide. I haven't been at the chef's table but a recent visit there was superb.

      1. russkar RE: jdwoods Mar 31, 2008 06:34 PM


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          rickym13 RE: russkar Mar 31, 2008 06:38 PM

          providence is nice but didn't really care for their chef's table/room. it feels like you are in a glass cage or fish bowl.
          rather than you watching the kitchen.....the staff is watching you

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            russkar RE: rickym13 Mar 31, 2008 08:27 PM

            We enjoy Providence's Chef table regularly(30+ times) and have never had the fish bowl feeling you describe. Maybe were to busy partying to care? One of the benefits is the Privacy , I'm not really a Kitchen Staff watcher. BTW, French Laundry tomorrow night for the normal 16 courses(VIP).

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              Diana RE: russkar Apr 15, 2008 12:55 PM

              You lucky! I'm Jealous!

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              Diana RE: rickym13 Apr 15, 2008 12:55 PM

              I did the Chef's Table Friday and LOVED it!

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            jdwoods RE: jdwoods Apr 15, 2008 12:18 PM

            any other restaurants with chef tables?

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              Queequeg RE: jdwoods Apr 15, 2008 01:00 PM

              The Hungry Cat has a "chef's table" that is essentially a two-seater countertop next to (but lower than) the bar.

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                jdwoods RE: jdwoods Apr 17, 2008 06:15 PM

                I am sure there are more chefs tables than the few already mentioned:
                Buca di Beppo
                Hungry Cat

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                  rickym13 RE: jdwoods Apr 17, 2008 11:52 PM

                  i hear dinning room at hotel bel air and old ritz @ pasadena has one

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                  chefeclaire RE: jdwoods Apr 18, 2008 01:50 AM

                  Piccolo, a tiny Italian restaurant right next to the beach in Venice (5 Dudley) has a great tasting menu. It's the kind of place where the waiters are Italian, the pasta is handmade, and the specials change every day. The chef's menu is 5 courses and about $75 (w/o wine) if I remember correctly. I had a wonderful meal there, and the service was great. I don't think they take reservations though, but you could try.

                  Joe's on Abbott Kinney, has a chef's table. I've never had it, but friend's of mine loved it. I've eaten a la carte there and never been dissapointed so I'm sure Joe wouldn't let you down when you go for the gold. I'd certainly go there instead of Bucco de Beppo!!

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                    jdwoods RE: chefeclaire May 12, 2008 04:20 PM

                    That doesnt really count as Chef's Table...
                    A chef's table is generally one that is INSIDE the kitchen...
                    The food is great at Joes on Abbott Kinney... and they might in fact have a chef's table...
                    Anybody else have any good suggestions?

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