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Help! Birthday dinner decision in CT

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So, on the recommendation of friends, I made dinner reservations at the Woodward House in Bethlehem, CT. I am having second thoughts after reading several bad and lukewarm reviews. The meal will be pushing the upper limits of our wallet, and with the added cost of a sitter, I only want to pay that kind of money for a truly phenomenal meal.

For our anniversary and special occasions, we often go to Ondine, but I want a break from the menu.

I'm looking for a quiet restaurant where my husband and I can enjoy time without the kids and not sitting right on top of other patrons within a reasonable driving distance of Newtown with very good food at not too outrageous prices. I'd like to keep it under $150 for apps., entree, dessert, and non-alcoholic drinks for two. My preference is for French or American food.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions. My birthday is next week!

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  1. How about The Schoolhouse at Cannondale, Wilton? It's different and lovely IMO!

    1. Depending on your definition of reasonable driving distance...
      Union League in New Haven is an amazing french restaurant.

      1. How about the Mayflower Inn in Washington?

        1. I agree with Madisoneats - The Schoolhouse is the place to go...not so far from New Fairfield (assuming that's why you go to Ondine's??)
          Food is fantastic. Service great.

          1. The Boulders Inn in New Preston is a lovely, romantic spot with an excellent restaurant (I had my 20 person wedding there -- we had the rehearsal dinner there a la carte off the menu, and a limited menu the next day for lunch/wedding. I was extremely impressed with the quality and service)

            You'll have a gorgeous view of the lake. You can visit Hopkins Vineyard down the road beforehard -- it's not terrific wine, but a fun diversion. At Boulders have a cocktail on the patio as the sun sets behind the lake.

            1. Another idea: The White Peach in Gaylordsville (just off Route 7).

              1. Really you'll be okay at Woodward. They bend over backward to please you. If you have something that doesn't please you you can send it back, though I've never had to. The chef owner is in the kitchen and will come out to make sure you are pleased. Union League is of course very good but much more impersonal and much less romantic than Woodward, even if on the grand scale of food it is a bit better in that respect.

                1. Too hot to go out tonight.
                  So where did you go?
                  Sometimes one lives vicariously.