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May 4, 2009 05:24 PM

Corduroy Fixed Price- deceptive

I just went to Corduroy on Saturday night and enjoyed the food- lived up to the comments on this board that the food is simple and relies on the quality of the ingredients. I also had read that they have a prix fixe option, however when we arrived, we were only given the prix fixe menu. I asked the waiter if there was an a la carte menu, and she said it was the same and dissuaded us from seeing it. Since we were planning on 3 courses anyway, we stuck with the prix fixe.

Looking back at the web when we got home, I think we got ripped off- 3 of the 4 of us would have paid less a la carte for the same items. My dinner would have been $48 a la carte- I paid $59 ($55 + a $4 surcharge for the cheese dessert, which is the same price as all the other desserts on the a la carte menu).

In addition, previous posters said that Corduroy charged $15 for corkage- we were charged $25.

An otherwise enjoyable evening that is now tainted because I feel that we got "taken."

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  1. They RARELY update their website, so the items and prices there are not a good comparison.

    I also think I remember something about them going to prix fixe ONLY a few months back, so maybe there was a misunderstanding about that? I don't think they have a la carte any more...

    4 Replies
    1. re: DanielK

      Really? They don't do a la carte at all anymore? That's kind of a bummer. I went to the new Corduroy about a year ago and had an outstanding meal. But we ordered a la carte.

      1. re: DanielK

        They did not offer me an a la carte option nor did I ask. My natural assumption is that there is only 1 menu. When I went with my wife, we ordered 3 appetizers, including the sea urchin pasta, the Rouge Vif D`Temps soup, and something else. They charged us extra for the soup and not the sea urchin pasta (which is presumably the most expensive appetizer). I don't think Corduroy is deceptive in their pricing but that's just my experience.

        1. re: Ericandblueboy

          Thanks for all the responses. I know they do have an a la carte menu, b/c I was surprised to see that it was all prix fix. The waiter said they had one. However, as I said before, I didn't ask for it since we planned to do 3 courses anyway. I just think that unless their prices went up significantly since the menu posted online, it's now more expensive than it used to be.

          1. re: Ericandblueboy

            Interesting. I had dinner there last week and we were only offered a la carte menus. I had a drink at the bar before dinner and heard the bartender mention the prix fixe menu, but our waiter never mentioned it.

        2. A good way to save money at Courdory is to sit at the bar and order off the bar menu. They have ~10 entrees on it if I remember correctly. This was actually a tip I took from the Washingtonian Top 100 restaurants list. I went on a weeknight, and my friend and I had the entire bar to ourselves. This is a great option if going with a friend...less so with a group or for a formal dinner.

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          1. re: dkleindc

            Is it cheaper because it's more like "bar food," as in fried and fatty? Or do they have takes on their regular menu?

            1. re: Jacey

              Nothing fried and fatty. Some of the items are smaller takes on menu items, some are just cheaper dishes designed for the bar.

            2. re: dkleindc

              Do you remember what was on the bar menu? I plan to dine there tomorrow and am very interested in the sea urchin pasta. Any recommendations on wines for the pasta? Do they serve half bottles?