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Corduroy Fixed Price- deceptive

LoraB May 4, 2009 05:24 PM

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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    dkleindc May 5, 2009 01:47 PM

    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
      Jacey May 6, 2009 10:26 AM

      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
        DanielK May 6, 2009 01:42 PM

        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
        percyn May 8, 2009 08:05 AM

        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?

      3. DanielK May 4, 2009 09:22 PM

        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...

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        1. re: DanielK
          Elyssa May 5, 2009 07:53 AM

          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
            Ericandblueboy May 5, 2009 10:59 AM

            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
              LoraB May 5, 2009 11:54 AM

              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
                cookiegirl May 7, 2009 12:01 PM

                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.

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