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Jan 22, 2011 06:44 AM

Disappointing DB Bistro Moderne

This restaurant seemed to be exactly what I was looking for, French, contemporary, not too loud, special occasion dinner and the owner's reputable track record. It is Bistro food in an upmarket setting.

We were a party of 6 and started the evening with a pre-dinner drink in the restaurant's very modern, attractively designed bar area. A hostess came to let us know our table was ready and we were led to the orange walled dining room with high ceiling and bare walls. The dining room was full and was very loud; don't know if it was the acoustics or the number of people although the room was not large. It was however very dark and impossible to read the menu without the waiter's pen light.

It was a Friday night and perhaps because the room had several large tables full, service deteriorated from the moment we placed our order for wine and food. Once the wine came, we did not see a waiter again and had to refill our own glasses with wine and water. A new order of wine did not arrive for 30 minutes and then only because we complained that we had to wait so long for more drinks and the fact that our empty appetizer plates were left in front of us for 30 minutes. As soon as the appetizer plates were removed, the main course arrived. At this point, service improved dramatically; we were offered a bottle of wine, complimentary, plates were removed at the right time and we had no more complaints. The food was very good but nothing was outstanding. On the other hand it was not super expensive either so I would go again except perhaps that the noise level is a bit more than I would like.

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  1. Have to agree with this - overall we had a very disappointing experience at DB Bistro. We had high expectations due to the DB name and our experiences at Cafe Boulud in Palm Beach which have almost always been excellent.

    Went for 5th wedding anniversary. Service overall was good, but never sure who our main waiter was. The space itself was ok, quite nice, but lacking in character. Called to remind them it was our anniversary, to try to ensure we got a good table, so was disappointed to be sat in the rather bland white room instead of the romantic looking red one (could have said something, but actually didn't notice until after we had sat down).

    Appetizers were good, the short-rib ravioli was light and delicious, and my wife had a beet soup special which she enjoyed. Mains were disappointing. The duck confit was just ok, and the striped bass was mediocre. Also, my wife was told it came with veg, but hardly any were on the plate. We weren't sure what to get for dessert, torn between the chocolate clafoutis (basically molten chocolate cake) and a special. The people next to us had the same dilemma and went for the special, which they said was only ok, so we went for the clafoutis - also merely ok.

    My wife mentioned our disappointment to someone on the way to the restroom, so someone did come to speak with me. I explained the reasons, which were politely received, but I was surprised to find out after I had actually spoken to the assistant concierge. That is just weird.

    Overall not a bad meal, just not great, which is what I was hoping for.

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    1. re: mrmagee

      Oops, I meant assistant sommelier not concierge. Still weird.