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Rialto: 4 course dinner with wines, prepared by Jody Adams - Rue La La coupon

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teezeetoo Jun 21, 2011 06:08 AM

It's a sign of the times, I suppose, but we bought the Rue La La coupon for L'espalier and enjoyed it very much. This one is 150.00 a person, for four courses plus wines, prepared for the diner by Jody Adams, with time to watch her and meet. I'm tempted but, for strangely personal ethics I took Rialto off my "go to" list when they presented the worst restaurant week dinner I had yet experienced: poor food and worse service. Too bad, because I had thoroughly enjoyed my "full price" dinners there and still will stop in at the bar before a Regatta Bar evening. But I have this thing where if a restaurant participates in restaurant week and let's you know they hate it and you, I just can't give them my business thereafter.

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    mkfisher Jun 21, 2011 07:55 AM

    I'd normally do something like this, $300 for two people is a little outrageous in my opinion for a 4 course dinner.

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      Mr Bigglesworth Jun 21, 2011 08:40 AM

      With wine, and cooking demonstration, and essentially dinner with the chef?

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        mkfisher Jun 21, 2011 09:10 AM

        Yes, with all that. For example, I did a Wine Wednesday at Sel de la Terre for less than $40 per person. It was a 4 course meal with wine pairings and the sommelier came out and explained all the wines and how they paired with the food. Obviously Rialto is a step up in terms of food, and you get a cooking demo from a quasi celebrity chef, but is that really worth $110 more per person? To me it isn't it.

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        Sel de la Terre
        774 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199

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          barleywino Jun 21, 2011 09:47 AM

          just for comparison, Clio is something like $110 per person for 9 courses, before wine

    2. Pia Jun 21, 2011 08:03 AM

      We had a similar experience at Rialto on New Year's Eve several years ago. I know, New Year's Eve, and after that we learned our lesson about going out on nights like that (also Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, etc.) But it soured me on the restaurant and we haven't been back.

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        jjbourgeois Jun 21, 2011 09:46 AM

        Rialto is also off of our list. We gave it three tries, once during restaurant week, and it was just horrible. Overly salted food and horrible service. Considering the prices they charge, they should be embarassed.

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          Wannabfoode Jun 21, 2011 07:39 PM

          we went to RW at Rialto years ago and it was an absolutely miserable experience. the kind where you go eat somewhere else after your three course. Then the next day we had an amazingly delicious and filling lunch at Maison Robert (to tell you how long ago this was) We too have not been back to Rialto...

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            spicyivan Jun 22, 2011 04:52 AM

            We also had a miserable RW experience at Rialto a couple years ago . The restaurant was overcrowded and none of the staff looked like they wanted to be there. Food choices were uninspired and the portions were laughable. We were hungry before we were even outside the place. I felt like they were taking advantage of RW, so they've lost my business.

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