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FInally got Per Se reservations! What should I know?

arian487 Sep 28, 2012 11:56 AM

I've been calling forever but I finally got a dinner reservation for 2 for Sunday October 28. I know its a jacket required place but seeing as this is my first real fancy dinner ever, I was thinking of going in a full suit. Will I be overdressed?

Also I've heard of people asking for more food and getting tours and such. Is that stuff extra cost? How does that work? I'm pretty damn excited for this.

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    MrGrumpy RE: arian487 Sep 28, 2012 12:00 PM

    You will not be overdressed in a full suit. Most of the male patrons will be wearing a suit and tie for dinner.

    I've never asked for extra courses or kitchen tours but have received both at no extra cost. I did leave an extra tip even though service was included in the prices.

    Have fun!

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      Sneakeater RE: arian487 Sep 28, 2012 12:04 PM

      Per Se is one of the easiest places to eat in the world.

      You really just have to sit there, and they'll do everything they can to make sure you're comfortable and happy.

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        loratliff RE: Sneakeater Sep 28, 2012 01:22 PM

        This sums it up the best. There is no reason whatsoever to worry about anything at Per Se. They are remarkable and thinking about my dinner there still makes me smile.

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        arian487 RE: arian487 Sep 28, 2012 12:10 PM

        By the way how much can I expect to shell out per person? I know the fixed tasting menu is something like 300 but can I expect to get full? We don't drink wine so is 300 per person my expected cost?

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          MrGrumpy RE: arian487 Sep 28, 2012 12:23 PM

          I didn't notice if they charged for coffee but if you don't drink alcohol then your final bill would be around $300 per person (unless you decide to leave an extra tip).

          You'll definitely be full - the nine course menu doesn't include the canapes and mignardises. It's a lot of food.

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            arian487 RE: MrGrumpy Sep 28, 2012 12:27 PM

            Awesome, thanks man! This next month of waiting is going to be the longest month of my life.

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            kyph0515 RE: arian487 Sep 28, 2012 01:11 PM

            When I went earlier this year, tax was not included. Between my gf and I we got one foie gras supplement for $40, and the final bill was around $680.

            Having read some of the reviews here I felt like I did myself a disservice by not having picked out more than one chocolate from the box of 24...is it common for people to ask for multiple flavours?

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              Sneakeater RE: kyph0515 Sep 28, 2012 02:08 PM

              Why WOULDN'T you?

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                kyph0515 RE: Sneakeater Sep 28, 2012 03:31 PM


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              tpigeon RE: arian487 Sep 29, 2012 12:30 AM

              If you have an average appetite you will be fine.

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              dyrewolf RE: arian487 Sep 28, 2012 01:15 PM

              FWIW, on a Sunday I would wear a sportcoat and maybe a tie, not a suit... but you will feel fine in either

              You will be full. The price these days is $285 as I recall including service but not tax, so figure that in and any extra you may want from the bar (they do have a very good non alcoholic pairing menu IIRC) I have had the tour, it was interesting but most imprtant part was the walking which we needed... we did drink, bit the bullet, paid the corkage and had out own bottles (considering what we drank, it was a better deal than their wine list at that level)

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                loratliff RE: dyrewolf Sep 28, 2012 01:24 PM

                We did the same. Even at $90 per bottle corkage, you can still save money if you have a decently-stocked cellar of your own.

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                  dyrewolf RE: loratliff Sep 28, 2012 02:32 PM

                  We drank well that night; well aged classified growths, good burgs, really good whites to start. Expensive at retail if you bought them now (most were bought on release for laughable prices).. they'd be over $1000 on their list... yeah, $90 corkage is high... just an excuse to bring some special stuff out of the cellar.

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                calf RE: arian487 Sep 28, 2012 01:21 PM

                Ask for seconds. I didn't, and regret it.

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                  arian487 RE: calf Sep 28, 2012 01:59 PM

                  Can you really just ask for seconds on a dish you enjoyed? Is this extra charge?

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                    calf RE: arian487 Sep 28, 2012 02:11 PM

                    No, I doubt it. But it's a way to express your compliments if you really like a course.

                2. Curlz RE: arian487 Sep 30, 2012 03:02 PM

                  Funny, I knew that men would be in suits, but can anyone clue me in to what women are wearing there? I don't have my res yet but I do have a gift certificate that I want to use sooner vs. later...can't wait to do so!

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                    loratliff RE: Curlz Sep 30, 2012 03:53 PM

                    I wore a cocktail dress with heels.

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                      ellenost RE: Curlz Sep 30, 2012 04:02 PM

                      I've worn a dressy top with dress pants.

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                        Spiritchaser RE: Curlz Oct 1, 2012 05:43 AM

                        My GF has worn everything from nice sun dress (?) style dresses in the warm months, cocktail dresses in the evening, dressy skirt and blouse. Lots of options

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                        downtown1234 RE: arian487 Oct 1, 2012 08:51 PM

                        Last time I went it was a few years ago. They called me a few days before our reservation to see if there were any special dietary needs. My mother in law does not eat meat but does eat fish. So they said they would do the veggie tasting meal for her but would substtute some courses with fish. My wife is jewish so no pork./shellfish - no problem they said.

                        Short answer is they will go out of their way to accomodate you. Be prepared - it took us 4 hours to eat.

                        And after dessert, there are like 3 more "Extra desert courses" that just keep coming.

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                          arian487 RE: downtown1234 Oct 2, 2012 11:01 AM

                          Oh man, I can't wait. October 28 can't come soon enough. Seeing as this is the first fine dining experience I've ever had, I'm going to go full suit even though I might be a little over dressed.

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                            tpigeon RE: arian487 Oct 2, 2012 12:10 PM

                            You won't be overdressed at all.

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                              Spiritchaser RE: arian487 Oct 2, 2012 12:18 PM

                              You will be fine and you are going to have a wonderful time.

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                                arian487 RE: Spiritchaser Oct 2, 2012 01:16 PM

                                Thanks! I'm going to try and quell my expectations to make sure I don't overhype this in my head.

                          2. huiray RE: arian487 Oct 2, 2012 02:37 PM

                            "What should I know?"
                            To start with, the blue "doors" with the big round knobs are NOT the doors. The sliding glass doors on either side of the blue "doors" are the doors.

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