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Mar 30, 2013 09:13 AM
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Chef's Counter at Meadowood [Saint Helena]

Any recently opinions regarding the regular tasting menu at Meadowood vs the Chef's Counter Menu (20 courses!). Have a reservation in late May and trying to decide which one to do. We have never been to the restaurant, by the way.

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  1. Done both, I think the regular tasting is great for a first visit and you will probably get invited to visit the kitchen when you are doing the regular tasting in the dining room.

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    1. re: tjinsf

      Thanks for the input. Leaning towards the regular menu, but our other meals are not all that big, so .... there may be room for the chef's.

      1. re: tjinsf

        Want to top this topic because we are going in a couple months and wanting to consider the counter vs regular menu.
        If we do the counter menu we would actually ask to do it in the dining room. From what we have seen the dining room is gorgeous and seems like a very nice experience as opposed to the more (inside look) in the kitchen.
        So it really all comes down to comparing just the menus themselves for us.
        Also, I had heard that the counter menu usually includes a glass of vintage champagne (like Krug?). Is that true?

      2. Back from our trip. Here is the link to my review:

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/904359

        1. The snack menu at the bar has to be one of the best values in the valley. They take reservations for this and it is only $20 for a succession (I had 6) of substantial amuse bouche style snacks. Cocktails are $18 and the by the glass list is very expensive (reds $25 - $125/glass, whites a little less). The wine list itself is extensive with several bottles in the $50-60 range. I ended up buying a bottle, having 2 glasses and they happily corked it up for me to take with me.

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          1. re: sfdoc

            Thanks. I wondered what was going on at the bar and once we had finished dining, I thought that I might have rather spent the evening there. I still would leave it on the list for next time based on your description.