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Jun 29, 2013 06:58 AM

Lunch at The Fountain (Four Seasons)?

What's lunch at The Fountain like? I have a business meeting in the Four Seasons in the afternoon. Never been to The Fountain.

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  1. I has always been a class act with excellent, friendly, service and quite good food. We feel well worth the price.

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      1. Is lunch a la carte? What's the price range? (LOL, and don't say "If you have to ask, you can't afford it!") Any particular recommendations?

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        1. re: PhillyBestBYOB

          Lunch is a la carte. You can eat light (soup salad sandwich) or full meal. Take a look at the menu.

          My general guess is you are looking at 30-50 dollars per person.

          1. re: PhillyBestBYOB

            An upscale experience in food, service and venue. Always a Philadelphia favorite for me. Your menu selections and drink choice ( which can significantly inflate your check) will determine your total, which is quite manageable at the 4 Seasons. But still most likely in the range noted by cwb.

            1. re: Edwardrae

              I had really good salmon there for lunch a few months back. The apps were not all that memorable though...

              1. re: bluehensfan

                I was a little disappointed with my lunch at The Fountain. The food was perfectly fine, and the service too, but neither impressed me in any way.

                In particular, our dishes just seemed unimaginative and pedestrian. Technically well prepared and tasty, but nothing I haven't had a million times before. The best thing was a fried chicken dish, but I'm a push-over for any sort of fried or roast chicken. The pasta was something I could easily prepare at home. Our salmon and tuna were fine, but boring.

                Can't really imagine going back again for lunch.

                Presumably dinner represents a much higher level of creativity.

                1. re: PhillyBestBYOB

                  I tend to agree with your perceptions. Nothing was bad but nothing that you would race back for. I think the salmon dish I had was really well prepared but in the past I found the cooking at Lacroix to be more imaginative.

                  1. re: PhillyBestBYOB

                    PBB, your comments encouraged me to review the Fountain menu and consider your selections. There is an expectation that certain dishes will be close to what they are known to be, especially at a hotel. In reading your selections it seems to me that your choices may have been quite "safe" and thus not allowing for a very creative preparation. I have had occasions there where my expectations were not met by the food served; but then I frequently set expectations too high. In reviewing the dinner menu I think you presume correctly and the dinner offerings do appear to offer choices of high creativity.


                    1. re: Bacchus101

                      Reviewing the posted menu, I don't really follow you. Should we have ordered a salad, raw oysters, flatbread, or Halibut & bok choy to find something actually creative? Yawn...that menu puts me to sleep just reading it. 1995 with delusions of Farm-to-Table.

                      To me, the online menu reads as almost uniformly conservative, so I don't see why our dishes wouldn't be representative of the whole (also, we also had several dishes I didn't mention, so we really did give it a fair shot). There's not a single dish that appears to have an unexpected flavor combination or sound like anything other than somewhat dated cuisine that you can find at many other less noted restaurants (although the Duroc pork sounds interesting).

                      A nice lunch at a high-end hotel is exactly what we had, and in hindsight exactly what it reads like. But not what I would expect from what supposed to be the finest restaurant in town.

                      Apparently they are calling it in a bit at lunchtime. Their choice, and they probably understand their clientel. But I'm not going to act like I'm blown away just because of their illustrious name. Lunch at The Fountain doesn't appear to be a cheap way to enjoy The REAL Fountain.

                      Incidentally, the online menu isn't the menu we were offered, so either it is not up to date or it has since changed. If I remember correctly, my chicken didn't have corn, gnocchi, or mushrooms with it. It did have onion rings.

                      The service was decidedly perfunctory. The best part was when one of the staff created a Chowhound account to respond to my original post and offered to assist with my reservation. But of course our dear Chowhound moderator then proceeded to delete their post!


                      1. re: PhillyBestBYOB

                        If you have ever eaten at an Alain Ducasse restaurant, your exact criticism of safe and boring would again apply.

                        1. re: PhillyBestBYOB

                          I find, in my stays there, that the 4 Seasons is the best Philadelphia offers for a high-end hotel, on that one point we agree. Seems knowing that, that your expectations to be "blown away" is as you note yourself not their understanding of what their clientele expects. Their annual rating as "one of the best restaurants in Philadelphia" speaks volumes. CH's best function is to allow a wide variety of personal opinions: Thanks for yours.

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