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About The French Room

Inspired by its original design and the grand tradition of timeless European architecture — The French Room has been thoughtfully restored.

An evening at The French Room has historically been a coveted experience. The recipient of numerous awards and critical acclaim received throughout its storied past, the restaurant has hosted countless special dinners and milestone moments. Led by chef Michael Ehlert, The French Room’s menu draws on French culinary traditions and methodology with a fresh sensibility, including thoughtful table-side flourishes and a comprehensive wine program.

The experience is warm, classic and memorable. Engaging and knowledgeable service is punctuated by moments of unexpected delight creating a new perspective on fine dining with style and grace.

The Adolphus Hotel
1321 Commerce St.
Dallas, TX 75202
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary French / American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner
Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

Cross Street:
Akard

Dress Code:
Jacket Preferred

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(214) 651-3615

Website:
http://www.adolphus.com/the-french-room/

Parking Details:
Valet parking available.

Public Transit:
DART and DART Light Rail (Akard Street Station)

Executive Chef:
Michael Ehlert

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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The French Room Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

4.4

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4.3

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3.6

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72% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (36)
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Special Occasion (30)
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Tasting Menu (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Authentic (7)
Cozy (6)
Business Meals (5)
Fun (5)
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined 2 days ago

The food was a bit less than average but presented to look much better
The steak had been partially cooked ahead of time A horrid thing to do to good beef.

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 (Dallas)·Dined 4 days ago

Terrific service from staff. Lacking was the quality of the food.
Ordered the 7 course tasting menu and two of the items were great, 4 were Ok.
The main course which was duck was so undercooked that it became difficult to chew.
Wine service was very good.
Terrible situation for a great staff with at best a moderate chef.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined 4 days ago

we had an excellent experience at the French room. we had the seven course tasting menu supplemented with black truffles for one course and white truffles for another course. we also had a half-bottle of krug champagne, a half-bottle of puligny-Montrachet and a half-bottle of Pontet-canet. we also had a sweet wine from the loire valley with our foie gras. it was an exceptional evening. more particularly, it was an exceptional evening for dallas. my wife and I recommend it highly. this is a unique institution for dallas.

Tags: Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on January 13, 2018

A delicious and special meal - absolutely outstanding foie gras appetizer and tuna main course. Unobtrusive but excellent service.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Exceeded my expectations. Wonderful service and all around a delightful experience. Food was great too. Will return!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 10, 2018

My family from outside Dallas has stayed at the Adolphus since almost the year of the hotel's construction. I have the 1924 book "Norfleet", part of which takes place in the Adolphus. Personally I remember the Century Room with its floor show on ice back in the early 1950's. I identify with the Adolphus when the intersection of Commerce and Akard was the center of the world in Dallas for New Year's Eve and Texas/OU weekends. I returned to the French Room tonight. I wondered about the French Room since the hotel remodelinlg. It was a beautiful culinary experience. Each course was memorable and delicious. A 3 course or 5 course dinner was available. Portions were real creations and tasty and more than just tiny. My fish was outstanding. The service was pleasant and the waiter knew her menu well. The decor was regal without being stuffy or busy. Aside from the French Room, the bar was well appointed and welcoming, as was the remodeled hotel lobby. It's not just a remodeling. It's a recreation. Every thing was so fine without being overdone. I'll be back, not every night of course. It's a special place. But I'll be back at the next opportunity.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We have been coming to the Adolphus and the French room for 20+ years.

Well, since the recent remodel and Marriott taking over we think overall things have gone downhill somewhat.

The THREE COURSE PRIX FIXE menu had very limited choices. Too much of the French touch
for us. Seemed the menu was a little pretentious. And the 100 page wine book, wow.
Ninety percent of the wines we had never heard of and the prices were quite a bit higher
than before Marriott took over.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 5, 2018

The food at The French Room was outstanding. As a long-time French Room diner, the atmosphere was not the same. However, the new décor is stunning, contemporary, and clean. The old world feeling and elegance is gone. While the website says coats for men are required, there we several in the restaurant in golf-style shirts. The hostess had to ask our names twice, which was never the case in previous years. The service was "spotty" at best. While the waiters were wonderfully attentive and knowledgeable, it was one hour after we were seated before the first food (other than two "stuffed button tomatoes) were delivered. Once the meal was brought, the presentation was outstanding and the food was more than outstanding.
Overall we enjoyed the evening, but The French Room has become another hotel dinning room, although a very good one.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 4, 2018

The best meal and service I’ve had in Dallas in years. Made me think back to the first years of the Dean Fearing Mansion. Not a single detail was overlooked, including my name at the top of our table menus as it was my birthday. My husband had sticker shock, but I feel it was worth every penny.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

This was my wife's and I's first visit to The French Room. We were both amazed by the atmosphere, the food, and the service. Every one of our needs was fulfilled. We will definitely go back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great food, Great ambience. We did the 7 course meal with the wine pairing. The food, the wine and the service was perfect. Always remember, this place will set you back a little money.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Been brought up in Paris-France I can truly tell you that you definitely have to check out this restaurant. From the time we were greeted by the hostess to they time we left, we had an extraordinary night.
It was splendid to see the front of the house in action, we experienced an organized symphony in action.
The chef has impeccable French skills that show on the menu and on the food itself! The food represents La France of today. The evolution of French cuisine has been brought to Dallas and I am very proud to say so!
To everyone that had a saying on the renovation of the French Room and to all of you who work there, I have one word for you, BRAVO!!!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Exquisite food, service, ambiance. What more could you want ?

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The French Room has been my go to place for birthdays and special occasions since 1985. I was put out to have to miss dining there on a "big" birthday last summer, and a little worried that it would not be as nice after the 16 months of renovation. I am happy to report that it is still an exquisite dining experience. It is different, the dining room looks more spare than before. It used to be comfortingly opulent, now it is more classical, instead of baroque. The staff is all new and different, much younger. But the food is divine and the service is superb, and they still treat me like an A lister;-) Will definitely be returning for the next big occasion. Bravo French Room.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 30, 2017

There has been something lost with the renovation of the French Room. Tries to be too chic in an establishment that was legendary and classic. Sad to see it pass. The food was very good however much too restrictive, no choice and no soufflés.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The French Room has changed considerably since our last visit two years ago. The restaurant has been remodeled into a more modern style and the old guard who served us so perfectly is gone. On our previous visits, we always chose the Chef's Tasting Menu, a five course meal with a wine chosen to complement each course. Last time, we paid $155 per person. For our current visit, we had a choice of the Chef's Tasting Menu, and also the Holiday Tasting Menu at a considerable upcharge. Both are now seven course meals, at a cost of $195 for the Holiday Tasting Menu and $135 for the wine service. We were very pleased with the food, the wine choices, the service, but the cost is now so high we'll have to consider other alternative.

For this visit, the two most memorable courses were the foie gras, grilled to perfection; it literally melted in my mouth, an entirely unexpected treat. The other course was Texas Wagyu beef, with short rib, and gingerbread. Unbelievably tasty.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Amazing experience. Beautiful restaurant, decor, waiting rooms. Excellent servers, give details of the food, friendly and funny. Beautiful front desk girls. Interesting and great food. Love it. Highly recommended it.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We had not been to the French room in a few years. The food and service were excellent. It is back to being the best French restaurant in Dallas since Bijoux closed. We loved the new, more modern decor(it had been overdue for an update) and the more laid back dress code(jacket but tie not required). I think all the people griping about the changes are the 80 year olds that used to go. We loved it and will be back. Price wise, I felt it was a great value. We got the full Holiday tasting menu for $135 pp. Of course, the best French restaurant in DFW will be pricy...DUH??

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Server Jarred was excellent as was April. Soup was only issue as it was too salty for our taste

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The French Room should be exceptional in all respects for the price. It is not! We were very excited to try the "new" French Room as we had fond memories of the "old" French Room. Unfortunately, only the wine service was excellent. The food which should have been the star at $135 per person for the tasting menu was only average and simply not that interesting. A few of the courses were also not as hot as they should have been. Very disappointing. The service was also not what it should be for a restaurant at that price point. It was inconsistent as well. This too was disappointing. Overall it was not even close to the experience of other fine dining restaurants in Dallas which are far less expensive.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The renovated French Room has lost some of its former opulence. The ceiling is now white with only accents along the columns. A round table that could seat 6 to 8 was our table for 4 which made conversation a bit harder and the table decoration was a single votive candle and a single small flower. We had to ask for our server after 10 minutes to simply get water. The server explained the delay on having to go over the menu at his other tables in detail which tells me that they were understaffed. When the menus were placed in front of us they were upside down, a small detail but telling in a 5 star restaurant that recently reopened.

The dress code has been relaxed as there were a number of men with no ties and at least one man wearing a jacket that was more appropriate for the local bar. The wait staff also did not wear ties and their attire was crisp but not as formal as it should have been.

Now the food... EXCELLENT as usual. I did miss, however, the sorbet palate cleanser between the courses.

The hostess at the front was outstanding, very friendly and willing to go the extra mile in helping us with pictures on the stairway.

We began at the bar and when the bartender leaned over to serve the drinks the smell of his smoking was overwhelming! The others in the party commented on it later as well and it took away from the otherwise very nice pre-bar experience.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We have dined at the French Room since 2004. It had become family holiday tradition. Dinner and then a walk to see the Neiman's windows. After waiting patiently for the renovations to be completed, we made our annual reservation. First let down, no James to greet us by name. When we entered the room, the taste of disappointment filled our palettes. The beautiful murals have been covered with a sterile white plaster. The opulent bouquets of flowers have been replaced with twigs and the staff was dressed business casual. The music was a weird eletro-lite dance variety that was completely inappropriate for the setting. We were sat at a round table in the corner by the kitchen door. Our waiter was nice enough but seemed a little nervous and unsure of the menu and wine. We were told that everyone at the table had to order the same type of meal, i.e. 5 course, 3 prix fix or 7 course. This is absolutely ridiculous to me. At a restaurant claiming to be of this caliber, everyone should be able to order what they want. As our water was being poured, we were overwhelmed with the strong stench of cigarette smoke coming from the kitchen. At this point, we contemplated leaving but decided to at least try the new menu. The brioche looked and tasted like toasted Wonderbread, the Waygu was very fatty. All of our meals (because they were all the same!) were very average. Service was spotty at best, my husband ate his entire entree before the waiter (not sommelier) finally brought him his wine. The waitstaff now uses Ikea type rolling carts in the production of serving the meal. Most were very confused by the process. I don't think any of them knew from which side to present and remove the plates. No sorbet palette cleanser, no soufflés! We are grateful for the amazing meals we've had in the past and this experience made us appreciate them even more. Unfortunately we will never return to The French Room. We've lost a decade plus tradition and Dallas has lost an icon.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on December 22, 2017

We have been going to The French Room for over 30 years to celebrate our anniversaries . We were looking forward to going to the newly renovated version , hoping it still retained its old world charm ,superior service and amazing food. Unfortunately , in our opinion, only the service remained as special as the past French room. In their effort to be contemporary in decor & food, they indeed lost the unique experience of dinning there , which we enjoyed so very much! We were dissapointed & sorry to see the end of such a special restaurant. We spent over $400.00 for a "ok" dinner.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Goodbye to an old friend . . .
For so many years, the French Room was our destination for the truly special celebration - an anniversary, graduation or a last meal together before a daughter’s wedding. We found the “new” French Room to have transformed this multi-generational landmark into an average over-priced hotel restaurant with a limited menu, very average food and generally boring experience. There are many far better dining experiences in Dallas for far less money! We will miss our old friend.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 16, 2017

This was our second time in the French Room. The other time was 2-3 years ago. It is no longer the French Room......more like the Funeral Room. They got rid of the classical music, and they got rid of the painted cherubs on the walls, and they got rid of the very professional men waiters in tuxedos who knew what they were doing, and they got rid of the menu altogether, now you eat what they serve, no choices! The place was horrible. My waitress was unprofessional, dressed like a slob and injected herself into our private conversation at the table. The food was a joke! Little spoon size entrees that were good tasting, if only you were able to get a second mouthful, pitifully comical! The wine was way overpriced and the service was below what one would expect at a food truck. Hotel Adolphus, get rid of the current French Room and bring back the employees of the previous French Room, hire a painter to repaint the cherubs, fire the current French Room manager, and turn on the classical music. Fire the Chef and hire the Chef at the City Hall Bistro across the hall, he has it going on!!! Otherwise, you guys suck big time!

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on December 15, 2017

The new decor is not nearly as elegant, and the food and service were not good. We were there twice last week and were very disappointed both times. The service was irregular. The meal took way too long - 4 hours, and the food was not impressive. Very sad for what used to be one of the most elegant dining experiences in Dallas!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 13, 2017

The newly renovated French Room is beautifully and tastefully designed with a mix of old world charm and modern flair. The menu is also new. There is no longer an a la cart menu, there are two prix fixe menus. The 7 course menu did not appeal because most of the courses were meat. The 3 course had more options with a choice of cheese or dessert at th end. The food was good and very French, and the portions were very small. We prefer the old menu and missed the crab cakes. We like to have options. The waitstaff was young and excellent. The sommelier was friendly and knowledgeable. The wine was actually the best part of the meal. One thing hadn’t changed, it is still very expensive!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Such a disappointment after the major renovation. The food was average service fair. I will not come back. Young inexperienced wait staff. Chef and restaurant are trying to be fancy and charge fancy prices but they don't have the goods to back it up.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Jason and Manny provided excellent service. Food was delicious.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Birthday tradition has lost its flare with the “new French Room”. The room is still beautiful. The menu was ok. The wait staff is young. Random new age music was confusing to the senses. The uniforms are casual, wash & wear. No soufflés. No sorbet. No buttoned up but warm wait staff. Appealing to the masses is not special. The FR should be narrow and deep. Wide and shallow is typical at best. Going to wait for the “old is new” to surface before going back.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Adolphus kept the decorations of the French Room -- did not remodel it into a modern design.
Waiter and wine steward were very knowledgeable about wine and the food.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Disappointed in team and flexibility. Had much better experience before

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

New chef, new menu, and new décor in French Room. Nice try at décor, but now missing a bit of the ambiance that Baroque décor lent to the dining experience - now brighter and less romantic. Tasting menu at $125 a bit overpriced for food not as good as before; $85 for pre fixe. Service very attentive, just a bit too attentive.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Lovely ambience (although I for one am sad that the frescoes are gone). Attentive service,delicious meal but the sound is really loud - definitely needs to be addressed!

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Anonther memorable and exceptional dining experience!

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Service was very good. Jared and Logan were our servers and they were excellent.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Anniversary

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Wonder service and overall a great dining experience. As it was an anniversary dinner occasion, we were served complimentary champagne to start. Highly recommend especially for special occasions.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on November 22, 2017

This is a hard review to write because it's about an old friend who is no more. The French Room was for decades a mainstay (and one of the last) for fine dining in Dallas. The wait staff had been there for years and was old-school professional but friendly. The room was ornate and grand. And the food, while pricey, was some of the best in town. This was our first visit to the French Room since the year plus renovation. The hotel tried to "update" the room, food, staff etc., and try to make it into a trendy Per Se wannabe, but alas they failed. Room is now white and sterile and no different than your average W or Aloft hotel. They now play the same terrible, loud music you have to hear in the W Hotel lobby; so goodbye to Mozart and Beethoven who used to provide the playlist at the old French Room. Waitstaff is young and friendly enough, but did not know the history of the place. One thought the marble floors were new (they were not; the floor is the only remnant of the grand old room left mostly unchanged). In old French Room waitstaff dressed in black tie or classic white; here the uniform looks like ubiquitous front desk suit of the W Hotel. Menu is VERY limited and NOT at all good, especially since dinner for 2 with wine will run you over $400. We had a hard time deciding what to have, even with limited choices. The fish entree was WAY too salty; fish didn't taste fresh. Filet was small and overcooked. The famous French Room souffles have been banished from the menu and replaced with nondescript deserts. Only thing improved is the wine list, which while highly priced per bottle offers some very interesting French wines by the glass. All in all, the "new" French Room is a HUGE disappointment. A few years ago the Mansion on Turtle Creek "modernized" its famous restaurant and ruined it. Now the French Room has been similarly ruined. Very sad for Dallas to lose this dear old friend.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

We, like so many other baby boomers, had been in large anticipation of the re-opening. We were prepared for the venue being different and had promised ourselves not to be stuck in the past, i.e. open minded. After many many years of our family's major celebrations (that is , holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, etc.) we were excited but apprehensive.

As we stepped up to the maître d' stand, I asked a young lady if there was any current information on Jim Donahue with whom we had so much history. Enter stage left. A fellow appeared out of nowhere (get this !!) put his index finger up and wagged it from left to right not six inches from my nose and said "we do not discuss the French room history any longer."

Just our luck. Wouldn't you know he turns out to be our waiter?!

In the midst of dinner conversation with our guests, my wife was commenting that our son was coming to Dallas for the holidays with his dog to whom she is allergic. Same guy seizes the moment to insert himself and blurt out ....with that same wagging index finger...: "if you don't like dogs, you are no friend of mine." Really?!
Of four entrees two were left mostly un-eaten and Mr. finger-wagger could have cared less.

So....forgetting that Philip was not there to take our car, nor that was not one familiar person...(sad but somewhat anticipated) ...the evening could not have been worse....and it had nothing to do with the decor. It was a quiet ride home. The end of an era. Not just the end. A rude, unforgivable, slamming of the door.

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