Where do you take your girlfriend for dinner on her birthday when you've been dating for two months? Depends on the relationship. I offered up three suggestions and my boyfriend and I both wanted to try Chateau France. We chose it before I read the scathing reviews of the restaurant on this site, and decided to stick with our decision so we could judge for ourselves. We went June 23, a Monday. We were greeted warmly as we pulled up to the valet area by our server, and inside, by the owner. The place was empty. One other couple was seated upstairs; we passed them on the way to our table. Hmmmm, I thought, is that a bad sign? Happily, not in our case. Once we ordered champagne and water and they had been served, privacy descended upon us. However, our server would appear just when we needed him. We began with escargot in puff pastry, which was delicious. (We passed on the salad.) I had the sea bass entree and my BF had the duck. His was good; mine was phenomenal. The fish was cooked exactly right - delicate and moist - and the sauce was flavorful, but not overpowering. For dessert, we both had souffles - mine with chocolate sauce and my boyfriend's with Grand Marnier. Again, his was good, and mine was phenomenal. (His opinion as well as mine.) Closer to the end of the meal, my BF, being an easygoing, friendly guy, struck up a conversation with our server, who told us that not long ago, a waiter who worked at Chateau France for one month quit after falling down the flight of stairs. The server said the restaurant was haunted, and that the former employee didn't fall, but was pushed by a ghost. He told this story with a grave face. Whether he honestly believed what he was saying or it was BS, didn't seem to matter, because he was very convincing - and entertaining. Needless to say, we enjoyed ourselves immensely and will return to Chateau France. I highly recommend it for couples.
Pros: Wonderful food, excellent service, good background music, scenic neighborhood
Cons: Nearly empty. I missed the buzz of other people.