I am not a frequent visitor to fine-dining restaurants. But it was my boyfriend's birthday, so I decided we could splurge. He wanted a steak, and boy did we get one! We ordered the Chateau Briand (I'm not sure if I spelled that right...) and it was such a production! They set up a little table so they could carve it tableside, which would have been wonderful, had three, count 'em, three people not come by and fussed with it, each one saying something negative, like "Who set this up? Let me do it RIGHT." I understand striving for perfection, but seriously. Does the order of the knives matter that much?
Then a man came who carved the steaks, a show in itself, and serve us. He asked if we wanted sauce, I said no, and I requested the platter with the rarer portions. He sauced the more well-done cut, and was about to hand the rare plate to me when our waitress came up. She said "No! That's supposed to be for her. Why didn't you sauce both? Blah blah blah." She told off her assistant for doing what we asked! And she was very rude. It was embarassing for me, and for him. Finally I just said. "Fine. Sauce both. It doesn't matter." They eventually got a plate in front of each of us. I had almost taken a bite, and then the manager has to come up as well, expressing concern, asking whether he should take my plate back to the kitchen and remove the sauce. Criminy folks! Can we eat dinner in peace? And please, the staff should not be scolding one another at our table. It's rude.
The bad vibes ruined our meal. We didn't want dessert, and left quickly.
One more thing. The ladies bathroom was filthy. I understand that steakhouses are geared towards the fellas, but really. I had to peek into two stalls before I found one that I was okay with using.