We, two of us, ate at Fleming's last week, for the first time. We had a good time, a great dinner, and a fine martini - for half the price of 5 Palms. Yes, it's a chain, but the local folks that work there sure are nice.
I ate there several weeks ago and I felt the same way! I couldn't fathom spending that type of money for food that wasn't spectacular, especially in Tucson. I think the price you pay has to do with a lot of pomp and circumstance.
Hard to imagine anyone with an ounce of common sense spending this much on one dinner for two. It must be nice to have so much money to waste...
Great review!! Kill them with honest reality. People in Tucson do NOT wish to spend $322 for dinner. For many, that grotesque amount is one month's food supply at home, including a very sufficient supply of very decent "jug" wine. Try the Barefoot Cellars 1.5 LT Pinot Grigio or Pinot Noir at Total Wine for $7.97. And learn how to cook.
I am from originally San Francisco, which is by any definition, a foodie's paradise in quality, innovation, service, wine, & decor. Even at the most difficult of restaurants to get a reservation, and even at the most expensive places, one could not remotely approach a $322 dinner tab for two!
This Five Palms gouge will have to be cut in half to even have a remote chance of survival, while the service has to double in execution! Who the hell does this guy think he is anyway? A Thomas Keller in the foothills? Thanx for the warning...
I'll stick to anthony's until the kinks are ironed out.
We'll see today Cathy!
Thanks for the warning.
Twice too much!
Unbelievable! I just moved here from Washington, DC, and have spent some serious money to dine at the best restaurants in DC and NYC. But not for so-so food and service, and not even one bottle of wine! I continue to discover great restaurants in Tucson; I'll cross this one off my list to try.
new menu at playground says a lot. so much for being just a bar, i guess they must need the sales.
all the new places on congress, and more to come, must be making an impact on them.
I can think of lots of other ways to finish the sentence; When you fork over $300 for dinner for two...
We were there last week and enjoyed it. I couldn't disagree more with this review.
A dining room full of intelligent people who don't get the urge to post their daily activities on Yelp and Facebook, who have their tethers tucked away in pocket and purse while they enjoy a meal without thinking about how they are going to write it up ..and how people are going to rate that?
Sounds delightful to me!
seville99, thanks for the note. The link has been fixed.
Yelp is a great idea in theory but I find very few "reviews" that could be considered "decently written." Not that yours aren't but most of the stuff I read (when I do read Yelp) are from people who just like to bitch. I don't trust most of them. When your name isn't on it, there's the freedom to say anything even if it's not true.
Disgruntled former employees, competitors, best friends....who knows who to trust?
"...let's just say they aren't the type to post on Yelp."
I read that a person who participates in creative writing endeavors as they age (such as restaurant reviews, letters to the editor, etc.) actually exercise the mind and are less likely to suffer from dementia or other mental degenerative illnesses in later life. Hence my dozen or so review submissions on yelp. It is
simply a venue for me. While I agree there is a ton of crap on that site, there are also some decently written reviews. Indeed, I attempt to emulate you in my reviews.
Oh yes, I've dined at Dakota twice in the last month too.
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This place rocks! They even make their own bacon and use it not only in their cooking but also for a bacon infused vodka. It's become one of my favorite restaurants!
Better than cheap tacos and WARM beer!
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