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Posted by Cheri Ranney on 05/05/2009
After reading all the bad reviews about the service, I decided to go anyway because I didn't hear any complaints about the food. I was pleasantly surprised on both counts. My friends and I were there on a busy Sat. night, yet the wait staff was extremely attentive. We were early, but seated promptly. I made the reserv. online and would not have agreed to sit upstairs if I had known, you just didn't get the whole feel of the place. The waiter asked if we were in a hurry or had to catch a show. Even with saying no, our food came quickly. After that all I could do was moan softly. I had the shellfish sampler to start. It was excellent and the combination of flavors was to die for. Then when my perfectally cooked steak with cheese and vidallia onions came I was ready for the alter. I also had the baked sweet potato and the spicy corn as sides. It was so good I felt like I had to go to confession afterward. My one friend had the rack of pork and it just melted in your mouth. We did not have room for dessert, and I'm glad because I'm sure I would have died from happiness. All I can say is just go and see for yourself. And Bobby, if you're listening I'd like to challenge you to a through down of Boilo from the coal region of NE Pa. (Shenandoah). I make the best!
Posted by anonymous on 02/25/2009
I have been going to Bar Americain for a few years, and was always impressed. The steak is always great, but I will say that it has recently gone slightly down hill. Not much, but there have been some off items lately. I have since reduced my frequency of visits. As a long time Bobby Flay fan I would still recommend it.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/17/2009
The restaurant itself has a nice decor and ambiance. Made dinner reservations for eight. Waitstaff was attentive and our head waiter was extremely knowledgeable in our demanding yet exotic alcoholic requests. Now onto the food. We all ordered various appetizers as well as entrees. Everyone was pleasantly pleased, not blown away, with their selections. The dessert menu could be improved with the addition of a variation of a creme brulee (personal perference) and definately with the removal of the whisky eclairs which were dry and hard. Otherwise a very expensive restaurant that is geared towards the corporate deep pocket "customer".
Posted by Anonymous on 11/17/2008
Walked in on a whim after a play and had a drink at the bar. We then sat to eat at 5:30PM and people were already being seated . Service was very attentive and good. A nice bottle of wine to start and then we ordered. Appetizers were the tuna tartar (best dish of the night) and the onion soup. Main courses were the tuna (just ok) and the special of the night - the chop with fig port sauce which my boyfriend said was "just fair". Sides were the brussle sprouts with vanilla butter (too sweet) and the mushrooms with onions(I ate the whole thing). All in all, a nice atmosphere, restaurant was totally full by 7PM and ok food. Nice pre or post theater option, but there are better places for the money.
Posted by Satisfied on 10/01/2008
I took my boyfriend to this restaurant for his birthday. He had heard great things about this restaurant so we gave it a try. At first, I thought the food was a little pricey and expected for this to be one of those places where I'd spend a lot of money on dinner, and walk out feeling like I was still hungry. Not the case at all! Making a reservation over the phone was a breeze. We arrived 15 minutes early and were seated immediately. The server gave us the appropriate amount of attention we needed (not too much and not too little). The food was excellent and filling presentation was marvelous flavors were well balanced. They brought out our dessert with a candle and had "happy birthday" and my boyfriend's name written in chocolate on the plate. Great ambience. Diverse crowd. Upscale, yet down-to-earth atmosphere. We spent quite a bit for one dinner but it was worth it! I am a big fan of Bobby Flay and I think that this experience represented him and his standard of excellence very well!
Posted by Boo on 09/24/2008
My co-workers and I ate at Bar Americain last night. It was a disaster! First there was a problem with my friend's lobster. Host came over and said he'd take his entire meal off the check. Then it took another 45 minutes or longer for the other entrees to arrive. When the check came, my friend's lobster had been taken off the check, but the promise of taking his entire meal off the check was not realized. We were charged for his entree. When I told the maitre'ds (short bald man and a woman) what a disaster the meal was, each of them was surly and disingenuous. It was weird. They responded to me as if I had complimented them. They each had a Stepford, robotic-like reaction. It was if they didn't listen to me and they did NOT want to hear what I was saying. I run a business that is based on client service. If my employees patronized my clients like yours did me, they'd be on the street!
Posted by Memphis Visitor on 07/21/2008
My wife and I ate here before seeing a play. Loved the atmosphere and energy. My wife ordered the mussels and said the sauce was the best she has ever had and she eats mussel a lot of different places. I had the filet mignon and it was good but a bit overcooked but still good. Wine list is very good and we ordered a bottle I know about that we can't get in Memphis. Wife can't wait to go back on next visit.