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Posted by Eric on 12/29/2005
I had a great time at Chez Josephine 12/27 with my family. Our waiter was a little bit out there, perhaps a bit affected, but we enjoyed his antics and the service overall was stellar. Everything was hot, cold, filled, emptied, cleaned, etc. exactly when it was supposed to be, and the staff did it all without being obtrusive. A couple of us had the mushroom soup as an appetizer, and it was amazing. All of the food was well-presented. The salmon was decent, the lobster cassoulet was very good, the shrimp and baby pea risotto was excellent, and the amish chicken was outstanding. I didn't try the hangar steak special but the person who had it seemed to enjoy it. The staff accomodated some special requests for different sides, sauces, etc. without batting an eye. The desserts were all very good--nothing you couldn't find elsewhere, but a solid job. The decor was interesting. There was a great pianist playing. The owner greeted us at the door and took our coats. Overall it was just a great experience. To top it off, while it wasn't cheap, it was actually less expensive than I expected it to be, so that was a nice surprise at the end of the night. I'd definitely go back. Great place for a date or a dinner with a few close friends.
Posted by Mitchell M. on 12/27/2005
I just don't get it... this restaurant has been around for many years and I don't know how it has survived. The food is alright (not great). The wait staff is subpar. Our server was trying to act pretentious (as if he had some qualities to support his pretense) but he was just simply rude. He was full of one word answers and let us know that he was doing us a favor in responding. The interior is very old and dated and there is an ever present slightly stale odor of "last night's party."
Posted by Seth and Jennie Zamek on 09/13/2005
Heaven can wait. Just get me to Chez Josephine! There were six in our party and none of us can stop raving about our exquisitely perfect evening at this most wonderful restaurant. From the moment we entered, we knew we were in for an unforgettable experience. Jean Claude is an effervescent glass of champagne...sparkling and joyfully unrestrained. He immediately makes you feel like family. The ambience is exciting and stimulating with the breathtaking art work of the celestial Josephine Baker. Lovely piano music, red velvet and , beautiful crystal chandeliers punctuate the lush references to Paris. The service was very friendly as well as professional , knowledgeable, and accommodating. The food was absolutely scrumptous! My husband and I were especially fond of the delectable lobster bisque. I simply can't say enough about Chez Josephine. It is flawless !(And so is Jean Claude!).
Posted by Anonymous on 07/19/2005
Chez Josephine proved to be a wonderful dining experience. We started with the Chinese ravioli, lobster bisque (not too heavy!), and a special salad featuring beets. All three were quite good -- really enjoyed the ravioli. For dinner, we had the hanger steak special and the filet -- both were cooked 'slightly' over our specification; however, both were quite flavorful. We didn't have dessert since we were both stuffed. The service was very friendly, answering questions and offering suggestions. The decor while a stunning tribute to Josephine Baker is a bit garish. The piano is a nice touch to a romantic dinner.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/03/2005
I was looking for a place to take my boyfriend for his birthday, and I am so glad I chose Chez Josephine. The food was great, my lobster salad was a special that night and I am glad I ordered it. The service was perfect, and I loved the decor. They remembered the candle on the desert without me having to ask for it a second time. It was a great dinner and we have enjoyed ourselves very much. I keep recommending it to everybody I know!
Posted by B.MERRILL-Alabama on 05/16/2005
One of the best restaurants I have ever experienced. I have traveled quite a bit over the last 2 years. One of my favorite things is to try new restaurants. You will never forget the expeience at Chez Josephine and you will try to figure out a way to go back---even all the way from Alabama.
Posted by Anastasia Beaverhausen on 04/04/2005
This is my new favorite restaurant. I walked in without a reservation and the place was packed, but we were seated right away by a very gracious and kind host (the owner, I believe). The decorations are beautiful and there is a piano player who played beautiful music throughout the evening and sometimes sang. The food and service was excellent and not overly expensive. I am going to take everyone I know here! Next time I will make a reservation because they were very busy and I would hate to be turned away from such a fine establishment.