The Rittenhouse Spa & Club - Hair by Paul Labrecque
210 W Rittenhouse Sq, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 732-3364
Phone: (215) 546-9000
Primary Phone: (215) 546-9000
Fax: (215) 732-3364
TollFree: (800) 635-1042
12/06/2009Provided by Citysearch -
$80 (including tip) for a meal that I could get at Outback or Texas Steakhouses for 1/4 of the price (and Outback and Texas have better steaks!). I could somewhat rationalize the prize if the food was amazing, but it isn't. My steak was burned both times I went and the sides were no better than Boston Market! I can't believe this restaurant is so popular. I guess some people have more money than they know what to do with.
Do yourself (and your wallet) a favor and skip this one.
Okay now I know for a fact Phila Mag ""Top 50 Restaurants"" is purely political. I mean to give the #5 spot to Lacroix is laughable. This is a prime example of why I save my $$ and go to New York for the week-end and eat at TRULY good restaurants for a fraction of the price. I AM NOT CHEAP. I spend $$ on good food, but it pisses me off to have to pay TOP price for a below average meal. My boyfriend and I eat out a lot and we will not be going back to Lacroix. Yvonne Baird
09/22/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I had been looking forward to eating at La Croix for some time, but could only talk friends into going for Restaurant Week, so be it. We were seated immediately, but then unattended for more than 10 minutes in a near empty restaurant. After putting an order in, we got our wine, but took almost 15 minutes more and three requests to get water to the table. Our server recited the specials so fast we could not hear them, and when asked to clarify something just paused and then asked if we were ready to order without answering the question.
The appetizers were beautiful, but unseasoned, flavorless & tiny. I expected small portions, but my entire first course could have been eaten in one mouthful! My friend's soup arrived covered in peanut butter foam (not listed on the menu) which is especially odd, as peanuts have a very high allergen rate and most places always warn of them in dishes. Bread arrived with the first course, but was stale on the outside and soft on the inside, clearly having been cut & left to sit many hours earlier.
Our entrees arrived and were again beautiful and perfectly cooked. Unfortunately they were also unseasoned and terribly bland. The ravioli were also completely mis-made and incorrectly cooked. Again, many of the items on the plate were not listed on the menu, which is very poor form and has a diner receiving food they may not have ordered if given an honest description. Dessert was forgettable and again tiny.
I was really stunned by the whole meal, and very sad having had huge expectations. The lack of seasoning is one of the most basic errors in a kitchen and really silly at the level of cuisine they supposedly provide. Having servers that do not understand the food they are serving is also a simple training issue and really unforgivable at this level of dining.
I am aware that we were eating from the Restaurant Week menu at a discounted price. RW is designed to give you a sample of a restaurant's food so you will come back again at full price. I have no problem spending fairly tremendous amounts of money on food, but not after a sample like this. I have worked in restaurants in Philly that chose to participate in RW and some that would not. La Croix needs to look at what they do and make a more honest appraisal. Putting out food like this will lose them both customers and reputation in the long run.
01/23/2009Provided by Citysearch -
We were invited out to dinner with my cousin and her husband. They invited us for the chefs table,which we had no idea what to expect. All I can say is WOW!!! We were totally blown away by this experience. When they lead you into the restaurant and take you in the kitchen, I have to admit that was slightly strange, but if we would be treated to the 12 course tasting menu we had, I would gladly sit with the chef's every time I went out. Chef Jason was the most creative, astounding, passionate chef it has been our pleasure to dine with. I read in the paper just the other day that he is only 24 yrs old...well I definitely expect him to have an incredible future, and to become tops in his career. If one can cook at this stage the way he does at such a young age then look out, what a talent. Our waiter Ben was one of the nicest most knowledgeable, attentive, wonderful servers ever!!! I definitely donot want to leave out Max the pastry chef who also was very creative and definitely had a strong sense of pride in his work. All the kitchen staff was so friendly, they really wanted your input, and just gave us a very memorable evening. I would recommend if you want a totally impressive evening that will knock your socks off, treat yourself to this wonderful experience. Thanks again guys...Hope you see this.
08/10/2008Provided by Citysearch -
not that good. ive been to le bec , Capital grill, striped bass, ect , ect and know the difference from good dining and great dining. Smith and Wollensky's wasnt living up to the hype i thought it would. i didnt have the steak and know its known as a steak house, but they can put a little more effort in their seafood. Calamari was good, my bass was dry . prices were too high for such mediocer food and having to pay extra for a side dish is just dumb. good selection of wine though.
02/10/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I chose this place to celebrate an anniversary with my boyfriend. First appearance was awesome, the host and hostess were very friendly. They led us upstairs to our table which was very charming, small, but charming. Our server Brian came over the second we sat down and asked us what we wanted to drink as if he was trying to rush us out. We were the youngest couple in the restaurant. After we placed our order it was as if he disappeared, his serving assistant was awesome making sure everything was going well, getting us our drink refills and replenishing us with our silverware. We had a large crab cake to start which was very tasty and filled with tons of crabmeat and not just filler ingredients. The Caesar salad is HUGE so definitely split it. The filet I ordered was really amazing, really really big, cooked to perfection and seasoned just perfectly... definitely worth the 40$. The only downside to the food was that it wasn't piping hot, just warm. Our server took forever to bring us our check, cashing out everyone around us except us and then finally gave us our bill. All in all this was a good place for a romantic date. The dress code was casual we dressed up a bit but I saw people in jeans. You really can't go here and spend less then 200$ including the tip so be prepared.
01/30/2008Provided by Citysearch -
So, I went to Smith & Wollensky during Restaurant Week, thinking that if the food was as good as everyone says, than I'd be more than happy to pay full price. Well, not only will I never pay full price, I will tell everyone I know how horrible the food was. I'm not sure why they even participate in Restaurant Week; it seemed as if it was a bother to them to do so. From the salad to the cheesecake, the food was less than mediocre. Three of us got filet and two got crab cakes. The filet was almost impossible to swallow and the crab cakes were dry and had no flavor at all. They were all served with overdone, dried out roasted potatoes and steamed, totally flavorless broccoli. Earlier in the week I had gone to Plough and The Stars where the RW menu had several mouth watering choices (S&W only offered filet, salmon or crab cakes, again, why bother?). The sirloin steak with blue cheese butter at the Plough was melt in your mouth good and the service was outstanding. At Smith & Wollensky I got the distinct impression that they did not really care too much about my food because I was not paying full price. It was insulting.
11/10/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I am not usually keen on buffets but this is like anything I have ever experienced. The Christmas Day buffet/dinner is something I think about all year. The items on the buffet are prepared with such skill and then they bring you an Entree from the menu. It's decadent but worth every penny.
10/02/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I took my sister to the Adolf Biecker spa at the Rittenhouse for her birthday. We finished the day with dinner at Lacroix. I had the four course tasting menu (blue fun tuna, hierloom tomato, rabbit, and foie gras). The portion sizes were perfect. I wasn't hungry, but I didn't feel stuffed. My sister said her ribeye was the best she's ever had. This is a very high compliment since she attended culinary school and also happens to be very picky. We both had this ""smore's"" type dessert that was AMAZING. When I made the reservation, the woman inquired as to whether it was a special ocassion and I said it was my sister's birthday. They must have made a note of it, because they sent her a beautiful petit fore from the kitchen. The presentation and service were phenomenal.
05/30/2007Provided by Citysearch -
My husband and I dined at Boathouse Row based on a friend?s suggestion for a low-key bite to eat on a random weeknight. The place was desolate, and should have been our first clue. The only people dining and at the bar were out of towners, clue number two. The menu offers bar food and a few tradition dishes such as roasted chicken, burgers, etc. We ordered the wings and they were average. We ordered the fries bc they came with three dipping sauces. The sauces delivered to us were tartar, ketchup and vinegar!!!! The mussels were lacking in flavor and broth, very bland. All in all, not one of Philly?s best. Skip the Boathouse and spend your money at one of the many other wonderful Pubs that the city has to offer.
03/17/2007Provided by Citysearch -
We had reservations at James (which we LOVE) but didn't want to trek in the snow to Queen's Village so we opted for Lacroix which is just next door. The room was pleasant with views of the park. We found the staff unknowledgeable on the menu which is inexcusable for a restaurant of this caliber and reputation. The restaurant was not busy we were greeted pleasantly at first then totally ignored but noticed that groups of servers were gathered together with animated personal conversation or doting on the GM and concierge of the hotel having dinner with elaborate wine tastings. At a major discount I'm sure. To get their attention we had to knock on the glass partition, this occurred several times. We ordered cocktails which took forever to arrive, then when we had several questions regarding the menu the server replied with ah ah.... apparently not knowing how each dish was prepared. Was it revenge for banning smoking in restaurants that led the chef to have every item on the menu whether fish or fowl to be smoked smoked smoked! Then when the food came they didn't know who ordered what, it was not hot and a total disappointment to boot. The meats were tough and tasteless, the lobster rubbery and the ravioli accompaniment was uneatable. We can't understand from this meal how Lacroix has received so many accolades especially from Philadelphians who are very much in the know when it comes to good food. Perhaps it is from guests of the hotel who are used to lower standards. We recommend you pass on this mediocre establishment for there are many finer eateries in Philadelphia that merit your patronage.
02/25/2007Provided by Citysearch -
That is the way the steak arrived...DOA. As we had theater tickets, there was not time for them to do it over. I should have asked for the doggie bag before the meat was cooked. The Caesar salad lacked Ingredients: anchovies, capers and egg yolks and who knows what else. It did have Croutons the size of meatballs. No problem I just used the Jim Bowie knife they gave me for meat. We ordered one of the two bottles of red that were under $50. It turned out they were sold out of both. The $56.00 bottle was my $18. favorite from home. (Both bottles did appear on the bill since they were ordered. That charge was removed later.)
So I asked for beer, well, nothing on tap, the six different beers were 50% Bud. and Lite types plus Heineken. The dessert was great. Which left me with a good taste in my mouth as I left, until I got to the attached parking garage. At least they admitted to over charging and corrected the bill.
So if you are a Bud. drinker that likes well done steak and a salad with Italian desssing and a great dessert by all means go.