I have had dinner at Cafe de Artistes several times, and each time, I've had a good experience. Good food, nice ambience, good service.
Today I tried it for lunch. We got there at about 12:30, and were one of only about 5 occupied tables. As we ate, more and more people came in, until the entire back patio where we were sitting was full by the time we left.
I recognized a few of the things I had ordered for dinner on the menu... lamb, escargot, talapia, etc.
As one would expect at a French restaurant, the bread they put in the middle of the table was delicious. Crusty on the outside and very soft on the inside. They also put out a bowl of oil-cured olives with an herb mixture to season it up.
At the recommendation of the waiter, I ordered the mushroom soup (no cream, completely vegetarian). It was the best mushroom soup I have ever had. The flavor of the mushroom was preserved by not overseasoning, while the seasoning they did use was just right. My colleague ordered the French onion soup, which was proclaimed "WAY BETTER THAN THE STUFF AT MIMI'S."
For the meal, we both selected the chopped smoked chicken salad. It had corn, scallions, chicken, and bell peppers, with a non-descript dressing. It was okay. It's the kind of thing I would make at home, so I think I was on autopilot when I ordered it. Next time I'll try something different.
The meal, with 2 iced teas came to $45.00 before tip. A little steep for what we got, but the soup made it seem worth it.
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