Took my hubby for a birthday dinner at Campagne. We just moved here from San Fran, so we were excited to try a new place, and add it to our list of fav's in Seattle. Also, they are having a $20, 2-course duck special this month, so we thought it was a good deal.
We got there at around 8pm, place was half full. The hostess seemed like she was having a bad day, and was in a bad mood. They knew it was a birthday dinner, so I thought it was strange that she didn't give us the one table with the view, and seated us against the wall. It was nice that we had the privacy, but it would have been nicer had they offered us a better table. It's that extra touch that makes me feel special, but I tried not to let it get to me. When we were about to leave, I actually asked the hostess why she didn't seat us at the table with the view, considering she knew it was a birthday dinner, she claimed that the table was already taken, so that next time, I should call in advance to reserve it. When I told her no one had been sitting there all night, she accused me, that I was in fact mistaken. Wow. I don't think I have ever had a nastier hostess, or at least one that was just so rude and defensive to a customer. After our nice dinner, that was just such a sour ending.
Anyway, the entrees were good, but not spectacular. The first course with the duck egg on top of a bed of spinach and mushrooms seemed bland, but the presentation made up for it. The duck consomee was good, but I didn't love it. The main course, the shredded duck was really nice, and I would actually go back for that. The dessert was good, but again, nothing spectacular. I don't know how this place got rated best in Seattle for 2005, as I'm sure there are better places. I'm happy I tried it, as it was a really good birthday dinner, and more importantly, my husband enjoyed it. Oh, and as for the service, it was wonderful, and our waiter was excellent.