I'm familiar with tasting menus at places like French Laundry/Per Se or at chef's tables (like Patina in LA), but I'm not as familiar with the etiquette/process at places that have a regular menu and also list a chef's tasting menu option, but don't include the actual menu. In other words, when the dinner menu ends with "Chef's Tasting Menu, 6 courses, $90" - how does that work?
I'm assuming that they ask about preferences, etc? For instance, I'm not a big seafood eater, but I love duck. I'm thinking about doing a tasting menu for my birthday, but I don't want to end up disappointed that I didn't get to try the duck and had to eat scallops!
I feel silly for asking, but I figure I'll feel a lot more foolish asking at the restaurant!
(I'm looking at going to Redd in the Napa Valley, if anyone has specific experience).