So finally, we had a friend sit and got out. After originally choosing Aliseo, we thought it might be a bit too far if she called in a panic. And since we were in the mood for steak, we chose Bistro. We hadn't been since it changed chefs, but what a difference.
It's really bright now and has a more modern, less comfortable feel.
We thought we'ld have two small portions, one entree and a bottle of wine. Risotto was rich and deeply, flavored but terribly undercooked. So undercooked that one need to chew considerably. Crab cake! For 10 dollars, we had one normal size crab cake. (I used to be a prep/line cook at 2 places over the river and we never served just ONE crab cake.) And it tasted like it may have been pre-formed. The cake came with a little seaweed salad that, on it's own, was really tasty. Next was a Colorado rack of lamb (so much for the steak) and it was delicious. But really tiny (2 ribs) with a lovely jus and painfully bland vegetables. When I asked for salt the waitress took some offense, even though many tables had salt on the table.
We ordered a Dolcetto (Generally, our favorite red for any non-asian dinner.) and then learned they were out. I asked for a recommendation in the same price range and received a blank look. So I chose an Austrian red that was average, but really warm. When I complained that it was a bit warm, our waitress rebuffed and said, "it is - how do you call it - kept at ambiant temperature." Well, that's fine, but this was probably served around 70 degrees. She didn't offer to chill it for a few minutes.
And on the check (I'm staring at it) , they stamp: WE APPRECIATE YOU LEAVING THE GRATUITY IN CASH THANK-YOU (the stamp is all caps). That's sort of rude.
So, while fine, at $95, it's really not worth it. Next time we'll take our chances on the panic and run to Rosewater or Convivium.