Well, maybe we just had an off nite but four of us went to the Bristol Lounge in the Four Seasons for our annual fancy Xmas dinner and all I could think thru much of the nite was "where should we go next year?". To start, I prefer their old cushy couches and seats and not their more staid leather look since the renovation. I wonder how many woman wipe out on those shiny floors in the lobby and part of the restaurant. When I told the host that our party was ready (at 6:30), I heard the end of a conversation with two woman who wanted to sit down that he could take their name and it would maybe be 30 min. Now, I might have missed something but allowing for reservations and such, I don't know why they couldn't sit down. We were there til 8:40 and it was a slow nite (the slowest I've ever seen it) with no rush at 7:00 or 7:30, so I'm not sure why those poor women couldn't just get a table when they asked.
The waiter was friendly and we all ordered various styles of martinis ($11.50-12.50). But then it started falling apart a bit. One friend got the Sun. special where you could pick one of two apps and one of two entrees for $32, a fairly good deal there. But they brought her soup instead of the sushi appetizer she orderd which was corrected fairly quickly. It was much larger than expected with 3 or 4 kinds of sushi but I had a bite of the eel and it seemed excessively cold. Then they made the mistake that drives me up a wall that I would never expect to happen at the Bristol, they brought entrees before clearing the two appetizer plates. They had more than one person bringing entrees so we didn't have to do their work for them but c'mon, it's the Four Seasons. I asked one of the guys for a little more bread that never came. We had empty drink glasses sitting there and it took him forever to ask is we wanted anything else. My snapper with leek risotto and bay scallops ($28) was good but needed salt, and I seldom add salt to food. One other person had the snapper, the pasta w/ seafood as part of the special looked fine and one person got the bunless burger w/ salad ($18, this girl is so skinny, she could have used the bun and fries). Desserts were a relative bargain at $9. My cappucino/mocha cheesecake was flavorful and rich, grand marnier creme brulee had a great crackly crust, bourbon pecan tart was only okay and the individual apple pie w/ ice cream was good. All in all, it was fine and not that much different than in years past but it may be time for a new tradition.