Last night 4 dining companions set out for a celebratory dinner and decided upon Chelseas Kitchen on 40th St and Camelback. I thought I would do things differently in writing up my review and bullet point out my likes and dislikes to be clear. I will start with the Pros of Chelseas.
Attentive Service- Wait staff is wonderful, accommodating and professional.
Main entrées are well portioned and deftly prepared.
Nightly featured wine at a reduced cost.
Décor and layout of restaurant.
The Ceviche appetizer was so fresh and light you would think we lived near the Ocean.
No Cell Phones allowed in dining room, FINALLY! I find it impossibly rude when people
have full blown conversations on their mobile phones while I am trying to have a dining experience.
Kid Friendly menu.
Short Ribs and Spaetzle.
$20.00 price tag at the bar for one Stella Artois beer and one Kir Royale That is just ridiculous.
When finished with dinner we asked for espresso and were told that they do not offer espresso as it takes to long to make.
When we requested 4 Brandys to go with our coffee our server had to check if they had it. One Brand of Brandy was offered, no Scotch or Cognac either. IMHO if you are trying to present an upscale feel please stock your bar accordingly.
No reservations taken- I find this new trend presumptuous.
Not impressed with the Cowboy steak, tough and over cooked.
Having to box my own leftovers.
3.00 valet parking
For the money we spent I have had better meals, I dont think Chelseas Kitchen will be somewhere I would be inclined to give repeat business. This is just my own opinion as the place obviously does very well on a nightly basis, but I have had better meals for the money.