Recent trip to Elisabeth Daniel was--really, really good, but--not like last year. Last year (and I can only afford it annually), the 9-course tasting menu was an amazing event. This year, it was scaled back to 7 courses, the wine pairing was a little less generous, and the service was good (but not great). They also changed the way they ran their tasting menu: each person gets a completely different item with a different wine. In theory, the tasting menu allows everyone to sample, but there's too much going on to savor the samples (try going from a Chard to a Riesling and back again within minutes). Our waiter explained that they had "consolidated," a word we use in LA--very euphemistically--to describe cutbacks. Overall, it was a very positive experience, but I'm afraid I can't justify going back ($400 for two should buy more than just a nice, positive experience, in my book).