My wife and I have been meaning to go to Josie's since it opened and we finally made it over there last night.
While we had a very nice meal, I have to say that I felt the price/value ratio was a bit out of line. Two apps, two entrees, one dessert and a cheap ($33) bottle of wine cost us $180 with tip.
Although the food was outstanding, the service was only so-so. I had to pour my own wine and water even though we were sitting in the front of the restaurant while the manager(?), hostess and our waiter stood and talked five feet away.
Also, although the room was cozy and warm it seemed a bit, I don't know, underwhelming for this price range?
I don't mean to be nitpicky and if this was a neighborhood place with great food and dinner had been a hundred bucks or so, I wouldn't complain, but at a shade under $200, I think they need to deliver just a bit more. Eighteen dollars for an asparagus appetizer is a little over the top.
I just think that if you're going to price yourself at the Spago-Patina-Water Grill level, then you've got to deliver the goods in service and atmosphere as well as food.
It pains me to say this, but in my opinion, this is where the San Francisco/New York restaurants really pass us up. Bacar or Absinthe in San Francisco or Grammercy Tavern or Babbo in New York are all in the same price range but deliver a much more well-rounded experience.
I think if a couple is going to spend almost two hundred bucks on dinner, it ought to feel like a special event - not just a nice meal.