let me start by saying 1) i know there's been a lot said on this restaurant and 2) i tried extremely hard to like it. but here's my opinion in a nutshell, because if i went course by course, this would read like war and peace. i think calling for dinner/garden tour to commence at 6:30 PM, with no food on the table till nearly 8 PM, with dinner still not concluded by 11:50 PM (at which point we could not sit still a second longer and left), is simply absurd and takes whatever enjoyment one might have had out of the experience. not alone here, the couple seated next to us from portland (and a fellow hound, by the way), felt the same. i know i was forewarned, sort of, by the brochure, but really, is there anyone who truly enjoys eating at a snail's pace? and told we can walk around, take a break, and maybe we want to buy something in he middle of the meal, like a bottle of wine or a cookbook? and do we really need to be introduced to the whole staff, including the interns and dishwashers? on a positive note, i enjoyed the garden tour, had the most exquisite corn soup ever, but from a food point of view, the rest of the meal was, IMO, only average, and certainly not worth the overall hype, wait for reservations, price, etc.