It’s LA Restaurant Week! It’s a chance to dine at a higher end restaurant for less. Our choice for this year was dinner at Fleming’s in Beverly Hills. For $39 we got the following:
Choice of starter: Soup or Fleming’s signature salad
Choice of Petite Filet (8 oz), Double cut pork chop, Salmon or 16 oz rib eye (upcharge $10).
Choice of side dish: Fleming’s potatoes or Spicy Thai green beans
Choice of dessert: Cheesecake or carrot cake
Stephen had the filet, while I upgraded my entree to the rib eye. If you were to order just meat alone , the price started at $39.95, so basically you’re getting the starter, side and dessert for free. HOWEVER, the portion for the salad, side and dessert was smaller in size, as it seemed to be made for 1 person instead of shareable size. Still, the price was definitely more affordable that if you were to order each item a la carte. In addition to the Restaurant Week menu, we added the onion rings and 2 coffees to pair with dessert.
When you dine at Fleming’s, expect to have a 2 hour dining experience for a full dinner with a starter, entree and dessert. We arrived at 7:40pm, for our 8:00 reservation, was seated at 8:08, and didn’t leave until 10:15 pm. Jose was not the best server we’ve had. In fact he never came to check on us after he gave us our bill. With Stephen’s cocktail, our bill came to $112 before tax, which is roughly a $70 savings had we ordered the items separately. I didn’t realize until later that Jose didn’t charge us for the coffee, which is a nice surprise. We had a $100 gift card to use, and we left it in the folder, along with the balance of the bill plus a 18% tip, as the average service didn’t warrant anything higher.
One very nice thing that Fleming’s did was wish Stephen and me a Happy Anniversary, and gave us a box of truffles and a $25 gift card for us to come back within 2 months.
Street parking is available (if you can find it), or valet is $7.00. If you give them $10, don’t expect change.
Restaurant week makes visiting these high end places easier on the pocket book, but it seems the service gets discounted as well.