10.23.2014

Dinner & A Movie: Christopher's Prime Steakhouse

Next stop on the Salt Lake City dining tour is Christopher's Prime Steakhouse & Grill located at 134 W Pierpont Ave, in Salt Lake City, Utah. How did my experience rank compared to Gourmandise in the ever so-important categories of FOOD, AMBIANCE & SERVICE? And what movie should accompany the experience you have at Christopher's? Read on to find out. Also I neglected in my last review to mention another important category, that doesn't necessarily effect it's overall rating....but is important to include: THE PRICE.

So here's the price key that I'll include for future reviews:

PRICE: 
$ = 5-10 avg. per entree 
$$ = 10-15 avg. per entree 
$$$ = 15-20 avg. per entree 
$$$$ = 20-30 avg. per entree 
$$$$$ = $30+ and above per entree.

Christopher's Prime Steakhouse is $$$$$

RATINGS: 1 star = Poor, 2 stars = fair, 3 stars = pretty good, 4 stars = very good, and 5 stars = AMAZING. 


THE AMBIANCE 


Both the interior and the exterior of Christopher's Prime Steakhouse were both extremely easy on the eyes. The atmosphere is quite lovely, there's no mistake about that. You definitely get the feeling you're in a fancy restaurant...and for the most part it shows! In the summer you can enjoy a table under some ivy and twinkle lights on the patio, otherwise the rest of the year you'll have to settle for in doors. Don't worry though, you're not really settling at all. The interior with its two floors and vaulted ceilings was one of the restaurant's greatest charms. RATING: 4



THE FOOD

The food at Christopher's was beyond delicious! For an appetizer I ordered the almond crusted baked brie. As I mentioned in the last post, brie happens to be my favorite cheese so this brie, covered in toasted almonds was heaven. It came with small toasted baguette pieces and a raspberry sauce, and all put together it was absolutely wonderful. For dinner I ordered the Bacon Wrapped Medallions, which was beef wrapped bacon in a bourbon peppercorn sauce. The sauce was absolutely delectable and undoubtedly the best part of the meal. For dessert, my brother was kind enough to share his creme brûlée and it was also yummy...though far from the best I've had (I am the creme brûlée connoisseur after all...) Then again...maybe we were just incredibly starving.. (read on for explanation on THAT.) Read the full menu HERE RATING: 4


THE SERVICE

Unfortunately the great ambiance and terrific food was paired with some pretty pretentious and unbearably slow service. It took 45 minutes before we received our appetizers (see photo on the side...I ate half of it because I was so hungry before I realized I was supposed to be taking pictures)! And that was for an already late dinner where the restaurant didn't seem too full! We were given one roll a piece to try and fill our starving tummies, but for a restaurant of that caliber why not a bread basket at the very least? Then after waiting 45 minutes for the appetizer and scarfing it down in no time, we had to wait another half hour before our entrees would show up. All the while being served by a very unfriendly waiter who seemed to think we weren't good enough to be there. But the worst moment came when he offered us some free fries for making us wait so long, only to have those fries show up later on our bill. When we asked him about what happened, he mentioned that was because My brother and his wife shared their dinner item and that's against their policy. Maybe you could have told us that when they actually ordered, instead of when we received our bill. Instead he just told us we were upset. RATING: 1. DEAL BREAKER.

So while it met 2/3 criteria....the third one happened to be a deal breaker. I won't return to Christopher's....at least the one in Salt Lake. Here's what my companions thought:

SEAN & ROBIN SAY: The food was great, but I'm not sure if it was worth the wait. It took 45 minutes alone to receive our appetizers.

COURTNEY SAYS: Christopher's ... no one can argue that the atmosphere isn't classy, and the food is very good. I ordered the chicken picacata and was pleasantly surprised with how delectable it tasted. That Christopher really knows his way around the sauces. Both the chicken piccata sauce and the sauce that accompanied the bacon wrapped tenderloins were top notch. Unfortunately, with all the good christopher's had to offer, horrible service was also included. First of all, a person shouldn't ever come to a restaurant and feel unwelcome. Any service oriented establishment should treat you like a queen, as you are the one that will be providing their tip. First strike: the stuffy attitude. Another item that i judge service by, is whether or not my drink is full, consistently. This was not the case at christophers, and when ordering an appetizer, i expect that it be brought to the table in a reasonable amount of time. The definition of an appetizer, after all, is to stimulate the appetite prior to the meal. Our appetizers came out 45 minutes after we had been sitting at the table. By this time we were starving! The appetizer therefore, was not so much a stimulant, but a bit of nourishment for a hungry souls. Strike two: long waits for food, and empty glasses. Strike three is a lengthy story that Emily already covered: a miscommunication about the bill (read: our waiter did not communicate what the restaurant would be charging us for the meal). Hey, if the establishment doesn't split meals, let us know up front rather than adding a fee afterwards without warning. I won't be going back to Christopher's. Although the food is quite good, there are plenty of delicious meals to be had at restaurants that have significantly better service. For 40 bucks a plate? Skip it.

& A movie. I paired my experience at Christopher's with The Silence of the Lambs and it seemed pretty much the perfect movie to top off such a night (you can interpret that any way you want...) But if you're not in the mood for something scary, I'd say the restaurant in Ferris Bueller's Day Off will remind you a lot of the service at Christopher's. Snooty waiters or maitre D's who belittle the sausage king of Chicago are not usually bound to receive good tips.  For a night out on the town, Fury because the experience might make you FURIOUS. Or out tomorrow you can subject yourself to the pain of Ouija (review from me out tomorrow) as a good reminder that perhaps there's worse things than bad service? Bad movies? Nah.

2 comments:

Johanna said...

At least as a steak house it wasn't like the one in the Great Outdoors. We went to Christopher's once and haven't been back. Overall experience and price didn't match up.

Sarah said...

Wow. I guess if you are ABSOLUTELY craving this place, take-out is the way to go. Besides, with take-out, they will never know whether or not you are splitting a dinner with someone else (which is everyone's right to do). That is really ridiculous.

However, I don't think I will be giving them my business, take-out or not.