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Is there such a thing as a fine dining chain?

@viperlush. Alright, I'll give it a shot. As defined by me, fine dining is when a restaurant offers sit-down seating accompanied by table service with a higher degree of formality as reflected by the table setting, the sometimes expected dress code of patrons, and the quality of preparation and ingredients as chosen by the chefs and sommelier. This is often reflected in restaurant offering prix-fixe menus, food pairings with one another or drink, and having formalized/delineated courses.

A chain restaurant is a group of restaurant managed by the same business outfit. It could be a particular chef alone, or it could be a financier individual/organization.

Feel free to disagree or posit your opinions alongside mine. I'm not an expert, rather another food lover trying to get a feel for this. So again thanks everyone for letting me know your opinions and providing me with all of this information!

Mar 07, 2012
tirah78 in Chains

Is there such a thing as a fine dining chain?

So I want to clarify that I'm compiling this list, alongside figuring out what this particular audience believes delineates fine dining from other dining experiences. I've talked with individuals who do scoff at the notion that a chain could provide a genuine fine dining experience, as well as have other individuals berate me for not considering a place like Outback as one. Overall I'm simply trying to understand and be as objective as possible about it (I tend to go for bistros and gastropubs admittedly). Frankly I've never had the privilege to dine at one of W. Puck's establishments and simply through that out as an example. Feel free to critique away, but please be courteous enough not to flame one another.

Mar 07, 2012
tirah78 in Chains

Is there such a thing as a fine dining chain?

Thanks everyone! This seems to be a good start!

Mar 07, 2012
tirah78 in Chains

Is there such a thing as a fine dining chain?

Thanks carolinadawg1!

Mar 07, 2012
tirah78 in Chains

Is there such a thing as a fine dining chain?

This is more of a philosophical post with regard to a project I'm working on. I'm trying to compile a list of fine dining restaurants that are not local, but are technically chains. I've encountered the usual celebrity chef restaurants a la Wolfgang Puck in NYC, Las Vegas, & LA. However I feel as though I might be missing other restaurants like Le Cirque. Are there any thoughts or suggestions about how I could do this research. Furthermore is there a chain you think I'm missing. Your help would be very much appreciated!

Mar 07, 2012
tirah78 in Chains