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“Old World Service and Ambience, Out of this World Food!”
Review of Chatham's Place

Chatham's Place
Ranked #2 of 3,849 Restaurants in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 41 - US$ 80
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Description: A fine dining experience like no other in Orlando. Locally sourced ingredients, farm fresh from the Chef's very own local farm. A local favorite for over 20 years.
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Ah, thinking about this while writing makes me happy AND hungry!

Turned to Trip Advisor for recommendations (as we always do) for the newest and most highly ranked restaurants in Orlando. We were not disappointed in the #2 ranked Chatham's Place, on Restaurant Row, near Sandlake.

We arrived for our 8 PM reservation and were warmly greeted by the owner and ushered to our table for two. Well-dressed (Florida resort casual, but a few in coats and ties), well-heeled diners filled the tables. Most seemed to be regulars, given the warm greetings exchanged between them and the waitstaff. The wait staff were superbly turned out in jackets and ties and all wore American Flag lapel pins, which I appreciated. About 7 feet away from our table was a piano at which an older, elegant gentleman sat, played and sang a wonderful assortment of show tunes, Frank Sinatra, Rat Pack, etc. My husband said he thought Tony Soprano would be right at home at the corner table of this intimate, candlelit venue.

Now to the food and wine. Great wine list, decanters at the ready and we appreciated being given the appropriate wine glasses for each varietal. There are a number of good wines at all price points, with good options under $100. We started out with a Syrah and ended with a Cabernet Sauvignon.

The menu offers an interesting mix of Italian, French and American cuisine, with Chef specials offered on the Saturday night we dined there. You start with the Chef's Amuse Bouche, which is always a nice way to begin the experience and a nice touch so often overlooked in finer restaurants.

We shared the Beef Carpaccio and Chef's Special Appetizer, which was a gorgeous plate of beautiful little bites. The Tuna Tartare over Guacamole was amazing, it also included a little Salmon Mousse in puff pasty, Brie with honey, Pate, etc. All presented exquisitely, with just enough for two persons to have a bite or two and oh so delicious!

My husband got the Pecan butter Black Grouper, which was wonderful! I got the special, which was a gorgeous lobster ravioli and grilled fish combo. Divine! As a side, we ordered the Quattro Formaggio Cauliflower, which was so good, so light, yet so flavorful, I could have eaten only that and been completely satisfied.

We both ordered the White Chocolate Souffles for dessert and had coffee. The Souffles were served with a dark chocolate cup on the side, filled with fresh mixed berries. We promptly placed those cups into the hot pouf of our souffle, causing them to melt into warm, fluffy deliciousness. Sigh.....

Replete, we sat and listened to the wonderful pianist and I even sang a few tunes with him. Bonnie Raitt, I Can't Make You Love Me and New York State of Mind, a la Barbara Streisand. Then we bade everyone farewell and headed off into the night. We talked about that meal with everyone we met for days. We will most definitely return, as it was the best meal of the trip, bar none!

Do yourself a favor...get a babysitter, dress up and go have a romantic meal with your lover in the candlelight. You will not regret it!

Highlights: Romantic and intimate atmosphere; unpretentious, yet sophisticated; wonderful wait staff; fantastic food and wine; pianist; warm and welcoming owner

Not recommended for small children (we saw none there on the night we dined), those on a low-calorie diet or those saving for a rainy day

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L C, Manager at Chatham's Place, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

WOW. What a great review. Thank you so much for taking your time to write this, and for making me hungry :-) You review was perfect. Not only did you describe the food so well but you described how the servers were dressed and even the detail about the American Flag. AMAZING. We hope to see you again really soon and please, email me directly when making your reservation info@chathamsplace.com, my name is Liza. Oh and I loved the bit about Tony Soprano, hilarious but I could see that too.

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Reviewed 11 August 2017

always a wonderful experience, food and ambiance and service. Mostly go there for special occasions, but it is wonderful for any time. Can always count on a great experience.

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L C, Manager at Chatham's Place, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review, we really appreciate it. We think it is a great special occasion place. There are couples that have celebrated over 20 years in a row here for their anniversary. We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 10 August 2017

I would give them 10 stars if I could. The food was amazing and the staff was top notch. We have some food allergies and they were very accommodating and the chef worked with us to have fantastic food. It is very dark and romantic and plenty of wine to choose from. They play some light music on the piano. One of the best dining experiences I have ever had and the restaurant is nestled in the back of the a shopping center but don't let that fool you. We will be back.

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Thank Fran C
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L C, Manager at Chatham's Place, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the 10 stars! We will take them :-) Chef Tony is absolutely the best when it comes to food allergies and accommodating special requests. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

Amazing food and service that can't be beat. Piano player, coat check, sorbet as a palate cleanser, combing the table between courses, you get the picture.

Thank Stephen S
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L C, Manager at Chatham's Place, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for writing a review. We really appreciate it. I am so glad you mentioned the combing of the tables. Not many places do it and I think it is such an important part of the meal, especially in a fine setting. Thank you !

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Reviewed 8 August 2017

Cannot sat enough good things about Chatham's. Food is always perfect, atmosphere is charming and service is beyond stellar. Maurice never fails to make you and your guests feel as if you are in his own home.

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Thank skc0615
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L C, Manager at Chatham's Place, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for writing a review. We really appreciate it. Maurice is amazing. Being one of the owners of the restaurant you would think he would not be there all the time, except he is there everyday and night, making sure everything is just perfect. Thank you for mentioning him!

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