Denver >Food & Dining > Le Chateau & La Fondue
1040 15th St, Denver, CO | Directions 8020239.746609 -104.996461
Neighborhoods: Central Business District, Central Business District (CBD), Northwest Denver
Don't waste your time or money – worst evening ever. Poor service, hot salad, staff poorly trained.......go to the Melting Pot. Go anywhere but not La FonDon't. Can't believe they will remain in business much longer.
Very Rude Manager – We have been there many times and it is declining rapidly. A once beloved restaurant is now managed by a very rude woman and waitstaff, we incurred issues calling in and in the restaurant. A place I once celebrated my 30th with fond memories I will no longer take my business to. Melting Pot has a much warmer atmosphere, better food and portions and friendly waitstaff.
Boiled Steak? – The dimmest lit restaurant I've ever been in.
They bring you a platter with steak, fish, and chicken and tell you the cooking times, then you boil the meat in a pot. Not the best cooking method.
The cheese fondue was good, as was the chocolate, but for over eighty dollars, I think we could have got more for our money.
Overall they are trying to be fine dining, but wind up being pretentious and cheap.
Great Place – It was a great experience. They start you out with cheese fondue. The bring out bread, veggies, and fruit to dip into the cheese. Then they bring out the meat and you cook it yourself. We used oil and tempura batter. Very good! Finally, the best part. We got the white chocolate fondue with pound cake, cheese cake, fruits, etc. To die for. This is a nice place to take a date.
definitely gone downhill – We've gone to La Fondue quite a few times over many years and it has been getting progressively worse. This last time was the final straw. We arrived on time for our reservation, and the restaurant was not at all crowded (that in itself might be an indicator of the quality) but it still took about 15minutes to get our drink orders. Then about 10 minutes later they came and asked what kind of whiskey we wanted in our martinis, whiskey in a martini?
Anyway, we finally got drinks and placed our order. Everything came out in good time after that, but we were amazed at how small the portions were. There were 4 of us and the first course cheese fondue ran out before everyone had a chance to get more than a couple dips of bread and apple. When we asked for more we were told that was all that was included.
When the vegetables came out, there wasn't even enough brocoli for everyone to have 1 piece. All the other vegetables were also in short supply.
The meat course had enough for everyone to have a couple pieces of each meat, but not a lot beyond that.
The flavor of the broth was nothing special and the sauces were just so-so.
The only good part of the meal was the chocolate fondue dessert.
If we ever go back to La Fondue, it will only be for dessert and I'm not sure that will be happening anytime soon.
Not so sure – I'm not sure aboutt his place. I love fondue and make it at home a lot but when we went, I was unimpressed. The veggies were old, bruised and starting to turn. The meat was not very fresh. The cheese fondue and bread were good but that is about it. I don't plan to go back.
Nice Valentine's Day Dinner! – My boyfriend and I ate dinner here for Valentine's Day the night before. He had never had fondue before and I have only had it once many years ago. We showed up a few minutes before our reservations and were seated immidiately. Our waitor immediately greated us and took our drink order. When he brought our drinks we were pretty much ready to order. He was extremely helpfull with our questions and helped with recomendations. We started with the Mexican style cheese dip and it was delicious! Our burner had problems heating up so he took our pot to the back and made the cheese for us. By the time he came back our burner was doing okay. Right after we were done with the cheese he brought our veggies and broth and the broth was already boiling so we didn't have to wait (extra bonus points there!). He didn't bring the meat out until the veggies were gone but I think they have to since it's raw and they probably don't want you cooking veggies in with raw meat was my guess. I thought the meat was excellent. The sirloin was extremely tender and tasty and the shrimp was delicious. We had chicken too but chicken is just chicken to me...lol. His cooking instructions were spot on and made for perfectly cooked meat! My water was kept 100% full my entire meal and filled by about 4 different people (more bonus points in my book!) To finish the meal our chocolate was brought out in perfect time and the chocolate was already nice and warm. We were absolutely STUFFED when we left. Our waitor was excellent and constantly checked on us. I really wish I could remember his name so I could give him credit. My ONLY complaint was the seating arrangements. We had no privacy. We sat at a bar with three burners so we were right next to another couple. Kinda takes the private romantic feel out of the whole fondue thing but other than that it was EXCELLENT and we've been telling everyone about it all week. It was very expensive but I was expecting it. Dinner for 2 plus a house wine for me and 2 beers for my boyfriend came out to $103 before tip.
POO on FONDUE – Reservations for 8, took order at 9, didn't eat until about 10. Worst three hours i ever spent in a restaurant. (We didn't get out of there until about 11:15) As it is a fondue restaurant and most people may not be familiar with the process, I had expected the waitstaff to be somewhat knowledgeable and accommodating, or at the very least helpful. What we experienced, however, were some of the most disinterested and disappointing servers ever encountered. They were rude, never attempted to make concessions for being slow and inconsistent. They actually blamed our party for not knowing what to expect at a fondue restaurant! The only good "staff" member was our water boy, who conversed and agreed with how horrible the waitstaff was. Not to mention the cheese was flavorless, the meat was cooked in tinted water called broth, and you had to wait so long to eat you never even came close to full. 99% of the effort was put into the dessert, so instead of leaving full you leave sick on sugar. Worst place ever. I would recommend the Melting Pot if you're desperate for fondue. The entire staff should be fired at La fondue and they should just get rid of the back room, where they apparently put the clientele they don't want. Oh and we had to pay gratuity on taxes.
Nothing spectacular – We went during the 5280 restaurant week. It was really noisy and the atmosphere seemed more like Denver Diner or Pete's Kitchen, not entirely unpleasant, just not intimate. The food was mixed-cheese fondue was spectacular and the salad was good as well. The main course was bland and really quite disappointing. We had the dark chocolate fondue for dessert and it was amazingly good. A really good way to end a meal. Although I did enjoy the fod for the most part, I probably won't go back simply because of the atmosphere. Our service was good and the servers were all friendly but for what you spend on a meal it just isn't private or romantic enough. It may be a good place to go with a group of people, but for two I wouldn't reccomend.
La FonDON'T – I was so excited to go off my diet at La Fondue, but now want back my calories and my money. We were seated for our 7:30 reservation at 8. Our waiter came to take our order around 8:01, but we needed more time (surprising, I know). We later noticed that other tables were given information about the menu and experience- not us! We then didn't see our waiter until the host directed him to us at 8:20. The cheese course was good, though the bread was not crusty and the apple/veggie supply was quite limited (we were told bread was unlimited, but no one offered us more and in fact brought our our next course very early and it sat there while we finished). Salad was okay, but we couldn't figure out how it really added to the meal. Following the salad, they (we have no idea who our actual waiter was, but it took a few of them to ruin our evening) brought out the oil for the meat, which heated up on our table for about 30 minutes before they brought out the actual meat, at which time they realized our burner was broken. We had to get up and stand in the middle of heavy traffic while they replaced the burner. I understand that this is not their fault, but an apology would have gone a long way. When they set us back up, the burner was on low and the heat indicator was on incorrectly. The result? Our food took an extremely long time to cook, was not cooked properly, and we had to try to figure out the heat indicator situation in order to correct it, as no one stopped by to check on us at all. After the meat course was dessert, which was good, but the chocolate was cold. We again had to fiddle with the heat and wait for the chocolate to warm up. Since the time at which our burner was replaced, no one checked on us- my drink sat empty for a good 45 minutes. And then we paid the entire bill- nothing was taken off for the inconvenience or poor service. As we left, we stopped at the hostess station to pick up a mint. She said NOTHING- no "good night," "thanks," NOTHING. STAY AWAY.
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