The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version:
Great food, excellent service and good atmosphere.
The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:
We arrived and waited about 20 minutes to be seated (without a reservation). Republique gets packed and boasts communal seating. Although most people don’t seem to love that environment, I really liked our seating arrangements. We were seated in the “bakery” section, a nook with the oven used to warm bread and desserts. It has one table with 6 seats that sits higher above the tables in the middle of the restaurant.
Mon – Sun 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Mon – Sat Bar opens at 5:30, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Closed Sunday for dinner
What we ate:
- Normandy butter ($5)
- Tempura ($10)
- Crostini ($10)
- Hamachi Crudo ($19)
- Octopus salad ($18)
- Wild mushrooms tarte –a-l’alsacienne ($16)
- Butternut squash agnolotti ($26)
- Rotisserie chicken ($32)
The rotisserie chicken was lightly adorned with cauliflower, spinach and pine nuts, but it spoke for itself. It was super tender, very moist and flavorful. We asked for hot sauce because it just needed that extra kick. I don’t know if it’s because we were already pretty full, but it wasn’t as memorable as the rest of the meal. The taste was great, but I just felt like it was lacking a little something.
Overall, our experience was great! Take the restaurant for what it’s meant to be and indulge in the communal atmosphere. We met an older couple that was a pleasure to sit with. By the end of the night my parents were exchanging business cards with them and we were sharing plates. This is what the atmosphere lends itself to, so please don’t shortchange yourself and enjoy the experience. Don’t be shy, you may even get to try a bite or two from your neighbor and who can complain about more food?!?! 🙂