Why We Went: One evening, after having hard cider and craft beer at the Boquete Brewing Company, my friends and I decided to go somewhere quiet for dinner where we could enjoy conversation. Not only is the Art Cafe located directly beside the Brewing Company, but they also offered a nice round table to hold us all right in the front. Their menu is varied but the focus is on dishes with French flair. The Art Cafe uses white tablecloths and colorful linens, which makes it seem even more cozy and romantic feeling.
What We Had: Three of us had the French Onion Soup to start and the others had side salads. For our entrees, we ordered the Beef Stroganoff, Filet Mignon, Lamb, Eggplant, and Chicken dishes.
Something Special: The Art Cafe’s salads are quite memorable. First and foremost, the salads are huge; plenty to share, and chock full of crisp vegetables. The salads also had a heap of olives, creamy cheese chunks, and a zesty dressing that worked well with all of the items.
Best Part of the Meal: I typically end up ordering the Beef Stroganoff at Art cafe, as it is pretty delicious. I chose pasta as my side dish and even though it was just penne style noodles, its buttery cheesy taste added some dimension to the meal. I recommend this dish.
Bonus: The Art Cafe has a lovely bar in the back of the restaurant with a pleasant atmosphere. This was our first time ever seeing or knowing that the bar was there.
What Needs Improvement: Art Cafe’s French Onion Soup needs some flavor, salt, and depth. It is just lacking any real taste at all outside of the cheese topping the soup. The soup takes a long time to prepare and is not worth the wait or price.
Total Check Before Tip: $70 (included bottle of wine)
My Rating Scale 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest)= 8
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