10 U.S. Restaurants Offering Tableside Preparations

Sample everything from steak tartar to Bananas Foster.

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Chops/Lobster Bar, Atlanta

When it comes to transforming a restaurant meal into an event, there is nothing like a well-executed tableside preparation of a house specialty. Ranked as one of the top ten steakhouses in America, Chops/Lobster Bar offers the ultimate in USDA prime aged beef on their main floor and superior seafood on the lower level. Among the tableside presentations at Chops, you must try their homemade steak tartare, which uses ground tenderloin, minced onions, parsley, anchovies and cornichons and a dash of Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce.

Michael's Gourmet Room, Las Vegas

Some of the best practitioners of the art of tableside prep started with Michael's Gourmet Room in Las Vegas. For over 30 years, this intimate, fine dining establishment continues to win accolades for such dishes as their rack of lamb, Bouquetierre (a French term which means accompanied by small servings of vegetables). The dish is served and carved at the table.

The Bazaar, Los Angeles

Want to impress a dinner date? Order the LN2 Caipirinha at The Bazaar in Los Angeles. Created and served tableside, this frozen version of the Brazilian cocktail is a mix of Cachaca (a distilled spirit made from fermented sugarcane juice), fresh lime juice and sugar which is transformed by liquid nitrogen into the Caipirinha.

El Gaucho, Seattle

Not all Caesar salads are created equal and the one made from scratch at El Gaucho in Seattle is to-die-for. At your table, the server will whip up the freshest Caesar salad you’ve ever tasted from crisp, grated romaine hearts and Parmesan Reggiano cheese, lemon, minced garlic, anchovies, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, an egg, homemade croutons and cracked black pepper.

Deer Path Inn, Lake Forest, Illinois

Portabella mushrooms with spinach and goat cheese, roast duck with cranberry wild rice and garlic accented escargots are some of the famous dishes at Deer Path Inn in Lake Forest, Illinois. But the most popular house specialty might be the filet of Dover sole, which is sautéed at your table with lemon butter sauce and almonds.

A.G. Kitchen, New York City

Fresh guacamole prepared tableside is always a crowd-pleasing theatrical act with a delicious payoff. And one of the experts in that presentation is A.G. Kitchen in New York City which offers a tropical variation that includes such ingredients as pineapple and pomegranate.

Zuma Miami

Inspired by the informal Japanese dining style called izakaya, Zuma Miami specializes in flavorful small plates such as pan-seared prawns and black cod dumplings and chilled soba noodles with lobster in soy-ginger dressing. The most popular crowd-pleaser, however, might be the vegetarian rice hot pot which includes wild mushrooms, tofu and Japanese vegetables served tableside in a cast-iron pot.

Sullivan's Steakhouse

With at least sixteen locations around the country, Sullivan’s Steakhouse is a high-end operation offering first class lunch and dinner fare with craft cocktails and addictive appetizers to match. They also offer a few table side specialties and the headliner is their impeccable BLT salad which is made with arugula, tomatoes, crisp bacon, blue cheese and a sweet basil vinaigrette.

Commander's Palace, New Orleans

Located in the heart of New Orleans’ historic Garden District, Commander’s Palace has been a legendary gourmet destination since 1893. Some of their signature dishes include turtle soup, pecan smoked redfish cake and a rich seafood stew. But save room for their desserts, especially their spectacular presentation of Bananas Foster Flambe for two.

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse

First founded in 1981, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse has expanded to several locations around the country and offers fine dining with an emphasis on chops and seafood. Carnivores will particularly savor the excellent steaks, especially the ribeye cut which is sliced and served table side.

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