Cozy and serene and surrounded with simple elegance and chic, Richard’s restaurant offers an atmosphere so intimate and comfortable, time and repartee seem to fly.
It seemed that the quiet ambiance (sans musical background) belongs to you and you alone, so that you could concentrate on your companions and nothing else.
The restaurant setting was once the compact, nicely laid-out home of the former restaurant owner and founder; and it gives one the sweet, tidy and familiar feel of a family soiree. The limited seating creates a hominess and warmth for a lucky few each evening. The net effect once you arrive is a sense that your party has membership in a VIP club.
The only bustle one notes is the owner/chef assuring herself that this effect is maintained from initial greeting to farewell. The experience, difficult for larger restaurants to duplicate, leaves one to conclude that minimal guesting, fine food, preciously attentive and convivial wait-service and attractive prices can become a unique brand at Lakeside. And in fact Richard’s has. Another nice homey touch here is the BYOB wine with a small corking fee.
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