Au Chalet is meant as a particular experience. My girlfriend and I went for an intimate Valentine’s Day dinner, and we were warmly greeted by the Swiss & French gentlemen who run the establishment and waited on us as a team throughout the evening. The lighting, decor (replete with roses at every table) and music made for a most romantic time - even before the fondue had arrived. The menu is, admittedly, limited. You have a choice between the fondue and the raclette (along with a salad as an appetizer and chocolate or lemon tart for desert). We opted for the former, along with two glasses of wine (from a similarly limited selection, though the red and the white were both quite tasty). The cheese was a time and a half. They kept bringing more and more bread our way as if to ensure that we died of carbohydrate poisoning later in the night. When we passed on dessert, they still brought out some chocolate brittle for us to nibble on. I’d say the place is well worth the venture when you are looking for something different – a hidden gem that upholds New Haven’s diverse and excellent culinary brand. The owner and his crew will make you feel more than welcome.
start with 1 star for decor. upon opening the door it seemed like we entered a mountain hut. nice. Last Saturday (feb. 1, 2020) evening however, totally lacking any seasoning... while this maybe classic as a dinner entree in Switzerland ....a bore stateside. salt & pepper perhaps an herb? also, during my research before heading there i read reviewed: great assortment of beers (only 4 listed & was told that they only had Leffe, which i had), 1 picture showed a fine assortment of charcuterie and another shown a proper melting system... we were given a toaster oven to cook our own pre-sliced cheese... looking like the same raclette one can pick-up at Trader Joe's for $5.99 per half pound. i could've made this same thing at home for a total of $10 for the 3 of us, not $72. with my beer & 1 glass of wine i walked out paying over $100 with tip (why i did tip i don't know)... not much or average for a typical dinner: however, this was robbery. ending with 1 star for decor. saddened.
Great ambiance and a wonderful social meal to share with friends. Menu is simple - Raclette or Fondue, both served with traditional accompaniments. Restaurant is very small, so expect an intimate meal. The owner went out of his way to greet us and chat with us - gave me the feeling that we were old friends having dinner at his place.
I feel a little weird having to select a star level for each item, because we never ate there. They changed their menu, they said, but they didn't do do online, and the prices were nearly double what was online. We were going to a concert and didn't want to spend that much, so we left. I noted that they should update their website.
Very quiet restaurant. Great date spot. Pretty pricey. Biggest disappointment is that this restaurant is constantly out of things on the menu. The last few times we have dined here, they did not have shallots for the shallot fondue. This time, we hoped to splurge on chocolate fondue -- only to find out they were out of chocolate. This place is not very busy, and it is disappointing that the management has not figured out how to stock their kitchen.
We had a lovely time experiencing Swiss Raclette. So tasty and such a fun change up from the every day. We will be back!
while the food was good, one of our friends ordered a leffe beer and was given a local east rock pilsner without an explanation or acknowledgement. warning for those who don’t drink the only non alcoholic option is water. my husband got a perrier and there was a lemon seed in his cup and no sign of a lemon. when we ordered we asked lots of questions as we had never dined for raclette before and the owner was no help and kind of laughed at us. we will never go back even though the cheese was outstanding. i can melt cheese at home.
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Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.