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Old 04-01-2013, 08:07 PM   #1
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Artist Point?

DH and I are staying at WL in August to celebrate our 5th anniversary. We have never even BEEN to WL, and I did my ADRs before we decided where to stay (genius, I know.) Anyway, I'm thinking of switching our Jiko dinner (we have been several times and loved it each time) to Artist Point, just for convenience.

Is this a huge mistake?
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:42 PM   #2
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DO Artist Point! Jiko is very good but I think since you are staying at WL and you have never been to Artist Point do it my service and my entree was better at AP I like the atmosphere at Jiko but it is fun to try something new!!!
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:08 PM   #3
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My DH and I loved artist point. We ate there on our last trip in December and were very happy with it. I even tried bone marrow for the first time..their filet is super awesome- but im easily pleased. it Has bone marrow as a side and its worth trying. Also comes with a sweet potato donut. The portobello mushroom soup is also great. I have it booked again for our upcoming trip in September.
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:10 PM   #4
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Definitely try Artist Point. We stayed at WL in February and had dinner there one night. Everything we ate was amazing. The filet and salmon were highlights. Also the berry cobbler is to die for!
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:15 PM   #5
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Artist Point is well worth it!
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:15 PM   #6
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Thanks. I think we'll give it a go.
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:05 PM   #7
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Thanks. I think we'll give it a go.
Although we do like Jiko it can be quite a haul, if we were staying at WL there's no doubt that I'd chose AP.

We stayed at FW in Feb and went to AP then and enjoyed it.

Feel free to check out my review with photos:
Our AP Dining Experience
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Old 04-02-2013, 05:27 AM   #8
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We had a fantastic experience at Artist Point when we stayed at WL last summer. Of course it's convenient, but also we had wonderful service, and a great meal. I had the filet and substituted the potato side from the buffalo dish.



It was delicious!!! You should give it a try.
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As a frequent diner to Artist Point, I can unequivocally state you should eat there. Their menu is offers excellent entries from the smoky portobello soup, to the buffalo filet or signature planked salmon, to the berry cobbler. Further, their wine menu is primarily composed of wines from the Northwest meaning you get superb whites from Washington and delightful reds from Oregon among others. Service is also quite good. As for the ambience, it has the quiet, romantic nature you may be seeking. Asking for a window table is your best bet to have a view outside to the courtyard/pool area. You might even be able to see the geyser. After dinner, take a leisurely stroll around the grounds, sit on the beach and watch EWP, walk a ways down the nature trail, and listen to the crickets while the lanterns flicker (yes, they're mostly manufactured, but it's still cool). I enjoy Jilo immensely, but consider AP every bit as worthwhile, and it's much more convenient given you are staying there. Enjoy!
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:55 AM   #10
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We've never eaten at Jiko, but we loved Artist Point. The filet was amazing, as was the salmon .
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:34 AM   #11
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Our Ratings of Artist Point: (rev 12/21/2012)
. . . food price value: B
. . . food quality: B
. . . food quantity per serving: B (after sending meat back once)
. . . food prep speed: C
. . . food selection: B
. . . seating quantity: B
. . . seating comfort: A
. . . eatery atmosphere: B
. . . eatery convenience: B
. . . staff friendliness: A
. . . staff attentiveness: B
. . . character interaction: n/a

NOTE1: Artist Point has lately made several changes to revive
the quality of the food and service, and regained the reputation
of the past. It has now replaced Bistro de Paris on our list, and
we only eat at five of them.If you eat there, get a window table.
The view of courtyard and lake are grand and romantic at sunset
and after dark. The buffalo and chicken were VERY good and worth
all the talk. (Just make sure they cook the buffalo rare or med-rare.
Any more, send it back! It will be tough and tasteless !)

NOTE2: As with eateries, they do some things better than others.
In that light, I would skip the Prawn/Crab Pot and skip the Scallops.
They are basically average and not worth the time or expense. The
carpaccio is subpar as vension doesn't have enough fat marbling to
make it taste as good as Beef Carpaccio The filet and the lasagna
are good, but pedestrian, so also skip those. The other side of the
scale has the tasty King Salmon. For a heavenly treat, try the highly
prized Copper River Salmon which is available only during mid-May
to early-June.
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Old 04-02-2013, 10:17 AM   #12
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Our Ratings of Artist Point: (rev 12/21/2012)
. . . food price value: B
. . . food quality: B
. . . food quantity per serving: B (after sending meat back once)
. . . food prep speed: C
. . . food selection: B
. . . seating quantity: B
. . . seating comfort: A
. . . eatery atmosphere: B
. . . eatery convenience: B
. . . staff friendliness: A
. . . staff attentiveness: B
. . . character interaction: n/a

NOTE1: Artist Point has lately made several changes to revive
the quality of the food and service, and regained the reputation
of the past. It has now replaced Bistro de Paris on our list, and
we only eat at five of them.If you eat there, get a window table.
The view of courtyard and lake are grand and romantic at sunset
and after dark. The buffalo and chicken were VERY good and worth
all the talk. (Just make sure they cook the buffalo rare or med-rare.
Any more, send it back! It will be tough and tasteless !)

NOTE2: As with eateries, they do some things better than others.
In that light, I would skip the Prawn/Crab Pot and skip the Scallops.
They are basically average and not worth the time or expense. The
carpaccio is subpar as vension doesn't have enough fat marbling to
make it taste as good as Beef Carpaccio The filet and the lasagna
are good, but pedestrian, so also skip those. The other side of the
scale has the tasty King Salmon. For a heavenly treat, try the highly
prized Copper River Salmon which is available only during mid-May
to early-June.
Not that I disagree with your review above, but I think it might be helpful to put those grades into context by supplying comparable meals elsewhere that you reviewed. In other words, how does your review above stack up against, say, Jiko, California Grill, or whichever other five restaurants you mention patronizing? A solid "B" from you is likely high praise, indeed, but it might appear to the OP a middling grade.

As for your notes, I agree the buffalo and salmon are usually topnotch, and my advice if they go for the salmon would be the same as for the buffalo--don't let them overcook it! I further agree that AP has regained some momentum after a couple of off years. They appear to be back on higher ground.
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:32 AM   #13
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Heading there in late April for first time. How does the buffalo compare to beef filet taste and text wise? Is the buffalo stronger gamey taste and less tender or....?
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Heading there in late April for first time. How does the buffalo compare to beef filet taste and text wise? Is the buffalo stronger gamey taste and less tender or....?
If you didn't know that the meat was buffalo, you might not be able to tell much difference. Buffalo is leaner and a slightly more dense meat to the eye (if you look carefully), but the taste and mouthfeel are quite similar to beef. I find the buffalo a little cleaner-tasting (sometimes beef can seem muddled), but as RustyScupper said above, do not attempt to eat it above rare to medium-rare lest you wind up with something akin to leather due to how lean of a meat it is. If you enjoy your beef medium-well to well-done, I wouldn't bother with the buffalo. Otherwise, go for it! Your palate will love you.
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