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July 26, 2008

Mighty Fine Dining: Georgio’s Cafe International Review (View Listing)

5

Price: 4 out of 4

ToledoMenu Staff

To celebrate our anniversary, my wife and I went to Georgio’s Cafe International one Saturday evening for drinks, dinner, and dessert. It was our first visit to Georgio’s and they did not disappoint.

The wait staff was very friendly, knowledgeable, and courteous. When we ordered drinks, I asked for a negroni - my take is that they don’t have much request for them, and at first I thought I was out of luck. After finding out that they also did not have mojitos (no mint leaves), I asked for a suggestion - and she returned with the drink I’d asked for - they had the recipe in their book, and it was very good, considering. Georgio’s also seems to be a nice place to have wine - that’s what I observed other diners ordering.

The ambiance is definitely a large part of a visit to Georgio’s - a lot of black and white decor with low, romantic light. It felt formal yet comfortable. And as with most any fine dining restaurant in Toledo, what passes for dressing up here is very different than in, say, a larger East Coast city or Chicago. Jeans are not a good idea, but likewise you won’t necessarily feel out of place if you’re not wearing a jacket.

As an appetizer we each had a bowl of lobster bisque, which was excellent, and had a subtle and pleasing amount of spice. The bread with pate was also good, although after having a visited a goose farm in France in college, my wife decided she still didn’t like it.

For dinner we had the stuffed sole (stuffed with sweet crab meat) and the beef tournedos in delicious mushroom sauce, which cut like butter. At the moment I’m not particularly hungry but my mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Our dessert, a white chocolate mousse macadamia nut bombe/cake with chocolate ganache (not sure what the real name for it is) was sublime. Went perfectly with cappucino.

We Recommend

Be sure to try the lobster bisque!

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