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Named after the Provençal black-olive-and-anchovy paste, Tapenade specializes in the fresh cuisine of the south of France, and the food fits perfectly with the unpretentious, light, and airy room, lined with 1960s French movie posters, in which it's served. Fresh ingredients, a delicate touch with sauces, and an emphasis on seafood characterize the menu, which changes frequently. If you're lucky, it may include wild boar stewed in red wine, lobster with white corn sauce flavored with Tahitian vanilla, pan-gilded sea scallops, and desserts like chocolate fondant and profiteroles. The two-course "Riviera Menu" served at lunch for $21.95 is a steal.

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  • Credit cards accepted.
  • No lunch Sat., Sun.
Updated: 05-16-2014

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    Tapenade is one of my favorite restaurants that we have been going to for many years. It is expensive so we only go for special occasions. They take the dining experience very seriously. The waiters are well trained and knowledgable. The food is perfect. One of the best things is you can order wine by the glass in three difference oz sizes for different prices. So if you want to have two glasses of wine but don't want to pay the full price for two regualar sizes, you can order two smaller sizes for less money. The vibe is friendly, but the food is taken very seriously. You never feel rushed but relaxed. The atmosphere is quiet with a clean modern feel.

    by nanabee, 2/20/11

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