$135 for a Fondue Experience and Bottle of Domaine Ste. Michelle for Two at La Fondue ($325 Value)

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In a Nutshell

Le Freak C'est Chic meal offers guests a taste of everything on the award-winning menu and pairs with Domaine Ste. Michelle sparkling wine

The Fine Print

Expires 180 days after purchase. Limit 5 per person, may buy 5 additional as gifts. Reservation required; must mention Groupon when scheduling. Valid Sunday - Thursday only. Dine-in only. Not valid with any other offer. Not valid on New Year's Eve or Valentine's Day. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Fondue is a ubiquitous staple of Swiss culture, matched only by neutrality, multiuse pocketknives, and the world's most easy-to-draw cheese. Go for a dip with this Groupon.

The Deal

$135 for a fondue experience for two (a $325 value)

  • Le Freak C'est Chic meal, a sampling of everything on the menu (a $250 value)
  • One bottle of Domaine Ste. Michelle sparkling wine (a $75 value)

La Fondue

The brainchild of husband-and-wife tandem Mitchell Cutler, a Québécois, and Tracey Tate-Cutler, a fifth-generation Californian who lived in Germany for years, La Fondue pairs the traditions of the European delicacy with the spirit of American cuisine. Cauldrons of cheese comprise the bubbling centerpiece at most tables, into which guests dip victuals such as Kobe flat-iron steak, alligator tail, sea scallops, and tiger blue shrimp. The experience comes with an added twist: servers bring the raw ingredients, but it’s up to the diners to choose from one of six cooking methods to heat their meat or seafood morsels, such as dipping them in a rich tomato-basil bisque or roasting them over a European-style grill from Munich.

On any given night, you might see diners following one of fondue's most popular traditions: if someone drops their cube into the fondue, they must then buy the next round of drinks for the table or accept a kick in the shin from the table companion with the strongest calves. Luckily, La Fondue's drinks include wine from a well-rounded list that earned an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator. But if it's Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday—BYOB nights—the table just might enforce the second punishment. Still, with cheese fondue such as pesto cognac and chocolate fondue enhanced with flavors such as mint or Irish cream, most diners do everything in their power to get their cubes into their mouths.

The whole fondue experience unfolds in an eccentric dining space that joins medieval motifs, zebra-print upholstery, and Andy Warhol wall-art in a vibrant, decorative pastiche. The restaurant offers multiple dining rooms, each with its own touches, such as ornate mirrors and leonine busts.

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