115 W. Colfax
South Bend Indiana 46601United States
The LaSalle Grill transformed the old St. Joseph Hotel lobby into an upscale eatery with an exceptional chophouse menu.
LaSalle Grill is the kind of exceptional, upscale restaurant you'd expect to find in the most cosmopolitan cities. The main dining space is in the hotel's former lobby, and the high ceilings and neoclassical columns recall 1868. You'll find warm woods and fine art paired with an imaginative menu that changes as chef Thomas Sheridan adds new ideas and seasonal ingredients. Expect hardwood-grilled steaks, along with chicken, seafood, duck and lamb. We started with a steakhouse wedge salad ($8) with warm Roquefort dressing and baked escargot ($11); both were delicious. For entrees we chose sesame-crusted ahi tuna, which came with fresh string beans and rice seasoned with wasabi, which has left us craving it since we left ($30). We also ordered a bone-in ribeye served with potatoes LaSalle, tobacco onions and Jim Beam bourbon butter ($34). Though the steak was perfectly cooked, and likely one of the best we've tried, we preferred the tuna. It was that good. For a finale, we ordered cappuccinos and a creme brulee spiked with Grand Marnier ($8). They were the perfect ending. The specialty drink menu was also tempting. The Paris Burning is a steamy concoction of Chambord liqueur and Remy Martin VSOP Cognac and the Funky Coffee is a cappuccino Illy spiked with Frangelico and biscotto. Our meal, while delicious, came close to $150 for two. If you're looking for something a bit more casual, head to the third floor Club LaSalle, a comfortable lounge where you can enjoy live entertainment, a cocktail on the plush leather couches or a cigar tucked in the club's Cigar Parlor. LaSalle Grill's entire menu is also available in Club LaSalle, if you choose to stay upstairs for dinner. Be sure to make reservations before you go. LaSalle has an online reservation system, but for football game weekends or graduation weekends, you'll have to call to reserve a table. Open for dinner only, Monday through Saturday.