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You’ll find that the quality of service at Alinea, a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant, parallels the excellence of its food. The formal nature of the dining room — with minimalist décor and impeccable food presentation — could easily exude an air of pretension, but the staff makes dinner a fun affair. Servers are knowledgeable and humorous, keeping the atmosphere light and not too stuffy. They do a good job of engaging guests, making the three- to four-hour meal fly by. The staff pays attention to each table, ensuring that you enjoy yourself and feel comfortable asking questions about the meal, whether you want to know the proper way to eat the housemade tomato and black garlic pasta flags suspended from wood and metal flagpoles or which herb you taste in the bacon dangling from a trapeze.