The portions are large enough that diners often split entrees. Prices range from $20 for chicken entrees to $40 for Steak Maison, a 9-ounce beef tenderloin and shrimp stuffed with crabmeat and served with asparagus and Hollandaise sauce. Most seafood, veal, beef and seafood entrees fall in the $25 to $35 range and include side dishes.
An extensive wine list and full bar also elicit comments from diners who say they frequently pay more for the same wines in other restaurants, according to Fazi, who selects and prices the wines.
Bananas Foster prepared tableside and chocolate or Grand Marnier soufflés that require 30-minute preparation time are memorable endings for an evening. Six other desserts tempt diners' sweet teeth.
Laury's has long been considered a special occasion restaurant and is the site of many birthday, anniversary and other celebrations. Business clients make up a good portion of the customer base, as do people traveling in Charleston, but an increasing number of locals are becoming regulars.
"We have all kinds of people. They come here because they like to experience fine dining and share that with their family and friends," said Ramin.
"It's not only for special occasions. We're getting lots of young couples," Fazi added, who thinks television shows about food have sparked interest in fine dining.
Laury's, 350 MacCorkle Ave. S.W., is open from 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Reservations recommended: 304-343-0055. Visit www.laurysrestaurant.com
Reach Julie Robinson at jul...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1230.