By Lauren McDowell for OpenTable

“A restaurant with good bones can stand the test of time, and nowhere is that more true than at the brasserie Le Cavalier in Hotel Du Pont. After nearly a century of operation, the hotel restaurant underwent a carefully planned renovation that would conserve the building’s original splendor but bring in a 21st-century point of view. And so the ornate plaster ceiling, fumed oak paneling, and gilded Spanish chandeliers were lovingly brought back, in addition to what management calls the true pièce de résistance: the original, priceless terrazzo floor. A new marble bar was added to the dining room, which is filled with modernist artwork and lush velvet banquettes, where diners enjoy seasonal French menus from award-winning chef Tyler Akin created with locally sourced ingredients.”

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