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Briarwood Inn Restaurant Review: Elegant and old-world, this Golden stalwart makes for a memorable dinner out, thanks to its setting at the base of the foothills and an opulent and romantic ambience illuminated by chandeliers and adorned with stained glass, dark cherry wood, antiques and tapestry fabrics. The Briarwood is certainly not a cutting-edge restaurant, but its appeal resonates with the crowds who have been coming here for more than 30 years. Renowned for its topnotch service and goliath wine list as well as its prix-fixe menu, this is a special occasion experience that lingers long after you’ve had a nightcap in the bar. Dinner begins with an appetizer tray festooned with shrimp, duck and chicken liver pâté, smoked salmon butter, a medley of marinated vegetables and cheese dips. It’s easy to satiate your appetite in one fell swoop, but then you’d miss out on the salads and main dishes that zigzag from filet Wellington and elk medallions to the cioppino and lobster Thermidor. The dessert finale includes fresh fruit and petits fours, and the wine list showcases more than 700 imported and domestic vintages and 25-plus Champagnes and sparkling wines.