The new Sérénité Restaurant in Medina serves up fine food with a French influence, but don’t think that means snooty. It’s in a century-old building, the decor is cozy and the prices are reasonable, especially for the quality of the offerings.

Braised artichokes and Gruyere cheese fondue make excellent, contrasting appetizers, with the decadent cheese offset by the tangy wine sauce of the artichokes. Steaks come with a choice of four sauces. Entrees include French classics like coq au vin, duck confit and trout almondine. The fat and tender scallops were a standout, served with sauteed spinach and fingerling potatoes in a velvety pool of shrimp cream sauce. And be sure to get the bananas Foster, prepared tableside, flames and all.

If the food weren’t enough reason to go, Sérénité also has a noble purpose — teaching valuable job skills to people who are in recovery.

— Lynne Sherwin

The place: Sérénité Restaurant

Where: 538 W. Liberty St., Medina

Why you should go: Excellent French food

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