Like many who use travel sites to choose restaurants, I can also be swept up in the moment. The long line of five star reviews for West had to be more than the usual higher-than-deserved ratings often found here, right? Not everyone who reviewed was the owner's cousin-in-law, part of a large party who all wrote five star reviews, or just released from prison, or so I thought, so this had to be the most amazing place ever. Well, it is not.
I planned to have a nice dinner here on a weeknight at eight p.m with friends. Here are the highs and lows....
1. By 8 p.m during the week, West was 1/3 full. No reservation would have worked just fine.
2. They do use local ingredients. This is a great idea in theory. However, in November this meant high prices for onions and micro greens.
3. The restaurant has a beautiful bar and has won some bar-related awards for cocktails. However, West had no weeknight utilization of its bar space, which is one of its better attributes. The cocktails were expensive, but very good.
4. The menu offers gracious options, ranging from tapas plates to a choice of a land or sea tasting menu. Unlike some places in this league, West did not require everyone at the table to do the tasting menu for some in our party to have it.
5. After eating the 75$ seafood tasting, I left wanting. Portions were small, and nothing stood out as really great, with the exception of an octopus plate that had some wow to it. The desert served with the tasting was paltry and in memorable.
6. Others in my party noted well-cooked, but bland quail, a tasty short rib, and an overall sense of good, but not great.
7. By 9:15 we were the last table in the restaurant. At this point, we were rushed. The courses came too quickly. We felt disappointed with the overall experience, having passed on some other well-known options.
With so many other options over 100$ per person, I could not return here.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.