Let me preface this by saying that I LOVE themed restaurants and this restaurant was sure to be one of a kind. This restaurant did a wonderful job of converting a rather garish, overdone, Italian restaurant into a haven that any pirate of the Caribbean would love. A close image of Captain Jack Sparrow hangs over the entrance. Paintings of kegs adorn the walls, sails separate the booths, and the pirate them is carried over to the costumed wait staff that greets and serves you in red and black pirate inspired uniforms. I was impressed. We arrived fairly early and were promptly seated. For a restaurant that includes "distillery" in its name, we expected a drink list, or at least a wine list. That menu wasn't "available". We ordered a glass of house cabernet as we perused the rather limited menu. I was rather shocked when our glasses arrived with the most scant pour of wine we had ever been served. I commented to the server, who very nicely said she would let the bar know and send the manager. We then ordered our appetizer and entrees. Our server was unfamiliar with the menu, didn't know that salad was included, and unsure of the number of sides, it was two, we were served one.The Pirate Wings looked great. They were served as a whole, jointed wing but the garnish was minimal; no carrot sticks, no celery, no dressing. They were also not cooked. Pink meat, red at the joint. At that point the manager did arrive and offered to recook them. We chose to have them removed from our tab. Additionally she assured us that the wine pours should be 5 ounces but removed that from our bill as well. She was very gracious and said that she welcomed suggestions.
If only she had waited until the end of the meal, I could have given her a list. Rather than concern ourselves with the size of the wine pours, we ordered a bottle of the house cabernet. We could not order by brand because of course, there was no list. I did ask her to give us the price of the bottle prior to opening it. In a moderately priced restaurant, I expected that price to be between $22 and $28. This is typical for the area. I was glad that I asked. At $45 per bottle, we canceled the order. I don't believe we paid that much for a bottle of wine at Shula's or Ruth Chris. My husband ordered a glass of Opa Opa beer on tap, which he did enjoy. Our salads were typical house salads, nothing outstanding. We ordered them with blue cheese dressing. The dressing was very thick, bland and seemed to contain more cream cheese than blue cheese. The baguette of warm bread was served whipped butter. It was burnt on the bottom and on the sides with a heavy and doughy interior. Not edible. After a moderate wait, our entrees were served. I ordered the prime rib for $18.99 that came with one side, not the two as represented. The beef was tender, warm and cooked medium rare as requested. The au jus was pale with little flavor. Unfortunately the medley of julienne vegetables had the consistency of shredded vegetables. They appeared to have been sauteed on a grill and were greasy. My husband ordered the Caribbean barbecued ribs. One would assume that they would have been baby back ribs or spare ribs. In actually they were beef short ribs that were clearly roasted, not barbecued. The sauce was scant and very sweet, not tangy and with no hint of rum. His meal was also served with just one side; the same greasy vegetables. We ended up taking half of our meals home, although I am not sure for who. This restaurant was clearly not prepared to open. One would think that a restaurant that includes "distillery" in its name would have a sizable beverage list, not one at all. Patrons should not have to guess at the prices of their drinks. The server, as nice as she was did not know the basics of a very limited menu and what should and should not be included. We loved the concept but the food was so terrible that we will not be returning unless there is a significant turn around. As we were leaving we noted that the parking lot was full. If things do not change, I can't imagine that it will be full for long.
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