The Common Man is a large chain. I have been to several and have never been disappointed. Each restaurant is very unique although the menue seems to be about the same. This place was the first of the chain to open. It is located in what was old brick house. Interesting. There is outside seating downstairs and upstairs on a poarch.
To eat upstairs, one must climb a narrow staircase. So if you have difficulty with stairs, ask to be seated downstairs. Up stairs there were several sections in the large room. Some areas were like a living room with 2 sofa and chairs. Diners ate their food on the coffee table. Nice if you want a relaxed atmosphere. There was a bar area with a large TV to watch sports. Another room had a pool table. Eating tables were placed there for diners since it was a busy day.
We had reservations for 9 and our table was waiting. We sat at a long narrow private. We sat upstairs in what might have been the attic.
The service was excellent and she was very professional. The menu had something for everyone. The prices were fair and typical. We had 3 kinds of appitizers which were of a good size and quickly eaten. Most of what we ordered were sandwiches, salads, and soups.The portions were good. I heard no complaints from the group. Beer and mixed drinks were enjoyed too. Dinners come with a nice warm loaf of bread and mixed breads with whipped butter.
Soft music from the 70's played in the background. We could easily talk over the music. The lighting is a little dark which could be a problem for people with bad eyesite. It place seemed clean but I did not look in the kitchen.
The bathroom was shared with the men and women which created a line on the busy day. It could be spruced up a little. Some people may not like that but there was a larger single sex bathroom downstairs.
All in all I really liked the place and would return if I ever was in the area. This is not a fancy expensive table cloth restaurant but great casual dining restaurant. Also someone in the group said that they had met the owner at another of the restaurant. They didn't know he was the owner until he had left. I was told that he questioned them about the food and service because he travels to all the restaurants to check on the place, food, and staff. Good owner.
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