My husband and I dined at the Sierra Nevada House Friday evening. It was the beginning of the American River Music Festival weekend, we had heard the the restaurant was under new ownership, we live within minutes away, and there was going to be live music on the patio. It sounded like a wonderful match. I must say that we have eaten numerous times over the years and pleased to hear that it had finally sold and hoped that the new management would improve the level of food and service that had fallen off over the years. It was refreshing to see that they were offering local wines, since we are blessed with a wonderful selection produced in our region such as David Girard, Lava Cap, etc. We ordered a bottle of wine that was not highly overpriced. The steamed clams were in a great garlic and butter broth. If you don't dip the sourdough bread in the broth, you are missing half the experience. We shared a caesar salad that was good, but not over the top. My husband had the cajun pasta and I had the catch of the day which was trout. Both were prepared well, served with mashed potatoes, and tasty. We finished off the meal with mudd pie...how can you go wrong with a chocolate-coffee-ice cream delight...you can't. The reason why the rating is not higher is that the service was less than stellar. Our server/waitress was not friendly, did not provide any helpful suggestions, I don't think she even smiled. To put it blunt, she had a negative attitude. We did not make any special requests nor demand anything from her. We are typically very good tippers, I left a 15% tip ($16) more for the crew who prepared the food, definitely not for the service. We stayed a while and and stood around listening to the guitarists performing on the patio. It was a busy night and seating was limited. We really would like to see one of our local restaurants be successful and hope that this was just an off night for what appeared to be a lead/supervisory waitress, because if the same service is repeated, we'll drive further and take our business down the road.
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