We had read many positive reviews about the Savin Rock Roasting Company. So when we received a coupon that we could use at their place, we decided to go there for an early Saturday evening dinner.
They do not take reservations, but offer a call ahead service. (203) 932-0100
We arrived just before 6:00 pm. As we walked in, we saw that the place is divided into two areas. The dining area was about 2/3 of the place with tables packed into the small area which reminded me of places I have visited in Europe. The other side was devoted to their bar area.
There were plenty of open tables and we were brought to a table with a bench and seat right next to the kitchen area (table #9).
My wife is a meat and potatoes person, while I like fish. Their menu offered both, so we took our time looking it over. In the mean time, the waitress took our drink orders. I ordered a pint of the Naughty Nurse IPA and my wife ordered a Bud light draft. The beers came quickly in nicely chilled pint glasses, but the Bud light was flat.
Since it was Saturday, the menu had a special with the prime rib ($17) which my wife ordered with a salad, baked potato, and carrots. I ordered a half order of the seafood combo without Lobster ($17) with a salad, smashed potato, and carrots. For their seafood dishes, they offer four different ways of preparing the dish. I chose to have my seafood pan seared in olive oil and white wine.
The salads came first. They were pre-prepared and taken out of a chiller unit next to our table. So they were a little colder than what we prefer.
Our entrées arrived about 15 minutes later. My seafood plate came with 3 small shrimp, 4 medium sized scallops, and 2 pieces of scrod swimming in white wine sauce (I wondered how many pieces they served with a full order!). They were grilled nicely, but they were overpowered by the sauce. The smashed potatoes came with bits of skin and tasted great. The sliced carrots were good. Overall, I thought my meal was good, but not great.
My wife’s prime rib was of a nice size. The meat along the edges was a little rarer than what she would prefer, but the main part of the meat had a nice pinkish color to it. The waitress came by to check on us as my wife had just started to eat the end parts, so we said it was fine with us. But, once my wife got to the main part of the meat, she could not cut it with her steak knife. The piece had so much gristle going through it; she had to pull and tear to get a piece to eat. When the waitress came by again, we pointed out how tough the meat was. She was very accommodating and took the plate away and brought it back to the kitchen. A few minutes later, she came back apologizing and explained that the manager took her meal off the check and offered a round of drinks and/or desserts. By this time, my wife was frustrated and disappointed. We do not go out to eat that often and she had looked forward to a nice meal. We just said no thanks, but told them that we would come back to try another dish on a later date.
By the time we were leaving, the place was packed with patrons. So we are sure that they must be doing something right.
Tip: Ask not to be sat down at table #9. It is right next to the kitchen and wait staff area with dinner bells constantly clanging and people going back and forth past you.
We did not want to make a final opinion on just one visit. After we try them again, I will post another review.
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