My fiance and I were excited to try the Warehouse restaurant in Gainesville after reading about its eclectic menu options online. With a college town like Gainesville, it is always exciting to experience a restaurant that is not one of the big chains.
Getting there is very easy. It is right off of Main Street (south of the main downtown area) and has good parking. At this time (9ish--Friday night), it was not that busy. We did not have to wait at all to be seated.
We really loved the decor of the place. It is very open (yes much like a warehouse) and airy. The decorations are not fancy, but suit the atmosphere. The lighting is not too bright. The only problem is the tables (for two people in the middle) are a leeeetle bit too close together. I would not recommend sitting in the middle if you want to have deep, romantic conversations. The place seems to better suited for a casual meeting of friends. For the two-seater tables, there really is not much table space. Be prepared for major table clutter when you add bread plates, wine and water glasses, bread basket, and appetizer plate.
You cannot beat their pricing of bottled wines! We ordered a really nice pinot for 20 bucks! They had a little bit of everything, but were lacking in the chardonnays (okay, isn't this one of the most popular wines?).
Service was great. The waitress attended our needs and made sure to check on us when we needed refills. Everything came out in a timely fashion. Not too quick, not too slow. Perfect for a leisurely dinner.
We got the steak fries appetizer with garlic aioli. The fries were cooked perfectly and the aioli went very well with them. You could order some type of cheese fondue for the fries, ketchup, mushroom dip, etc. The other appetizers looked good as well, but we went with a lesser priced option.
The bread was awesome! It came right out of the oven with an olive oil dipping sauce. It was moist and springy, not too chewy. With the hearty main course portions, we could have easily done without the appetizer and just feasted on the bread.
Main dishes: They have a lovely variety of dishes. And, for you veggie lovers out there, there are multiple vegetarian options! I ordered the flank steak with crab mac 'n cheese and my fiance ordered the duck stew. Both dishes looked perfectly cooked and were thoughtfully presented on white plates. What is really an interesting touch is the duck stew comes as a roasted duck over a curry. Unfortunately, after the first bites, you could really taste the salt over powering both dishes. The cook prepared the duck meat and flank steak (medium rare) perfectly. The pasta in the mac n cheese was al dente and the rice with the duck stew was the appropriate texture. But the salt (even after drinking multiple glasses of water throughout the meal, I woke up in the middle of the night with the overwhelming feeling like I had consumed a whole takeout pizza and proceeded to drink a huge glass of water). It's where most restaurants go wrong these days, over-salting. Another kind of iffy thing is that the duck stew (very exciting to involve a curry, which by the way, had one of the best flavors) is called a "duck stew." I think it is quite the stretch to call it that. It does have chunky potatoes in the curry with rice, but I really do not think it works with the slices of roasted duck meat. The duck meat took second place to the flavoring of the curry, so you lose the wonderful flavor of the duck within the curry. Going back to my dish, the mac 'n cheese did have nice chunks of crab in it, but it overall it was kind of ho-hum tasting. Even though the flank steak was cooked to a tee, it was on the chewy side. The red cabbage side to the meat was fabulous!
Overall, you cannot beat the prices (actually the overall price for us both was around 50-something bucks--bottle of wine, an appetizer, and two entrees), laid-back atmosphere, and savory food options. However, sadly, the salt overtook the real promise of these main dishes' flavors to shine through. It's not like we did not have a way to salt our dishes, if more salt was needed. The restaurant had a huge Alessi Salt shaker on every table.
For food, I would give this place 3 1/2 stars. That's only because of the salt! Everything was cooked perfectly!
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