One can expect that a "fine dining experience/Continental cuisine/Zagat rated" advertised restaurant would pull out all the stops on Valentine's Day. Not so for the Courtyard Grill. We (a party of four) were squeezed into a frigid cubical with 2 tables. (Note: We are from NH and can take cold temps. The area was just plain frigid.) We were elbow to elbow with the most obnoxious, loud, yelling, swilling-their-Martinis people. They kept raving about how they loved the restaurant as they sent back their plates of unsatisfactory food. Our waiter was unbelievably bad. He made stupid jokes. He started out with a fake foreign accent but somehow lost it as the evening progressed. Our friend's $50.00 but mediocre meal was ridiculed by this waiter. He poked and prodded the fish's tail so it flapped to show just how fresh it was. It was a weird and crass act. Three fish dinners were served with inedible, tough asparagus and a couple of baby carrots and white rice or boiled potatoes. My veal dinner was awful. The veal was like a thin piece of shoe leather...overcooked and tasteless. A bottle of California wine cost $60. The grand finale for a Valentine's feast should be a scrumptious chocolate dessert. Not at The Courtyard Grill. They had run out of their chocolate dessert by 8:00. We were extremely disgruntled as we squeezed out of the freezing cubicle to go outside and warm up. So much for Valentine's Day 2012.
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