We choose this restaurant after a recommendation by the concierge at our resort (we are staying at the Longboat Key Club). After reading the so-so reviews, we were a bit wary. Nonetheless, we are from a land-locked state and wanted to eat somewhere with a view. It was a rainy evening so we chose to sit inside. Our reservation was for 5:30 and we requested and got a window seat.
The views from inside the restaurant are limited even sitting directly at a window. Nonetheless, we were able to enjoy a nice view of the marina.
Initially, because of the mediocre reviews we planned on wine and appetizers only. However, upon review of the menu, decided on two entrees. I ordered the risotto ($25) with scallops and shrimp requesting shrimp only; and my husband went with the pasta bolognese ($19), we split a caprese salad and the bread pudding for dessert.
The salad was split onto two plates for us and there were two tomato slices with fresh buffalo mozzarella and basil for each of us. There were some fresh greens on the side and a lovely balsamic vinaigrette. The bread basket appeared average until we dug to the bottom and found some incredible sun dried tomato/basil bread that was absolutely to-die-for.
The risotto came as I ordered, with 5 very large shrimp atop. The risotto was cooked perfectly with a slight lemon but mostly cheesy flavor (I did opt for a sprinkle of Parmesan). The quantity was just right and because of the size of the shrimp, fish-to-rice ratio was perfect.
My husband's pasta came with tagliatelle pasta (wide noodles) and an ample amount of meat sauce. He said it was "good", "not too tomato-ey", a nice hint of oregano - a unique flavor profile. The quantity, like my dish, was just right.
We ordered the house red wine by the glass which was a very nice Sangiovese for $8 a piece.
We settled on the bread pudding dessert ($6) which was a delicious apple-pie-like concoction with ice cream and a caramel drizzle. There wasn't much ice cream and when requested, we were provided with another scope without charge.
Overall, the meal was very good. We go there again if in the area but would wait for a nicer day so we could sit outside. After our meal we walked around the exterior of the restaurant and the outside seating was lovely. I recommend choosing an early seating. The restaurant filled quickly around 6:30pm. Our service was excellent. We didn't have wait for a server or our order any more or less than any other restaurant (I saw this was a complaint in previous reviews).
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