We are a group of 6 "foodies" that meet regularly to try new restraunts in addition to having our own supper club where we cook together trying new recipes. Once a year we select a special restraunt and have a celebration of all our birthdays together. We were very excited about visiting this unique restraunt in Winter Garden. It was pouring rain upon or arrival, which was challenging as parking is very difficult to maneuver in downtown Winter Garden, especially on a Friday night. The atmosphere was unique, quaint and cozy and we were enthusiastically greeted at the door. Then it started to unravel. Unfortunately the staff had not communicated on some level and they did not have our reservation,(which isn't easy to get to begin with). I had to retrieve the email showing our reservation confirmation. With noticeable scurrying they managed to temporarily recover and get us a table. From there we experienced unremarkable service. We had to ask for bread twice, constantly get a servers attention for water refills. Cocktails that were ordered first didn't arrive until after the appetizers and wine pairings were served (so much for a toast). The appetizers were all phenomenal. The most tasty delights of the evening! As for the main courses, only 2 of the 6 of us were impressed. And those 2 really had tasty entrees. (we all taste each others selections). The wine pairings were also well done. However, 2 of our meals were completely wrong, not cooked even close to the temperature requested for beef, wrongs sides and sauce when no sauce was requested due to food sensitivity. Those two meals were sent back and came back fairly promptly. A third entree, which was a fish entree should have been sent back. The fish was way over cooked and had no flavor/seasoning at all and the vegetables, although noticeably fresh, we're very bland. We never did see the chef which I thought was supposed to be one of the events of the evening. By the time our desserts arrived we were hoping for some redemption. Unfortunately the desserts were far less than stellar and the evening ended on a disappointing note because we of course had to pay quite a substantial amount for this experience. As we left they asked us at the door if we enjoyed our evening and with reluctance we were coaxed into just briefly sharing. We only spoke of the meals that had to be sent back and left the rest alone. We really are not ones who are vocally critical at a restraunt, we just choose not to return. The night was rescued only because we are good friends and enjoy being together, so there is always a positive. Maybe it was just an off night, but with that few tables and that much wait staff and a locally renowned chef we certainly think they could have provided a better experience for us. Based on other reviews maybe your experience will be better.
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