Orchid Bay Marina and restaurant has recently re-opened after a period of closure. I would have thought, therefore, that the restaurant might try a little harder to please its diminishing number of paying guests. Two of us went there recently to an almost empty restaurant and chose to sit a a table laid up for six. This, partly because we needed to cool breeze from the open windows but more so because we wanted to sit as far away from the blaring music at the other end of the restaurant coming through the open windows from the outside. (There were another 2 empty tables for six, several for four and a couple of tables set for two persons, so we were not displacing anyone).
To start with, the welcome received from the waiter (the only server) was 'cool' from the outset. The 'welcome' smile was non-existant. He took silent umbrage that we sat where we did, despite the emptiness of the restaurant. We ordered drinks, but my Club Soda (not from a can, for sure) was flat and tasted horrible. (I couldn't drink it). My wife's salad was okay. My caesar salad leaves were tough and I had to find another fork with sharp points to penetrate the leaves in order to pick them up. The "home Fries" were of the McDonalds variety. Then, finally, my caesar salad was priced on the check $2.00 more than on the menu.
To add insult to injury, to 'enjoy' this experience we made a 20 mile round trip in our center console boat, but that was my choice. If the food/service was up to an acceptable level, however, this would even be an issue.
To survive these hard times, this restaurant (and they're not alone) needs to pull up its socks, put on a warmer welcome, supply better food and make their customers leave feeling happy. We live here in Abaco and, sadly, will probably never go again.
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