My earlier review of WIldwood kitchen was very good. So, we returned with friends and the six of us were accommodated at 6:30. Table was ready. Server was very nice, good wine selection, and food was, as anticipated, very good. However, we had a really poor experience at about 8:05 pm when the chef, yes the chef, told us that we had to leave by 8:30 and that he would not provide us with a desert that took 12-15 minutes to make since he had other people who had booked the table!
As I wrote in my last review, the chef lacks personality. He walks up and down in the restaurant every few minutes, but makes no eye contact with patrons. One of our friends did call him over the compliment him on the food, and this is when he told us we had to leave by 8:30.
The "back story" is that when we ordered meals the server told us that if we want souffle's we had to order with the meal. We did not know if we would want one then, but since our group is used to having a long dinner out on the rare occasions we can get together (and no restaurant has ever denied us this), we assumed we could linger over another bottle of wine and hold off desert until we were ready, and even order a souffle then.
Clearly, we were wrong! While I can understand the need to turn tables in a small restaurant, as this,my problem is in the way we were told this. At no time, either when we made the reservation (many weeks in advance) or when we arrived were we told that we had two hours for dinner and then had to vacate. Moreover, we told the server that we anticipated lingering over dinner since we enjoy being together and he said nothing about the time limit. Indeed, it was not until the chef told us that he would not prepare desert, and that we had to leave, that we heard about this policy.
We tried to explain to the chef that we did not know of the 2 hour limit, but he refused to listen. As a consequence, we did not order desert or more wine. We paid our bill and left - and made sure that the chef (who did not care) and the manager, knew we would never return.
We and our friends dine out often iround the world and none of us have ever encountered the attitude of the chef at Wildwood Kitchen, or time limits on dining. As stated, I can understand their policy of wanting to turn tables, but if that is the case, then the restaurant needs to let customers know that they have two hours to dine and then must leave.
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