I have eaten at this restaurant several times, mostly because my husband likes it and there are not any better options on the West side of the Lake. The service is usually impeccable and friendly. The atmosphere and menu make you think the food will be very high quality, but it actually varies in quality. The salad service is excellent. They bring out three amazing dressings and delicious croutons and you kind of assemble your own. After that, it usually goes downhill. I ordered something with Hollandaise a while back and it was so grainy, thick and awful. The sauce on the chicken with morels was awful, too. The lobster macaroni and cheese was overcooked. I liked the risotto in the scallops and risotto, but the scallops were not cooked correctly. Scallops should be dried well and then put in a hot pan to sear. That had clearly not occurred because there was not a good sear on them and they were really overcooked. Actually, the fish and seafood that I get here is typically overcooked. They do better with beef dishes like prime rib. I have to agree with the reviewer who talked about the crème brulee. I have had that all over the country and it is TERRIBLE here! The coffee vaculator and cheesecake is very good.
One time we were there when there was some happy hour event in the bar (I think a Thursday?). The restaurant was really loud during this, so if you are looking for a quiet dinner, you might want to find out when that is. At the time, I got the impression it was a weekly (or was it monthly?) event.
One time when we went in, I was not very hungry, I just wanted the salad and a bowl of soup. It was going to cost over $20 because they would only let me have the salad with a meal OR pay a ridiculous cost for it. I also thought that the server was a little rude about me wanting this, almost like they only want you there if you are going to order a full meal. So, my advice is to only go here when you are super hungry.
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