We were thrilled to learn that a new, upscale restaurant had opened on Long Beach Island and reserved a table for 3 (my wife, my college-age son, and me.) Our experience started positively - the servers were conversational & eager to please, the space was attractive with exposed brick (although the main room echoed a bit too much and was a little bare), they have a good selection of craft beers on draft and the menu was interesting.
So far so good. We ordered drinks, appetizers and our main course. The pacing of the service really ruined our experience - we were barely finished with our apps and still on our first drink when the main course arrived. C'mon, people, this is a vacation area and people want to enjoy their meal and their company. Plus you lost the chance to sell us an extra drink or two.
The entrees were prepared well except for our side of french fries, which arrived as a plate of small broken pieces - clearly they scooped up the bottom of the tray and served it to us. The chef should have been embarrassed to let that dish out of his or her kitchen.
All in all, we were very disappointed vs. our expectations. They rushed us through the entire meal - from the moment we sat down until we paid the check was 45 minutes! This at an upscale, relatively expensive restaurant? That plus the 'bottom of the barrel' french fries left us with no desire to return. Maybe next year if the reviews are better, but no sure.
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