We were looking forward to a relaxed meal in this first class (for the Outer Banks) restaurant. On opening the door we were assailed by the excruciatingly loud noise of a local duo playing and singing in the tiny lobby/bar. The hostess could not hear us and we could not hear her. She indicated that the only available table was right in front of this live "music". At our request the musicians agreed to tone it down. Ready for a drink we waited and waited for service. Eventually we ordered two glasses of the house Reisling from the minimal wine list. It was almost the final straw when our server returned to tell us that they were out of that particular wine "tonight." We both ordered the wahoo entree ($27.00) and again we waited and waited. Our request for more bread was delayed, eventally arriving concurrent our food. The wahoo was dry, it needed a sauce, the pasta with tomato and onion concasse was abundant and also dry, the mixed vegetables were colorless and flavorless. It had all been "plonked on the plate" with no attempt at presentation. We had planned to treat ourselves to dinner in a quiet restaurant where we could carry on an adult conversation. The music became louder and the musicians began interacting in loud voices with two young men sitting at the bar whose language was offensive. We were looking forward to ordering dessert, but we decided to leave as atmosphere was declining even more. Quiet background music would be more appropriate for this venue. Reservations are almost mandatory. Surely service can be provided accordingly.
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