We ate at Kimball's Kitchen on a mid week evening. Like other reviewers, we had been to this restaurant when it was the Left Bank (prior to the Sanderling Resort's "re-imagination"). While the food was actually quite good, several things bothered us especially when compared to what we experienced here just a few years ago.
The greeter and waitstaff were quite friendly, although they lacked the polish and decorum we had grown accustomed to. The bread was served in a haphazard fashion without asking us which we would prefer, the waiter never introduced himself or explained the menu or the specials. Utensils were almost thrown onto the table. We waited for the better part of 15 minutes for the dessert to come out at the end.
Apart from service issues, we were disappointed in a few other things. The dress code seemed non-existent as most of the men were present in shorts, even some in T-shirts! The gorgeous carpeting of the Left Bank had been removed and replaced by hardwood flooring. This made the restaurant extremely noisy, even at 2/3 capacity. The ingenious use of retractable screens to shield the patrons from blazing sunset brightness over the Sound was marred by the fact that a few of them seemed to be malfunctioning. It was surprisingly warm inside and a quick check of the thermostat on the way to the restroom revealed it was 76 degrees in there!
These may seem like trivialities, but when you pay a steep price for a dining "experience" and your attention is diverted to side issues such as this, it leaves you with bit of a hollow feeling at the end of the evening. There's no doubt this is a very nice place to have dinner, but until the service, maintenance and overall presentation improves, you would be better off going to The Blue Point a few miles south. You'll save a great deal of money and still have a view of the sound while you enjoy a very good dinner.
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