Our second visit tonight and still a thumbs down. The first time, my husband and I were seated in what must've been the family section, because there was a large, extremely noisy family who made it nearly impossible for us to hear each other over our own table. We made a comment to the server who did nothing to remedy the din. So we asked to be reseated and, with a sigh, we were put into another room. I sent my entree back (with an apology - I always hate to do that), but the only flavor it had was cloying cheap wine reduction. So there we were tonight, a couple of years later, willing to give it another shot. We were seated at a tiny table, barely big enough to hold our plates. My water glass had little white things stuck to the inside and floating on top and I asked the waitress to replace it. After we finished our meal (or didn't finish - see below), we noticed similar garbage floating atop my husband's water, along with what had to have been reconstituted dried citrus scum from a previous diner. Thank heavens he never drank from the glass. Stoney Knob's website claims its decor is a "dash of funk" and I'd have to agree, since funk could easily be brought to mind by the piles of dead gnats that were present on the windowsill adjoining our tiny table.
Our entrees were brought out long before we were done with our appetizer - and as a result didn't fit onto our table without serious crowding. My husband's carbonara was flavorless and my eggplant napoleon was far too ambitious for the chef's skill. The base was a "polenta primavera" - whatever that's supposed to mean - but what was actually served was a watery slice of polenta containing small pieces of mushy green pepper and onion. Atop that was a thin slice of unremarkable melted havarti and unseasoned spinach. Atop that were two slices of - how can I say it - just plain awful eggplant. They were supposed to be "herb-crusted" slices but were actually coated with a burnt crumb crust - obviously precooked and dumped into some bland oil for refrying. Atop that was some nondescript chunky marinara that still had an "essence of can" aroma to the tomatoes. And the whole thing ended up as a tasteless soggy lump of nothing. I ate less than half and couldn't bring myself to put another bite into my mouth. The server asked me if I wanted a box when she saw how much was left on my plate. I replied that I didn't finish it because it wasn't particularly good and in fact it was a tasteless soggy lump. She said "Oh" and took it away. No expressed concern - just walked away. She came back a few minutes later, handed us the bill and said matter-of-factly "I took the eggplant off" and walked away again.
Stoney Knob used to be better when it was just a diner. It was diner food and didn't pretend to be more or charge more than it was worth. True, they didn't serve anything called "The Big Mutha Duck Club" (seriously?), but then I don't remember any gnats or floating garbage or disinterested servers, either. My rating for Stoney Knob is a big "Fail".
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