Was super-excited after reading all the reviews here, but unfortunately the Art Alley didn't at all live up to expectations...
Maybe people are excited because this is pretty much the only "fine dining" spot in tiny Brookings? The atmosphere is very nice - I'll give it that, and the service was good, but the food was mediocre-average at best. If it could be summed up in one word, it would be BLAND! Everything was semi-competently prepared (seafood risotto, stuffed shrimp, prime rib), but also all missing any sort of distinctive flavor - as is often the case with restaurants with huge menus.
Cut the menu, focus on creating a select handful of memorable dishes, and this place would be set to deliver an incredible experience. It just isn't quite there yet in the food department.
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