Full disclosure: I haaaaaaaaaaate the decor of the dining room at Temperance House. It reminds me way too much of my grandmother's house, and I don't often go on dates to my grandmother's house. All they need are some hand-crocheted throw pillows and it would be freakishly perfect.
With that being said, I am always surprised when I end up liking the Temperance House. I was just there for dinner and while I wasn't in love with the appetizer (fried ravioli; the ravioli were good but I thought the tomato sauce needed a little work) I was really happy with my beef and cashew salad. My boyfriend got the vegetarian chickpea/puff pastry dinner which he clean-plate-club enjoyed, and we both thought the risotto he got as a side dish was fantastic. If you eat at a table in the bar you can get both bar and dining room menus, and I think the dining room menu is a bit more spendy than I want in a casual night out.
Their waitstaff is generally nice, and they have this one bartender who I swear remembers every face who walks through his door, and what they prefer to drink. It's impressive.
So. It's not my super-duper favorite place to go but it's really very good, and reasonably priced. As long as you avoid the dining room.
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