My wife and I went to the Old Fort Pub for what we hoped would be a quiet Christmas Eve dinner. When we were seated, I noticed how loud it was. We both had ordered the Filet Mignon, which was really superb (when you can cut a steak with a bread knife, it is special).
I was seated next to my wife at dinner (not across the table) and we found it very difficult to hear each other without raising our voices. The view over the water was really beautiful, but the noise level really took away from the meal and the atmosphere. They were playing Christmas music, but we could barely hear it over the noise from conversations.
We were at the Old Fort Pub two years ago on Christmas Eve, and while I remember it being fairly noisy, we were still able to talk to each other through dinner.
I asked one of the attendants (not our waiter) if the upstairs dining room was any quieter, because I had commented to him how loud it was. He told us that the upstairs was usually just as loud.
We went to another restaurant last year at Christmas Eve (of comparable cost and quality), and we had no difficulty talking quietly through dinner.
One more point, and I realize this is a small issue, but it surprised me nonetheless. My wife had asked, at dessert time, for a cup of coffee that was half caffenated, and half decaf. The waiter told her that they couldn't do that because they pushed a button and the entire cup came out. I guess my point is that for what the cost of our meal was, it should not have been an issue for my wife to have the coffee the way she preferred.
I really enjoy the quality of food at the Old Fort Pub, but I think we will be going somewhere quieter from now on at Christmas Eve.
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