I dined here recently for a special occasion, and it also was my first time at Bob's. I've heard a LOT from people in the area about how it's the best steakhouse around, so I decided to give it a shot.
Making a reservation online was easy enough, and our table was ready when we arrived. The parking situation could use improvement, as there's really no need for required valet when the lot is adjacent to the front door.
The first thing I thought of when entering was that the noise level was a bit loud for what I'd consider fine dining. The huge bar was overloaded with patrons and you really needed to speak up to be heard at your table.
Wine list is a nice mix of traditional picks with some unexpected surprises. Hats off to the wine buyer for doing a nice job here. Our server was very cordial and struck a good balance between attentive and overbearing.
Then things went a bit downhill, and while it's not necessarily the fault of the restaurant, they can probably fix it. I've been in a lot of fine restaurants, and typically you will see people dressed appropriately, and conducting themselves well. Unfortunately, Bob's has a very liberal approach to dress code that seriously diminishes the experience. We were surrounded by tables of people wearing ball caps (wearing while eating? REALLY?), and later a group of guys straight out of The Hangover came in wearing shorts, flip flops and hawaiian shirts.
Now, if Bob's wants to position itself as a casual steak place, then go for it. But please don't try to be fine dining, and allow this stuff to pass as OK. Especially when you're charging well over $100 a plate, all-in.
I doubt we'll be back, mostly because I can't balance the cost of the meal against the atmosphere.
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