This restaurant came highly recommended by friends, so when we were in town they took us there. There's a dance floor and small stage on one side and lounge seating on the other side of a large square bar and a dining room behind that and off to the side. A couple of guys were singing and playing on the stage - and it was a little loud if you wanted to have a conversation. This is a locals place where an older crowd comes to hang out, dine, drink and dance. We sat in the bar's lounge area. The bartender(s) double as wait staff in that area, so our service was rather slow. Our server would get busy with drink orders and forget about us - parmesan and pepper flakes were offered to my husband for his pasta but were not brought until he was almost finished. A new glass of wine had to be requested twice and we had to go to the bar to request our bill and pay - after waiting for a good 15 minutes. As for the food - it was hit and miss. Three of us ordered the mussels. My bowl arrived with most of them open. One diner had a bowl of mostly closed, and therefore inedible ones while the other diner was about 50/50. They were the large plump variety, not the smaller firm ones I was expecting and I didn't like them much. I had a salad that was good and plenty large enough for two. My husband had pasta with Bolognese meat sauce and he liked it. He also had the escargot, which he shared and we all liked that. The first basket of bread was dry and tasted old - the second one was better. The friend with the bad bowl of mussels told the waitress, who sent someone else over who agreed to remove them from the bill and apologized. So the friends who raved and took us there were none too happy, but I would probably give it a second chance. I did notice that regulars get the red carpet treatment, whereas we were merely serviced.
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