We dined here on Sunday for Easter Brunch. Open Table listed the cost as $60/pp for a 4-course fixed menu, but when we got there the menu said $65/pp so that was an unwelcome surprise but we did not complain.
For $65/pp, I expect impeccable service. The service and the servers are a major problem area. No one offered to take our coats. We waited a long time to be greeted by our server. When she did arrive, she seemed to be overwhelmed with her duties, stressed out, and somewhat frantic. She did not seem like a professional but perhaps an acquaintance helping out. She spoke in a loud, abrasive tone of voice and didn’t pause long enough to answer our many questions as the menu is a bit unusual. Good but unusual, so naturally one might have questions and the servers should be prepared to allow time to answer them. We had to flag – and I mean flag – her down twice to get all of our questions answered.
We waited an unacceptable amount of time for our drink order to arrive. The wine pours were stingy. We were never offered any bread until we asked and this was about 20-25 minutes after being seated. It took another 10 minutes for our first course to arrive, again, after we inquired as to its whereabouts. We had to ask for additional bread and butter. Our server never acknowledged or apologized for these delays until the end of the meal.
The main courses were very good; perhaps a little skimpy on the portions and generally lacking in green vegetables, but the quality and farm freshness was there – the thing that drew us to this restaurant to begin with. The dessert was outstanding. The coffee was good too, but was had to keep asking for more cream, sugar, etc. Loosen the purse strings, people!
The atmosphere is lackluster except for the view of the Potomac River. It is a greenhouse with a few dying potted plants scattered around and uncomfortable, cheap tables and chairs with white table cloths thrown over them. There are certainly some simple improvements that could add some charm.
Overall, it’s worth a visit maybe once a year. The intentions and food are good, but it’s not quite all there yet. Try and catch something at a reasonable price and don’t be afraid to speak up if you’re abused by the wait staff. For $65/pp, you deserve better!