My husband and I made online reservations to have dinner here on a Sunday night, around 8 pm. We opted to eat later because we normally eat late and also to avoid a crowd. Luckily, the restaurant was not crowded so the table right in front of the window was available. The friendly host took us right to it. Great table with a nice view of the lake.
Our server greeted us soon and we ordered a bottle of wine to start. There were several good sounding options on the menu, but when our server told us about the specials, we opted for them. I had the sea bass with couscous and asparagus. My husband had the seasonal salmon topped with a cheesy crust and wild rice. (I can't remember if it was sockeye or Copper River salmon.) I substituted their vegetable of the day for the asparagus. Both dishes were excellent! My sea bass with its light crust was the best piece of sea food I ever ate! It literally melted in my mouth. The light crust was out of this world! But the couscous was bland and pretty boring, even though it had sweet onions in it. Very disappointing. The vegies were very good.. The salmon was fantastic also! I tasted it and it was delish! My husband raved about the salmon and wild rice mixture! We shared a piece of cherry pie that was also very good. The piece was pretty large so sharing it was not a problem! It did not come with a scoop of ice cream, not sure if our server forgot to offer it or not. No problem. Our overall impression of the food was that it was excellent, except for the couscous.
Our server was very professional, friendly, and prompt.
Now for a few other impressions. Like others have mentioned, the prices are quite high here. But that is to be expected of a small exclusive restaurant. The prices on the wine list were marked up a lot. We ordered a bottle of Kendall Jackson Chardonnay Vintner's Reserve for $38. We purchase this wine often at Festival Foods for around $10. But it was one of the less expensive wines available on their menu. The prices did not bother us much because we wanted to enjoy a very nice meal that night.
Others have also mentioned the noise factor. Luckily, there were only about 4 other tables with diners when we arrived but the table directly behind us had 3 people who had finished their meals but were relaxing and visiting. We heard every single word they said as if we were sitting at their table and it got on my nerves at the start of our meal. Once they left, it was much nicer. Later on, 2 couples who were sitting way across the room, were talking and again, we could hear everything they said, but it was not loud or annoying. Sound travels in the dining room! It would be great if in addition to the soft music they play, they could add some white noise or install sound absorbing ceiling tiles. I would not choose this restaurant if I wanted to have a quiet romantic dinner.
Overall, we enjoyed a very tasty dinner! We have eaten lunch here 2 times in the past and thought the food was excellent also.
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