My partner and I work very different hours, so when an opportunity to have a "date night" came along, we looked for a nice restaurant to have dinner - somewhere we hadn't been before. We settled on Melba's. Having read other reviews, we knew the place was small, and that they have live music on Tuesday's, which was the night we were going, so you might want to call for reservations. So, I called. I got an answering machine, so I left a message with my name, both phone numbers, and the time I wished to have dinner, and asked for a return call, especially if a reservation was needed. I never got a call back, so I assumed all was good. When we arrived, the first thing the young lady who greeted us asked was if we had a reservation. When I explained that I called and left a message, she excused herself, and when she came back, told us they were pretty booked. However, if we thought we would be finished by 7:30, they had a table we could have (it was approx. 5:45). We said fine. However, I was a little put off. They didn't return my call, and now, for the privilege of being seated, we were on the clock. And let me say, the bar was definitely busy, but it wasn't as if the restaurant was full. Anyway, as we were looking at the menu, the hostess came over and told us about some of her favorite dishes, and gave recommendations. Since this was unsolicited, I honestly just felt like they definitely didn't want us dawdling over the menu, which we had already looked at online, so we had an idea as to what we were going to order. I had the braised beef short ribs which were good, but a bit salty. The mashed potatoes and collards I had as sides were fine. My partner had the jumbo shrimp, which were a bit over cooked. However, the yams were delicious. When we finished our meal, our very attentive waiter took our dishes, and then continued to hover around the table. I wondered about desert, but then thought, I didn't remember seeing any online, so maybe they don't do desert. So we just asked for the check. While waiting, we saw desert and coffee being served to a different table. REALLY! What restaurant do you go to and not get offered coffee and desert after a meal. Again, just making sure that we made our 7:30 deadline. So, in summary, the food was ok. The service left something to be desired. The atmosphere was minimal. Am I sorry I went? No. Will I return? Probably not.
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