First off, I think the setting of this restaurant is charming. Quaint stone, timber building right next to the lodge and ski slopes. We entered into the bar area where a pianist was playing a variety of old standards. Nice, warm atmosphere. Had a reservation, so we were a bit bummed when we had to wait 35 minutes to be seated-- we were told "they had been slammed earlier and it was really crazy". Didn't mind the wait, until it took 10 minutes standing at the bar to be served. One bartender--no help. Eventually got a glass of wine and found a corner to stand in while we waited for our table. We were seated in the back of the restaurant and as we were walking to be seated heard three different tables complaining about their food, service, or both. (Our server was a very nice, friendly guy, so no complaints there.) The food, for the price, was a bit disappointing. We elected to have one of Helen's signature dishes, the table side prepared Ceasar Salad only to be told 5 minutes later that they were out of Ceasar Salad. Really? Out of lettuce? One fo your "signature dishes?". We all passed on the salad and opted for soup. I will say that the Butternut Squash soup was delicious and apparently the crab bisque was also quite good. Ordered a $40 New York Strip Steak that came with about 4 brussel spouts. Steak was cooked medium--turned out dry. Not worth the money. Had to ask for bread, otherwise would have left hungry. This place has potential, but honestly I get the feeling that they've got a captive audience at the lodge and they are the only fine dining there, so you have to take what you get.....I know I won't be making a trip back anytime soon.
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