This was the second time I ate at Bidwell's as it is good and very convenient to my son's apt. It was a family get-together of 7 people. The food was very good - I had the raclette grilled cheese for the second time; it has truffle oil and is yummy. Unfortunately it does not come with a side. One son had the linguine with shrimp, and he said it was just okay. Everyone else seemed to enjoy their food. The service was okay, although either the server or kitchen did not pay attention to a couple of what should have been easy requests. I ordered a garden salad which I told the waiter my mother and I would split because it is large (they don't appear to have small side-salads), and I wanted it with balsamic vinaigrette rather than the thousand island it normally comes with. She never brought another plate, and the salad came with the thousand island. It tasted good, and it wasn't worth returning or making a fuss as we were meeting our son's girlfriend's father for the first time. Second, my mother ordered two orders of fried oysters, which were appetizers (she LOVED them - said they were the best fried oysters she has ever had) as an entree, and instead of putting them on one plate, they were served on two separate plates. That wouldn't have been an issue except that the table was really too small for 7 people, and there wasn't room. The restaurant was fairly loud, and it wasn't full. Maybe some people like not being able to hear their conversations, but I prefer not having to shout. Some curtains or other sound-absorbing material might help.
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