Ate at the National Hotel restaurant. The atmosphere was very charming and historic except for the oil lamps gave off strong odor that some might find noxious. I'm surprised that they could legally have them on the tables since they are an extreme fire hazard especially in such an old building. Extremely limited menu. Soup was good and the food was ok and abundant but not distinctive in the least. I had prawns but they paired it with mashed potatoes instead of the usual rice pilaf which I thought was pretty odd. They didn't even give a choice of starch side. So all in all, it was way overpriced. We were the only people there in the entire restaurant the entire time we were there except for one older gentleman in the corner. I guess that should be an indication that they need a new chef and/or management.
Our meal was disturbed by a group of loud obnoxious bar customers who came in and messed around with the lovely (I think) piano which the waitress asked them politely to not touch. They ignored her and in fact one of them came back through later when she wasn't there and banged on it some more. Maybe they should lock it down or move it to a more obscure location.
We loved the old buildings of old downtown Nevada City but why they can't relocate their transients, homeless, panhandlers and riff-raffs to another location, I can't understand. We saw more of them in just two hours within the few blocks of Broad street than any other city, big or small that we've been to. We saw them every five minutes, either panhandling us, blocking sidewalks and entrances with them sitting there with their dogs, (yes, lots of dogs) or taking up bench space that should be going to shoppers and tourists. So much more of their building space was left vacant more than in Placerville or Auburn, and I am suspecting that the transients are scaring valuable tourists and shoppers away. The city should take a lesson from the others on how to handle them. We live in Santa Rosa and our city aggressively deals with them by enforcing No Loitering laws and partnering with local charities to move and serve them in quieter areas.