We chose this place based on reviews for our "first married" New Years Dinner. It started with being seated right by the kitchen and one of the owners offered us a different seat in the dining room, thank heavens. When we got seated we realized it was mostly an older crowd.The dining room was lovely. The waitress we has seemed very frazzled and service was an issue. When you are paying $130.00 per dinner without drinks, tip, and tax....you would hope for a engaging/happy waitress who is enjoying her job. She was not rude or anything, just seemed to be running around like a chicken with her head cut off and was just there to get orders and no extra.
We got a little mise en bouche plate with 3 bites dropped off and we really did not know what it was. I had a white asparagus soup with one scallop in it for the next course. Before my main dish (lobster) came, my stomach was getting totally cramped up. Now, this could be the rich food (though I really had not eaten much) and my stomach reacting, but my husband ate most of my dish and we had to box the dessert to go.
We were pretty clueless about the wine list, but noone came around and offered to help and the wine list was very extensive and very expensive. We decided to be save and ordered a $100 of CSM Artist Series Meritage since we know that wine. And since I was sick, we left a 1/3 the bottle at the table when we left. Bummer!
The owner stopped by and he was very pleasant. All in all it was a bit awkward. I think had the watiress been more fun and welcoming instead of just doing her job. She seemed to be frustrated with the wait staff....so I am sure there were things going on behind the scenes.
The main reason for the review is when you pay this much for a dinner you really want to feel welcomed and invited. Maybe they needed more staff?
I would go back, but to enjoy an outside dining experience and NOT a pricey "event" dinner.
Maybe it was just not our night!
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