I used to eat at this restaurant at least 3 or 4 times per year, up until about 5 years ago when they remodeled and started cooking with an open kitchen and a Wood Fire Grill. Before the renovation it was a classic; you could always count on the Flood Tide for a special meal and special treatment. We would always leave there feeling like kings and queens. Then the Wood Fire thing happened; it was no longer the classic restaurant but more of a tourist trap. We stopped going about 3 years ago. Decided to try it again. We made reservations for a Saturday night about a week ago. We were so disappointed. When we arrived the waitstaff was in chaos because a very large party was coming in to celebrate a birthday. The maitre'd (if you want to call her that) had no idea where to seat us and had that "deer in the headlights" look. We finally chose our own table. It was obvious from all the scurrying around that no one had any idea who was going to take our table and we sat there for a good 10 minutes before a waiter finally appeared. He was not personable at all and seemed to be in a hurry throughout the entire evening. I will not go into all the gory details; suffice to say that the food is overpriced (my surf and turf was a small filet with no flavor at all and 2 grilled shrimp that were overdone), the staff is unprofessional (at least they were on this night), and I really detest being charged for refills on soda. Cocktails are $7.00 a pop and $9.00 for a glass of wine so I would think they could refill a soda or two for no charge. Anyway, we are done with Flood Tide for good, unfortunately. It's a shame because we really loved it in the the old days (from mid-80's to early 2000's). Too bad.
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