We were only able to get an early reservation, however, I waited until late afternoon to call, so I can't blame the restaurant for that. We arrived a little early and decided to enjoy a bit of their Happy Hour. The happy hour menu is quite limited, in both food and cocktail, but we were able to find something to enjoy.
We were lucky enough to score a table outside on a beautiful evening evening. This is the time of year that us Floridians wait all year for. Our waiter, Freddie, was attentive and made sure we had everything we wanted. We shared a steak tar-tar appetizer (at the bar, we had shared the truffle cheese fries) and my honey ordered the veal chop which he said was outstanding and I had the salmon. I was torn between the organic chicken and the smoked salmon and asked Freddie which was better. He said the salmon was his favorite and I came right out and asked if he is told to say that or was it his honest opinion, be said it was his honest opinion. I ordered the salmon, but I have to say that I think I would have enjoyed the organic chicken more. Everything is ala carte, if you want veggies, you have to order them separately. We had a half order of sauteed mushrooms and a 1/2 order of sweet potatoes. The mushrooms were delicious, the sweet potatoes were a little too sweet for my tastes. That doesn't mean others wouldn't enjoy them, it's just my preference.
When I had called to make our reservation, they asked if this was our first time dining and I told them yes. At the end of our meal Freddie presented us with a nice slice of cheesecake as a thank you for dining with them. I'm not a cheesecake fan, but my honey loves it, so he was a happy camper. I asked what they had that was chocolate and he told us they had a 7 layer (I think he said 7 layer, might have been 5 layer) chocolate cake, but it was so big, that they usually serve that to a table of 4 or more. We considered ordering it and taking the rest home, but decided not to. I asked for a decaf cappuccino instead and they were unable to oblige me with the cappuccino, but a few minutes later came back and said they could make me a decaf latte.
Overall, our dinner was quite good, the service was good, yes, it is expensive, but I believe you get what you pay for. If you want good food and service with fine dining, then expect to pay for it. Looking around at other tables, it seemed that other patrons were also happy with their meals.
We weren't rushed through dinner, we could have taken much longer if we wanted to. All in all, I'd have to say it was very enjoyable and we would return here again. I would like to see a better happy hour menu, with an expanded cocktail and martini list, as well as bar food. But, there are so many other establishments close by, that you could easily enjoy happy hour and cocktails somewhere else first before having dinner here. I did take a couple of photos, neglected to photograph my salmon.
Give this restaurant a try, I'm sure you won't be disappointed and be sure to bring your AMEX!