Well the new kitchen is finally open and the locally renowned chef is at the helm! I went there last night with two friends and dinner was incredibly delicious. Anything with seafood is bound to be good as the owner of this establishment also owns Pelican Seafood, the largest purveyor of seafood in the area.
The bar service is getting better too. Over the past year there has been a lot of turn over in staff which is unfortunate. Some of the prior bartenders have been really good but I'm guessing there is always difficulty in finding the fit between owners, managers and the staff as a new business gets established. Last nights server was also exceptional and that has not always been the case in the past. The point I make is there continues to be improvement. I know there have been bad reviews in the past and I strongly suspect the bad reviews were justified. I have been a year long patron and seen many of the ups and downs. There have been some bad employes in the past and they've been fired or left.
For the benefit of a person who has never been to the Inlet Beach Bar and Grille, I believe they are still trying to find their niche. By that, I have to point out that last night we were asked to pay $75 for a cover fee because of a band that was playing (The LACs - Loud A$$ Crackers, according to their webpage). We were initially given a choice to sit outside for free that was out of sight from the band but yards from the speakers, or pay the cover fee which allowed us to sit inside where it was just a slight bit quieter. Fortunately common sense prevailed at the hostess stand and we sat inside and left immediately after dinner. This type of "entertainment" does not happen nightly (thank goodness) but the owners are trying to find the right balance between being an entertainment complex, restaurant, beach bar and hotel. My recommendation is to phone ahead or visit their website to make certain you're going to get what you expect and not get any surprises. My strong suspicion is the Inlet Beach Bar and Grill will only improve over time and I plan to return frequently. Based on dinner last night, prior experiences and confidence it will continue getting better, I very comfortable giving it five stars.
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