95 Cordova has for years been the "special occasion" restaurant in historic St. Augustine. What was once a dining experience that left all your senses a flutter has turned into something unique, but not in a good way.
While the sumptuous decor is still pleasing to the eye and the delicious food to the palate, there are some problems with the other senses. The background music has gone Jetsons Techno. . . much more appropriate for a Disney themed restaurant or a Vegas lounge. The only thing that kept us from leaving in the middle of dinner was that it wasn't cranked up. . . thank goodness. A quick survey of other diners resulted in the common word "annoying". When we complained to the staff, we were introduced to the food and beverage manager who said. . . "what do you want. . . classical?" before he rolled his eyes. They did not adjust the music.
Other, more minor disappointments included:
1. No table actually reserved for us, even though we called several days ago. "We had a lot of walk ins". . . then why accept reservations?
2. The seating of some teenagers literally wearing sweat pants and hoodies.
3. A seating hostess who had no idea she was actually suppose to pull out a chair.
The pluses included a perfectly cooked 8 rib rack of lamb that was large enough to share, and a dining room with soft surfaces that absorbed most conversations.
In a restaurant where the entrees are in the $25-$35 range, and an outrageous corkage fee of $30 per bottle. . . we should expect a far better dining experience.
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