We visited Dunaway's during the summer Devour Downtown. We had been here several times before and always had outstanding food. We were accompanied by another couple who had never been there.
When we entered the restaurant, the man at the hostess station did not acknowledge us. He was reading something. Finally someone else came and seated us. We were seated in the bar, which us not our preference. The hostess apologized that they were crowded because there was no seating on the roof because of the rain.
We waited several minutes before the waiter came to take our drink order. There was another wait for the drinks, then a long pause before our orders were taken.
Three of us got the mini crab cakes, one the tomato caprese. The crab was nicely presented, but all three appeared to be burned on one side. The taste was good, but definitely overcooked. Also, true minis--about the size of a silver dollar. The caprese tower was three tomatoes halves with some mozzarella.
We all had a salad (only 1 dressing available). It was rather comical, three bowls heaped with greens, the fourth filled not even halfway!
The tenderloins were served on top of horseradish mashed potatoes, with 3 asparagus spears. My tenderloin, ordered medium rare, was close to well-done. We called the waiter back over, and he said, " It's hard to get them rare when they are so thin, but I'll send it back." When my plate was returned, after the others were almost finished, it was rare and delicious.
My husband and his friend both had vodka tonics. They had to summon the waiter and ask for 2nds. Drinks were small, weak, and expensive $10.54 for a short glass.
There were 2 dessert choices, Creme brûlée and cheesecake. Both were very small portions. The Creme brûlée was served in a small aluminum foil pan. The taste was good. It seemed like maybe the desserts had come prepackaged and served.
The water glasses were not refilled regularly, and the waiter did not check on us or try to engage us in any way.
In conclusion, we felt the service was less than adequate, certainly not what we expected in a fine dining restaurant. The food was good, but we felt like the portions were very small compared to our previous experiences.
I won't say we will never return, but it will certainly be awhile.
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