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“Great place but they need to polish their skills”
Review of Spread - CLOSED

Spread
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Pearl
Transit: nearby
Description: We stumbled upon the place for a late-night drink, but were very impressed with the ambiance, bar scene, and the food menu (we didn't eat here), but this place needs to be recognized and reviewed. I will gladly be the first and give it 5 stars.
Columbus, Ohio
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great place but they need to polish their skills”
Reviewed September 14, 2013

First of all, I REALLY hope this place makes it! It has been there over a year but every night we walked by it was never full. It is beautifully decorated with couch/ottoman seating in the front by the windows and conventional tables towards the back. I am not sure how to describe the decor other than to say its funky romantic?The lighting is very pretty. Not too dark, not too light.
I thought the prices were reasonable for a tourist city. Spreads between $8-11 and entrees $18-29. A good variety of small plates. We tried the smoked trout spread. Very good flavor but slightly on the thinner side. I would have liked it to have a little more substance. A nice chunk of trout as garnish and it was served with warm grilled toast and a few grilled carrots.
We had the lobster fettuccine which had a whole lobster tail and claws in the sauce. They said the pasta was freshly made that morning. Hmmmmm. It didn't have the texture or flavor of fresh pasta which left us scratching our heads. Maybe we just have REALLY fresh pasta back home and we don't know it!
We would have liked to try the seafood paella but didn't find out they weren't serving it that night until we tried to order. We would have also like to try the lobster rolls but since we had to order the lobster fettuccine as a back up thought maybe it would be too much lobster. ( Yes, by day 5 there is such a thing as too much lobster!)
There was a live jazz band there that night which was really great. The singer had a beautiful voice and sang a lot of Norah Jones songs. Slow, sexy, sweet. Very nice atmosphere. Did I mention bottled wine was half off? Wow.
My only real complaint is that our waitress was clueless about the menu. She tried but I don't know if this was her first night or what? When we sat down she told us there was a party of 30 that night and if we wanted to go ahead and put in our orders she could have our food out soon, otherwise there might be a wait. Okay, we appreciated that information but it made us feel rushed and she hadn't handed us the menus yet! When my husband told her we were in no hurry and asked if she could recommended a few spreads or plates she looked really puzzled and actually asked if we meant the most popular? Well, okay, popular I guess. She recommended the hummus but had not actually tried it. A whole menu of spreads, pates and small plates and the hummus is your recommendation?
We tried the trout spread and were really looking forward to trying the seafood paella. Nope. Because of the party of 30 they weren't offering it that night. It would have been nice to know that at our initial seating. So we ordered the fettuccine and were told she couldn't put our order in for another ten minutes due to....you guessed it. THE PARTY OF #30!!!
Once, again we were made to feel like we were intruders to this special party that we were not invited to.
She tried. She really tried and went back to the kitchen a few times to get our questions answered but she should have been more familiar with the menu.
Give this place a chance. I wish we could have went back a second time to get an accurate feel for the service. Overall, a good restaurant with the potential to be great!

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank nla84
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Palm City, Florida
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A place not to miss on your visit”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

Found this place because we were looking for the restaurant that was previously there (Gaucho's). We were pleasantly surprised with the diverse menu, mixed drinks and service. The menu offers a lot of choices, but we loved to try the "spreads" which were ample portions, reasonably priced and delicious. Main course (Sea Bass) although not a thick Chilean was delicately prepared and delicious.

The Maitre Di, Lee and our waitress (Emily) (third nite on the job) made our dining experience extra special.

Try it - You'll like it.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Michael T
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Maine
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Surprising gem”
Reviewed August 24, 2013 via mobile

We do not eat meat, so we were disappointed to find most items containing land animals. Since we do eat seafood, we were able to find a few items. The special, lobster fettucine, was absolutely delicious--better than most dishes I have had at 5 star restaurants. The cheese plate was sparse, but tasty. The bread bucket was excellent, even had a couple of veggie stalks in it. The cocktails were nice. The jazz, while a bit loud for our tastes, was very nice. We were there early on a Thursday evening, and the small crowd left early. Perhaps it picks up after 7pm. The ambiance was interesting. Somewhat mediocre application of lighting and decor. Prices were reasonable to economical for Portland on portion size. All in all though, well worth a try. Staff seemed to care that we enjoy our meal. Bartender well versed on small batch bourbon (always a plus in my book!).

Visited August 2013
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Freeport, Maine
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Spread was quite the spread”
Reviewed August 17, 2013

This location has not been kind to restaurants, so I wanted to try it before it succumbed to the "location of death." I SO hope it survives. I arrived 20 minutes before other friends (Portland's ongoing parking issues), and was pleased to see how they have divided what is a large space. Very cool bar area, and the tables are far enough apart for comfort and less noise which is great. Our waitstaff could not have been nicer or more patient...he knew both his cocktails and the food really well; having a table for 4 sit there mostly empty for almost 30 minutes can really try staff because that it's not making money for the restaurant or the staff. Not this guy- he was great. And the cocktails! I had the Strawberry Crush which was great and the Pimm's which was even greater. And the food was just wonderful. The maxim not to go grocery shopping when you are hungry applies to Spread as well. By the time everyone arrived we were ready for dinner, and so we tried a lot of different plates, and we came pretty darned close to finishing it all. Only criticisms were that while the paella rice had the great crunch you want, it was a bit too oily, and the steak was a wee bit tough. We would definitely return as there are many tastes still to be tried. I for one really hope this place makes it!

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Barbara A
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Portland, ME
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Surprisingly good”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

Six of us went to Spread because, although we are locals, none of us had ever been there. We had been to all the previous restaurants at this location - all of which had failed. The restaurant had been way too large. Some were pretty good but had been badly managed and others such as the Brazilian steak house - a churrascaria - just didn't fit the market. On a monday night in the summer the place was surprisingly quiet and we wondered if it was any good. It was. A very interesting menu of appetizers, tapas and entrees. We sampled the paella, the bone marrow dish, the foie gras, the tuna tartare and the sliders. All were very good. Service was efficient and friendly. I'm surprised there weren't more diners. We'll be back

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Shantaram
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