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!