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“Best seafood in Chelmsford”

Fishbones in the Village
Ranked #1 of 79 Restaurants in Chelmsford
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed November 27, 2007

Absolutely great seafood. Try the Maryland crab cakes. I grew up in Maryland, and these are some of the best crabcakes I've ever had. Their softshell crabs are also wonderful.

3  Thank NedBB
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Reviewed September 15, 2007

Upon entering the restaurant I was impressed with the décor and the overall feel of the restaurant, very Pottery Barn, clean fresh feel and inviting atmosphere. The first thing I noticed that the host stand was located in the back of the restaurant, rather than the front, a bit confusing for guests coming through the front door. When waiting at the host stand, the hosts were professional and polite when asking us about dinner plans, and escorted us to our seats. Our server soon greeted the table, and seemed a bit nervous. When asked about the specials for the night, she didn’t know if there were any, when asked about wine menu, and if she had any suggestions to pair with our dinners, our waitress had no idea what to suggest. Now given that the menu begins at about $21.00/entrée, and appetizers begin at about $14.00 each, one would think that the server would be professional and educated about both the restaurant as well as the menu, however this was not the case.
When ordering dinner, I had ordered chowder as an alternative to my dinner salad, which when everyone else’s salads arrived at the table, my chowder did not. Thinking maybe our server didn’t have an extra hand to carry it, I gave her the benefit of the doubt and expected the chowder to arrive shortly after. But once about five minutes went by, and the server was nowhere to be found in this small restaurant, I had to ask another server if they could find our server for us, so that I could get my appetizer! When she approached the table, she seemed aggravated at the fact that I had pointed out that she had forgotten it, and with a roll of her eyes, she left the table to get the chowder, which I didn’t get much time to eat, because at this point, the dinner arrived about five minutes later.
Once dinner arrived, we ordered a bottle of wine for everyone at the table to share. When the wine was brought over to the table, the wine service was done incorrectly, and our old glasses were left empty sitting on the table, with our new clean ones filled with the new wine next to them. The table had become so overcrowded once our dinner arrived, we had to ask another nearby server to please pickup the glasses for us so that we could have some room.
The level of assertiveness displayed by our server was nonexistent. Rather than strive to fix a problem, and leave a guest with a lasting impression, the attitude displayed by our server displayed a lack of care, knowledge of both customer service, the menu, and the perception of establishment as a whole. Rather than feeling like guest, I felt as though I was dining in a fast food restaurant, where the employee could care less if I returned or not, and if I enjoyed my meal, service, or experience.
The significant events that stand out in my mind about this restaurant were the lack of service training, the lack of customer care, service, and enjoyment. My perception of this restaurant was an upscale seafood restaurant, with a relaxed atmosphere, enthusiastic and knowledgeable service, and great food. However, the service in this case, did not meet the value, and the expense spent while dining at this establishment given that the service was terrible, the food was bland, and the overall feeling when leaving Fish Bones was, “Well, I’ll never come back here again”.

7  Thank Nash4
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Reviewed September 8, 2007

Fishbones is noisy, crowded and overpriced. They have a very poorly trained waitstaff that is rather unfriendly. The menu looks great and anything you order that is broiled is fine. Any of the dishes that you would expect to have flavor have none. The broiled seafood casserole is nothing more than a pile of fish with burned bread crumbs on top. The seafood saute is so bland it's almost inedible. The chowder was mediocre, the salads were delivered almost simultaneously with the dinners with no apologies. It is so crowded and noisy it made the entire experience unpleasant. i would probably get seafood to go from their in-restaurant market, but would not bother to repeat a dining experience.

8  Thank schooldude
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