First time to the DWI restaurant with my wife for a late Valentines Day. Chose the dining room rather than the tavern. We were seated initially in a busy thoroughfare and asked to be reseated which we were, quickly and without a second look. We ended up just outside the conservatory, disappointing my wife for two reasons - 1. The chairs in the conservatory are upholstered and look comfy - while the chairs in the main dining room are nearly, if not the same as the tavern - which were fine just not as nice and 2. There were 3 different tables in the main dining room with multiple kids. Attire ranged from business casual to jeans and t-shirts, which is normal for an inn vibe, but you would think they would point the "not-so-fine-dining" crowd to the tavern, which is excellent in its own right with similar food choices.
So the service was a bit slow at first, but picked up nicely with a gentleman who was frank about menu selections, attentive and friendly. I had a cocktail which was quite reasonable ($8) and we ordered a bottle from their extensive wine list. We got a $45 bottle of tuscana which sells for $23-$30 in stores. A great price point for a decent wine.
We started with the lobster chowder which was flavorful but short on lobster - this is not one of those chowders that is oozing massive chunks of anything but potato. But it was quite good. We had beef and truffle stuffed ravioli which was quite tasty and - 2 ravioli for $10 I think. The bread was fresh focaccia with garlic and white bean paste in olive oil for dipping - I liked it, my wife was not crazy about the paste.
She had the filet, which was cooked perfectly and paired with some flavorful sides. I had veal oscar which was very good. Ended with creme brûlée which was also very good.
Everything we had was very good, the food, the service, the atmosphere. We had not a single real complaint but in the end the table we were at was kind of symbolic of the night - it was very good, but just outside the conservatory. I would not hesitate to recommend it.
As an aside, we bumped into friends there who each had the lobster crusted haddock and said it was fabulous.
Our total meal and tax, excluding tip, was $157 for 1 cocktail, 1 bottle of wine, soup, appetizer, 2 entrees and 1 dessert.
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