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“Great food a bit loud”
Review of The Sardine Room

The Sardine Room
Ranked #5 of 146 Restaurants in Plymouth
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $25
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: The Sardine Room offers a raw bar with pristinely fresh oysters and seafood, along with small and large plate menus featuring American bistro fare. A rotating chalkboard menu draws on seasonal, locally sourced products, keeping daily specials fresh and regional. These sections of the menu, along with contemporary bar snacks and sides, let our patrons dictate their dining experience. A meal can be constructed of any selection of snacks, sides, small plates, large plates, or raw bar items, providing an alternative to the formality of traditional ordering. Fresh crudos, artisanal country hams, and house made pates are served in whatever order the diner desires. Large plates such as kobe flat iron steak or bouillabaisse can be shared among a group or ordered as a meal unto themselves. Our culinary team prides itself on executing creative, honest food at reasonable prices. Beyond the kitchen, our bar program features well prepared cocktails made with respectable spirits, and an emphasis on the classics. An eclectic, affordable wine list is offered alongside a michigan-heavy selection of craft beers. With a design that walks the line between big city sophistication and prohibition-era Americana, The Sardine Room gives nod to the contemporary while evoking the spirit of speakeasies, jazz clubs and seaside dives of bygone eras. Located directly across the street from Kellogg park in downtown Plymouth, The Sardine Room welcomes all interested in a good drink, a good bite and a good time.
Reviewed March 15, 2013

I had a very good meal here (the walleye special), and especially liked the fish tacos, scallops, oysters, and the fried peppers. Everything was fresh and tasty. Prices were fair and the service good. We had a good size group and everyone enjoyed their meal. There can be a long wait on the weekends and the tables are close so there is not a lot of privacy and the room is loud so it is difficult to hear people who are not right next to you (wasn't great for our business dinner). I would recommend giving it a try. The one dish ironically that I thought was average at best was the sardines. Wine selection was a little weak.

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Reviewed February 28, 2013

Our waitress was fantastic! She knew the menu like the back of her hand. She made recommendations and all the food was fantastic! We had oysters, a few small plates, fish and chips and salmon. The house red was very smooth. We can't wait to go back again.

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Thank Kris K
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

A great find in downtown Plymouth, Michigan...tapas and a raw bar...
Went here for a quick bite 7-ish on a Wednesday night and the place was jammed.
Linda and our friend had the sweet potato gnocchi and I had the halibut with stuffed crab
hush puppies....loved it.

Jim and Linda Munro
Korner Kottage Bed & Breakfast
Suttons Bay, MI 49682

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Thank James R M
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

Four of us dined here early on a Saturday evening. No reservations are taken except for groups of eight or more, but we got in easily at 5:00 p.m. By 5:45, there was a line to get in. Noting comments from other TA reviews and comments with which I would agree:
1) Table seating is very close, no privacy;
2) When filled, the restaurant is loud. (Central high-stool tables for bar overflow faces those folks toward the dining side, rather than the bar side. Their conversations blanket the diners.)
3) Short pours on the wines-by-the-glass - a four-ounce pour max, maybe less, at inflated pices. Poor value on that!
4) Diverse beer list with good selection of Michigan craft beers and specialty imports. Points awarded on this one, even though somewhat pricey.
And now to the food,which all four of us enjoyed --
An appetizer of Oysters Rockefeller, a bowl of the Baked Onion Soup and a Broccolini Salad with burrata cheese started us off -- all were excellent and enjoyed.
For our mains, there was one choice from the "small plate" part of the menu, and three choices from the nightly special menu:
-- Sliders Porchetta, served on a brioche bun (excellent) (small plate @ $8.00 - good value)
-- Filet Mignon with chard sauteed in balsamic (excellent, small plate special @ $17.00 - good
-- Sablefish with lentils (full plate special, excellent)
-- Lobster tail (6 oz) with mashed potatoes (small plate special, excellenT)

Bottom line, we're glad we tried the Sardine Room on this one occasion. The food was excellent and, we felt, fairly priced. But we look for more than good food when we dine. Noise and close proximity to other diners are negatves to us, so we won' be back, but suggest you try the Sardine Room once and form your own opinion. If you like high energy and close quarters, you'll feel at home here.

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Reviewed February 6, 2013

My husband and I had not done a Sunday brunch in a while and so decided to try The Sardine Room. From the first cup of coffee through the entree, it was delicious. I had the egg scramble with the fried oysters and my husband had eggs florantine. Both were good.
Service was great and the restaurant has a really nice feel. We thought the prices were reasonable, given the quality.

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