We have wanted to dine here for some time.
We did not make a reservation and came by at about 5:45pm on a Friday night. Hostess said they had NO open tables till at least 7:30pm. So, we opted to eat in the lovely bar area. Sadly, some big mouth lunatic and his gf sat down at the next table over. He had such a LOUD mouth. Yelling, not talking. You know...your freakin dinner companion is just across the table...say, a foot away. Tone it down. I finally said something to the effect that we were not dining in a Sports Bar. He got the message.
The restaurant is lovely...almost a tropical feeling to it. There is a back wall with stone that changes color...with "hot red lava" showing thru the backdrop of the stones. Really nice. Your choice of tables or booths. Many tables for larger parties. Nice background music.
Anyway, our waitress kind of rushed us. We needed a few minutes, or longer to look over the wine list. Then, she disappeared for quite awhile. Luckily, they work in teams and another lady came over to take our order.
Wine was very nice for the price. Thank you. But, the salads and bread came out pronto. TOOOO quick. Let's have a drink before the food comes out, shall we?
House salads had a tad too much of balsamic vinegar in the mix. Not much beside lettuce though. Still good and very ample portion. Bread basket and butter was de-lious!
So, we noticed...MANY tables in the "actual" restaurant STILL open for us to sit at...even though we were forced to sit in the bar area.
We spilt a NY strip steak. We would have thought they would have split it for us(we told the waitress) and most upscale places do that. But, no, we did the cutting. We also had to wait for another plate to come out for us. The mashed potatoes were so good. Nice & creamy. Steak needed a couple minutes more on the grill. Still good.
No one ever came back to our table to pour us more wine from the bottle we purchased. I guess they could not be bothered. Water glasses were filled though. They asked if we wanted dessert and we did not have room for much. Also, dessert prices kinda high for what was offered($9.00).
Also, for such a nice place, they need to have the COURAGE to enforce a DRESS CODE. No sneakers, shorts, etc. Open after 5:00pm, so no one needs to come from sightseeing right in. Go put on some decent clothes.
It took a while for our waitress to pick up the bill. We were ready to leave about 15 minutes ago. Also, PLEASE do NOT call us "guys". We're not freakin 20 years old. But, either was the waitress :)
When we were about to leave, two couples came up to the hostess stand. Neither had reservations...BUT...they were taken back to the actual restaurant area where we really wanted to sit. I guess ALOT...and I mean ALOT, of NO SHOWS.
All in all, we will go back and make a dinner reservation for the dining room next time. Hopefully, the service will be as good as the food and drink there. It really wasn't so good in the bar area.
We still give it a 4.
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