My wife, her cousin and I visited the Carriage House (not actually known as "Paul's" Carriage House in Rye, NH for an evening dinner. We all had drinks (beware... a vodka martini on the rocks is smaller than a vodka martini straight up and is priced at $7.95 where the straight up is priced at $10.95). The restaurant is kind enough to price most dishes for two sizes. So a half house salad is priced at $5.00 where a full house salad is priced at $8.00. My wife and I both had house salads and both were very good. My wife at the Half Chicken Piccatta ($19.00) which she found also very good. I had the Chefs Seafood Dish (full size $30) which happened to be Tuna Steak. I had it broiled with a scallion beurre blanc sauce which was prepared properly (I expected mine to be very rare .. ie raw in the middle which it was). Although it was very good, I don't give it excellent since I have had similar tuna steaks elsewhere which were much better. They didn't offer a Wasabi sauce which would have been nice. The rice which came with the meals was average at best but the mixed vegetables were quite tasty. My wife had a glass of house Chardonnay ($6.75) and I had a coffee at the end of the meal ($2.95). My wife's cousin stuck to the simple Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo ($18) which she said needed more garlic. The restaurant is located across the street (Rt. 1A) in Rye from the ocean. Unfortunately, the houses across the street block the view of the Isle of Shoals which were quite visible about 7 miles out to sea if you walked over to the beach. The upstairs area has a small bar which seems to be popular and was a bit noisy although not terribly so. Downstairs would be quieter dinning but with less of a view... not that the view was terrific. Parking was ample in the lot immediately off busy Rt. 1A. Cleanliness was not a problem and the service was excellent. Although not a top of the line restaurant, this was a comfortable and pleasant place to get a satisfying dinner.
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