Summit is such a black spot for good dining out options, that the Huntley Tavern stands out for its great food. The menu is vast and varied, the chefs can really cook a whole range of dishes, and the portion sizes are excellent. The Huntley, though, is both an acoustical disaster and needs to train its staff better. When you make a reservation for 8 pm, as our group of four did, you expect to be seated -- if not promptly -- at least within 15 minutes or so of arrival. If not, you would think the manager or hostess would advise you of the wait time. Instead, after handing our car over to the valet, we were shepherded into the Huntley's horrid, overcrowded holding pen of a bar area. Wall-to-wall people were bumped aside by waiters carrying food and drinks. It was a mid-week dinner, but considering there aren't many fine-dining options in Summit, I guess it shouldn't have been a surprise that the Huntley was packed. Placing a bar order required shouting from a distance. We stood around, ducking wait staff, and had to ask twice when we'd be seated. When we were finally seated in the rustic room to the right of the entrance some 30 minutes after arrival, we found the place still noisy enough so that we couldn't speak in normal tones to each other. We also found a curious division among wait staff, with one guy seemingly only able to bring bread, another the wine we ordered and a third our food. And there was a disconnect. Asking one staffer to advise the other of a wish just didn't seem to work, including one time when we clearly asked for some new silverware from the bread guy, who nodded, then went to stand in a corner and watch other tables for their bread need. Again, the food -- priced fairly, prepared extremely well -- redeemed this trip. I was impressed at the quality of my steak and the actual hot, pink center that was medium, just as I had ordered it. A vegetarian friend also loved her entree. Relative to other places in Summit, the Huntley is a good choice. Maybe we came on an off-night for wait staff, catching them at the tail end of service on a busy shift, but I didn't like the curt manner of the hostess and wondered why three servers couldn't communicate and serve us better at our table.
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