We visited the Mandana in 2X in the span of a couple of weeks this summer and had two totally different experiences. At one visit we were part of a large group and ate in the dining room. The food was awful and the service worse. Our other visit was to the tavern area of the restaurant. We stood at the bar and were well tended to by Dave the bartender. We ordered off the Tavern menu. The quality of the food was excellent. One of my well-traveled (and picky) companions said the soft shell crab (ordered by the crab) was the best he had ever eaten. We also had a delicious burger. The management would not allow us to order off the tavern menu while in the dining room which I felt was especially mean since our large party ranged in age from 2-75.