What we love:
1. They take reservations & honor them and don't hustle you off to the bar or force you to wait. Our table was exactly what we asked for (a quiet booth for 4).
2. Convenience. We live in Blue Ash so it's 10 minutes from our home but it's easily accessible from everywhere. At the corner of Montgomery & Cooper you can be here in minutes
3. Menu choices. There's something for everyone from salads, burgers, steaks, fish. Tons of gluten free choices and low cal choices.
4. Price. Very fair for the location and quality of food. $9 appetizers, $10 burgers, $25 Saturday evening specials including a salad or soup.
5. Bread and the dipping oil. Fabulous. Fresh.
6. Extensive wine list that won't break the bank but again has choices from a nice $28 bottle of Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc to a Mt. Veeder cab for $75.
7. Desserts to be shared. The brownie ice cream is enough for 4 people
8. Friendly efficient knowledgeable wait staff who don't hurry you through a meal.
9. A fun lively bar if you decide that you just want drinks or want a change of scenery after dinner.
10. If you don't like Stone Creek's bar and want to jump 2-3 notches down walk across the street to Village Tavern on the opposite corner
What we'd change:
1. Parking - I suppose valet is cost prohibitive but I'd pay $5 to drive up and just leave my car with a valet and not struggle to find a place in the garage below the restaurant. (SUGGESTION: if you're with a group or you want to impress your date or friends...drop them off at the door, let them get the table and get situated and you hunt for a parking spot especially if it's a busy Friday or Saturday evening). If you've never been here and aren't familiar with the area you will be frustrated. You can see the restaurant but you have no idea where to park so you have to figure out that the entrance to the parking garage (free) below the restaurant is off of Main Street. You could also opt for parking across the street in designated public parking. Parking spaces are tiny (you won't park your SUV here). You take the elevator up a flight or 2 depending on where you park assuming you'll be in a common building lobby with easy restaurant access. WRONG (so don't leave your coat or umbrella in your car). You'll exit the building and need to walk outside north along Montgomery Road about 200 feet to the restaurant entrance.
Our recent Saturday evening dinner @ 6:45 found the restaurant and bar almost full so we liked the vibe. Busy but not insane. Our appetizers, soups, salads and entree's were all prepared as requested and served appropriately meaning what was supposed to be hot was hot and cold was cold. Our Mahi mahi was nicely prepared and served over an abundance of risotto (a little too salty but enjoyable). Next time I would definitely make sure that we were the ones adding the salt! We never had to ask for more water or bread and our table was serviced perfectly.
We shared a bottle of 4 (party of 3), appetizer, dinner specials...we were stuffed for a little over $120. Not bad for Saturday night out.
We'll be back often!