This restaurant -formerly Saucy Bistro is now called SB81 and is under new management/ownership and it appears they have had no previous experience running a fine dining establishment. We were seated in cold-really cold-barren back room which I think they called the garden room but was more like and enclosed porch. Every woman in the room had her coat on. The server was polite but distant. I asked several times that she turn on the big space heater until she finally told me it didn't work.
We had the garlic shrimp appetizer which was dull-12 very small shrimps in a garlic butter sauce. The wine selection was adequete. I had a sirloin steak with blue cheese and some kind of a scallop potato side that had blue cheese in it. The steak was pretty good, the potato side was not cooked enough to eat which was too bad because the flavor of the sauce was nice. My husband had the cod dinner which consisted of 2 small pieces of over-deep fried cod and french fries. He was not impressed.
The worst part was the dirt and dust and the sewage smell. Do the owners not have a cleaning staff? The lobby area, the lower level and the restrooms were all filthy. The celing in the ladies restroom was stained and sagging. The bathroom stalls looked like they hadn't been cleaned in months. The upper bar area and lower level where the bathrooms are smells of raw sewage.
If they don't make drastic improvements my guess is that they will be out of business in a year. This is a shame because it is a good location with a great patio. There are too many other good choices in Westlake to have dinner.
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