We made phone reservations and upon arrival, were told that we could wait in the bar upstairs until our table was ready. We went upstairs and found a table. The hostess came over and asked if we had reservations (as we were in the bar, this was a first for me). We explained that we had been asked to wait for our table up here. Her attitude was... cold is the best word I can say. The waitress came up and took our drink order. Not personal, not friendly, just adequate. We stayed for about 30 minutes until our table was ready. The live music was on the loud side, but the singer was good. We were glad to leave the bar and went downstairs, not sure what to expect..
Down in the restaurant, things got MUCH better. The hostess was funny and friendly, our server was great,k the busboy had a good wry sense of humor. (and yes, I believe that restaurants are not all about the food) The atmosphere was good, but (I'm a lighting junkie) the lighting was sterile, not warm and inviting. Plain laminate tables, comfortable seats.
Now, the good stuff. The bread is awesome! Home made, wonderful flavor. The wine list is good, with a nice selection of NW and other regional wines. I had the Mediterranean Linguine with tomatoes and artichoke hearts. The Waitress said it was very lightly flavored, and she was right. Our party also had the Spaghetti Bolognese, the Fish and Chips, and the halibut. All were excellent. I came out on the short end. Next time I'll have the Bolognese.
I will definitely go again, but I will avoid the bar. Rating this down below will be tough. I'll have to go with a 2, to make up for the zero upstairs.
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