Was in the Pocono area, looking for a nice place for a birthday dinner. Researched the area and this seemed to be one of the best in the area. Upon arriving, we had to find a spot to squeeze the car, as the lot is pretty small and was full. Went inside and thought it seemed nice, but not as upscale of an interior as I would expect for "fine dining". We were seated at a small table in the room that is open to/facing the bar area. From here I will break it down into sections.
SERVICE: very slow, although i think this was the fault of the kitchen and bar, our server was nice enough. We waited for several minutes after being seated to be greeted and have our drink order taken. We then waited for another 10-15 minutes for our drinks. I think our server has some system that he liked to follow, because he did not come back to take our order until after the drinks arrived at the table. I guess that would be ok normally, except now we have been here for 20 mins or so and are feeling ignored and hungry. Although to his credit, he did comp our drinks at the end of the night for 2 reasons, 1 that they took so long to come out and 2 since this was a birthday meal I guess they would have comped desert, but we passed. The only other thing that stood out was, our server was talking to a busser/food runner about our table (who was supposed to get what) and he actually pointed at us. I have never had a server point at me.
AMBIANCE: as stated above decor was nice, but not upscale. It looks way nicer on the website. My biggest bone to pick is with the so called "entertainment". There was a young woman singing in the bar and she was awful. There was no band, no piano, she was sitting on a stool, with another stool next to her with a laptop, so she was basically singing some awful karaoke. As we were facing the bar, we were facing her and her speakers. She finally took a break right as we were leaving.
FOOD: this was the biggest disappointment. I can overlook things if the food is great and this was just ok at more than ok prices. We ordered 2 apps, the fried tomato salad and a tempura shrimp. The salad was tasty but strange, as it was fried red tomatoes, I was expecting green. The shrimp were good as well but it seemed something was missing from the dish. It was just a couple shrimp and a piece of lettuce. Not really fine dining.... Before we were finished with our apps, the entrees arrived. there was no pacing to this night whatsoever, which should be a hallmark of a fine dinning establishment. For our entrees, I got a Kobe beef special and my wife ordered their house special rack of lamb with house made lamb sausage from a nearby farm. My steak was cooked properly and was good although I didn't think it was as good as I have had at nicer steakhouses. My wife's dinner seemed off, just like my app had. Her plate came out with 4 tiny lollipops, not a rack, and had the sausage broken up in a tomato broth with a ton of diced green peppers all over the dish. There was no side starch or vegetable. It seemed like something was missing. The lamb and sausage were good but the bell pepper overtook the dish.
All in all it was a good meal, but it did not meet our expectations. This is the first time I have been let down by trip advisor.