Last night we made reservations at the Wren in hopes of having some wonderful local fare. Upon our arrival the hostess wanted to seat us immediately next to the front door at one of two tables that were far from the regular seating saying that it would best with a baby. We did not agree because of the very loud noises coming from the bar and cold draft from the front door traffic. She then gave us the option of a table in the rear of the main seating are which was fine.
Our waitress arrived and we had some questions about the menu she answered in a disinterested hasty manner. We decided what we wanted and gave her our order. She returned in just a few minutes and said that they did not have the crab cakes that my daughter ordered. She can't have dairy so there were some more questions which the waitress answered in haste.
Our meal arrived and it looked great. However, we soon had another impression. My wife's salmon on puffed pastry was a very tasty portion of grilled salmon sitting on a pillow of raw, soggy puffed pastry dough. My calimari was so over cooked it tasted a bit like bacon and was tough and chewy. My jumbo shrimp scampi turned out to be over cooked as well and as for being jumbo, they were tiny and when I ate them I got the unplesant crunch of sand. Our daughter's meal was great except that she asked for "no dairy" and for them to just use olive oil on her bread. After the first bite it was clear that the bread was buttered. When the waitress was made aware of the error she rudely said "Eat the bread on the table, it is not buttered." and she left without offering to replace the buttered bread with warm bread brushed with olive oil as we ordered.
The waitress then went to the table adjacent to us to take their order and they too wanted the crab cakes. The waitress explained that they were out of them but nicely offered schpped scallop cakes as a substitute. It would have been nice if she had done the same for us.
At this point we just wanted to leave which we did. Our impression of the Wren is that it is much better as a very loud bar than a restaurant and we would not recommend it.
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