We enjoyed our recent dinner at the Sandpiper. We were visiting family from out of town and they took us for dinner. We tried first on a Wednesday night and there was a 45 minute wait, so we came back to try the next night. Although the waiting for a table area was very busy, the bartender did a great job keeping up and completing drink orders from the restaurant, all with a smile on her face which was great. First thing you see when you walk in. Decor is a little dated and it's particularly loud in the restaurant. I understand everyone wants the "porch" area which has windows but just looks out into the parking lot, so we just ate in the dining room. Our waitress for some reason seemed to take a special interest in making sassy comments to me, which was really not appreciated. She did continue to check on our orders and kept checking on us even though she was very busy. Waitress was knowledgeable about the menu, including the specials. Their selection of wines and microbeers, were impressive but not stuffy or overwhelming. The liver was done very well, and I don't particularly like liver. There was a lamb special that night and it was such a mild tasting lamb, you might not know it was lamb if you tried it - very tender and prepared very nicely. Steak was also good. I ordered the mussels and pasta which was a special that night. Mussels done perfectly, but I didn't care for the sauce - advertised as a white wine and garlic sauce, there was simply something in it that I didn't care for, and it wasn't the wine or garlic. Pasta was also cooked a little too long. As we were leaving, I thanked our waitress for the wonderful food and great service and said "we had a lovely time". She picked up the empty wine bottle we had had with our dinner and smiled and said, "I'm sure YOU did have a good time". Hmmm.... I simple thank you come again would have been okay too. That's the only comment she made that I remember, but we'd be back for the food. I believe they take reservations and as busy as they were on a Wednesday and there was a wait when we went back Thursday, so definitely call ahead if you can.
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