SEAR is a restaurant and bar. They are in the same general lobby area but are visually separated. I recommend the bar, not the breakfast.
Simo is a fabulous bartender. Fabulous! After the guys I was chaperoning were accounted for, I met my husband for drinks in the bar. Simo provided premium service for us. He appeared to be taking good care of other customers also. A man who was a little wobbly wanted a beer and Simo gave him water. He ended up making sure the customer got home OK. Simo made friendly conversation and was super helpful. The next night, we came into the bar for snacks. Simo remembered my favorite drink but I changed to water. The salsa we ordered was deliciously spicy and came with a generous portion of chips. The next night, I returned to the bar by myself to get a drink to take to my room. I didn't catch the bartender's name but she was also very efficient and friendly.
On Saturday morning, the rest of my group was out watching a game. I did my own thing and decided I wanted breakfast at the hotel. Indicating my large laptop, I asked the hostess for a table where I could work, preferably near the buffet. She showed me a small table near the entrance, separated from the buffet by a visual barrier. I asked for a bigger table and she led me to a round table with a banquette, still separated from the buffet. I had my laptop and didn't want to leave it to go to the buffet but I accepted the table. I figured the tables by the buffet must be full.
I wanted a small portion of oatmeal, some fruit and some type of protein. After looking at the menu, I found it would cost more ala carte than the buffet price so I ordered the buffet. It was slightly over $20 with tax and included a beverage.
I went up to the buffet and was surprised to find many empty tables. I probably should have moved. Leaving my laptop at the table made me nervous because I didn't have a sight line to my table.
The chef to make pancakes, waffles and omelets was super busy restocking both times I went to the buffet line. I looked around and didn't see anyone else eating those foods so I wasn't sure if his station was closed or not. I got eggs and they were very runny. A slice of bacon was cooked perfectly crisply. I made my own toast while I got my other food. I just wanted a smidge of cream or milk for my oatmeal but didn't want to open a whole carton of milk so I did without. I added some dried fruit to the oatmeal and it was fine. I topped off my breakfast with a couple of strawberries and some melon. I was thinking of taking a pastry up to my room to eat while I finished my work but SEAR helped me avoid the calories. The treats just didn't look tasty. The cinnamon buns looked particularly dry. The most disappointing food by far was the runny eggs.
Service was a little rude. Apparently Diet Coke wasn't the beverage they were expecting me to order. I had several servers check on my table. Also, the small round table meant I couldn't have my laptop and food both in front of me at the same time. None of them noticed my discomfort at having to hold my bowl over my keyboard. One of the plentiful empty square tables would have worked better for me.
I got my tab for slightly over $20. The breakfast buffet definitely wasn't worth my anxiety over my laptop.
The reason for my 3 *** review is that the restaurant and bar are grouped together. Reviewed separately, the score would be 4**** for the bar, lacking only some good local guest action and 2** for the restaurant buffet breakfast.
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